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Thinking about dabbling in coin collecting?
Have a few interesting coins that you found in your pocket change 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.
Unique Ideas For Coin Collections
Each of the following links reveals some interesting coins that are worth collecting.
Perhaps these clever coin collecting ideas will inspire you…
My 10 Best Coins – View the coin collections of others, with photos of their 10 favorite coins.
Top 10 Coin Picks – Originally, the list included these coins:
- 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
Those are still smart choices for a U.S. coin collection. However, recently the above list was re-evaluated and updated. See why these U.S. coins were selected:
- 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln Cent
- 1921 Peace Dollar
- 1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar
- 1914-D Lincoln Cent
- 1955/55 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent
- 1937-D 3 Legged Buffalo Nickel
- 1916-D Mercury Dime
- 1917 Standing Liberty Quarter – Type 1
- 1932-D Washington Quarter
- 1908 St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto
Top 25 Coin Collections – “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 U.S. Coins Every Collector Needs – One collector’s opinion regarding the most historically significant United States coins. This list of coins includes:
- Large Cent
- Indian Head Cent
- 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent
- 1943 Steel Lincoln Cent
- 2 Cent Coin
- Buffalo Nickel
- Liberty Seated Dime
- 1932 Washington Quarter
- Walking Liberty Half Dollar
- Morgan Silver Dollar
Top 10 Rare U.S. Coins – View the explanations for why these rare coins were included:
- 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle
- 1804 Draped Bust Dollar
- The Brasher Doubloon
- 1861 Confederate States Half-Dollar
- 1974 Aluminum Penny
- 1913 Liberty Head Nickel
- Almost anything from 1870
- 1866 Silver Coin
- 1776 Silver Continental Dollar
- 1943 Copper Penny
The Best & Worst Coin Investments – Interesting… first check out the 5 worst coin investments, then see why this collector recommends collecting these coins:
- Key date coins
- Pre-1965 90% silver U.S. coins in very high grades
- Most types of U.S. Nickels
- Walking Liberty, Franklin, and silver Kennedy half dollars
The Bottom Line
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.
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