Coins, of course, represent history as well as works of art. As art, some are quite attractive, although I suspect everyone has different opinions of whether one coin is more appealing than another. I have been thinking about coin aestethics recently, and have seen some blog commentaries related on this point. Here are my thoughts on the five most appealing numismatic Items (not necessarily in order). I say "numismatic item" because four are coins and one is paper currency.
1, Fugio Coppers. Of course, this coin predates federal coinage, but I think both the obverse and reverse are singularly compelling
2. Walking Liberty Half Dollars. I see this as the most beautiful of regular silver coinage. Here, too, I think both sides of the coin are beautiful, perhaps with a nod to the observe. Weinman did great work.
3. Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles. I think few would dispute that this is an amazingly attractive coin.
4. Oregon Trail Memorial Commemorative. This is absolutely breaktaking, the most spectacular (obverse and reverse) of the entire old series.
5. 1896 $1 Educational Note. This silver certificate has a front rich with symbolism and detail. I was fortunate to pick up one maybe 35 years ago for $25. Although it is in Good or Fine condition and not valued at much today, it is, by far, what I consider my most impressive note.
I would be interested in hearing others comment on, say, their top five.