Here at SAFE® Collecting Supplies we cover ample news and history about American coinage, but there's a rich culture of currency extending beyond and before the good ol' U.S.A. With that said, let's delve into the world of international coin currency. Namely, we'll tell three fascinating international historical coin stories. Read More >
Mark Twain once famously said, "the lack of money is the root of all evil." And speaking of money, the man is now etched onto a $5 gold coin of his own. Go figure. Read More >
When it comes to the innumerable reliefs that have been wrought onto U.S. coins over the years, the canon of the images of American coinage owes much of its thanks to one man in particular: Augustus Saint-Gaudens. And in light of the recent release of the 2016 1 oz. American Gold Eagle Coin (the obverse of which was sculpted by Saint-Gaudens), we thought it would be appropriate to delve into a brief history of his life and works—namely in regard to his coin reliefs. Read More >
The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) made an announcement late last month warning coin collectors about a noteworthy spike in counterfeits currently circulating through the market. Read More >
Last month, the once-a-decade 2016 World Stamp Show wrapped up in New York after philatelists gathered to take part in a full week of the community’s best in exhibits and events—a stamp collector’s dream! Read More >
Who would have thought that a modest little cylinder of copper would spark such heated debates? Of course, we’re talking about the penny, and it’s no news that for years now there has been ample discussion as to whether we should keep it around, or confine Lincoln strictly to the five-dollar bill. Read More >
To the average person, the words Inverted Jenny might evoke thoughts of an upside down donkey, but for philatelists from all walks of life, they carry a much different, and greater, meaning. Read More >
Despite the U.S. Postal Service’s struggle to stay afloat in recent years, Congress (in the USPS’s words) “forced” the pseudo-governmental agency to drop the price of a first class stamp from 49 cents down to 47 cents, they announced earlier this month. The last time a stamp’s price decreased was in 1919, nearly a century ago. The drop took effect on April 10. Read More >
Earlier in the month, a Mint State (certified MS-66) 1799 Capped Bust Right $10 gold eagle was offered for auction at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore, evoking a resurgence in interest in the coin amongst numismatists. As its provenance remains largely unknown, part of the wow factor is a byproduct of its mysteriousness. While 1799 Capped Bust Right eagles are common in general, Mint State pieces such as this one are rare. Read More >
The USPS recently released their annual preview of new stamps for the year ahead, and as a premier provider of collection books for all the philatelists out there, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of them. Read More >
With any collection, there are the elusive, rare items that are seemingly always just out of grasp. Like legends, these limited collectibles teeter on the line between reality and fiction; their existence is proven only by hard evidence. Otherwise, they continue to haunt the grapevine as individuals clamor to obtain these next-to-mythical totems. And then, out of nowhere, someone acquires this rarity and collectors everywhere revel in its sweet, sweet glory. The hunt is exhilarating, and the prestige that accompanies procuring a rare item is invigorating. Read More >
If you think the rock and mineral hobbyist in your life has enough stuff to satiate his or her thirst for rockhounding, you might want to reconsider your position. For the unassuming rockhound, a gift that adds to his or her collection can be a treasure. However, if you’re not familiar with the ins and outs of rock collecting, figuring out what to get someone who is can be challenging. After all, this kind of a hobby is a niche field. It’s not like buying a jersey for a sports fan. If this sounds like a predicament you’re in, please read on. Read More >
Collecting currency is an endeavor that involves many things, both physical and intangible. Aside from sheer wit and an innate ability to learn about currency history and market value determination, the aspiring numismatist must know that the materials used to preserve each piece in this niche market must live up to certain specs, which we shall elaborate upon further along in this post. Read More >
Think collectibles are an old-fashioned pastime? Think again! The number of collectors out there is growing as fast as the market for collectible items is. Thanks to the reemergence of comic books in popular culture and TV shows that feature antiques and historical memorabilia, the joys of collecting and trading are being explored by more and more people every day. It doesn’t appear as though collecting is on its way out any time soon, either. In fact, there are a few areas of collectibles that newcomers and collecting veterans alike would be wise to investigate. Read More >
At SAFE Collecting Supplies, our SAFE-dual hingeless stamp albums have become the go-to albums of philatelists (that is, stamp collectors) around the globe. But what makes our particular product so beloved within circles of those who collect these fascinating items? Read More >
There’s so much that can be done for a fossil, rock and/or mineral collection in the lines of presentation to create a collection that becomes a special experience for others, as well as the collector. Rock and mineral collecting is one of those things that runs the gamete, from hobby to profession to being someone’s life’s work. Why let something so potentially flexible and amazing be boring and plain? Read More >
No, not the British. The annual SAFE Supplements to our hingeless country stamp albums are finally in route from Germany. You can pre order the 2014 Annual Supplements on our website so that you will receive them at the end of June. Read More >
Happy St Patrick's Day to all my Irish and non-Irish collectors! When non-collectors think of a numismatist (coin and currency collector), they think about antique coins, old currency, and perhaps shiny gold coins they have seen on TV. However, there’s much more to the science of Coin Collecting than ever before. Read More >
The art and study of stamp collecting is formally known as “Philately,” and Philatelists are individuals that excel in the study of stamp and postal history. Technically, one doesn’t need to own a single stamp to be considered a Philatelist, but that’s no fun, right? Read More >
It’s a New Year, and the U.S. Mint has announced a breadth of new gold coins for collectors to invest in this year. These new gold coins can serve as a healthy investment for any collector in 2015. Here are some of the details. Read More >
On July 1st, 1847, the United States Post Office Department would issue their first postage stamps…but they were not the first. In 1837, Sir Rowland Hill of Great Britain proposed a new idea of standardized prices for delivery of mail, or “postage”. This new idea resulted in printed envelopes with pre-printed postage or adhesive labels placed onto them. Not long after this discovery, the first stamp was soon to be born. Read More >
Coins and currency are huge investments, and coins are valued and judged based on a wide variety of criterion. Assessing a coin collection and determining coin value is important towards being a great coin collector with a stunning collection. Read More >
I try to feature different collectibles in these intermittent blogs, but this week I just want to talk about collecting in general and how to build your own collection. Read More >
Adequate preparation is needed when beginning the exciting hobby of collecting stamps and coins. If you are new to the world of stamp or coin collecting, you will find that the best way to benefit from collecting is to always be prepared! What is the best way to prepare for a rewarding hobby in collecting? By reading and using stamp and coin collecting books! Read More >
For over two thousand years, numismatics, or the study of coins, tokens, medals and paper money, has been a fascinating pursuit for many. In addition to providing hours of enjoyment and entertainment, coin and currency collecting offers unique educational experiences spanning a variety of subjects from history and geography to chemistry and economics. Read More >
From time to time I hear from collectors who have come across a stamp that has turned color from yellow or orange, to a disgusting brown or chestnut. What happened?? Read More >
This week I received a call from a Rock Hound asking what is the easiest way to find a minerals' specific gravity? While we sell many rock and mineral collecting tools, like a rock scale, ultraviolet lamp and other rock tools, you should have a glass beaker. Just like the one you had in Chemistry class in high school. Read More >
Recently I got into a discussion with a long time stamp collecting customer of our's who recently got started into coin collecting. He asked me about coin toning, its causes and what can be done about it. So thought it would be nice to share with everyone who doesn't understand why this occurs. Read More >
Past Blog Entries:
May 18, 2014, A little history on stamp perforations…
A collector on the phone was talking to me about perforations and it got me thinking about the history of perforations… "so I dug a little deeper to give us all a little background on them"…
April 19, 2014, What is the optimum storage of banknotes?…
Recently on an IBNS forum, I responded to a post from Asia asking "what is the optimum storage of banknotes?"…
March 30, 2014, Why is my plastic so brittle?…
Over the years, the plastic coin flips and coin pages that I keep my coins in seems to get more brittle over time, or even crack. Why does this happen?…
February 22, 2014, Before you buy a magnifier…
After you buy your rock hammer and map out what geological place you will want to explore, make sure to pack your rock magnifier loupe or jewelers loupe!
February 1, 2014, How can I get self adhesive stamps off an envelope?
Do you have any special stamp accessories that can help? Ironically we don't… but your local hardware store does!
January 25, 2014, Counterfeit Coins – how can I protect myself?
At coin shows I am always talking to collectors about counterfeit coins and they want to find out… how can I protect myself from getting taken to the cleaners?
January 5, 2014, American Eagle Dollars
Philadelphia Eagles, American Silver Eagles, American Gold Eagles… why we love our Eagles!
December 29, 2013, Perforations on Stamps – is there a difference?
People sometimes wonder why stamps have these perforations, or teeth, and do they really matter in the value of the stamps… the short answer is YES!
December 15, 2013, To clean or not to clean?
Should I clean my coins and if so what should I use? – this is a question I receive at least once per month…
December 8, 2013, Is Currency Grading by PMG and PCGS subjective?
This week's question comes from a currency collector I met at the Houston Coin Show this weeekend. They wondered why their Confederate not