Collecting coins is often called the King of Hobbies, perhaps because back in the 14th century, when the collection first came into fashion, only the wealthiest could afford this passion.
But time and changing economies have brought coin collecting to the masses. Today’s collections have expanded to include foreign coins, antique coins, those circulated only briefly, coins with mint errors, coins minted to mark historic occasions and artistic coins.
None strike the fancy of coin collectors more than the gold coins minted by The Franklin Mint, the world’s leading private mint. Founded in 1964, The Franklin Mint was started as a mint for legal tender coins for foreign countries. That has expanded to commemorative medallions, casino tokens and precious metal ingots.