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United States Coin Collections

Coin collecting has a long tradition in the United States, due in part to the relative collector friendliness of the Mint. Some collectors opt to develop their own coin collections, focusing on specific issues, denominations, mints, or designs that they find particularly compelling. Others inherit coin collections that their parents, grandparents, or other relatives began.

One of the most noteworthy numismatic feats ever accomplished by a United States collector, Louis Eliasberg successfully compiled a complete set of United States coinage. Eliasberg's collection includes all dates from each mint. The only exception is the 1849 double eagle, a specimen pattern coin that was never released to the public. Only one copy of this coin is extant, and that copy resides in the National Collection at the Smithsonian.

Certainly not everyone is capable of such a collection, of course. Recent changes to United States coinage have helped facilitate fledgling collectors, especially through the State Quarters program. The state quarters are a popular collectible series of quarters easily obtained from circulating currency on a daily basis. They feature a unique design for each state on the reverse of the coin with five different quarters issued per year. These designs generally feature the name of the state, date of its acceptance into the United States, state motto, and an image considered emblematic of that particular state's history.


Quick Facts

  • Upon the dissolution of Eliasberg's collection, the comprising coins were sold across three auctions in 1982, 1996, and 1997. Together, these auctions summed just over $57 million
  • Egypt's King Farouk was a noteworthy coin collector. Farouk's impressive collection included a complete set of the Saint-Gaudens run of double eagle coins, including an especially storied copy of the 1933 coin
  • Most collectors specialize in one or several types of coins that resonate with them in some way. Some specialists branch out over time and become generalists, but this tends to be rare due to the amount of capital required

Recommended Items at Auction

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United States Obsolete Dollar Type Set Engelhard Collection
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
United States Obsolete Dollar Type Set Engelhard Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$559 Bids
U.S. Coin Random Coin Collection
Sep 27, 5:00 PM EDT
U.S. Coin Random Coin Collection
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$957 Bids
The Silver Story Coin And Currency Collection
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
The Silver Story Coin And Currency Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$426 Bids
Three Centuries Of Silver Dollars Collection
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
Three Centuries Of Silver Dollars Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$555 Bids
Lincoln Wheat Cents Estate Collection
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
Lincoln Wheat Cents Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$265 Bids
Random Coin Collection
Sep 27, 5:00 PM EDT
Random Coin Collection
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$605 Bids
Vintage U.S. Coin Collection Albums w/ Coins
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage U.S. Coin Collection Albums w/ Coins
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
United States Coins Of The 20th Century Collection
Sep 30, 6:00 PM EDT
United States Coins Of The 20th Century Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$653 Bids
(3) 5pc U.S. Silver Dollar Coin Collector Sets
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(3) 5pc U.S. Silver Dollar Coin Collector Sets
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
The Colorized President's Collection - Beautiful Set!
Sep 26, 5:00 PM EDT
The Colorized President's Collection - Beautiful Set!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$92 Bids
Partial Collection Lincoln Wheat Cents - 1909-1958 - Nice Collection in Dansco Album!
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
Partial Collection Lincoln Wheat Cents - 1909-1958 - Nice Collection in Dansco Album!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
Partial Lincoln Cents Collection in Dansco Album- Ready to Complete!!
Sep 26, 5:00 PM EDT
Partial Lincoln Cents Collection in Dansco Album- Ready to Complete!!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
War Era Silver Coin Collection
Sep 27, 5:00 PM EDT
War Era Silver Coin Collection
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
$100 FACE PRESIDENTIAL DOLLAR COLLECTION
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
$100 FACE PRESIDENTIAL DOLLAR COLLECTION
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $120- $160
$101 Bid
(4) Lincoln Head Cent Collection Books w/ Coins
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(4) Lincoln Head Cent Collection Books w/ Coins
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
GROUP OF U.S. COLLECTOR COINS 1983-84 2-COIN OLYMPIC 1990 PROOF ASE & COLORIZED ELVIS QUARTERS
Sep 25, 11:00 AM CDT
GROUP OF U.S. COLLECTOR COINS 1983-84 2-COIN OLYMPIC 1990 PROOF ASE & COLORIZED ELVIS QUARTERS
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $20- $1,000
$101 Bid
USA 50 state quarters & Europe euro coin collection - 2002
Dec 11, 2:00 PM CET
USA 50 state quarters & Europe euro coin collection - 2002
by SION Auctions
Est: €20- €40
€100 Bids
COLORIZED U.S. COIN COLLECTION ($28 FACE)
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
COLORIZED U.S. COIN COLLECTION ($28 FACE)
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $30- $50
$100 Bids
AMERICAN MINT COLLECTION - STATUE of LIBERTY
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN MINT COLLECTION - STATUE of LIBERTY
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
A Starter Collection of Mint State Lincoln Cents
Oct 08, 11:30 AM EDT
A Starter Collection of Mint State Lincoln Cents
by Mitchell Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
FRAMED COLLECTION OF US COINS 1900-1971
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
FRAMED COLLECTION OF US COINS 1900-1971
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$100 Bids
The Rare Cent Coin Collection w/Beautiful Case w/Lock & Key - 4 Coins! - Unique!!
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
The Rare Cent Coin Collection w/Beautiful Case w/Lock & Key - 4 Coins! - Unique!!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
Partial Collection of Lincoln Cents
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
Partial Collection of Lincoln Cents
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
(4) FRAMED U.S. COIN COLLECTIONS
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
(4) FRAMED U.S. COIN COLLECTIONS
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $40- $60
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell United States Coin Collections


Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Vintage Auctions Online

Vintage Auctions Online

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Designer Homes of Central Florida