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11 Oct 2018

7 Coins All Advanced Collectors Should Own

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There are some amazing coins available for sale. Some of them are incredibly rare and valuable and others are amazing for their own reason and are affordable for even intermediate collectors. If you’re an advanced collector and don’t own these coins, that’s okay! Everyone collects what he or she enjoys. If these aren’t your type, that’s totally okay.  

  1. 1909-S Indian Head Cent: Unknown to many people, the Indian Head Cent was actually minted in 1909. Because this was also the first year of the Lincoln Cent, the mintage numbers were significantly lower than years past. The 1909 no mint-mark coin is an affordable alternative to the 1909-S and is still a lower mintage coin. Around 14,000,000 1909 no mint-mark Indian Head Cents were minted, but only around 300,000 1909-S Indian Head Cents were minted.  

  1. 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat Cent: Minted along with the Indian Head Cent for one year, the Lincoln Wheat Cent only had the designer's initials, VDB, for some coins for its first year. “VDB” was removed from all future years. Starting in 1918, the initials returned, but it was only on Lincoln’s shoulder, not in its initial location on the reverse of the coin. The 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat Cent is one of the most famous and most well-known coins ever. Only almost 500,000 Lincoln Cents were minted in San Francisco with the “VDB” initials, which makes it rare, but not as rare as the 1909-S Indian Head Cent, which is actually cheaper to acquire.  

  1. Flying Eagle Cent: Minted for only three years, the Flying Eagle Cent is one of the shortest mintage runs for US coins. The 1856 Flying Eagle Cent is incredibly rare, but also incredibly expensive. The other two years, 1857 and 1858, are much more affordable and great additions to any collection.  

  1. 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel: For those of you who are tired of hearing about copper coins, here’s a nickel. In 1937, the Buffalo Nickel was known for having a worn strike on some coins, which led to some coins coming out of the mint with only three legs. These coins are reasonably expensive but very unique.  

  1. Indian Head Quarter/Half Eagle: These coins were incredibly unique coins, with its incuse design. No other American coin has been minted with an incuse design, which means the devices and legend are below the field, unlike above the field like with most coins. This makes these coins also one of the hardest coins to grade.  

  1. Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle: One of the most famous coins, mostly because of the interesting story regarding the 1933 Double Eagle coins. A very expensive coin, it is also considered by many to be one of the best designed US coins ever. This was the last double eagle design before the Gold Reserve Act made it illegal to own gold. The remaining coins of this design were coins that were not returned like they were supposed to be.  

  1. 1916-D Mercury Dime: The rarest key-date of all Mercury Dimes, this coin had a mintage number of just over 250,000 and is a very well-know, yet expensive, coin. 

Comments

I wish I could've squeezed an "S" out of my 1909 V.D.B cent

Kepi

Level 6

You made a great list! We'd all love to have those. I have collected about 4 of the coins you have listed. Great blog! Thanks

iccoins

Level 4

Thanks! That's awesome. There are a lot of very popular coins on this list :)

"SUN"

Level 5

It is nice to make lists, but advantage collectors also collect what they want. What is an advanced collector? Someone that can buy rare coins, or being knowledgeable in the the hobby? To me it is someone that is knowledgeable. Good blog, it makes collectors think.

iccoins

Level 4

Thanks :) This is just a list I put together with some of the most common and is mostly my own opinion. This is by no means a list anybody has to (or even should) go off of when choosing what coins to buy :)

Longstrider

Level 6

That is a good list. We all have our list also. I have most on yous. I will be waiting fr you to send me a nice Gem double eagle St.. Thanks.

iccoins

Level 4

Awesome! You probably have a great collection. You want me to send you a Sant Gaudens double eagle? Unfortunately, I don't have one.

CoinLady

Level 6

Good list. The 3-leg Buffalo 5c is a favorite. The 1916-D Mercury 10c will always be popular. These are genuinely good coins to own, not common coins in super-high grades.

iccoins

Level 4

Thanks :)

One of the most excruciating stories my grandfather has ever told me is when he owned a gas station, bowling alley, and car repair shop, in the 60's he collected every date, mint, and variety of the lincoln cents, 1909-s VDB, 1914-D and 1922 no D and with D( he thought they were from two different mints). He sold the set to a customer which he said had been bugging him about them for twenty dollars. It was the 60's but still. I hope to own some of these pieces one day. Thanks Malcolm.

iccoins

Level 4

Sad story. I wish I could have been that buyer :) Back then, it seemed like you could buy practically any coin at an affordable price...not anymore. In the early 60s, a Roosevelt Dime was 10 cents. Now, that same coin would be about $1.05 at spot!

I have no idea why I said "malcolm, must be thinking of Malcolm X.

Mokie

Level 6

I currently own the 16-D and a Flying Eagle Cent. I have owned a S VDB in the past but traded it for a Gettysburg Commem in MS 65 condition. Here is my short list of coins I would LOVE to own: Bust Dollar Seated Liberty Dollar Hawaii Commemorative Half Pan Pacific 50 Dollar Gold and the 1877 Indian Head Cent

iccoins

Level 4

Nice list :) The Flying Eagle Cent has to be one of my favorite coins ever minted.

Mike

Level 7

Well I have to say that's a list any collector would love to have.. That's because it' a very well know list. I think anyone with a few years would know about these coins. Paying for them is another problem . All sellers and dealers will charge top dollar. What about the 1955 D D obverse. That's a keeper. Thanks for the list. I'm sure there are many yn's and those starting :O don't know about it so thanks for the list.

iccoins

Level 4

It is a well-known list. There are many others that I considered adding, but I chose to include some of my favorites in the list and ones that I would hope to someday have.

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