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Whether you are an experienced collector or a novice who has just received a few coins from a family member, when it’s time to sell, rely on Christopher’s Rare Coins as your trusted source for fair market value.

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8671 Northpark Court, Johnston, Iowa 50131
Just north of the I-80 exit on 86th Street.

(515) 251-4031


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Locally Owned and Trusted Since 1980

Christopher’s Rare Coins deals in all types of U.S. coins, currency, foreign coins and tokens as well as gold, platinum and silver bullion. Christopher’s has the best inventory of coin supplies in the region and is a top buyer of estates and collections of all sizes.

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A Look Back on 39 Years in Business

Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019 by admin

Happy Spring (finally) newsletter readers! On April 1st Christopher’s Fine Jewelry and Rare Coins celebrated 39 years in business.  On April 1, 1980 I opened a tiny coin shop in Ankeny, Iowa called Coin World. I was fully aware that there was a numismatic publication named Coin World, but didn’t think it was problem as they […]

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Facebook Groups: The 24/7 Coin Show

Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 by admin

I have a confession to make. I am a former Facebook hater. It seems that the few times I was on there a lot of what was being posted was negative comments, people complaining about their neighbors’ dog and all sorts of what I considered silly things and a lot of people wasting my and […]

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Coin Shows: Past & Present

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 by admin

This month I am writing about coin shows past and present. It used to be that the main way for coin collectors to obtain coins for their collections was finding them in circulation, attending coin club meetings, mail order from dealers advertising in coin publications and attending coin shows.  Coin shows used to be extremely […]

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The Most Highly Traded Commodity of 2018

Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 by admin

As 2018 appears in the rearview mirror, I thought it would be interesting to write about what palladium has done in recent history. For the first time the price of palladium surpassed the price of gold. It was the most highly traded commodity in 2018. That in itself is a huge statement. In 1992, palladium’s […]

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The Story Behind the Abundance of Silver Dollars

Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 by admin

If you have been around coins very long either at coin shows or in coin shops, you will have noticed that there is always a large quantity of silver dollars for sale and so many are in uncirculated condition. So how is it that so many of them were saved? One of the main reasons […]

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2018 INA Coin Show Recap

Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 by admin

The 80th Annual Iowa Numismatic Associations’ Coin Show and Convention is past history. The Des Moines Coin Club hosted this years’ show and they did a wonderful job as usual. This year the show was in The Palace in Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa. The facility was very spacious and with convenient loading and unloading […]

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4 Free Seminars at the INA Coin Show

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by admin

Free Lunch Included! Join us for the 2018 Iowa Numismatic Association Coin Show on October 27 (9AM-5PM) and 28 (10AM-3PM) at the Adventureland Palace Theatre located at Exit 142 off of I-80 in Altoona. Free admission and parking, over 50 dealer tables, free kids coins and MUCH MORE including these great guest speakers! Lunch With Mitch […]

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2018 Iowa Numismatic Association Coin Show

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by admin

Dear Fellow Numismatists, My two favorite seasons are here. Fall and coin show season. There are a lot of coin shows in the fall, winter and spring. Right now the show I would really like you to plan for is the Annual Iowa Numismatic Association Coin Show and Convention October 27 and 28. This is […]

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Did You Know?: The Story of the 1933 Double Eagle Coins

Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2018 by admin

The week of August 14 I attended the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. This is the largest coin show in the world and as usual there were amazing rarities on display. One of the most interesting coins at the show were 3 examples of the 1933 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins. […]

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Did You Know?: The Story of the Gold Standard

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by admin

When the United States was on the gold standard, United States gold and silver coins were produced with their actual metal content being the same as their face value. In other words, a $20 gold coin had $20 worth of gold in it and a silver $ had $1 in silver content. In the midst […]

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