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What Is The Weirdest US Coin?

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 Posted 10/27/2020  01:05 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ionanator to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This guy on YouTube made a list with the weirdest US coins that I think was pretty well done. Did he miss anything what do you guys consider the weirdest US coin? I think the Half Cent of the three dollar coin are pretty strange!

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 Posted 10/27/2020  01:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
None of these are that odd to me. Wampum was widely accepted at one point, and Alaska had warlus skin money, but as for actual coins I'd have to go with the Hawaii Issued coins because they have a King on them.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  02:54 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any I consider "weird." I thought it was really interesting when I found out about the existence of coins like the 2 and 3 cents.

If I had to try and find one, I figure it would be a modern commemorative of some sort.
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In terms of coins that were made in regular issue, then I have to agree with the $3 gold piece, however the $4 gold piece is about the same amount of weird.

Once you know about how coins and small change worked 170+ years ago, you'll see that the Half Cent was actually pretty sensible and practical.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  04:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Though technically not a coin, if you want a weird denomination then I think this is about as odd as it gets https://coins.ha.com/itm/s.s.-centr...rce=coinweek
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 Posted 10/27/2020  04:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 10/27/2020  08:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Never gave that a thought.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  08:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Two of the weirdest U.S coins are the BLP incuse designs for the Quarter and Half Eagles, but the artwork is very successful.
I just love them because they are so different.

In terms of U.S. coinage, the Double Dime (or 20 Cents), is a bit of a weirdo as well.
20 Cents is nevertheless a very common denomination in lots of other countries.
Also nevertheless, the 20 Dollar note is a highly successful U.S. denomination.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  09:07 am  Show Profile   Check Yokozuna's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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I wouldn't call this coin "Weird," but it IS different. It's an 1860 IIIó silver strike. The reverse on my coin is slightly rotated and shows clash marks at the center. This is one of my favorite US coins.

The first US coin motto was found on a 1792 half disme and read: "LIB (erty) PAR (ent) OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY"

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 Posted 10/27/2020  10:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the reverse of the 3 cent silver is the most mysterious, as the carotid shape around the "III" and the rhombus shape, circles therein are strange.
Something to do with Free Masonry?
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 Posted 10/27/2020  10:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Philippines WWII U.S. coins has to be up there.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  10:46 am  Show Profile   Check Collects82's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Collects82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm a big fan of the early Half Cents. They were generally very well used back then, with the general surviving population being lower grade. Scratches, dings, dents, are more the norm than not. They certainly filled an important need.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  10:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, many/most of the modern US President dollar coins are almost creepy--given the way the US Mint goes about handling the relief of faces/busts.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Since no one has defined weird, how about the 1 cent coin that is not profitable to mint and accumulates unused in millions of jars all over the US? or how about all the US silver dollars that were melted in the WWI era, only to have millions more made and millions sitting in vaults? But then, I suppose that politics is weird.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  3:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Morgan Nerd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Half-cent is the absolute weirdest denomination ever, in my opinion. I know it was minted in a day when the US dollar was much more valuable, but still, a half-cent? Very weird.
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Half-cent is the absolute weirdest denomination ever, in my opinion. I know it was minted in a day when the US dollar was much more valuable, but still, a half-cent? Very weird.


Half a cent would still be worth a lot back then.
Let's take a Morgan dollar for instance. Melt value nowadays is about $20. 1/200 of $20 is $0.10. Doesn't seem that low.

Here is a ledger from 1860: http://www.choosingvoluntarysimplic...ost-in-1860/
For instance, Eggs: 20 cents/dozen. So about 1.7 cents per egg. Not too strange to imagine needing a Half Cent.

Sports Figure arcade cards sold for 1/2 cent: https://sportscollectorsdigest.com/...ompany-cards
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