The Coolest Coins you Won’t Find in your Pocket
Everyone uses plastic these days, right? Who even needs to feel the weight of metal in your pocket, or weighing your purse down and announcing your arrival as it all clinks together before you even step into the room. So you might think that coins are a useless leftover from years long gone by, and remain content to scan your card and get your contactless spending done with the minimum of fuss and the ease of knowing you can check everything online. However, it’s worthwhile to know that money is collectible and occasionally, more than a little bit cool. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and ages, and it might be worth checking to see if you have any of these old things stuck to the bottom of your piggy bank.
How Big Are Your Pockets?
A solid gold, 100kg coin with a face value of $1 million isn’t likely to be hidden in your piggy bank without you noticing. This Maple Leaf coin is awesome for a number of reasons, not least the fact that the face value is a blatant lie since the coin sold at auction in 2010 for a whopping $4million, purchased by a Spanish company that specializes in precious metals. Pretty much everyone would be happy with a 100kg of gold, but when it features the Queen of England’s face on it and was minted in Canada, then it seems clear that it’s going to be worth a fair amount.
Depression Era Cash
Back during the Depression, President Roosevelt took the big step of recalling all gold coins in circulation. Obviously, not all of them made it to the smelter’s foundry, and some of them are still found today thanks to some enterprising criminal types who may have wandered off with a few instead of watching them melt. The 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle is an excellent example, and it might say $20 on the face of the coin but one sold in 2002 for a massive $7million, which might have got old Roosevelt wondering if he’d done the right thing. Even ignoring the fact that they are made of gold, this one seems especially cool due to the fact that it involved a little bit of crime to get it to where it is now. The fact that there might be more out there? It makes it even cooler.
Sometimes It’s Age
If you find a coin that turns out to be older than your country, then you know it might be worth hanging onto. There are only three examples left of the 1343 Edward III florin, which is an incredible 670 years old. If you’re wondering if everyone has checked down the back of the sofa, you can be pretty certain that they have. Oddly, these few remaining coins aren’t worth as much as their American counterparts, but they have reached auction prices of up to £460,000 (roughly $640,577) so not a price to sniff at, and certainly not something that you’d pop into a vending machine in exchange for a candy bar.
The history of a military coin lends a lot of appeal to collectors, and it’s easy to see why. Although they are not used as currency, they do however tell a story. There’s a reason why so many remain in the hands of those that first received them. As mementoes of your time served in the armed forces or emergency services, military coins are used to signify a unity that can be hard to find in civilian life. For those that decide that their current team needs a challenge coin, it’s even possible to have them made for you in any design that you request, be it MilitaryCoinsUSA fire department challenge coins or even something to remind you and your teammates of spent fighting crime in your city.
You Might Not Own it
If you happen to find yourself in possession of an aluminum cent coin, then don’t start thinking that you’re about to become an instant millionaire. Although they are worth a lot of money, they still technically belong to the US Government, as Randall Lawrence and Michael McConnell found out when they tried to sell theirs. They wanted to display the coin, but even after suing the government, they ended up having to give the coin back in 2016, making this a coin that promises fame and fortune but most likely won’t get you either.
Just the Coolest
Imagine finding yourself the owner of a dollar coin that’s worth over $10 million. Well, if you are lucky enough to have an example of the first ever one-dollar coin issued by the US government then you might just be in luck. Mostly made of copper, there aren’t many of these about. Referred to as the 1794/5 Flowing hair silver/copper dollar due to its distinctive image of Liberty with an incredibly luxurious hairstyle, an example sold in 2013 for the not very small sum of $10million, which makes it the coolest coin on this list.
Coin collecting is one of the most common of hobbies and with some of the rewards reaching prices like those listed, it’s pretty obvious why that is. Infinitely cooler than plastic in your wallet, coins remain in circulation because they are reliable and feel more real than a credit card. Perhaps that’s why people still feel the need to jangle their pockets on purpose. Coin collecting doesn’t have to be about the monetary worth though. It can also be a reminder of your own country’s history, and with their ability to endure for long periods of time it’s unlikely that the fad of coin collecting is ever going to go out of fashion, especially if they do manage to sell at incredible, life-changing prices. So rummage down the back of the sofa, smash open the piggy bank you’ve been hoarding since you were 13, and go and check the attic. You never know what you might find.