Us circulation coins that need a change

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Centennial, Apr 23, 2013.


Which of the circulation coins do you feel need change, or do we need a new addition?

  1. The Cent

  2. The Nickel

  3. The Dime

  4. The Quarter

  5. The Half Dollar

  6. The Dollar

  7. A New Denomination

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Centennial

    Centennial New Member

    With all the changes we've been seeing in the last 12-13 years or so on circulation coinage. Which of the denominational circulation coins do you feel need change more than ever? Or, do we need to make an addition or subtraction?? Answer, and/or poll please!
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  3. coinguy-matthew

    coinguy-matthew Ike Crazy

    The Roosevelt dime.....
  4. Centennial

    Centennial New Member

    WOW! That was quick! I totally agree with you! It's been well over 60 years since they have done anything with the dime! What happened with the 50 year overhaul???
  5. chip

    chip Novice collector

    I voted the quarter, General Washington refused to have his mug placed on our coinage, like was done in all the Europeon monarchies. I know it was done as an honor to our first president, but we would honor him more by following his wishes in the matter.

    I did not pick the cent because its time is probably numbered, I did not pick the nickel because the quarter has had a Washington portrait since 1932, while the nickel has only had a Jefferson portrait since 1938.

    If they were just going to put more political figures on them they might as well leave them alone.
  6. coingeek12

    coingeek12 Collect all the nickels!

    nickel cent and quarter need to change
  7. Henslac

    Henslac New Member

    Dime. I think we should move to events in history for the obverse, and maybe something like a draped flag for the reverse. I dunno. Something different.

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  8. Tyler

    Tyler Active Member

    Nickel, they are going to change the metal content soon anyway. Then I would say quarter.
  9. silber

    silber Junior Member

    I loved the Indian peace medal and bison nickels from a few years back. They should have kept the design.
  10. wkw427

    wkw427 Member

    I'm in favor of all of them.

    Cent, Nickel, Dime and Half need to be changed. They are far too similar to what they were when they came out. Dime especially.

    Quarter, well, I'm not wanting it to change, I just want it to remain static. There are over fifty varieties of the quarter. Stick with one observe and one reverse.

    Half, going on fifty years, might as well change it up.

    Dollar, dido on the quarter. Pick a design and stick with it for more than a year, please.

    I'm also in favor of adding higher denomination coins. Why can't we have 2.5, 5, 10, and 20 coins like we used to? Phase out dirty paper money.
  11. ReaperRuler

    ReaperRuler Resident Numismatist

    Personally, I dislike the shield design for the cent and kind of want to go back to the old wreath designs for it. The nickel I don't mind, but i prefer Felix Schlag's design for the obverse. What we have now just makes Jefferson look creepy IMO. The dime, I'm ok with. If we want to change it, that's fine, but keep it something simple or use a design similar to mercury dimes. The quarter doesn't necessarily NEED to be changed. I just think it needs to stay constant for more than a few months... I don't mind the half the way it is. The infrequency that it has in general circulation keeps the design fresh IMO and it technically is the youngest without a change so far, barring the cent, nickel and quarters which were recent. The dollar needs to go. I'm sick of the "gold" dollar. I'd much rather go back to large dollars, but society may not. Just for novelty's sake, a new denomination could be fun, so I'm ok with that.

    The main thing that bothers me about the current designs is that they are so detailed that I personally think the coins are visually taxing. If you look through the history of coins, most of them were semi-intricate, but art-worthy. Their redeeming quality was their simplicity and that's what I think we should return to: Simple, yet dignified.
  12. RomaniGypsy

    RomaniGypsy New Member

    The change we really need is to get rid of the $1 bill and replace it completely with the $1 coin. Frankly, I don't much care for paper money. Paper bills get mutilated easily, they don't count well when they're brand new, they harbor more germs than a smaller metallic coin would, they aren't accepted by vending machines when they're in well-used condition, and they don't last anywhere near as long as coins do. Really - does the US government know exactly how many dollar bills are out there? I could burn one right now and they'd never know the difference. The same could be said for coins, I guess... but when the average lifespan of a bill is maybe 1/20th the average lifespan of a coin, you have a lot of room for error in there. We should do what Canada did - go to a one dollar coin and phase out the one dollar bill. Let the remaining dollar bills wear out, and use dollar coins.
  13. Centennial

    Centennial New Member

    I appreciate your posts and responses to this. Thank You very much on your opinions. My feeling on this are mutual, like a few of you. however i do believe though, it's the dime, as nothing has been done to it in 68 years... The mandated 50 years for the dime have been more than up, and it really is time for a change, or a revision with some changes. The cent since 1958 has been through 11 changes, from wheat to memorial to union shield, to low relief punch, to 2009 series, to 1909 obverse revisited and revised, etc... Since 1938 the nickel has had 8 changes, the quarter has had to many changes to count, and the half dollar has had a few changes. The dollar coin has had just as many changes as the quarter has, and as for a new denomination, we might need one, as the cent has come under scrutiny of late, for it's true monetary production value... Make no mistake about it though, time has come to change the very dated and i should say out dated lowly dime....
  14. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Easy, the cent and the dime. The cent has been the same for over 100 years now and other then the reverse being changed, its the same old coin. I find the lincoln cent the most boring coin we have cause its been around so long and so common.

    Next is the dime. I just dont like the reverse of it, never have.

    I didnt pick the nickel or quarter because they at least have changed them now and then even if its the same presidents.
  15. saltysam-1

    saltysam-1 Junior Member

    Lets keep all ex-presidents and politicians off of coins. They are remember quite well already. In Illinois, we find a great many of them in the news or in jail.
  16. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I said just cent and dime since the cent needs to go and the nickel needs to be a small cheaper coin. But, while we are at it, change all of them. Our coins are based upon relative metal values when our dimes through halves were silver and our cent was copper nickel. Kind of time for a change, isn't it? Make a small copper nickel size of a dime, silver colored dime size of the cent, silver colored quarter size of a nickel, silver colored fifty cent piece size of a quarter and multi-sided, same dollar coin, and a bimetallic $2 coin. All of them only show Lady Liberty.

    That is what I would do if I were king for the day.
  17. redwin117

    redwin117 Junior Member

    TWO/Five or TEN DOLLARS COIN is NEEDED to ADD on...:)
  18. Slider

    Slider Member

    The cent and dime for all the reasons already mentioned.
  19. Centennial

    Centennial New Member

    Likes @ Medoraman & redwin 117, as you see that just maybe we do need an addition in upper currency coins. @ Saltysam-1, i understand your concern about ex-presidents, but i will have to disagree with you on this, as foundational and Post foundational presidents were really never about politics, but more about principals, and virtues in the service of the country. However Saltysam-1, i do agree that today's politician is but a shadow of the moral figures we once had that actually served, and considered themselves servants... Today's politician more or less serves themselves, and a handful understand the true implications of the constitution and knowing how to convey the voice of the people that elect them. In saying that, redesign the dime!!!;)
  20. swhuck

    swhuck Junior Member

    Cent: dump it. It has no purchasing power and serves only to make change for sales tax; plus it costs more to make than it's worth.
    Nickel, dime: Keep them, but redesign them. They do have (small) purchasing power; however, we have had the same dead presidents on our coinage for way too long.
    Quarter: Obviously keep it. Redesign it once the America the Beautiful quarter series is done, about 2021.
    Half Dollar: dump it or make it much smaller and give it a completely new design.
    Dollar: dump the bill. Keep the coins and start making a lot more of them. Keep the presidential designs until the scheduled end of the program, and keep making the Native American designs indefinitely.
    $2: dump the bill and add a completely new coin.
  21. onecenter

    onecenter Member

    When you look at American coins, much of our circulating coinage system dates from the late 18th and middle-19th century.

    The cent: diameter unchanged since 1857, thickness and composition changed in 1864, composition changes in 1943, 1944, 1947, 1962 and 1982

    The five-cent piece: diameter, thickness unchanged since 1866 with exception of 1942-1945

    The dime: diameter and thickness unchanged since 1790s, minor silver composition adjustments until 1965, then all copper-nickel clad

    The quarter dollar: diameter and thickness unchanged since 1790s, minor silver composition adjustments until 1965, then all copper-nickel clad

    The half dollar: diameter and thickness unchanged since 1790s, minor silver composition adjustments until 1965, then silver clad until 1970, all copper-nickel clad since 1971. Coin largely driven from circulation due to the popularly or the mystique of the Kennedy legacy and kept as souvenirs.

    The dollar: Spotty, intermittent or regionalized circulation, precious metal removed for the modern clad Eisenhower dollar (1971-1978), size reduced in 1979 for Susan B. Anthony design, diameter, color and design largely unpopular, most studied failed coin worldwide, composition change in 2000 led to similar poor circulation despite design, color and diameter changes in 2000 and 2007, coin stockpiled, rarely seen in circulation.
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