From the Feb. 15 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
How important is coinage design in your collecting decisions?
Here are some answers sent in from our e-newsletter readers.
Coinage design is the most important component of a coin. That’s why, for the last 10 years, most of my coin purchases have been world coins! I still buy American coinage, but the U.S. is way behind in terms of interesting/artistic coin designs.
North Hollywood, Calif.
Even if a coin is rare, without eye appeal it would be a hard sell. Junk coins have eye appeal and user feel; well, at least for myself. It is the history behind the coins I find most appealing, and I try to impart that to young collector would-be numismatists.
Design is the number one reason why I would buy a coin. Since I’m not a set builder, I buy coins which of course in my subjected opinion have beautiful depictions. These included coins made in all eras, even some modern issues. Who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of pre-1933 gold, or modern issues like the buffalo and baseball commemoratives?
Coin design is a top consideration for me when making a collecting decision. If I can’t appreciate the design or topic, I won’t buy it. For instance, with recent modern U.S. commemoratives, I’ve only purchased the Baseball, Twain, National Park Service, and Apollo coins because both their design and themes appealed to me.
It’s number one in my book, at least in most instances.
I don’t collect ugly coins.
Barring complications, designs are important to me in collecting. Somewhat in series, and ingot collecting as well. To a degree, it can be important in the resale of items, but not necessarily.
Coinage designs are a top priority with me; that’s why the Walking Liberty halves and the Standing Liberty quarters are my favorites. The Peace dollars are nice, too, but are usually weakly struck.
Staten Island, N.Y.
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