Collecting Lincoln Wheat Cents


Collecting Lincoln Wheat Cents is one of the most popular series of United States coins to collect. Millions of coin collectors over the past century have sought to put together collections of these iconic coins. Many of the dates in this series are quite common and rather easily found in better conditions, yet it is the KEY DATES in this series that makes Collecting Lincoln Wheat Cents so challenging and fun!!

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1943 Steel Penny


Many folks don’t know this, but during World War II, for one year only, the United States minted the 1943 Steel Penny. The 1943 silver colored penny is a wartime issue made of steel, and coated with zinc. During World War II, copper was so badly needed for the war effort (to make shell casings) that the U.S. penny was made out of steel that year, which is why most 1943 pennies are silver colored.

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Rare Coin Grading System


In order to determine a coin’s specific value, we must first determine where it lands on the Rare Coin Grading System. The primary purpose of grading a coin is to determine what the coin’s market value is based on how well the coin was originally struck, how well the coin metal itself has been preserved, and how much wear and damage the coin has suffered since it was minted. For most practical purposes, especially for beginners, we’re going to be concerned with how to tell how much wear the coin has had, and where it fits on the 70-point scale.

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La Jolla & San Diego Coin News!


La Jolla & San Diego Coin News! As in our prior post, we want to thank you all for your continued business over the years!! We value your support and hope that we have been of good service to you!  La Jolla Coin Shop and San Diego Coin & Bullion are excited about 2015 and look forward to seeing you soon!

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Happy Holidays and Thank You!!


Happy Holidays and Thank You to all of our wonderful clients and your families from La Jolla Coin Shop and San Diego Coin & Bullion!! We hope your holidays are joy filled and wish you all the very best in the coming year!! We also would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patronage and support this past year!

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Pure Gold Swiss PAMP Bars


Pure Gold Swiss PAMP Bars are a very economical and convenient way to own physical gold. The 1 troy ounce weight (pictured above) is by far the most popular size in the market. Each bar weighs exactly 31.10 troy grams, which is 1oz. The fineness of the gold is pure, .9999/1000. Pure gold has a warm, bright yellow/orange color, as opposed to the alloyed products which exhibit a bit more of a coppery-yellow.

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2015 Silver Kookaburra Coins are here!


The 2015 1oz Silver Kookaburra Coins are here! These gorgeous one ounce .999 fine silver coins are freshly minted and just arrived from Australia!! They feature a new design, as the Perth Mint in Australia changes the design each year. This year’s design (which is the same as 1990, more on that below) features on the obverse a single Kookaburra bird perched on a tree stump facing right. FYI- the Kookaburra is NOT Australia’s National Bird, that would be the Emu (which is rather unsightly and most likely not coin worthy!). The reverse of the coin, as always, features the profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned and facing to the right.

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