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
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.
1792 Half Disme
1794 Silver Dollar
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.