Popular Coin Series

A large and diverse selection represent US coin series. Trends in popularity change, adjusting with the times. A study of Registry Set collections is used to shed some light on current interests.

Is there a popular coin series leading far ahead of the rest? How are the different coin series positioned when compared to each other?

Coin collecting takes many forms, many approaches, and many levels of involvement. Different series attract collectors for a variety of reasons. Design and size of the coin, metal content, availability, affordability, and popularity are all possible considerations.

Denomination is often a focus of collectors.


Popular US Coin Denominations

Collecting Popularity by Denomination

Interest in Collecting US coins has chosen the Dollar Denomination as first pick. Non-silver dollars and the older vintage silver dollars occupy two of the top four positions.

A beginning to understanding popularity requires data.

Two large gathering places exist where collectors list and display their sets; PCGS Set Registry and NGC Registry. Sets are organized under specific collecting objectives, and specializations.

Comparing the number of sets listed per category is used to indicate popularity of a specific series of coins. How popular a denomination or series is when ranked against all others is presented in graph form. Finding the number one popular coin series.

Denomination is the face value of the coin and Series are different major designs found within each domination.

Combining data of PCGS Set Registry and NGC Registry programs provided numbers of sets by denomination, series, and themes within a series.

One characteristic of the Registry programs is the variety of themes within series allowing different ways of building sets. Problematic is different themes, all subsets of one collection, can qualify and count in multiple categories. Gathering data using a defined category, one typical to all series, filters out overlapping set numbers within a series.

Two specific theme definitions were chosen to draw data representing a series. Coin Sets encompassing the entire series in circulation issue and proof issue were singled out. Specific categories are:

  • NGC- Circulation Issue
  • NGC- Proof Issue
  • PCGS - Basic Set, Circulation Strikes
  • PCGS - Basic Set, Proofs

Number of registered collections per series is organized to gauge collecting interest. Beginning with a broad question, popularity ranking of denominations. In addition, series within a denomination are studied and placed in order of popularity. Further studies compare multiple series to each other.


 Popular Dollar Coin Series

Popularity Order of Dollar Series

Presidential Dollars lead in number of sets registered. A 20% percent greater number of sets than Morgan Dollars.


 
Popular Half Dollar Series

Popularity Order of Half Dollars Series

Vintage era Franklin Half Dollars lead in popularity over contemporary Kennedy half dollars.

Helping push to the top spot; Franklin halves circulation issues are collected in greater numbers percentage wise than Kennedy halves. Dark blue in chart indicates circulation issue sets, light blue proof issue sets.


 Popular Quarter Dollar Series

Popularity Order of Quarter Dollar Series

State Quarter popularity now overshadows building Washington quarter sets minted 1932-1998. Contribution totals by circulation issues are dark blue on the chart, proof issues are light blue.


 Popular Dime Series

Popularity Order of Dime Series

Leading in popularity are Roosevelt Dimes. When comparing just the silver years of Roosevelt dimes 1946-1964 they are just ahead of the Mercury dime series. Dark blue represents 1946-1964 sets, light blue along the Roosevelt bar represents sets with a focus on coins dated 1965 onward.


 Popular Five Cent Series

Popularity Order of Five Cent Series

Collecting Jefferson nickels 1938 through present leads in popularity. Dark blue on the Jefferson bar represent defined sets 1938-1964. Light blue on the bar represents defined sets 1965 to present.


 Popular Small Cent Series

Popularity Order of Small Cent Series

Popular for generations, Lincoln Wheat Cents continue to lead within the small cent series. Post Wheat designs, Memorial and Shield varieties are combined. Shield variety cents representing a small percentage.


 Popular Gold Coin Series

Popularity Order of Gold Coin Series

Small in size, iconic in design, $2.5 Indian gold series is a favorite among collectors. Saint Gaudens placing second, another series noted for a stunning design.

 Popular Twentieth Century Coin Series

Popularity Order of 20th Century Series

Series representing the 20th century when placed in order of popularity raises Peace Dollars to the top. Silver issues of Washington Quarters 1932-1964 and Roosevelt Dimes 1946-1964 are included in the study, along with vintage years of Jefferson nickels 1938-1964. Defined sets are formed of these span of years.


 Popularity Positions 55 Coin Series

Popularity Order of 55 US Coin Series

A wide mixture of popular coin series are found in the top 20 positions. Gold coins are represented twice. Seven series are silver alloy. Denominations and sizes of coins are varied. Many eras are also found; Morgan dollars in the second spot date back to 1878. Presidential dollars in first place were minted 2007-2016.

Number One Popular Coin Series

Registry Set involvement reflects commitment by collectors enjoying the hobby. Their numbers help give insight into coin collecting popularity and trends.

Comparing rankings of the 20th century chart to their standing among all US designs finds a group of popular coin series notable for their large size and long history. Morgan and Peace dollars in the size category, Lincoln cents, Jefferson nickels, and Washington quarters spanning decades. Notable is the presence of modern coin series.

Dollars lead as first choice of collectors. The many designs minted over the years, plus a large variety of collecting themes has attracted involvement. Presidential Dollars are currently the number one popular coin series.

Resources:

PCGS PCGS Set Registry

NGC NGC Registry


Popular Coin Series Enjoy Strong Coin Values
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