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I am not a coin collector, but my fiancé has shown interest in it, and has a few coins that he collected over the years.  As a wedding gift for him, I would like to make a wall hanging (perhaps on a piece of wood, maybe with a poem) that includes coins from important years in his family (birth year of grandparents, wedding date of his parents, etc.).  A list of the years I am looking for is below.

I need 13 coins, and would like to spend an average of $10 per coin.  So I may spend $30 to get a good coin from 1930, but a lot less to get a coin from 2007, and hope it averages out to be less than $130 total (maybe $150 max).  As I mentioned, I am not a coin collector, and my internet searches have been a bit overwhelming thus far, so I am looking for advice on specific coins to purchase.  I don’t have a preference of penny, nickel, dime, etc.  But I only want American currency.  I think I’m interested primarily in “circulated” coins as these coins may or may not stay in a protected case.  I am hoping that you can help.  Any advice you have is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

1928, 1930 (need 3 coins), 1951, 1953, 1954 (need 2 coins), 1975, 1979, 1981, 2007, and 2014


None of the dates you gave are rare, or even scarce. In the cent category, all should be available for $1 each or less. Some will be circulated, others, uncirculated or new. I've given you a site to check out approximate prices for the coins.

For values, see:, and

If you want to go up to five cent pieces, some may cost a bit more. See: and

If you live close to a local shop, they should have a good selection of U.S. coins to purchase. Try to deal with professional coin dealers (PNG). I've listed a link for you to find them in your area. Link:

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

Awards and Honors
1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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