Of the silver dollars produced, which include the Peace dollar and the seated liberty dollar, the most popular was and still is the Morgan silver dollar. Although it is still considered to be legal tender today, no one would be so foolish as to spend one when it only carries a face value of $1.00.

Truly rare challenge coins custom that are sort after will not sell for much less than $100, and often for much more. Hence, a coin of Constantine described as rare with an asking price of just a few dollars is very unlikely to be so. There are sellers on eBay who claim that their coin is rare, or they have only seen one in 10 years, but there is another one just like it being offered on eBay by someone else.

You should also avoid coins that have paint, stickers or discolorations on them. Some old coins have a rainbow sheen and look pretty. This sheen comes from old storage methods, and most serious collectors consider it damage.

You should maybe be warned that due to the popularity of Roman coins they have been replicated for tourist gifts and for historical interests, so always buy from a reliable source like a professional dealer.

With his right hand he lifts whatever bottle the customer fingers point to and pours it in the glass of ice. A batch of six glasses of colored syrup with shaved ice floating tantalizingly on the top is ready for consumption. With both hands cupped around the glasses and pressing together, he scoops up the lot in one go and offers it to the waiting students. As soon as the glasses are plucked out, the vacant space in the hands gets replaced with payment in coins. Balance if any are returned and the rest is dropped into the till.

You should only handle coins by the edges. Never touch the flat surfaces of your coin design with your fingers. Even clean fingers can transfer dirt or grit to the surface and cause damage. Always remember to keep your coins over the soft surface you have prepared and hold the coin in between your thumb and first finger. Try to avoid breathing directly on the coins. The moisture from your breath can cause discoloration on the surface of the coins.

Rarity: If a coin is rare it usually attracts more money. Obviously if there are many examples around and everyone already has one then it’s not going to fetch a great deal. Just because a coin is old doesn’t mean that it is rare. I’ll explain why later.

If the U.S. Mint avoids the problems that have surfaced with Gold Maple Leafs and offers gold bullion coin investors a strong alternative, then it has a golden opportunity to capture a big share of the .9999 fine gold bullion market. With the right planning, the Mint could shake the Maple Leaf’s hold on the .9999 bullion coin market.