What are your interests?
When it comes to deciding which of the coins available on the antique item’s market are more of an interest, you need to get your priorities straight. Whether you’re interested in aesthetics, or you’re looking for rare models (even though usually, these two features go hand in hand), you’ll find lots of coin collectors out there willing to offer you great deals.
Some collectors are particularly interested in getting their hands on models that commemorate certain historical events, show some imposing leader figures or merely feature famous press errors. Whichever of these categories you prefer, chances are you’ll find something you enjoy for sale from specific collectors.
The trick is to decide what you want to add to your collection, so you don’t waste time and financial resources on items that don’t sparkle your interest. In order to do so, you can maybe get inspiration from one of our suggestions.
The Standing Liberty Quarter
Issued around 1917 in the United States of America, this coin was produced in an extremely limited mintage, so it might be somewhat tricky to come across. It’s also rather expensive, given its rarity, and collectors will have a hard time giving it up for sale.
This model marks the preparations for entering the First World War, and it features a figure of the Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It valued a quarter of a dollar.
There are rumors that there have been two types of this coin, one where the Lady Liberty appears with her breasts bared, and one where she’s wearing chain mail, so as to symbolize that she’s ready for the war.
St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto
This gold coin was first minted around 1907, again in the United States. It is famous for the exaggerated relief features on its sides, so high that in the first attempt of minting this coin, the bankers couldn’t get the items to stack neatly, so they had to adjust the design.
You certainly won’t need a powerful magnifying glass to read the text on this model. It says “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the reversed side, while the other one features an engraving of the Lady Liberty, a common motif of American coins.
The Steel Penny
Another United States minted coin inscribed with the same message is the steel penny from 1943. What is uncommon about it is the material used in the manufacturing process.
As the title itself says it, these coins were not made of copper, since the government was saving that for war resources. This shift in technique only lasted for about a year, but it was enough to leave a mark on history and to teach us a thing or two about the hardships of war. It is valued at 45 cents, and it can be purchased from various sellers.
The Kansas State Quarter
Given that we’ve discussed so much about this message that appears on the coins issued in the United States, “In God we trust”, it’s worth mentioning this particular model that first hit the market in 2005.
There’s nothing special about it, it’s pretty new, so it doesn’t really teach us anything about history, but what’s particular is the nature of the message. The usual phrase has been replaced with “In God, we rust”.
Despite the fact that this might seem like a nihilistic commentary on the nature of spirituality in the modern century, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation behind this. It’s merely a result of grease that wasn’t cleaned at the right time and prevented the press from stamping the letter T.
The Peace Dollar
Issued in 1921, this coin was designed to commemorate the peace that followed the tragic events of the Great War, and the proposal was intended by a former president of the American Numismatic Association.
The beautiful design blends the image of the mighty American eagle with the graceful profile of Lady Liberty, together with common inscription of US coins. Only around 1 million coins of this model were minted, so collectors might have trouble getting their hands on one.
Doubled Die Lincoln Cent
An exciting model regarding press mistakes is this one issued in 1955. It’s one of the most famous errors ever produced by the United States mint and is due to a coin die that used two impressions with a slight offset, which resulted in doubled text inscriptions.
The error was quickly discovered after 20,000 coins, which makes this item pretty rare, but it still maintains its popularity among collectors due to its unique feature.
Three Legged Buffalo Nickel
Another coin from the category of press errors, this 1937 model features a Buffalo on the reverse of the coin. The surface of the die has been grounded to the point where one of its legs does not show anymore, so the animal appears to be three-legged.
The cost of one of these coins depends on whether you would prefer a circulated or uncirculated model. These coins have not received such popularity as to prevent them from hitting the market, so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one that hasn’t been used. If you’re having trouble noticing the mistake, you might need to use a good microscope for coins to observe it accurately.
The Washington Quarter
This is one of the few models that are still being used today, due to its vast popularity. It was initially meant to be issued only for one year, in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth date.
It was issued in 1923, and they stopped producing it during the Great Depression due to production costs. However, the public enjoyed this design, so it was brought back in 1934. The 1932 edition has a lower mintage than other years, and it’s the hardest to find for a reasonable price, but if you know where to look, you’ll probably add it to your collection.