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What coins look nice when they are worn?


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Often when coins are minted fresh, most designs are as stunning as they can be from the designer.

 

But how would anyone imagine a design can be like when it wears down. I personally don't think I can say much worn coins are pretty. Do you have any worn coins that might be considered as pretty even though the wear? By wear, I am assuming a grade of F or worse.

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US Barber Quarters and Half Dollars are a design that I think look better in the VG-VF range than they do in uncirculated. As long as they haven't been cleaned and have worn evenly.

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Often when coins are minted fresh, most designs are as stunning as they can be from the designer.

 

But how would anyone imagine a design can be like when it wears down. I personally don't think I can say much worn coins are pretty. Do you have any worn coins that might be considered as pretty even though the wear? By wear, I am assuming a grade of F or worse.

 

Well, except in the case of something like a beat up MS60 versus a nice EF/AU, I have to admit that MS coins look better - but I can't always collect them.

 

But I think there are many coins that have a lot of eye appeal when circulated...here are a few of my favorites...

 

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For world coins, the first thing that comes to mind for me is Imperial Chinese silver coins. The dragon wears quite well, which leads to the coins often being overgraded.

 

I also like the following down to VG:

Canadian George VI and Elizabeth II Young Head

British Pennies and Halfpennies -1860

Fiji sixpence (okay, that was a biased pick)

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