Click any of the U.S. Coin Types listed below.
Everything from the Half Cent to Double Eagle is covered. Once a
made, you'll zoom off to a dedicated page where you'll read about
the coin's provenance and historical legacy, complemented by beautiful
photos and images from long ago. Each
coin type chapter has a key date summary and recommendations.
Let’s dig into this a little deeper. If a
seeks to acquire coins destined to rise substantially in value over
time, there are really just a few coins worthy of consideration.
|United States Coin Types|
|Large Cents 1793-1857||Flying Eagle Cents 1856-1858*||Indian Head Cents 1859-1909*|
|Lincoln Cents 1909-present*||Two and Three Cents 1851-1889||Shield Nickels 1866-1883||Liberty Nickels 1883-1913|
|Buffalo Nickels 1913-1938*||Jefferson Nickels 1938-present||Early Half Dimes 1792-1837||Seated Liberty Half Dimes 1837-1873|
|Early Dimes 1796-1837||Seated Liberty Dimes 1837-1891||Barber Dimes 1892-1916||Mercury Dimes 1916-1945*|
|Roosevelt Dimes 1946-present||Twenty Cents 1875-1878||Early Quarters 1796-1838||Seated Liberty Quarters 1838-1891|
|Barber Quarters 1892-1916||Standing Liberty Quarters 1916-1930*||Washington Quarters 1932-present*||Early Half Dollars 1794-1839|
|Seated Liberty Half Dollars 1839-1891||Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915||Walking Liberty Half Dollars 1916-1947*||Franklin Half Dollars 1948-1963|
|Kennedy Half Dollars 1964-Present||Early Dollars 1794-1804||Gobrecht Dollars 1836-1839||Seated Liberty Dollars 1840-1873*|
|Trade Dollars 1873-1885||Morgan Dollars 1878-1921*||Peace Dollars 1921-1935*||Eisenhower Dollars 1971-1978|
|Anthony Dollars 1979-1981,1999||Sacagawea Dollars 2000-present||Gold Dollars 1849-1889||Early Quarter Eagles 1796-1834|
|Classic Head Quarter Eagles 1834-1839||Coronet Quarter Eagles 1840-1907||Indian Head Quarter Eagles 1908-1929||Three Dollar Gold 1854-1889|
|Early Half Eagles 1795-1834||Classic Head Half Eagles 1834-1838||Coronet Half Eagles 1839-1908||Indian Head Half Eagles 1908-1929|
|Early Eagles 1795-1804||Coronet Eagles 1838-1907||Indian Head Eagles 1907-1933*||Coronet Double Eagles 1849-1907|
|St-Gaudens Double Eagles 1907-1933|
Types marked with an asterisk (*)
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Coins that have been the most eagerly pursued by the collector base for decades are the same coins that will remain hot in the future.
The underlying cause for their popularity is genuine scarcity, relative to other coins in a given series (e.g. 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent). “Key Dates” is numismatic jargon for these favored coins, and because of the Supply/Demand law, are characterized by the steepest price inclines, when charted against their more common counterparts.
As each U.S. coin type is introduced and
described in this section, key dates will be listed, along with some
long term value trend data as evidence.
Study Both Coins and History
On many occasions throughout the US Coin Values Advisor website, numismatics is paralleled with story of America. The study of coins is a lot more than just dates and mint marks; an appreciation of the historical underpinnings of the nation that issued them brings a much broader picture into perspective. Nearly every page in the "U.S. Coin Types" section explores some historical connection. In that light, we have a section devoted to the joint nature of coins and US history. The image above is typical of the lessons you'll find on US Coin Values Advisor. It is an advertisement meant for gold seekers wanting to get to California from the US east coat by way of boat. Following the discovery of gold, many thousands of "49ers" headed west, soon leading to California statehood and a branch mint for San Francisco. Public domain image.
Sadly, there are some unscrupulous operators who cheat innocent buyers by overstating the grade of coins they sell. This happens all too often on eBay US coin auctions and elsewhere.
To help pull off this fraud, they align themselves with some official sounding grading service that purposely inflates grades. For example, a victim may end up paying an MS-65 price for an MS-60 coin.
Two of the oldest and most reputable coin grading companies are PCGS and NGC. Coin collectors feel more secure when buying coins under the PCGS and NGC label. Even here you have to be careful; fraudsters are aware of this and have been known to counterfeit these labels! One of the advantages of buying from a long established coin dealer is that they know how to spot the fakes and protect themselves and their customers.
There is also ANACS and ICG, both of which are highly regarded. There probably are other good grading services, but these are clearly four of the best.
It is our hope at US Coin Values Advisor that you’ll spend some quality time perusing the many U.S. type coin pages, where you’ll discover (or broaden your understanding of) the rich heritage of United States coinage. We also hope you’ll take advantage of our researched recommendations and proudly acquire key date coins of high potency.