Are you a numismatist? Before you wonder as to whether this is an insulting term, don’t fret – it’s just a term that refers to people who are collectors of coins. Different coin collectors have different preferences - for example, some coin collectors would collect coin sets, or coins that belong to a particular series; some collect year sets, which are the collection of the different kinds of coins of a particular year; while some have type set collections, which are a set of a coin design of all denominations. This last one is considered to be the hardest and most rewarding. Of course, many other coin collectors would amass coins according to their own individualized preference: some would collect valuable coins from different countries, while others stick to old, historical specimens.
Another option that coin collectors have is to put together a commemorative coin collection. What are commemorative coins? These are coins that were created in honor of a significant person or major event (such as the 2004 Olympics which was held in Athens, Greece, where the tournament began in the first place). Though commemorative coins may be issued for regular circulation, some are designated collectors’ items only. Commemorative coins with very low mintage (this means that there were produced in a very low number) have a much higher value
Different countries have their own commemorative coins. In the United States for example, popular historical commemorative coins include the gold 2 ½ dollar stamped with CAL, in honor of the California gold rush; the 1893 Columbian Exposition half dollars; and the 1920 Pilgrim Commemorative half dollar. In modern times, (since 1982) the US Mint has started issuing two new commemorative designs every year. Some of the modern US commemorative coins include the 2002 West Point dollar; the 2003 First Flight Silver Commemorative dollar; and the 2006 Old San Francisco mint coins. If you want to buy some of these US commemoratives, check out the website, The Collector’s Corner at replica3d.com and coinsite.com.
Commemorative euro coins, which are usually produced in gold and silver by the member countries of the Eurozone, are not intended to be used for circulation, since the cost of producing these coins far exceed its actual face value. Different countries in the Eurozone have their own special commemorative issues; most of these are in tribute of their famous government leaders and royalty. Examples include the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix, Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and Belgium’s King Albert II. One of the rarest commemorative coins is Greece’s Mount Olympus 10 Euros, having a mintage of only 5,000 pieces, not intended for regular circulation.
To trade commemorative Euro coins, remember to check out fleur-de-coin.com. You could also learn more specialized details on commemorative coin collecting through purchasing books such as The Official Guide to US Commemorative Coins by David Ganz, and Commemorative Coins of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia by David Bowers. You would be able to find books such as these on search.reviews.ebay.com.
There you have it! So if you want to experience the thrill of trading and collecting commemorative coins, make sure that you learn how to find out the value of different coins and where to find especially good ones. Before you know it, you’d be proudly calling yourself an established numismatist! Good luck!