There can be many reasons for a coin being a desired addition to a personal collection. Some try to collect coins that are expected to grow in value over time, some try to be in possession of all coins associated with a certain ruler or time period and others simply have coin collections based on personal preferences and nothing else. Whichever category you fall into, it is useful to know what coins right now are universally considered as some of the most valuable additions to coin collections. And these coins have made it to the top of the list.
First, it isn’t difficult to see how anything associated with the famous Lincoln steals all the spotlight. Pretty much all things which he had at least some influence over seem to radiate social equality and moral progress. His two most valuable cents include 1909-S V.D.B. and 1914-D one.
Let’s clarify the random numbers and letter real quick. As you can probably assume, the first four numbers represent the date when coins entered the market. The letter that follows is a mint mark. Mints are industrial facilities in which coins are made. The three letters that you can see after that for the first coin are actually the initials of the coin’s designer.
Speaking of the first coin, it is among the most valuable because of many novelties it is associated with. It was the outcome of the first major redesign of the one cent coin in the USA, which was previously a head of a Native American. It was released to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and in a rather small batch – 484,000 units. It is in many ways innovative in terms of design. I could go on and on, but one thing is for sure – this is one of the most sought-after coins in the market today.
The other cent, while a little less exclusive (it was produced in larger quantities – 1,193,000 units), is one of the most beloved coins for intermediate and beginner coin collectors because of its symbolic value and the general popularity of Lincoln coins.
1908 St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto
Most numismatic’s enthusiast agree about one thing – this is the most beautiful coin that was ever produced by the United States Mint. This twenty-dollar gold coin is wanted addition to most collections for this and many other reasons, one being that the moto found on most USA currency units, “In God We Trust”, is not present here. The coin was actually first released in 1907, but the relief was too high and proved to be an issue for the bankers (who would have thought so much goes into designing a coin!), and so the improved 1908 version appeared not long after.
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter: Type 1
It features Lady Liberty in a somewhat controversial manner – with her left breast exposed. There is the 1916 version, but it was produced in very limited amounts, and thus is extremely rare and costly. Both circulated and uncirculated examples of the 1917 one are pretty easily accessible for both beginner and intermediate collectors.