Well worn Copper's Blog

13 Dec 2021

Best & Worst U.S. Coin Designs of 2021

| Well worn Copper

At the end of every year I look back on everything the U.S. Mint produced and consider the best and worst designs. Here are my choices for 2021: The 2021 Law Enforcement half dollar reverse was hands down the most disappointing design the Mint released this year. I understand the engravers must abide whatever the bill's language states should be depicted on a coin, but this is a good example that lawmaker's should stay out of the coin designing business. The fingerprint resembles a tombstone while the oversized eye is outright creepy. The legends and wording are crowded and un-balanced. This is probably the worst looking commemorative issued since the 1991 Korea issue. The downside of collecting commemoratives is that sometimes you've got to hold your nose when buying a coin to complete your set. And this is one of them. On the plus side, the new Silver Eagle reverse is refreshing. The eagle is nicely done, and the wording is off center but works. The new Washington quarter reverse was also well done. It is fluid and gives the coin a sense of drama and movement. I look forward to seeing Laura Fraser's obverse design grace the coinage for 2022. I like how they are keeping Washington on the quarter but changing the design. If they keep this up more collectors will be collecting quarters than commemoratives. I would have included the 2021 Morgan and Peace dollars, but as welcomed as they were, they were mainly recycled. For my wish list of 2022, I'd like to see something done with the Roosevelt dime. Either refresh the design, or replace Roosevelt altogether. Nothing has happened to this design since 1946 and it's gotten stale. That said, I wish everyone a happy new year, and good collecting.

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