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24 Aug 2022

A Different Direction

Coins-United States | Long Beard

As I read through the member blogs, one in particular got me to thinking. While this one in particular pertains to the American Women Program, my mind wondered of the other programs as of late as well. Call it a revelation or what you may, but one sure to exited not only the collector but those who know little or nothing about coinage and their design. The topic of this week's blog. Enjoy!

Few would argue that the 50 State Quarter Program introduced in 1999 was perhaps the greatest boom to the coin collecting hobby as it pertains to specific release of circulation coinage aimed solely at collectors. Being so, one may only speculate on how the United States Mint could out do such a bold move. Following the 50 State program, the Mint has been riding that success to somewhat of a waning appeal as a whole across the collector community. This is not to say the themes and designs are unappealing, rather that the mintage figures have been consistently and steadily sliding downward since. As I thought, taking this and other factors into consideration, one very doable ten year program popped into my mind which should by all accounts rival or top that initial program. The list is long, so bear with me. And feel free to add or critique as you feel warranted.

Year One

Flowing Hair Cent, chain reverse

Draped Bust Dime, small eagle

Draped Bust Quarter, small eagle

Flowing Hair Half Dollar, small eagle

Year Two

Flowing Hair Cent, wreath

Draped Bust Dime, heraldic eagle

Draped Bust Quarter, heraldic eagle

Flowing Hair Half Dollar, heraldic eagle

Year Three

Draped Bust Cent

Capped Bust Dime

Capped Bust Quarter

Capped Bust Half Dollar

Year Four

Classic Head Cent

Seated Liberty Dime, star obverse

Seated Liberty Quarter

Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Year five

Coronet Cent

Shield Nickel

Seated Liberty Dime, cereal wreath

Seated Liberty Quarter

Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Year Six

Flying Eagle Cent

Liberty Nickel

Barber Dime

Barber Quarter

Barber Half Dollar

Year Seven

Indian Head Cent

Indian Head (Buffalo) Nickel

Winged Liberty Dime

Standing Liberty Quarter

Walking Liberty Half Dollar

The following would be collector struck only.

Year Eight

Flowing Hair Half Cent, (size and composition of the current cent)

Draped Bust Half Cent, same

Classic Head Half Cent, same

Coronet Half Cent, same

Year Nine

Flowing Hair Half Dime (size and composition of the current dime)

Draped Bust Half Dime, same

Caped Bust Half Dime, same

Seated Liberty Half Dime, same

Year Ten

Two-Cent (size and composition of the current cent)

Three Cent, "C" reverse (size and composition of the dime)

Three Cent, roman numeral, same

* Twenty Cent (size and composition of the current quarter)

As you now see, all of the original designs would be reintroduced. Obviously, the cents of the five years would have been much larger, yet in a small format should prove more than adequate. Original, the thought of adding the half-dime had been considered- base on the size and composition of a current nickel- however this would have created a year short on the program run. To be clear, these would be circulation struck and replace each denomination for ten years, bearing the current date of their respective striking. Imagine being a non-coin collector and seeing one of these designs for the first time in your hands! So what are your thoughts?

* For the twenty cent, in would have to be monetized as twenty-five cents in the event it turned up in circulation being the same size/composition. Technically speaking, though, these would carry a premium over face value as they would be struck for collectors only. However, it becomes a legal issue of which I am uncertain or qualified to make.

Finally, wouldn't it be exiting, not to mention long over due, that at the end of ten years the United States has a complete redesign of it's coinage? Something much more emblematic of We the People rather than former Presidents. No disrespect, just floating a person view point.



Level 4

Very interesting concept from a collectors view. I’m not sure the general public would know what to do.


Level 6

Great ideas and interesting subject indeed! I also am looking forward to new designs. I hope to see some of the classical designs come back maybe with a modern twist. Thanks LongBeard ; )


Level 5

I love your ideas, especially since modern reproductions of classic coins have always been popular with collectors and the public alike! For example, the St. Gaudens double-eagle of 2009, the gold Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, Walking Liberty half dollar coins of 2016, and the Morgan & Peace Dollars of 2021 have a proven track record of popularity. The annual Silver American Eagle, Gold Eagle, and Gold Buffalo are popular renditions of the Walking Liberty half dollar, the St. Gaudens double-eagle, and the Buffalo nickel.

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Level 6

Great blog. It is interesting, the way you have organized each within soecific areas, years, or tracks. Love that prospective inner dimenssion to see the evolution of US coinage.

It's Mokie

Level 6

your first 4-years could also be a perfect segue into our 250th anniversary. I like this idea a lot.


Level 6

Interesting thoughts


Level 6

Fun thoughts and discussion. I always have felt we need more discussions here. polite exchange of ideas. I know that is for the forum but that doesn't get enough views. LongBeard I like your ideas.


Level 7

That's what were all wondering about. That big anniversary. I'm sure they will have a multitude of beautiful coins. I haven't herd that they are going to do a complete overhaul on our coinage. I'm sure they have ideas going on now. .Its nice to see the mint going forward. Better silver makes for better coins. I like the shave in the silver coins. The more pure the better.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I would love to collect all of those! One caveat though... I would like to see them struck in the same metallurgical compositions as the originals. That disappointed me about the Morgan reissues.


Level 4

I will be curious to see what the Treasury and Mint come up with for the 250th birthday on the United States in 2026. It’s suppose to be a complete redesign of U. S. coinage. That being said, like the Morgan and Peace dollars, I think reintroducing older patterns as new again would be quite intriguing. And may have extra appeal on the hobby and market.

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