Five Popular Coins to Collect

Published on 05/18/2017 by APMEX

It may be hard to determine which to collect but there are coins that are popular, unique or rare. Some also have historical significance that should be considered. Here are five unique coins to consider collecting.

Five Popular Coins

The coins suggested below are a good mix of modern and historical, but all have excellent numismatic value. Collectors can enjoy these coins that will grow the value of any collection, over time.

20 state quarters

1. 50 State Quarters

The United States Mint began minting these modern quarters in 1999. This commemorative coin series was struck to honor each of the 50 states and the program was completed in its entirety by 2009. To date, these quarters are the most successful American numismatic program in history. Many collectors have acquired this series in its entirety, while others chose to collect states they have visited or lived in. In any case, these are popular coins to collect with a large following, including those with passing numismatic interests.

An image of Morgan Dollars

2. Morgan Dollar or Peace Dollar

Morgan Dollars were common Silver Dollars circulated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Morgan Dollar is the most popular numismatic coin in terms of design and availability. This iconic coin depicts an image of a bald eagle with outstretched wings on the reverse and a left-facing Miss Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap on the obverse. The Morgan Dollar was minted from 1878 to 1904, and again in 1921, and is the most-collected U.S. coin of all time, worldwide.

The Peace Dollar, minted from 1921 to 1935, succeeded the Morgan Dollar and is just as unique and valuable. The design represents the American ideals that thrust the United States onto the world's stage during World War I. After the war, there was a strong desire for “peace” and a coin displaying that goal became a very popular item. They were struck through 1935, but as the migration of people moved to the larger cities, the convenience of paper dollars soon replaced these heavy silver coins.

A depiction of 1873 Liberty Seated Dollar BU

3. Liberty Seated Dollars

First minted in 1840, the Liberty Seated Dollar was the first coin of its time to have a patriotic-themed design, which was met with widespread popularity. These coins are rare because they were minted during a time in which Silver was hoarded by the masses for financial gain. The limited supply of Silver lead to limited-mintage Liberty Seated Dollars and thus have made this series popular. The coins were struck between 1840 and 1873.

An image of Double Eagle Saint-Gaudens coins

4. Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles

Gold Double Eagles have a special place in history. Minted from 1907 to 1933, the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles are the most popular Gold coins collected today. The coins were inspired by then-President Teddy Roosevelt’s desire to have artistically beautiful coinage. The Saint-Gaudens design was met with positive reviews from the public. The coin, however, had a relatively short life because it was the last new Gold coin design implemented before President Franklin Roosevelt ordered all Gold coins be returned to the United States Treasury in 1933.

Depiction of Maple Leaf coins

5. Gold and Silver Maple Leafs

Both backdated and current examples of the Maple Leaf series are popular with collectors today. The Maple Leaf Coins pay homage to a Canadian staple and iconic image. Maple Leafs are not only sought after by Canadians, but they are widely collected by people all over the world.

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