Coin collecting is a popular and enduring pastime. We have compiled a list of the 10 top coins to collect in 2015. Many of the coins featured were minted this year, although we also have some beautiful antiques.
The coin designs take in a wide range of flora and fauna and are made from a variety of metals. Details are given for both sides of the coin and links provided for purchase.
10. American Morgan Dollar Circulated 1878-1904
This antique coin has long been a favorite among collectors. It weighs a tiny 0.5 ounces and is made of silver. The coin is named after George T. Morgan, who designed it. As is popular for American coins, the reverse side depicts an eagle with a profile of Lady Liberty adorning the obverse side.
9. 2015 Australian Silver Koala Bear Dollar
What could be more Australian than the koala bear? Clearly the Australian Mint agree, as it has adorned coinage in the country since 2007. The dollar coin weighs 1 ounce and is made from 99.9% pure silver. The opposite side of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II.
8. 1864 American Copper Two Cent Piece
While a fair few of the coins on this list are modern, this 2 cent coin is a real antique. Around in Civil War times, you could well have a battle on your hands to keep this lovely little gem. Made from copper, this coin is officially still legal tender, though we wouldn’t advise handing it over in a retail store.
7. American Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar
This 50 cent coin, or half dollar, features Lady Liberty walking in a long flowing gown with the rising sun behind her. It is made of 90% solid silver and is in a very fine condition. The opposite side of the coin features an eagle with spread wings.
6. 2015 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf $5
The Maple Leaf design has been a staple on Canadian coinage since 1988. This version is wrought in silver, weighing 31.10g and with a thickness of 3.29mm. The diameter its 338mm. The Maple Leaf collection of coins are all uncirculated. It features a light diffracting pattern formed by the way the master die was machined.
5. 2015 Great Britain Silver £2
Our only UK entry on the list, this £2 coin is entirely made of silver. Coin collectors will know that £2 coins usually feature a gold band. Britannia herself is depicted on the coin, holding a shield and trident in defence of the British realm. The obverse side naturally features the reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
4. 2015 Canadian Silver Great Horned Owl $5
This delightful Canadian 5 dollar coin is made of 1 ounce of silver. It has a reeded edge and portray a Great Horned Owl in flight on its reverse side. The owl’s wings and outstretched feet show that it is about to catch prey, and was designed by Canadian artist Emily Damstra. The coin forms part of the Bird of Prey series and has Susanna Blunt’s version of Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse side. It weighs 31.39g and is 38mm in diameter.
3. 2015 Australian Silver Funnel-Web Spider Dollar
Not one for arachnophobes, this Australian dollar features an ornate funnel-web spider on its reverse side. It is marked with the Perth Mint’s mark, a letter “P”. The reverse side has artist Ian Rank-Broadley’s picture of Queen Elizabeth II. The dollar is made from 1 ounce .999 silver and this is the entire weight of the coin. It is 4mm thick with a diameter of 40.6mm.
2. 2015 American Silver Eagle Dollar
Another uncirculated dollar made of .999 silver, this one featuring an eagle. Lady Liberty walks on the other side of the coin, with the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ and the date ‘2015’. There are rumours that eagle coins are rationed by the US Government, which pushes up their value.
1. 2015 American Gold Eagle $50
Designed by Augustus Saint-Gardens and Miley Busiek, this $50 coin features a reeded edge and is made from 1 ounce of solid gold bullion. The coin is uncirculated and weighs 3 ounces in total. The obverse side of the coin depicts Lady Liberty with long, loose hair. She has an olive branch in her left hand and a torch in her right. The figure is by artist Augustus Saint-Gauden. The reverse side of the coin shows a male eagle flying over a nest holding a female eagle and her chick. The male eagle holds an olive branch in his talons. The phrase ‘In God We Trust’ is written on the reverse side.
With the value of coins rising in relation to their rarity, coin collecting can be a lucrative, as well as a fun hobby. The astonishing breadth of design choices across the globe makes it easy to quickly assemble a diverse collection. We hope this list has been useful in helping you make choices on what coin to add to your collection. Happy hunting!