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The 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent inspired more coin collectors than the Flying Eagle cent. It is one of the most famous US coins and one of the 20 rare coins serious collectors covet.

1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent

One of the most famous mistake coins. Auctions for 1943 Lincoln Wheat cents on bronze planchets are exciting. In 1943, the US Mint made one-cent coins with zinc-coated steel blanks due to copper shortages.

1943 Lincoln Cent on  Bronze Planchet

The 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo nickel is another popular rare coin. Due to overpolishing a broken reverse die at the Denver Mint, the bison's right front leg was completely removed.

1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

The most important circulation strike Morgan dollar is the 1893-S. One in ten have survived because to a small 100,000 mintage and Western US acceptance of “hard money”. Heavy wear dominates.

1893-S Morgan Dollar Auction Record

The “King of Morgan Dollars” is the 1895 proof Morgan dollar. Even though Mint records show 12,000 Morgan dollars were minted in 1895, none have been discovered. The 880 proof 1895 Morgans minted that year are the only option for collectors.

1895 Proof Morgan Dollar

Another historic uncommon coin is the 1921 High Relief Peace dollar. Even though production didn't start until December 28, Philadelphia struck over 1 million silver dollars by year's end.

1921 High Relief Peace Dollar

The 1916 Standing Liberty quarter was another 20th-century US numismatic rarity due to its limited mintage and surprise release. The first 1916 Standing Liberty quarters were struck on December 16th after a lengthy design process. Only 52,000 were manufactured. They entered circulation with 1917-dated coins the following January.

1916 Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter

While not the lowest-minted Walking Liberty half dollar in the series, the 1919-D is the conditional rarity. Most of the 1.1 million 1919-D Walkers went immediately into circulation, lowering survivors' average grade to VF35. Center strikes are weak, especially on high points like Liberty's left hand.

1919-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar

The first “small” American cent was the 1856 Flying Eagle cent. Some collectors consider it a circulation issue because so many were manufactured and circulated as pattern coins. The Flying Eagle penny started public coin collecting in America. People started hoarding huge cents after learning they were eliminated.

1856 Flying Eagle Cent

First-year issuance and exceptionally low mintage of 264,000 coins make the 1916-D Mercury dime a crucial date in the series. Philadelphia produced over 22 million 1916 Mercury dimes and the San Francisco Mint over 10 million.

1916-D Mercury Dime

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