8 Coins to Fill Your Collection!
When it comes to which coins you should add to your collection the amount that you have to spend will play a role. If money is no problem and you have unlimited resources then there are some that should be in the set. A number of those listed are based on rarity and uniqueness, but a few are considered part of American history.
1. 1916 D Mercury Dime- Older American dimes may be valued at many times their face amount, but the 1916 specimen with a D mint mark is considered one of the rarest and the most desired from a collector viewpoint. The winged Mercury design is extremely popular and a source of fascination, and this coin may be worth $400 or more today.
2. 1933 Gold Double Eagle- The face amount says $20, but one of these very rare options can set you back a bundle. There were almost half a million minted but none were ever supposed to be released, and they were all to be melted down when the gold standard was no longer in place. A few specimens survived though, and the most recent auction price for the only one available to the public was more than $7,000,000.
3. 1943 Steel Penny- This is the only year that these were produced, and this is the only form of coinage produced by the US Government that can be picked up with a magnet because of the steel content.
4. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel- There are only 5 of these that are known to still exist today, and two are in museums and are not available at any price. The 3 that are held by private individuals are estimated to be worth many millions of dollars, because they were not authorized by the government and were illegally produced by an employee of the mint.
5. 1875-1876 20 Cent- Since it was only produced for 2 years there was a limited number that were created, and minting was discontinued because they were confused with quarters even though the edges did not have the typical reeding that the more common currency did.
6. 1794-1795 Flowing Hair Dollar- This was the very first one dollar design that the US Government authorized and produced, and the few that are still in existence are worth many millions of dollars. In 2005 one specimen actually sold for almost $8,000,000 to a private individual.
7. 1804 Silver Dollar- This is thought by many to be one of the rarest versions when it comes to American coinage, and none that can be found were actually minted in the year that is shown. In 1834 employees started to mint silver dollars once more, and the first ones produced bore the 1804 date. They are considered to be valued at close to $50 million today if one can be found.
8. 1870 $3 Gold Coin- When the design for this version was created there was only supposed to be one single specimen that was struck, and it was sealed into the cornerstone of the San Francisco Mint when the building was completed. There was a second identical item that appeared later, and it is considered to be worth around $2,500,000, not bad for an American coin value.