Serial Number's on Coins?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by ryanbrooks, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. ryanbrooks

    ryanbrooks US Coin Collector

    What do you think?
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  3. Phil Ham

    Phil Ham Hamster Supporter

    Call me old fashion but I don't like it.
  4. krispy

    krispy krispy

    Firstly ...what do you think Ryan?

    Some thoughts:
    • A huge hundred million number destroys the design, especially on the smallest diameter coins.
    • The SN would be easy to fake, alter or obscure.
    • Add an SN and you need more security features to protect the unique SN from the above.
    • If you add a unique number do you create a machine to count the SN?
    • What purpose does it serve the Mint, banks, public...?
  5. tmoneyeagles

    tmoneyeagles Indian Buffalo Gatherer

    What would be the purpose behind serial numbers on coins?
  6. Dimefreak

    Dimefreak Senior Member

    It would ruin them just like it did trading cards
  7. statequarterguy

    statequarterguy Love Pucks

    There is a serial numbered Bill of Rights Half Dollar (check the Red Book). I believe it was numbered by the Madison Foundation & the ANA. Only about 9,000 of them exist.
  8. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    1913 Keeling Cocos pieces have serial numbers.
  9. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

  10. mark_h

    mark_h Numismatist

    Yep - why? But you could put them on the edge - we know how well that worked. :) It sounds interesting, but what would be the purpose? I just can't imagine a reason why.
  11. I do not like the idea, but if the SN was also the sequential production number it could help truly determine "First Strikes" and "Early Releases" for the TPG's. It could also lead to new SN type sets...I have all the 1,799,023 business strike coins from 2015. Again, I do not like the idea. :) TC
  12. 1970 Silver Art

    1970 Silver Art Silver Art Bar Collector

    There have been serial numbers on a very limited number of silver art rounds in the past but in those cases, these silver art rounds had low mintages and the S.N. dd not take away from the look of the silver art round.

    I do not think that it would work for regular coins because the mintages are larger and that means large numbers to stamp on the coin. This is just an example but stamping Serial # 100,000,000 on, for example, a 1/10th oz gold Eagle would not work IMO.
  13. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    Lincoln Cent production can exceed 4 billion. That is 4,000,000,000. Where could a number that long be placed on an already crowded coin?
  14. PeacePeople

    PeacePeople living the journey

    Many of the really valuable ones have a serial number assigned by the grading TPG, other than those, I don't think so. Just think of how much it would add to the cost of the already losing proposition of minting pennies and nickels.
  15. dctjr80

    dctjr80 Senior Member

    If your are looking for there to be something unique about your coin as opposed to the 100,000,000+ minted along side it than just collect errors :)
  16. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Quite a few expensive collector coins have serial numbers, usually on the edge. And theoretically that could be done with any coin that is made primarily for collectors, especially pieces that cannot be had at face anyway. When it comes to circulation coins, however, I think such a number would make production quite a bit more expensive. So while I don't appreciate serial numbers on coins anyway, they will certainly not be used on everyday's coinage ...

    Christian
  17. justafarmer

    justafarmer Senior Member

    Serial Numbers for coins is a bit excessive but I have often thought serial numbers for working dies as part of the coin design would be nice.
  18. swhuck

    swhuck Junior Member

    That's been tried, believe it or not. Great Britain did this on their sixpences, shillings, and florins from 1867-1879. If nothing else, it makes collecting by die variety much easier. :)

    As for serial numbers on coins, it would work on larger coins if they did it as part of the edge lettering. I've seen a number of silver rounds that have numbers there. That having been said, I don't see the point of doing so on circulating coins, especially considering that there would probably be a good deal of expense involved.
  19. LEG END

    LEG END Junior Member

    Great for......the IRS at tax time. Eeeks.
  20. silvermonger

    silvermonger Member

    say what????? WHAT expensive collector coins have serial numbers on the edge? what are you smoking?
  21. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Most or all €100 gold coins from the French "Europa" series for example have them. Those are 5 oz pieces. And no, I don't smoke.

    Christian

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