Best Coins To Collect: The Top U.S. Coins Worth Holding Onto

us-coins-with-flag-by-danskhaab.jpg Thinking about dabbling in coin collecting?

Have a few interesting coins that you found in your pocketchange and now you’re wondering if they’re worth holding onto?

If you were going to keep a small collection of coins, which ones would they be?

While there is no single answer that defines the "best" coins to collect (because everyone has a different opinion as to the best coins worth holding onto), here are some ideas and opinions from others who collect coins. See which coins they’ve chosen to collect and why they. Hint: They’re not all rare U.S. coins.

Following are some of the coins that others think are among the best coins worth collecting these days.

Perhaps these will give you some ideas when it comes to building your own coin collection.

Hopefully you will see that there is value in just about any coin… It all comes down to how long you’re willing to hold onto it, and your ability to find someone who is interested in your coin — when the time comes that you’re ready to sell it.


My 10 Best Coins – view the coin collections of others, with photos of their 10 favorite coins


Top 10 Coin Picks – great tips here! See why these U.S. coins were selected:

  • U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coins Set

  • Bulk Pennies

  • Uncirculated Silver Eagles

  • Common Date "Saints" Graded by NGC or PCGS

  • Proof Shield Nickels

  • Early Proof Jefferson Nickels

  • Proof Barber Half Dollars

  • A High-Grade Coin Worth $100 or More


The 100 Best Coins –  "You will not find a $4 gold piece, 1795 Eagle, or 1895 Morgan dollar on my list. These are certainly important, rare and desirable coins, but not items that are within the reach of most collectors."  Some examples on this list:

  • Fugio Cent. The first coin issued by authority of the United States. Certainly a significant issue and yet still plentiful enough to be reasonably priced.

  • 1794 Half Cent. In my opinion, more attractive than the 1793. Nearly as scarce as the first half cent but often much less expensive.

  • 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent. Perhaps the most popular and well known of all United States coins. It just seems that if you’re a serious coin collector you should have one.

  • 1877 Three Cent Nickel. Just 510 pieces minted and yet surprisingly affordable. A great way to join an exclusive owners club.

  • Three Dollar Gold type coin. I would select any date except the 1878.


10 Coolest United States Coins –  One collector’s opinion regarding the most significant United States coins. (Updated here.) Some of the coins include:

  • 1792 Half Disme

  • 1794 Silver Dollar

  • 1795 Eagle    

  • 1776 Continental Dollar

  • 1850 Double Eagle


 Top 10 Rare U.S. Coins – View the explanations for why these rare coins were included:

  • 1943 Copper Penny

  • 1776 Silver Continental Dollar

  • 1913 Liberty Head Nickel

  • 1974 Aluminum Penny


Good & Bad Coin Investments – Interesting… first check out the 5 worst coin investments, then see why this collector recommends collecting these coins:

  • Pre-1965 90% silver U.S. coinage in very high grades

  • Most types of U.S. Nickels

  • Later date (2002 through 2007) half dollars in the highest grades

  • Walking Liberty, Franklin, and silver Kennedy half dollars


What it all comes down to is this: You should only collect those coins which are interesting to you. Otherwise, it’s less of a hobby and more of a job (and a serious investment). So, unless you are determined to become a coin dealer, or a coin investor, you should just stick with those coins that you come upon the easiest — and the ones that mean something to you personally.

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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