thatcoinguy's Blog

20 Nov 2022

Three Coins Every Numismatist Should Have In Their Collection

Collecting Tips | thatcoinguy

Hello fellow YNs and YNH!

Man, it has been a minute since I last logged on, and I wanted to tell you guys, first of all, I'm not dead. Marching band season just ended last Friday, and that has kept me busy for a while, but now that the season has ended, I have a lot more free time on my hands, and I should be getting back to blogging at my usual rate.

That being said, Thanksgiving is right behind the corner, with the Holliday season approaching fast, so I though it would be appropriate to give you guys a list of coins you could give to a longtime hobbyist, or budding coin collector that is a close loved one. Because who doesn't love getting coins for Christmas?

1. The steel cent is a coin that is underrated because of it's low price, and high mintages, but I feel it is imperative to have a steel cent in your collection, whether you are just starting, or have been collecting for decades. Steel cents were minted in 1943 (and 1944, but that's a story for another blog) during World War II. The US government changed the alloy for the cents during that year because the copper was needed for the war effort making artillery shells, and other such military equipment. These come at a very nice price point, with $20 getting you a nicer mint state specimen.

2. Despite what a certain famous unnamed numismatist who may tell you otherwise, a Buffalo Nickel would round out any collection of US coins well. Considered to be one of the greatest US coin designs of all time, the "All-American" design of this five cent piece is one that cannot be passed by. Buffalo Nickels have been loved by the American public for decades and generations, and at the modest price of $40, why not add a MS-63 example of the type to your holdings?

3. The last coin on this list is, while certainly not under appreciated, is most definitely undervalued when it is (in the majority of collectors' opinions) the most beautiful US coin design. Yes, I am talking about the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. While not always easily found, nice sharply struck coins of both mint state and about uncirculated grades are out there, just waiting to be picked by a discerning collector: you. It is always said that quality is more important that quantity, and there is no lack of quality with this large silver half dollar minted from 1916-1947.

Keep collecting,




Level 6

Great choices! I would definitely choose a Buffalo Nickel and a Walker! Nice to have you back! ; )


Level 5

Three great choices. All designs from 1916 are nice to collect. Really nice.

AC Coin$🌎

Level 6

Wonderful blog. Thanks for your suggestions. Keep on marching.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Nice picks! Anyone could certainly make their own choices depending on their own personal preferences but I do agree with you on the Buffalo nickel. Thanks for the blog!!


Level 4

Great blog! Nice to know you are still active. Personally I would include a Flying Eagle Cent for its historical significance, but that's just me. Looking forward to more blogs.


Level 6

Nice choices. I may not agree with you on all of them but they are all great. No way we will agree on just three coins to have. Anyhow thanks.


Level 7

Yes you were missed. Hey life comes first . Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Your right about the coins. I have the steel cents and some Buffalos. I would like to have all the Walking Liberty's. Three winners. All great coins. Enjoy your holiday!!


Level 5

You too Mike!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Nice ideas, especially for the budding new collector!

Long Beard

Level 5

That's a very appropriate list you've compiled. Personally, I would have substituted the steel cent for a Winged Liberty dime (mercury) which are always a hit and easily obtainable in the upper grades. Yet after some thought, the history behind the steel cent and the high popularity of the series has me rethinking my choice. Well done young Sir. Well done.


Level 4

This is a great blog. And I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments. Someone has either taught you well, or you’ve gotten some good intuition.


Level 5

A combination of both!


Level 6

Good to hear from y you, again. Nice choice, they all have great stories.


Level 5

How was marching band? Do you play at football games? Nice three coins to have in a collection. Buffalo nickels can be purchased at reasonable prices for a nice uncirculated grade. Welcome back. Looking forward to your blogs.


Level 5

Marching band was great! We played at the football games, and at marching band competitions.

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