Coins

coin-collectionCoins from the United States, tokens, and currency are all extremely popular areas to collect. Our dealers routinely offer beautiful, certified, high-grade examples from half cents to $20 gold pieces for your consideration. We also have a wide range of Civil War tokens, colonial issues, mint sets, proof sets, and errors, along with many popular books to support your collecting interests.

Discover rare finds and limited editions of U.S. coins in this group of eBay coins. From 5-cent pieces to half dollars to gold coins, you can get the pieces you want from eBay.

While most people think of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters when they think of US coins. But, the government has produced varieties allowing the collector to choose from many different types of coinage for their collections. If you are a new collector, then there are many different things you need to consider before starting your collection.

What type of coinage has the United States made?

The United States has made commemorative coins and 12 other types of coinage. The first 5-cent piece was produced in 1866, and it was called the shield nickel. However, this is because it bore the Great Seal of the United States on its front. The first dimes were produced in 1794, and they were made of silver until President Roosevelt began appearing on them in 1964. Mintage of the quarter started in 1796, although it has had many designs throughout history. In addition to these coins, some other types include:

  • Half cent: Produced between 1793 and 1857, this copper money is about the size of a quarter and has a bust of Lady Liberty on the front and a wreath on the back.
  • Large cent: Produced between 1793 and 1857, this copper money was a little bit bigger than quarters.
  • Small cent: Starting in 1857, the government replaced the large cent with the small cent, made of 88% copper and 12% nickel.
  • Two-cent piece: Produced between 1864 and 1873, the two-cent piece was made of copper.
  • Three-cent piece: Produced between 1865 and 1889, this copper and nickel money was the first to be called a nickel.
  • Half dime: Produced between 1793 and 1873, this silver money saw four different designs before production ceased.
  • Twenty-cent piece: This almost-pure silver money appeared only between 1875 and 1878, and it was so close in size to the quarter that people had trouble telling them apart.
  • Half dollar: The first half dollar was made in 1794, and it has had many different designs.

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