The TOP U.S. Coins of 2020

The TOP U.S. Coins of 2020

Posted by Toby Adkins, Numismatic Scholar for on Dec 22nd 2020

If you're reading this than you've almost made out of 2020! Not a small feat. With all of the twists and turns of this year, collectors have been asking what the best coins were from this year. If you've kept up with the INSIDER, we've already covered some of the special issues and upcoming design changes for 2021. Instead of doing an exhaustive list, we're going to take a look at the "Can't Miss" coins of 2020. Some of these you most likely have but a few may have passed under your radar. Keep reading for the Top Coins of 2020.

5. 2020-S American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

I feel certain that if you are reading this than you own more than a few Silver Eagles! The Silver Eagles are the most collected coin in our country and for good reason. In 2021, the reverse design will be changing and most collectors can't wait to get their hands on one. Back in October the Mint released the Proof from the San Francisco Mint. Since the design is changing this one happens to be the very last one made in San Francisco with the original design. Limited to just 200,000 coins, it was a fast sellout for the Mint.

4. 2020-W $25 One Ounce Palladium Uncirculated Coin

When a Palladium coin with a mintage of just 10,000 coins is number 4 on the list, it's a good list! The Palladium American Eagles have only been produced since 2017 and have already become very popular among collectors. The Winged Liberty design is one of the most recognizable U.S. Coin designs out there. They were also sold out from the Mint but certified examples are definitely the most popular.

3. 2020-W American Eagle One Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin

Another great coin from 2020! The "burnished" Gold Eagles first started in 2006 as a four coin set. For the last several years they have only been available in the one ounce $50 denomination. This year, the coin was limited to just 7,000 units making it one of the most rare $50 Gold Eagles ever produced by the U.S. Mint.

2. 2020 (P)(S) American Silver Eagle- Emergency Production

As mentioned above, the Silver Eagles are the most collected U.S. coins out there. With the covid shut downs of the U.S. Mint, the production of Silver Eagles had all but come to a stop. Since West Point strikes the majority of the Silver Eagles it's closure had a huge impact on production. To catch back up, Philadelphia and San Francisco jumped back into production of the Silver Eagles to bring the numbers up to normal levels. Labeled as "Emergency Production" they were immediately snatched up by collectors.

1. End of World War II 75th Anniversary Silver and Gold one Ounce Proof Coins

Ok, I know. This is two coins but share the same anniversary. Both of these coins are struck with a special privy mark, V75, to denote the 75th Anniversary. The Silvers had a mintage of just 75,000 coins and the gold was limited to only 1,945 coins! One of the most rare modern coins ever produced.

All in all, 2020 has certainly had it's share of troubles and challenges. Fortunately for coin collectors, some of those challenges resulted in some great coins. If you were fortunate enough to run down any of these coins, 2020 was pretty good to you! I look forward to what 2021 holds and everyone anxiously awaits the new designs for next year... hopefully, minus the challenges!