- There are so many coins that, due to their widespread fame, even non-collectors know about. Of course, there are the super-famous trophy coins that break into news headlines upon their sale, including the 1913 Liberty nickel
, 1894-S Barber dime
, and 1804 Draped Bust Dollar. Then there are rarities like the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent, 1955 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent, and 1937-D 3-Legs Buffalo nickel
; these pieces enjoy familiarity among countless Americans and are actively sought by starry-eyed hobbyists and non-collectors who hope to strike it rich through circulation finds - but they (almost) always come up empty-handed with such ambitious objectives.
But there is another group of United States coins
that are part of the collective American conscious yet aren't budget breakers, either. These are coins that, often through sociocultural lore passed from one generation to the next, are irrepressibly linked to Americana even many decades after their production. And, thankfully for the coin collectors who wish to obtain such American treasures, they are generally not expensive to purchase. Let's take a brief look at five such coins that are inextricably linked to American culture. Indian cents
There are many nicknames that collectors have for the Indian cent
, which was designed by James B. Longacre
and produced from 1859 through 1909. Yet, the Indian cent
endures as a coin that for generations of numismatists often became among the first stowed away into collections. And we aren't even just talking about the collectors who grew up during the 20th century.
Even young collectors today are often first introduced to coin collecting through Indian cents
passed down to them or given as gifts by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or elderly friends and neighbors. " Indian pennies
" and "Indian Head Pennies," as they're so often informally dubbed, remain every bit as important to collectors today as they were more than a half century ago when they were waning from circulation. And nice, lightly circulated examples securely protected in PCGS
holders can be bought for as little as $15 to $20 each or even less still.Read the Entire Article