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What is the rarest coin you own?


What is the rarest coin you own?  

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  1. 1. What is the mintage of your rarest coin?

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    • 2-10
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    • 10-100
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    • 100-1,000
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    • 1,000-5,000
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    • 5,000-20,000
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    • 20,000-50,000
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    • 50,000-100,000
      5
    • 100,000-500,000
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    • 500,000-1,000,000
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    • 1,000,000-500,0000
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    • 500,0000-10,000,000
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    • more than 10,000,000
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What is your rarest coin? Mine is a 2005 Bulgarian 50 stotinki which I got in my change last year with 500,000. 50_stotinki_2005.jpg My rarest US coin is a 1843 quarter with 645,600. My ancient coins are probably far more rare, but there is no way to know the mintage.

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Coin - Proof Walking Liberty ~15,000 minted. I may have forgotten one. Especially considering survival rates.

 

Anyone know of a good public census for notes? I'd like to check out a few of mine.

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1802 Definitive Treaty Signed, Great Britain.

 

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A tiny jeton very similar in look to an extremely common one that commemorates the "Preliminary" agreement. This piece had only 3-5 struck.

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Here is where we diverge...my answer to the survey was 1 million - 5 million. Granted, I have coins with much lower mintages, but my rarest coin is my 1925-S $20 with an original mintage of 3,776,500, of course 99.9868% or more were melted into bars in the 1930s.

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In 1968 the Robertson book of Scottish coinage reported a single example of this coin:

 

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The above Groat coin was the first of this denomination struck in Scotland, all prior issues were pennies or

there fractions. It was struck earlier in the reign, and is in the "heavy" series of coins that were minted before a devaluation later in the reign. The portrait on this coin reflects a more youthful figure of King David II and was more likely struck in the 1350's when Groats were first minted. The legend around the obverse of the coin is "DAVID DEI GRA REX SCOTORUM" which translates to David, by the grace of God, King of the Scots. The

outer legend on the reverse is "DEVS PROTECTOR MEVS ET LIBERATOR MEVS" which translates to God is my protector and liberator. The inner legend on the reverse of this coin is "VILLA EDINBURGH" the mint name. This coin is aparticularly rare variety with less than 6 examples presently known , it has seven arcs in the tressure around the King's head, the great majority of these coins have only six arcs.

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In 1968 the Robertson book of Scottish coinage reported a single example of this coin:

 

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A single example? :ninja: I guess you win! ;)

 

What a gorgeous piece - puts my Scottish penny to shame.

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Mine is this 5 Francs 1858 from Belgium, with a mintage of only 18,102 pieces. Only 6,6% of this series has stayed in circulation. This means, out of 20.83 million minted in total (1849-1865), about 1.37 million. It's impossible to say how many of 1858 are still out there, but I would guess around 5,000-8,000.

 

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I have rarer pieces, but mint errors are all unique. So they don't count :ninja:

 

Regards,

 

Jos

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Mine is the key date of crown sized Romanian 5 lei coins: 1885B, mintage 40.000.

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I do not count my recent commems, due to their incredible low mintages of 500 ex... These simply doesn't matter as coins in my oppinion.

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Lowest mintage would be my 1895 proof indian head, 2,062 mintage, but who knows how many survived.

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Rarest coin in general though, probably my Connecticut cent, its a Miller 16.1-H R-3, Scarce, Draped Bust Left, so there are 500-2000 specimens known of that variety.

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If we trust official mintage numbers supplied by the mint, this is my rarest coin with a reported mintage of 3,007 pieces:

 

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Ofcourse, these are far too common for a mintage like that and it's propable that many more were minted :ninja:

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Most 60s-70s 50c are cheap and easily obtainable. The 90s and 2000s stuff has been mostly hoarded away by collectors and dealers, though.

 

Rarest thing I own? Probably a late roman bronze variety not in RIC.

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When I answered the poll I just went with mintage. But that can be misleading as to rarity. I've got a couple 1890 cc morgans with a mintage of 2,309,041 but they are both tail bar varieties. (Not the coin I polled)

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The question was the rarest coin, not the most expensive though. My rarest coin is not just one but many where there were actually billions minted. They are the 1943 Lincoln Cents my Dad gave me when I was a little kid. Long, long time ago. Now as I get way, way up there in age I think about my Dad back then and the one thing I still have is well over 30 rolls of those from my Dad. He would give me one every time he found one and that is why I started collecting coins.

No coin on Earth could replace my memory of my Dad. Rare? They are the rarest coins on Earth. No amount of money could buy them.

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...This is my rarest:

 

1794 Starred Reverse large cent....currently 57 known examples exist.

 

Mine is not the prettiest (well worn) but, hey, it's a "Star".

 

Here, you can see some of the stars on the reverse:

 

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I would like to get one of the GMM restrikes and play with it. Those 1794's are loverlies :ninja:

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