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What Is The Weirdest US Coin?

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 Posted 10/27/2020  3:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oriole... I love the quote "accumulates unused in millions of jars." If there are several million jars across the US, each 80-90% full of Lincoln cents, that's a lotta cents. Suppose it depends on what size jars we're considering.

Let's try this -- 20 million jars, with an average of 2000 cents in each. That comes to 40 billion coins. Search that. Cool.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  4:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Morgan Nerd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, but by today's standards, a half-cent is weird.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  5:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ijn1944, that is a plausible estimate, and it is scary to realize that the estimate is only 4-10 years of actual mintage!

I personally have about 10,000, and I live in Canada! Mind you these are all copper wheat and memorial cents.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  7:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the "weirdest" American coin is the Columbian Expo quarter, featuring Queen Isabella of Spain. I believe it's still the only US coin to depict a monarch. (the Hawaii coins don't count, as Hawaii was an independent country back then).
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 Posted 10/27/2020  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the Bridgeport, Connecticut half-dollar is pretty weird, with that strange Art-Deco eagle on one side and none other than P.T.Barnum on the other! Mind you, I'd love to have one in my collection!
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 Posted 10/27/2020  8:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Among the regular circulating issues it's 20 cents, hands down. No other serious contenders.


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Half a cent would still be worth a lot back then.

Yep. It bought more than a cent, nickel or dime does today. Good reason it lasted for 60 years, and good reason to abandon the one cent coin today.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  8:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twslisa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Oriole... I love the quote "accumulates unused in millions of jars." If there are several million jars across the US, each 80-90% full of Lincoln cents, that's a lotta cents. Suppose it depends on what size jars we're considering.

Let's try this -- 20 million jars, with an average of 2000 cents in each. That comes to 40 billion coins. Search that. Cool.


So... you're saying the US has more cents than sense?
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 Posted 10/27/2020  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twslisa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply



Um....Yikes! It's probably worth a zillion dollars but WOW.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  9:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I think the Bridgeport, Connecticut half-dollar is pretty weird, with that strange Art-Deco eagle on one side and none other than P.T.Barnum on the other! Mind you, I'd love to have one in my collection!


That weird eagle definitely caught my eye, but I didn't realize it was Barnum on the other side!
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 Posted 10/27/2020  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Um....Yikes! It's probably worth a zillion dollars but WOW.


Possibly the ugliest coin design.
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 Posted 10/28/2020  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dieuwer to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Um....Yikes! It's probably worth a zillion dollars but WOW.


That coin is called "Crazed Liberty, Escaped from Asylum".
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 Posted 10/28/2020  5:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add matthewvincent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"a half-cent? Very weird"

Not when you remember that British Coinage, widely circulating in the Colonies at the time, had a half penny and a farthing.
Brother, can you spare a "BARBER" dime?
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 Posted 10/29/2020  07:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I kind of like the initial rigidly-decimal system that US coinage started out with. 10 mills = 1 cent, 10 cents = 1 dime, 10 dimes = 1 dollar ("or unit"), 10 dollars = 1 eagle.

(10 eagles = 1 union, but that one never made it outside of patterns. There was never an official term for 1/10 of a mill, on the account of it being an irrelevantly low denomination; my favorite unofficial term is "milray".)
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 Posted 10/29/2020  4:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twslisa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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That coin is called "Crazed Liberty, Escaped from Asylum"



I'm calling it the Zombie Coin.
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