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Top 3 20th Century Coin Series

erwindocerwindoc Posts: 3,445 ✭✭✭✭✭

Lots of opinions on this one I bet! What is on your list!


  • koynekwestkoynekwest Posts: 6,765 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lincoln cents; Buffalo nickels; Walking Liberty half dollars.

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 5,896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Gold Indians. My favorites anyway. Saints are nice as well.

  • HydrantHydrant Posts: 3,074 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 15, 2020 7:45PM

    Lincoln pennies, Walking Liberty halfs, with Buffalo nickels or Mercury dimes as a toss-up.

  • ShaunBC5ShaunBC5 Posts: 458 ✭✭✭✭

    Franks, Mercs, the field. Just starting to get into Walkers, so maybe them for 3rd.

  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 6,913 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In order:

    1) Standing Liberty quarters
    2) Mercury dime
    3) Walking Liberty halves


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  • Rob9874Rob9874 Posts: 122 ✭✭✭

    @Dave99B said:
    In order:

    1) Standing Liberty quarters
    2) Mercury dime
    3) Walking Liberty halves



  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 7,155 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lincoln cent
    Walking liberty half
    Mercury dime

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 22,862 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 16, 2020 3:20AM

    If it was 4 it would be easy:

    • Lincoln Cent
    • Buffalo Nickel
    • Mercury Dime
    • Walking Liberty Half
  • rickoricko Posts: 76,432 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would say the Lincoln cent, the Buffalo nickel and the Walking Liberty half.....The Mercury Dime is certainly in there, but without some sort of a statistical analysis, drawing the line is guesswork....Cheers, RickO

  • PQueuePQueue Posts: 823 ✭✭✭

    Indian $5, Indian $10, St. Gaudens $20

  • WCCWCC Posts: 725 ✭✭✭

    If the OP is referring to the series with the highest preference:

    Excluding gold:
    Lincoln wheat cent
    Buffalo nickel or Mercury dime (it seems close)

    With gold:
    Lincoln wheat cent
    Indian $10

    My ranking is based upon where collectors seem to be spending their money (based upon prices and TPG data) which is the best indicator of an actual preference as opposed to "popular". However, many gold buyers are less collector than "investor".

  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 8,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    By popularity, or beauty?
    If by popularity, in terms of set builders, I agree with Hydrant, (except to say it should be halves).

    @Hydrant said:
    Lincoln pennies, Walking Liberty halfs, with Buffalo nickels or Mercury dimes as a toss-up.

    If popular by beauty, the walkers are still up there, along with the $10 and $20 St Gaudens pieces.
    Far fewer set builders, but still coins that everyone wants one of.

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  • WCCWCC Posts: 725 ✭✭✭

    @keyman64 said:


    On another note, just go look through the NUMBER of registry sets to see how many set builders there are of each to get a warm feeling about popularity. I haven't done this yet. Any volunteers?

    The most widely collected series aren't actually the most preferred. Someone mentioned the Franklin half. It's possibly more widely collected than the WLH but only because it is much cheaper, not because collectors in the aggregate would rather own it. There are multiple WLH worth more than the entire Franklin half series (except maybe with FBL) in equivalent grade, across the quality distribution. Excluding series with presidential portraits, I'd rank it last from this group.

  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 9,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 16, 2020 6:08AM

    @Rob9874 said:

    @Dave99B said:
    In order:

    1) Standing Liberty quarters
    2) Mercury dime
    3) Walking Liberty halves




    ...gotta go with the classics!

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  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 6,456 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 16, 2020 2:23PM

    Standing Liberties

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  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 9,302 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Peace dollars (so far ahead of the others it isn't even close)
    Buffalo Nickels

    Honorable mentions:
    Merc Dimes

  • cladkingcladking Posts: 26,727 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In number of collectors it is;

    1.,= States quarters (these were struck beginning at the end of '98)
    2.,= Lincoln cents (1909- '64)
    3.,= Jeffersons (1938-'64)

    My favorite are the eagle reverse clad quarters and then buffalo nickels.

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  • 3stars3stars Posts: 1,244 ✭✭✭✭

    SBA, Ikes, and Roosevelt Dimes.

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  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 880 ✭✭✭✭

    @Zoins said:
    If it was 4 it would be easy:

    • Lincoln Cent
    • Buffalo Nickel
    • Mercury Dime
    • Walking Liberty Half

    Add SLQ's. and I'm done as far as series that hold any interest.

  • toyz4geotoyz4geo Posts: 1,305 ✭✭✭✭✭

    WHAT??? Nobody said Jefferson Nickels? Oh well. I always used to like my Studebaker as well.

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  • chesterbchesterb Posts: 599 ✭✭✭✭

    Barber Dimes
    Liberty Head Nickels
    Liberty Quarter Eagles

    Honorable Mention: Classic Commems, esp, the Washington Carver

  • winestevenwinesteven Posts: 957 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For my collecting interests, this is not a theoretical question, but an actual applicable question. For my entire time participating in our wonderful hobby for many decades, I’ve been working on putting together, and then upgrading as extra income became available, a U. S. Type Set and a 1936 - 1942 U. S. Proof Set.

    About a year ago or so, I felt I was getting close to “completing” the above two sets, so for the first time I asked myself what series can I start, not for appreciation potential, but just for the joy and attractiveness of the coins. So at that time, I started a Lincoln Wheat Cent DATE Set (all RED). While working on that, this past December I then started on a Proof Franklin Set. While still working on these two sets, last month I started working on a Standing Liberty Quarter Full Head DATE set.


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  • koynekwestkoynekwest Posts: 6,765 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm also a fan of date sets. It's the only way I can afford sets like Buffalos, Standing Liberty quarters (except for the 1916, of course,) and Indian Head quarter eagles.

  • ElectricityElectricity Posts: 205 ✭✭✭

    • Jefferson Nickel
    • SLQ
    • Proof Buffalos

  • ElectricityElectricity Posts: 205 ✭✭✭
    edited September 16, 2020 7:22PM


  • mannie graymannie gray Posts: 6,295 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @koynekwest said:
    Lincoln cents; Buffalo nickels; Walking Liberty half dollars.

    My list too. :)

  • ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 2,371 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Going on popularity with collectors, being identifiable with the general public, and artistry, I would go with these.

    St Gaudins $20
    The artistry alone is off the charts, it has some variations, and some mystery, controversy. I think its very recognizable to the general public, at least as gold.

    Walking Liberty Half
    The artistry is way up there, a popular series, looks nice in most grades, it's still a current design for bullion. For the most part recognizable to the public.

    Lincoln Cent
    Artistry is good, a mainstay in numismatics, start of the trend for the 'dead presidents' -for better or worse, A great gateway into the hobby.

    Just my $20.51 worth

  • abcde12345abcde12345 Posts: 2,601 ✭✭✭✭✭

    War nickels; Standing Liberty quarters and Walking Liberty half dollars.

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