World Coin Collecting VS. U.S. Coin Collecting – Which Is Better? Pros & Cons & Comparisons

Which one is better: World Coin Collecting, or U.S. Coin Collecting? By the end of the video, you probably won't have a set one that you've decided on, but hopefully I can bring up some points that you may not have thought about. I personally enjoy both of them and have collections of each, so I'm not really biased in this category. Both offer interesting opportunities and have their pros, cons, and interesting factors – let's dive in! Let me know what you think!


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11 Comments on “World Coin Collecting VS. U.S. Coin Collecting – Which Is Better? Pros & Cons & Comparisons”

  1. Great video. Thanks. I have moved away from US coins due to high cost and generally loss of interest due to slabbing. I have started to collect world coins especially if it has a connection to history which is a subject I love. I have gotten into German states and started to venture into coins connected to Napoleonic era.

  2. I wouldn’t say this is about coins being better per say, but I can buy a .925 British crown for say, £250/330 in good condition. From the 1810s to the 1850s. Cannot do the same for a US coin of equivalent size. American coins have a high premium due to the fact the US is a young country and their earlier coinage is pretty scarce. Plus a big competitive market.

    So investment wise and general affordability for silver crowns the US is behind until 1878 when the Morgan was released. It is an astonishing price difference to the seated liberty and earlier crowns on average!

  3. Great video. First thing I noticed when I entered the world of numismatics was US coins were WAY overpriced considering the supply and some (not all) world coins were, by comparison, absolute bargains. There’s a logical reason why this weird phenomenon came into place, but disparities like this don’t last forever, and as you noticed, we’re already seeing this correction beginning to take place. A lot of non-US coins have outperformed many US coins over the past 5-10 years.

    If one is collecting, and just having fun, that’s one thing. Be you, buy what you like and enjoy. But for people who are investing, or at least are someday wanting to get your money back from the coins you’ve purchased, all the good value is in the world and ancient coin segments of the numismatic market. US collectors don’t know what they’re missing. For the price of a common date Morgan dollar, there are pretty/interesting Swiss, German, Dutch, Austrian, etc., large silver coins available in higher grades, which are FAR more rare, and older as well. Similar situation for gold coins. I’ve lived in the US my whole life, I have zero US numismatic coins and I love being able to gobble up great rare and beautiful world coins for rock-bottom prices.

  4. It really highlight the struggles US collectors have, because the US Coins are really not special unless they are below a certain mintage or a certain date. With World Coins you can get multiple historical events commemorated for under $50. Coins aren’t really considered historic in the US unless they are before the 1840s, and those get expensive fast. I’ve pretty much capped off my U.S. collection recently, with the acquisition of the earliest decently affordable US coin I can find. A 1796 Large Cent VG for $179. Unless you shell out thousands you aren’t going to impress serious collectors in the US Market, but with the world coins, they are a lot more impressive and historical, even if they’re only 100 years old or so, and you only have to shell out $100 for a decent coin, or if you go with say for example, a 1799 British Halfpenny, they are cool, they are very popular because of their age, and you only have to pay $20 for a decent one. So, as I’ve gone along, I think I’ll focus more on world coinage now, especially with the price gouging of US coins compared to world coinage.

  5. My preference is world coins because US coin designs are uninteresting, uninspiring, and lack creativity/artistry.

  6. Hey, I got the 1808 XX Cash from your auction the other day. Very cool, almost certainly a shipwreck coin from the Admiral Gardner shipwreck in 1809. World coinage is really fun. So many people have decided to “invest” in US coin collections and types like Morgan Dollars they’ve almost completely run the basic collectors out. It’s sad to think of all those coins, locked in plastic and sitting in a safety deposit box somewhere. A lot of people sucking up the Morgans, the early US, the gold coins etc. are not “coin people”. They’re people who have money and want to invest it, and unfortunately they don’t actually know anything about coins, grading or numismatics in general…they just want an investment and some counselor told them over and over “high grade Morgan dollars…high grade Morgan dollars…” so that’s what they buy. I think a lot of coin people are finding themselves priced out of the classic US coin market by these no-nothings. I’ve always liked World coins, especially countries that don’t exist anymore like East Germany or Yugoslavia, and inflationary coinage, like the Mexican 1000 peso coin, or the 5000 Turkish Lira.

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