Blog Posts in 2017

How Are Stamps Valued?

Collectable stamps are valued in several different ways. Centering, condition, and cancellation status play a crucial role in a stamp’s grading and value. It is important to understand how ...
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See the Many Ways That Precious Metals Are Used

Precious metals have been used throughout the history of mankind as jewelry, currency, and religious icons. Today, precious metals are used in consumer electronics, dentistry, and automobile ...
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Should You Be Concerned with a Stamp's Cancellation?

A stamp’s cancellation refers to a used stamp that may have been marked by the post office. This mark means that the stamp cannot be reused. Cancellation marks can have a significant impact on a ...
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What Is the Professional Coin Grading Service?

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS ) is a well-respected third-party certification organization in the coin industry. PCGS is made of leading coin experts, also known as numismatists, who ...
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What Is Centering and Why Is It So Important?

Centering refers to how well a stamp’s design has been centered within its margins. If a stamp is perfectly centered, or as close as possible, then it is considered more pleasing to the eye and ...
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Questions to Ask Your Collectables Dealer

It is important to know as much information as you can when buying or selling coins, stamps, and autographs. Your collectables dealer can help you find the information you need, but you must be ...
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Did You Know These Facts About Jewelry and Gemstones?

Jewelry has been created and worn by humans for thousands of years. Value of jewelry’s precious metals and gemstones have undergone vast changes in these years, but there are certain facts that ...
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The Importance of Working with a Reputable Coin Dealer

Coin dealers work with various types of coins that range in price and rarity. If you are beginning a coin collection or selling yours, then you must deal with a reputable and fair coin dealer. ...
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Learn More About Collecting Paper Money

The key to successfully collecting stamps, coins, or paper money is to learn as much as you can. As you can see in the short video, learning from seasoned collectors can help you avoid common mistakes ...
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Remember These Tips When Getting Your Coins Appraised

Whether you are getting your coins appraised for insurance reasons or for a future sale, there are a few tips to ensure you get the best price. Researching your coin collection and your coin dealer ...
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Investing Vs. Collecting: Which Is Right for You?

When you are beginning a collection, you may simply do it for fun without concern of the value of your collection. However, as your stamp or coin collecting continues, you may begin to accrue items ...
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What Type of Coin Collector Are You?

Coin collector types are those who steer their collections toward a specific goal or type of coin. The type of coin collector you are is determined by whether you choose coins based on their history, ...
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What Is Type Collecting?

Type collecting is a popular way to define how many coin collectors choose the direction of their coin collection. It is one of the easiest ways for amateur and experienced coin collectors to build ...
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Look at the Rarest Gemstones in the World

If you collect diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry, then you may wish to learn more about rare gemstones from around the world. Watch this video for a better look at the world’s 13 rarest ...
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How Stamp Collecting Can Positively Influence Your Children

If you have looked for a safe and fun hobby for your children, then consider the many influences of stamp collecting. Introducing your children to stamps can help them learn how to research, focus, ...
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What Are the Basics of a Coin Collection?

Coin collecting can be a rewarding and exciting journey, but you need to keep some basics—like research and supplies—in mind when starting your new collection. Coins come in a variety of ...
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The History of Canada Through Its Stamps

There are many types of stamps to collect, such as a particular country’s stamps. These stamps can give a glimpse into the history and culture of a country and its people. Watch this short video ...
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Here Is the World's Most Expensive Diamond

In 2015, a 12.03 carat diamond was sold to a well-known collector for $48.4 million. This sum makes this diamond—a beautiful and vivid blue diamond—the most expensive diamond in the world. ...
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