Close to perfect
Keep your coins in top condition.
Knowing the difference between a good coin and a bad coin is called "grading."
Count out 100 pennies. Line them up with the newest, shiniest ones on one side, and the dullest, most faded on the other.
Use a magnifying glass to examine each penny.
Can you see the lines in Lincoln's hair? Which features wear off first?
How do pennies change as they get older?
Spot a special dollarKeep $1 bills that have a little star next to the serial number.
Here are a few ways to add bills to your collection:
- Keep $1 bills that have a little star next to the serial number.
- Save a $1 bill from each of the 12 U.S. Federal Reserve Banks.
- Collect as many $1 bills with different U.S. Treasury secretary signatures as you can.
In terms of what it can buy, a coin or a bill that's still in circulation will never be worth less than its face value.
For collectors like you, the value of a coin or a bill is measured by more than the factors such as age, beauty, and rarity—the factors buyers and sellers look for.
That value comes from what you learn as you examine and research each coin. Besides, collecting is fun!
Click Abe's head for the answer.