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01 Aug 2020

Coin Thoughts #95 by "SUN"

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It has been a while since I have posted a blog, I finished a collection of Franklin Halves in February and have not acquired any coins since. So, I thought I give you something to think about.

Why do some people call them "wheat ear" pennies? Corn has ears, wheat does not.

Why do some people feel so strong not to call cents "pennies" and then call five cent pieces, nickels. Nickel is a metal, not a denomination.

Why did Barber coins and Morgan dollar become known for the designer, and not "Liberty Head" Coins?

Are you a "V" nickel person or a Liberty Head Nickel? Same goes for Indian/Buffalo nickel, Winged Liberty Head or "Mercury Dime," how about a Walking Liberty or Liberty Walking Halves? I could come up with others, but leave that up to you.

Why are some coins known better for the reverse design, like the Buffalo Nickels and Peace Dollars?

Are you wondering why I have a picture of a Buffalo Nickel? I like photos of coins, medals, or something else over the stock illustrations from the ANA.

What have you been thinking about?



Level 4

Very interesting thoughts...


Level 6

That is a lot of thinking for a Sunday.. I'll get back to you. Bison nickel???

Long Beard

Level 4

Never really thought much about it until now. Thanks SUN!

Mike B

Level 6

I'm a big believer in cents not pennies. The term pennies comes from Britain.. Going back centuries. Your right. They should be called by there proper name. I always write cents. I have even told so yns that there cents. This was a great blog. I use proper names when I remember. Thanks . This is food for thought.


Level 4

I agree with Big Nub...that's a beautiful, what I call, Buffalo nickel ! I'm still not educated enough about the semantics of the numismatic world. My step-dad called pennies wheat head pennies. Your questions do make sense and as Golfer indicated, "someone should answer these questions for us!". Great reading your post Sun !

That's a stunning buffalo nickel. To be completely honest, I would love to do a large-scale survey on these questions to see exactly what everyone would come up with. I personally have never called a wheat cent a wheat-ear cent, although now that you bring it up it's quite odd. I think it's just easier to say, and as long as everyone knows what we are talking about, does it really matter? I really think it should be seated liberty, as liberty seated makes no grammatical sense and just sounds weird. Nice to see you post again!

I. R. Bama

Level 4

Why don't we call mint errors FIDOS anymore? That's what they called them when we were kids!

I. R. Bama

Level 4

What can I say? I'm old!


Level 5

Many collectors probably have not heard the word "FIDO" to describe a coin.


Level 2

In the long run, they could call em hunks of metal and I would not care. As I tried to explain to my grandson (who I am trying to get interested in coins), viewing a coin is an experience. You can love the design, art work and most of all the history in a coin. One answer to your question is "why is President Roosevelt on a dime", the history of why is awe inspiring. That coin alone covers a President during one of our most turbulent times as well as medical history. Admiring a coin, any type, any age is just an experience that covers so much of who we are as a people, good and bad. The coin becomes a doorway to our past, to be enjoyed in all its beauty. Stumpy


Level 5

The Liberty Seated Collectors Club has been gently prodding folks to continue to call them Liberty Seated vice the now more popular Seated Liberty. I prefer the latter but I understand that tradition is strong in LSCC and they will fight hard for their Liberty Seated. As for the rest, I think we all understand what is being described whether its called a Mercury or WInged Liberty Head. Morgan and Barber had good publicity agents and the Nickel lobby has always been powerful. I call them Wheaties and Cents and I like Like Peace and Buffalos (bisons). (:


Level 4

Was thinking about the 3 legged nickel when I saw your picture. Not sure about wheat ears, that is a good question. How did nickel get attached to 5 cents? Someone should answer these questions for us !

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