Writers’ Guidelines


The primary audience for COINage is coin collectors and investors. The magazine provides a refreshing review for the experienced collector and an introduction to key concepts for the less experienced. Our goal is to provide informative and entertaining articles for this audience and to draw new people into the hobby.

We are particularly interested in fresh articles that put the past into perspective with the present. We also accept articles pertaining to coin auction and show coverage, currency, errors, modern and proof coinage, precious metals and bullion, commemoratives, ancients, colonials and historic numismatic figures. Also welcome are articles that educate beginning collectors or investors and promote active participation in the hobby.

Do not send unsolicited submissions. Send queries to editor@coinagemag.com. Describe your story idea in detail. If the article is of interest, an invitation to submit will be offered.

All submissions are taken on speculation.

All authors accept responsibility for the accuracy of their facts, and should confirm any statistical or factual information with a reliable source before submitting an article.

COINage purchases first worldwide publication rights and unlimited reprint rights. Rights and payment are specified in the independent contractor agreement, which will be sent to the contributor upon acceptance of their submission.

A full-length feature submission consists of 2,000 or more words, plus 8 to 10 high-resolution photos with captions and credits. Shorter articles may be accepted, but will not receive full payment.

will only consider unpublished manuscripts. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Articles are selected for publishing by the editorial staff and are subject to editing.

Submissions should be sent via email, Dropbox or another file transfer method and must include:

  • a cover letter with your mailing address, phone number and email address
  • .doc files of your manuscript and caption/photo credit list
  • 8 to 10 usable photos

Please do not add headers, footers, or other unnecessary paragraph or document styling to your manuscript file.

Each article must be accompanied by 8 to 10 clear, digital photographs that illustrate the story in a meaningful way.

Digital art must be submitted as high-resolution JPEG or TIFF files. Do not embed photos in a document. Minimum resolution can be measured as:

  • 300 dpi at 4 in. x 5 in.
  • 2 MB

We cannot use blurry, grainy or low-resolution photos.

By submitting images for publication, you ensure that you have obtained permission to use them.

Sources of free and public domain images include Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Provide the high-resolution image or a link to it.

Coin images can be obtained through the Heritage Auctions and U.S. Mint (Newsroom) Web sites. Provide the high-resolution image or a link to it.

You must provide an informative caption of one or two full sentences for each photo submitted (see Tips for Writing Good Captions, below). Not all photos will be used, so please do not refer to them in the text of your story.

Captions must be listed at the end of the manuscript or typed in a separate document file.

Match captions to digital images by their file names in your caption list. Give a photo credit for each image.

Do not make your caption the file name. Keep the file name short and put the details in the caption.

Provide an adequate credit for each photo or illustration.

John Smith
John Smith via Wikimedia Commons
US Mint
public domain

Format your caption/credit list as follows:

1933 Saint.jpg
Ten specimens of the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle were turned over to the Mint.
US Mint

COINage will not take responsibility for misidentification or other mistakes in captions if the author fails to provide an adequate description.

If you have trouble writing an original sentence, find a sentence in your article that relates to the photo and copy it to your caption file.

Poor: A 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle
Good: The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle ($20 gold piece) is considered one of America’s most beautiful coins.

Poor: John F. Kennedy (obverse)
Good: Gilroy Roberts designed the bust of John F. Kennedy as it appears on the obverse of the half dollar.

Poor: The author at a show
Good: The American Numismatic Association holds several conventions throughout the year.

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