Collectible Coins

Finding collectible coins has been an interest to many for hundreds (even thousands) of years. So what is it that makes coin collecting such a popular hobby (or even business)? Let’s start off by reviewing the basics of coin collecting for a moment and then we can dig in deeper from there.

Types of Collectible Coins

Whether you are looking to start a new coin collection, or continue an existing one, there are many collectible coins to choose from. There is a coin grading scale that is used by all professional coin grading services (and collectors) to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Since I live in the US, we’ll start there.

Collectible US Coins

The United States has made some beautiful coins throughout the years and many of them have become quite valuable. Here is a list of the primary coins throughout US history:

Half-CentsBraided Hair Half Cent: 1840-1857
Classic Head Half Cent: 1809-1836
Draped Bust Half Cent: 1800-1808
Liberty Cap Half Cent: 1793-1797CentsLincoln Cent: 1959 to Now
Lincoln Wheat Cent: 1909-1958
Indian Cent: 1859-1909
Flying Eagle Cent: 1856-1858
Braided Hair Cent: 1839-1857
Coronet Head Cent: 1816-1839
Classic Head Cent: 1808-1814
Draped Bust Cent: 1796-1807
Flowing Hair Large Cent: 1793-1796Two CentsTwo Cent: 1864-1873Three CentsThree Cent Silver: 1851-1873
Three Cent Nickel: 1865-1889NickelsShield Nickel: 1866-1883
Liberty Nickel: 1883-1913
Buffalo Nickel: 1913-1938
Jefferson Nickel: 1838 to NowHalf DimesBust Half Dime: 1972
Flowing Hair Half Dime: 1794-1795
Draped Bust Half Dime: 1796-1805
Capped Bust Half Dime: 1829-1837
Liberty Seated Half Dime: 1837-1873DimesDraped Bust Dime: 1796-1807
Capped Bust Dime: 1809-1837
Liberty Seated Dime: 1837-1891
Barber Dime: 1892-1916
Mercury Dime: 1916-1945
Roosevelt Dime: 1946-NowTwenty CentsTwenty Cent: 1875-1878
QuartersDraped Bust Quarter: 1796-1807
Capped Bust Quarter: 1815-1838
Liberty Seated Quarter: 1838-1891
Barber Quarter: 1892-1916
Standing Liberty Quarter: 1916-1930
Washington Quarter: 1932-1998
Washington State Quarters: 1999-2008
DC and US Territories Quarters: 2009
America the Beautiful Quarters: 2010-2021Half DollarsFlowing Hair Half Dollar: 1794-1795
Draped Bust Half Dollar: 1796-1807
Capped Bust Half Dollar: 1807-1839
Liberty Seated Half Dollar: 1839-1891
Barber Half Dollar: 1892-1915
Walking Liberty Half Dollar: 1916-1947
Franklin Half Dollar: 1948-1963
Kennedy Half Dollar: 1964-NowDollarsFlowing Hair Dollar: 1794-1795
Draped Bust Dollar: 1795-1804
Liberty Seated Dollar: 1836-1873
Trade Dollar: 1873-1885
Morgan Dollar: 1878-1921
Peace Dollar: 1921-1935
Ike Dollar: 1971-1978
Susan B. Anthony Dollar: 1979-1999
Sacagawea Dollar: 2000 to Now
Presidential Dollars: 2007 to NowGold DollarsGold Dollar: 1849-1889
Draped Bust $2.5: 1796-1807
Capped Bust $2.5: 1808-1834
Classic Head $2.5: 1834-1839
Liberty Head $2.5: 1840-1907
Indian $2.5: 1908-1929
Three Dollar: 1854-1889
$4 Stella: 1879-1880
Draped Bust $5: 1795-1807
Capped Bust $5: 1807-1834
Classic Head $5: 1834-1838
Liberty Head $5: 1839-1908
Indian $5: 1908-1929
Draped Bust $10: 1795-1804
Liberty Head $10: 1838-1907
Indian $10: 1907-1933
Liberty Head $20: 1849-1907
St. Gaudens $20: 1907-1933

Collectible World Coins

Discover the many coins of the many countries (old and new). I find ancient coins very interesting, and definitely worth taking a look at. Imagine having an old Egyptian gold coin from thousands of years ago. Or maybe a coin from the mighty empire of Rome. Just imagine some of the stories that these coins could tell if they could talk. Who knows, you could possible have a coin that was held by Caesar himself.

Tips When Investing in Collectible Coins

Coin collecting, like many popular collectibles, operates almost like the stock market. Coins are one of the most highly traded collectibles. Because of this, they are a fairly safe to invest in compared to some other collectible markets.

eBay or other auctions are a great place to get a feel for these markets and what coins are actually selling for.

More on Coin Values

Rare coins will obviously do better than those with a high supply, so keep this in mind when investing. However, just because a coin doesn’t have a high supply, doesn’t necessarily mean that people are interested in them, so be sure to do a little research to make sure that the demand is there as well. Finally, what’s the condition of the coin like? Has it been professionally graded? All of these things factor into the actual value of the coin.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Are you looking to start a brand new collection? Maybe you’re looking to expand on an existing collection. Or perhaps, you’re looking to invest in them. Whatever reason you are interested in coins, be sure to look around at the many articles that I have available. You’re sure to find everything you need to know about collectible coins.

Happy Collecting!

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