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. ReaperRuler

    ReaperRuler Resident Numismatist

    I agree with this mostly. As far as the cent, do with it what the mint did with the half dollar and just mint it for collectors. Also, the nickel also costs more than face to make, but people dont really harp on that part, but it could go as well. I still think the dollars should go back to being bigger and non-gold...
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  3. Centennial

    Centennial New Member

    You just touched on something about the penny that i had posted on youtube and to several other coin collectors... The penny should be made in sets, and sold only to collectors, or people who are willing to purchase them. Lets say for a roll of BU 2013 Lincolns - P mints, $3... a collectors set of BU lincolns from each of the mints, $1.... Canada should do this, if they are not doing so already... They discontinued the maple penny last year.....
  4. ReaperRuler

    ReaperRuler Resident Numismatist

    This is exactly what I mean. Minting them in sets, even limited quantity sets, would help minimize the cost of making them. Even better, if they find an allow that works, sets would still be nice.
  5. lonegunlawyer

    lonegunlawyer Numismatist Esq.

    Everything needs changing. Get rid of the presidents and back in with beautiful women!
  6. swhuck

    swhuck Junior Member

    There have been minor diameter changes in the nickel (1883), dime, quarter and half (all 1830s). If you put a pre-1830 dime, quarter, or half in a holder for modern coins, they won't fit, and if you try to put a shield nickel in a modern Whitman folder for nickels, it'll fall out.

    Your basic point, of course, is well-taken.
  7. swhuck

    swhuck Junior Member

    From that, I assume you're not advocating making the Special Olympics dollar for circulation... :devil:
  8. lonegunlawyer

    lonegunlawyer Numismatist Esq.

    I am sure they can put beautiful women on the Special Olympics dollar.
  9. Ruben

    Ruben Member

    Change 'em all.
    -back to lady liberty designs
    -the rev of the 2005 nickel (buffalo) was great, replace Monticello with that one.
  10. saltysam-1

    saltysam-1 Junior Member

    Keep all political reference off all coins, including Presidents. Let the politicians award them selves with just medals to promote their personal and political party agenda's. Coinage should always remain neutral.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
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  11. quarter-back

    quarter-back Active Member

    I think the replies suggesting doing away with political figures are pretty much right on. In fact, I think that the presence of political figures is the main reason why our coinage has been so stagnant. Anyone who suggests a change to a new politician would face opposition from about half of the population. If we could convince the powers that be to return to allegorical figures, changing the coinage would not be difficult at all.
    So here's what I'd like to see. Finish out the ATB quarters and the presidential dollar series by minting and releasing a couple hundred thousand of each at a rate of 10 per year for collectors only, and then abandon the concept of using circulating coinage as commemoratives (the state quarters worked, but we'll never see that kind of success again). Eliminate the Sacagawea dollar, but continue with a dollar coin. A new Presidential dollar (and spouse coin) could be made after the deaths of both a former president and his/her spouse. Then use something like the St Gauden's 20 dollar gold piece as the basis for all denominations, just different sizes and or compositions (we already know that the design can look good on small coins). For an example of what this might be like, check out the silver coinage from the Philippines under US Administration.
  12. OspreyCoinHunter

    OspreyCoinHunter New Member

    The dime, unlike every other circulated denomination has not been changed at all in over 60 years, our change needs to change.
  13. bdunnse

    bdunnse Who dat?

    Missing an option..."None". They're all fine as is.
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  14. Ruben

    Ruben Member

    So many good replies. IMHO remove all real people from our coins. As stated earlier, with politics in the mix, designs
    become stagnant. Just look at the duration of our current designs. Also, drop Monticello from the nickel reverse. 77 years is more than enough....sorry, but that design is just plain boring. Viva Lady Liberty!
  15. nuMRmatist

    nuMRmatist Well-Known Member

    I got mixed feelings on this...

    I really love when Federal Legislators feel the need to involve themselves in such inane issues as baseball players using steroids, etc., because when they doing this, they can't be passing new bills, laws, etc., that lead to fool-hearty spending of tax revenues. Of course, focusing on such fool-hearty CAN lead to bills / laws that do exactly that...

    OTOH, I DON'T like changing what's on money / coins, because it can lead to recognizing NON-American figures, which can lead to absolution of the US Constitution - a WAY WORSE thing...........
  16. iontyre

    iontyre Active Member

    Really hate the presidential dollars, especially the reverse. Missing all the usual mottos and such the thing just looks like an amusement park token. No wonder they don't circulate, no one believes they are really money! Even the original Sac reverse from 2000 looks way more 'coin'-like than these crappy presidentials...
  17. 19Lyds

    19Lyds Member of the United States of Confusion

    I'd vote but I don't see the

    "o - Every Last Stinkin One of them needs to be Changed"

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