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What's your favorite & least favorite coins?

jmcu12jmcu12 Posts: 2,452 ✭✭✭
I would like to know what your most favorite and least favorite coins are. Your like or dislike can be based upon any reasoning.

2 categories old and new.

I will start:

OLD:
Most favorite: Morgans, com. halves.
Least favorite: Peace/Walkers/St. Gaudens/Indian Head cents, $2.50, $5, $10.

NEW:
Most favorite: Just about any com. halves from 1979 to present.
Least favorite: SAC dollars, Lincoln cent, many com. silver $.
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    OLD:
    Most favorite: Morgans, Walkers, Liberty nickels
    Least favorite: Anything Seated, gold except St. Gaudens

    NEW:
    Most favorite: none
    Least favorite: SBA, Sacajacrappa, modern commems
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    JrGMan2004JrGMan2004 Posts: 7,557
    I gotta break it down into 3 categories....

    REALLY OLD
    Most Favorite: Capped Busts, specifically Half-Dimes, and 2-centers
    Least Favorite: Seated Libs

    OLD
    Most Favorite: Mercs, Morgans, Proof IHCs
    Least Favorite: Peace Dollars, Lib Nickels

    NEW
    Most Favorite: Not Sure....
    Least Favorite: Sacs and SBAs
    -George
    42/92
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    KriekKriek Posts: 1,044
    Off the top of my head:

    Most Favorite: Morgans, Walkers, Mercs, SAEs
    Least Favorite: Peace, Ikes, Roosies, Gold
    J.Kriek
    Morgan Dollar Aficionado & Vammer
    Current Set: Morgan Hit List 40 VAM Set
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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 888 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 19, 2023 11:30AM

    I did a search for a thread with feedback from collectors on their favorite (and least) coin series. I stumbled across this thread and thought I would resurrect it. What is your favorite coin series? What is your least favorite?

    My Favorite - US Half Cents
    Least Favorite - Roosevelt Dimes

    What are yours?

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    Downtown1974Downtown1974 Posts: 6,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good thread…..
    I don’t collect anything modern so I’ll just break it down into my favorite older type coinage.

    Favorite - all pre-33 gold and Morgans
    Least favorite - I love all coins but if I had to pick my least favorite, probably trimes.

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    coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,768 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow this thread sure did not generate much interest back in 2004. :D

    Fav = Lincoln cent
    Least = Tie between Ike dollars and Franklin halves.

    My Lincoln Registry
    My Collection of Old Holders

    Never a slave to one plastic brand will I ever be.
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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,484 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 19, 2023 11:25AM

    Old
    Favorite: Early U.S. gold, Early Half Dimes, Early Dollars
    Least favorite: Nickel Three Cent Pieces

    Modern
    Favorite: Silver Proof sets
    Least Favorite: The junk that masquerades as dollar coins

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
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    dsessomdsessom Posts: 2,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Old
    Favorite: V nickels, 2 cent pieces, Morgans
    Least favorite: Buffalo nickels

    Modern
    Favorite: Ike dollars
    Least Favorite: Jefferson nickels

    Side note: I hoard all National notes that I can find (and afford) from the city where I live (Lawton, Oklahoma). So far, I have ten notes or so, in $5, $10, and $20 denominations.

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,694 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I didn’t particularly love Peace Dollars until this one came along.

    I think most coins are great when you find the right one.

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    johnny010johnny010 Posts: 1,089 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Kriek said:
    Off the top of my head:

    Most Favorite: Morgans, Walkers, Mercs, SAEs
    Least Favorite: Peace, Ikes, Roosies, Gold

    Gold?

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    pmh1nicpmh1nic Posts: 3,146 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Real Old:
    Favorite - Capped Busted design
    Least Favorite - Classic Head design

    Old:
    Favorite - St. Gardens
    Least Favorite - Incussed Indian Head

    Modern:
    Favorite - American Silver Eagle
    Least Favorite - Susan B Anthony Dollar

    The longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice is it possible for an empire to rise without His aid? Benjamin Franklin
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    ARCOARCO Posts: 4,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 19, 2023 8:35PM

    Let me phrase it in a different way

    Least favorite = relatively common
    Most favorite = relatively scarce

    Love the designs, but the coins are relatively common, they exist by the thousands or tens of thousands by date/mintmark:

    • Walking Liberty
    • Peace Dollars
    • Morgans
    • Commemoratives
    • Buffalos (base metal coins are icky)
    • Mercury Dimes

    Most favorite - because they are relative scarce and hard to find.

    • $5 Classic gold
    • $5 & $10 Libs.
    • Seated quarters (do they get any scarcer?)
    • Barber Halves and Seated Halves.
    • Seated Dollars - impossible to find unmolested, cleaned or without a whole lotta dings and marks.
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    oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,636 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Old:
    Favorites: Colonials, Early copper
    Least Favorite: Barbers, most commemoratives

    New:
    Favorites: None
    Least favorite; Ikes, Kennedys

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    hfjacintohfjacinto Posts: 766 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Old,

    Lease Favorite: The Classic Large Cent 1808 to 1814, just plain ugly.
    Most Favorite: 3 cent silver, just a cool coin

    New:
    Most Favorite:

    Least Favorite:

    But Ike comes really close.

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    privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 3,187 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Old
    Favorite Walker halves
    Least Liberty Nickels

    New
    Favorite Kennedy Halves
    Least Presidential Dollars

    Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value. Zero. Voltaire. Ebay coinbowlllc

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    MapsOnFireMapsOnFire Posts: 191 ✭✭✭

    Old: a cherry.

    New: any cherry.

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    TimNHTimNH Posts: 127 ✭✭✭

    The older the better for me. Half disme, chain cent, 1794-5 silver, bring it on. Colonials, even better still.

    Anything post 1964 when it all went fiat, no interest at all.

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    I still get excited over finding a nearly worthless wheat cent in change, so anything pre-64 would be 'favorite'

    post-64s are not interesting-TimNH and I share similar taste

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    mavs2583mavs2583 Posts: 200 ✭✭✭✭

    Favorite: St. Gaudens, love the design.

    Least favorite: The Barber series, unless the coin is blast white in mint state, they look terrible IMO.

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    BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,733 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 20, 2023 11:38PM

    Old:
    Favorite: Peace Dollars. Honorable mention: St. Gaudens, Pilgrim, Buff nickel, any Flowing Hair or Small Eagle design.
    Least Favorite: Franklins, Morgans, and about 1/3 of the classic commems.

    New:
    Favorite: Sacagawea Dollar
    Least Favorite: All quarters after the 50 states program, all dollars after the Ike (except the Sac), virtually all modern commems, Zincolns,

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    olympicsosolympicsos Posts: 697 ✭✭✭✭

    @mavs2583 said:
    Favorite: St. Gaudens, love the design.

    Least favorite: The Barber series, unless the coin is blast white in mint state, they look terrible IMO.

    Barbers and seated liberty coins would make very good clad coins!

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    TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 4,741 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Favorite: Silver $ coins, esp. Trade $'s
    Least Favorite: Anything copper; exception... Chain Cents

    Trade $'s
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    TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,594 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Old/Classic...
    Favorite: Gold dolalrs
    Least Favorite: Barber-designed coins

    New...
    Favorite: Not much but I'll go with Ikes because they are big
    Least: Pretty much everything else

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    WCCWCC Posts: 2,374 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If this is for a US series:

    Least favorite is small dollars (including SBA) collectively. I'm sure I could find some contenders among the recent quarters which I don't even recognize.

    As a design, favorite is Draped Bust Large Eagle dollar, though there are other specific coins I'd rather own more. My overall favorite US coins aren't US Mint. All are something else, from colonial and territorial gold.

    The Bust dollar is one I can afford, if I wanted to prioritize it over my primary collection which I won't. I'd like to own the full denomination set, but not at the $20K it would cost a mid to better grade circulated set.

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    BustDMsBustDMs Posts: 1,573 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Favs Capped Bust designs
    Least Liberty V Nickels

    Modern Silver Eagles
    Least SBA

    Q: When does a collector become a numismatist?



    A: The year they spend more on their library than their coin collection.



    A numismatist is judged more on the content of their library than the content of their cabinet.

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