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  The Art of Coin Collecting  

The joy of possessing all that glitters is instinctive. Since time immemorial, mankind has hoarded and treasured precious metals in various forms, especially coins. Whether old or new, coins have been much sought after the world over, both for their intrinsic monetary value as well as their beauty and historical significance. Numismatics, the study of coins, medals, and medallions, has given a name to this passion that has enthralled generations for close to two millennia.


  Coins are indeed instructive and entertaining. The engraved images on coins chronicle significant personalities, events, social, religious and political milestones of various countries and eras. Numismatics is not a mindless pursuit. A passionate numismatist will discover ancient worlds of culture and history.  

How to Start Your Collection
The new collector should start with a single meaningful theme that he or she can relate to such as “Wonders of the World”, or “the Bhutan Lunar Series”. From there, one may diversify their collection to include a wider range of subjects/types of coins. One vital thing to remember is that care and storage are crucial so consider the benefits of purchasing sets encased in boxes to preserve their condition.

What Constitutes the “Right Coin”?
Proof coins appreciate faster in value compared to uncirculated coins because they are always limited in mintage. They possess face values and are stamped on highly polished, mirrorlike surfaces. Both proof and circulated coins are valued for their numismatic appeal by collectors.

Besides commemorative coins, bullion coins make safe investments because of the pureness of their gold or silver content. All bullion coins have a face value stamped on them.


Other Criteria in Selecting Coins for Investments are: 

Designs: historical personalities, events, symbols, etc.
Themes: many collectors prefer complete series and will buy coins with similar themes.
Age and Rarity: generally, the older, and rarer the coin (i.e. small limited mintage), the more valuable it is.
Coin Condition: this varies from good to extremely fine. Preserving your collection in mint condition is crucial if these coins are to be resold. *(See Numismatic Do's and Don’ts)