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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COLLECTORS LOT:
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
COLLECTORS LOT:
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$267 Bids
U.S. SILVER COIN COLLECTION (63 PCS)
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
U.S. SILVER COIN COLLECTION (63 PCS)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $225- $275
$2505 Bids
Original 1998 U.S. Kennedy Collectors Set
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
Original 1998 U.S. Kennedy Collectors Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$654 Bids
Partial Collection Whitman #9046 - Type Collection of 20th Century U.S. Coins - 12 Coins
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
Partial Collection Whitman #9046 - Type Collection of 20th Century U.S. Coins - 12 Coins
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$244 Bids
U.S. COLLECTORS LOT:
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
U.S. COLLECTORS LOT:
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $140- $160
$123 Bids
Nearly Complete Volume 1 & 2 - Wheat Penny Collection-122 Coins
Oct 19, 5:00 PM EDT
Nearly Complete Volume 1 & 2 - Wheat Penny Collection-122 Coins
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$73 Bids
3 Coin Sets
Oct 21, 6:00 PM CDT
3 Coin Sets
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
Presidential Stamp & Coin Collection
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CDT
Presidential Stamp & Coin Collection
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$182 Bids
COLLECTORS LOT:
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
COLLECTORS LOT:
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$122 Bids
COLLECTORS LOT:
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
COLLECTORS LOT:
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $130- $150
$112 Bids
Buffalo Nickels 1913-1938 Complete Collection
Oct 27, 1:00 PM CDT
Buffalo Nickels 1913-1938 Complete Collection
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
Presidential Coin Collection
Oct 19, 5:00 PM EDT
Presidential Coin Collection
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
2001P & D Colorized State Quarter Collection
Oct 19, 5:00 PM EDT
2001P & D Colorized State Quarter Collection
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
2 Coin Collections
Oct 22, 6:00 PM CDT
2 Coin Collections
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
AMERICA -- BRY, Th. de. Collection of 13 text-engravings taken from (at
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
AMERICA -- BRY, Th. de. Collection of 13 text-engravings taken from (at
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €400- €500
€4000 Bids
AMERICA -- BRY, Th. de. Collection of 23 text-engravings taken from (at
Nov 16, 1:30 PM CET
AMERICA -- BRY, Th. de. Collection of 23 text-engravings taken from (at
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €550- €700
€5500 Bids
Complete Collection U.S. $1.00 Gold Coin PCS Set
Nov 27, 10:00 AM EST
Complete Collection U.S. $1.00 Gold Coin PCS Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
Whitman Album #9406 - Lincoln Cents 1941 - Partial Collection - Ready to be Completed! 67 Coins
Oct 18, 5:00 PM EDT
Whitman Album #9406 - Lincoln Cents 1941 - Partial Collection - Ready to be Completed! 67 Coins
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
United States Classic Coin Collection
Oct 19, 7:00 PM EDT
United States Classic Coin Collection
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $35- $50
$200 Bids
Partial Album of Buffalo Nickels Collection 1913-1938 (Earliest date starts at 1916)
Oct 22, 7:00 PM EDT
Partial Album of Buffalo Nickels Collection 1913-1938 (Earliest date starts at 1916)
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
2001 Platinum Edition State Quarter Collection
Oct 22, 7:00 PM EDT
2001 Platinum Edition State Quarter Collection
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
**GREAT STARTER SET** Lincoln Cent Collections from 1916 to 1974 (3 Partial Albums)
Oct 23, 7:00 PM EDT
**GREAT STARTER SET** Lincoln Cent Collections from 1916 to 1974 (3 Partial Albums)
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids

Sellers Who Sell United States Coin Collections


Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Silver City Auctions

Silver City Auctions

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company