Historically important coins?
One of my pet peeves is how quick people are to call a coin "historically important". Granted, every coin played some role in history, so I suppose it would be fair to say that all coins are historical, but some are more historical than others. But to my way of thinking, few coins are actually of any historical importance. For example, and 1854-S Half Eagle is historically important because it documents the story of the newly opened San Francisco Mint and, to some extent, the Gold Rush that brought about the need for that mint. By comparison, an 1822 Half Eagle is, despite its greater rarity, far less important as a piece of history. And the Clapp-Eliasberg 1894-S Half Eagle in MS-69 is, despite its astonishing quality, of even less historical importance. Yes, all three are unbelievably great coins, and are among my all time favorites. But the way I see it, only the 54-S makes the cut as being "historically important".
In that spirit, post a picture of a coin that you consider of significant historical importance, and explain why. Or post a great coin that you consider of minimal historical importance, and explain why it's cool but doesn't make the cut as "historically important".
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