Why don't coins have serial numbers too?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by CoinBreaux, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. CoinBreaux

    CoinBreaux Well-Known Member

    Nowadays coins really aren't worth tracking since their monetary values are so low. It hasn't always been like this, of course. Why did putting serial numbers on coins never catch on back when the face values of coins were much more significant? Did the US Government see this as unrealistic?
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  3. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    It's anybody's guess. Just think of how difficult and impractical that would be. With the enormous amount of coins produced each year, where would they find the space to fit the serial number after the 100,000th, One millionth, one billionth coin is produced. Even if it was on the edge, imagine the machinery needed to do it. I'm questioning myself why I'm replying to the question. Probably just trying to be polite. lol :)
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  4. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    What good would a serial number do?
    It's a tool for commerce.
  5. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Realistically nothing
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  6. Beefer518

    Beefer518 Well-Known Member

    ...which then poses the question why does paper money have serials?
  7. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Circulates more and bills have many more security features
  8. paddyman98

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    I could see it now.. I website called Fancy Serial Numbers on Coins.. and a buch a newbies asking.. is this fancy serial number on my coin worth anything? :banghead:
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