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19 Aug 2019

LWH 2019 US Circulating Coin Rankings, Part One

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This is part one of a two-part blog(no, this is not the American Coin of the Decade Series, it merely is a ranking of the coins specifically of 2019)

 

A majority of numismatists have been clamoring for a change in our change. I too may be counted as being among that throng. However, the mint has yet to make any really big moves in the desired direction. Having already made suggestions for how to modify what we have(surprisingly, the mint doesn't want to do a large cent again, strange right?), I now shall endeavour to select what the ranking is for the circulating coins of 2019 are.(please remember these are personal opinions).

 

In sixth place, the dime!

Out of six, the dime comes last. "Brother, can you spare a dime?" 'Sure, it just will not be any different than any other one I've spared you since 1965, and no different in design than any I've spared you since 1946.' Out of six the dime is last, and last by far. Not a terrible design, but it's been the same for over seventy years! If anybody with high-end influence at the mint reads this blog, please suggest at least a design modification. Even the nickel saw some. Out of six, the dime comes last.

 

In fifth place, the quarter!

Just missing fourth, it seems strange to see the quarter so low. When the state quarters were being minted, it rather took over from the penny the job of being the first series collected and the main draw for new numismatists. But, that was the state quarter series. In 2019, we are on the national park series. Interesting, and still fun to collect(I myself am engaged in seeking them), it just doesn't pack as much power. Novelty effect is no more with them. Not bad or terrible, just not enough to make it past fifth.

 

In fourth place, the five-cent!

First off, this isn't just due to my dislike at the fact Thomas Jefferson is staring right at you constantly, it's more than that. In 2004/2005, there was the special design reverse's, but besides that and the rotation of Jefferson to his pocket-hawking position, not much has changed. Regardless, the Jefferson nickel in general is not that attractive. The reverse is an uninspiring portrait of "Montecillo," residence of Jefferson. In an article(I forget where it is, so sorry for lack of it or photo), there was a photo of a different angle of the building, though that design was rejected. It should not have. Or at least it should have been employed at some point, because eventually one becomes tired of the same "tail" after numerous decades. However, even if creepy, change is change, so the nickel does get a slightly higher rank for that. Unattractive, and in ways creepy(I will never get used to Jefferson glaring at me), the five-cent lands fourth place.


This concludes part one.

 

 

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

I'd love to see the classic designs make a come back...so tired of the President designs. Thanks for an interesting blog!

Longstrider

Level 6

I have to agree with Pat on this one. Young people always want to change things. Then again, older people don't like change. Generally speaking. I could make a bad pun her about "changing our change" but I will leave that for our friend Mokie. That is his job and he does it well. Thanks Just Mokie. Anyhow, I too await the second part to see how you do. Thanks.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Sounds like we need another renaissance in coinage design. Then again there is some indication of that in non-circulating coins.

Mokie

Level 6

I'm with Gary on that, we would do well to change every design and get those old men off the Nickel through Half Dollar. Notice I did not include the Lincoln Cent or the Sacagawea Dollar? Well the Lincoln Cent is a perfect classic design and should never be changed (the obverse) and the Sacagawea is also an exceptional obverse design with beautifully composed portrait of Sacagawea and Son. But the other four, they can all be relegated to the numismatic dustbin. BTW, I realize that President Kennedy was not old but his presence on a coin has been too long, just like the others.

Mike

Level 7

The only ones I know of wanting to change this and that are the younger generation. They have no when we of history. When they get done wanting to change everything we will be the only country with monopoly money. I firmly believe this is a split in the generations. Wait till you see what t!hey want. I just thank God knowing he here to see it thanks. Great blog.

"SUN"

Level 6

Looking forward to the future blog, to see if I agree with you.

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