Sometimes in this column I talk about a fantastic auction result and
explain why a coin is so desirable, why it went for so much money.
All the while, I overlook a great allure of modern coins: they can
be very affordable. This month, I’ll highlight four historically
significant modern coins that can be bought for modest sums.
➤ The 1970-D Kennedy half dollar — This coin is variously described
as the last silver circulation-issue U.S. coin and the first Mint
set-only issue. By 1970, the final year of the 40 percent silver
Kennedy half dollar, there was little demand for this coin in
circulation. This coin was included in Uncirculated Mint sets,
however, and just 2.15 million were produced. Nice Uncirculated
examples cost around $20.
➤ The 1996-W Roosevelt dime — Struck to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the Roosevelt dime, this coin was included in 1996
Uncirculated Mint sets. It’s still the only clad coin and only version
of a circulating coin with a West Point Mint mark. Fewer than 1.5
million were struck, the lowest non-Proof Roosevelt dime mintage. An
example in Mint set packaging can be bought for $20.
➤ The 2000-D Sacagawea dollar, “Millennium” Variety — Included in
the Millennium Coinage and Currency set, this coin has a special
mirrored prooflike finish. Just 75,000 sets were sold to celebrate the
Millennium and the new dollar coin. When it was discovered the
included Sacagawea dollar was special, the sets sold out in a flash.
Its small mintage and distinctive appearance make this coin popular,
but it’s still a great deal. Gem Uncirculated certified pieces can be
purchased for $30.
➤ The 2007 George Washington dollar, Missing Edge Lettering —
Rightly, in 2007 there was much ado about the edge lettering on the
new, forthcoming Presidential dollar coins. The date, Mint mark and
mottoes, IN GOD WE TRUST and E PLURIBUS UNUM, were all moved to the
edge of the coin to allow for larger portraits. Collectors immediately
found coins from the very first issue that had failed to pass through
the edge lettering machine, leaving blank edges. The mintage of George
Washington dollars without edge lettering is unknown, but it is
certainly over 200,000, making them widely available. Average
Uncirculated examples can be bought for around $40. So that you can
see the difference, it’s worth buying a nice Uncirculated nonerror
coin with edge lettering for just a couple dollars, as a companion.
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