When I was looking for a coin I hadn't heard that the norm was to get the fancy silver mint coin, in fact I didn't even know there was such a thing. I called around to banks until I found one that had a 1976 Bicentennial silver dollar. It cost me all of one dollar, but I felt it was special since it represented the anniversary of our independence (and had an eagle landing on the moon which is awesome). The chief I gave it to (a family friend and long time mentor of mine) said he wouldn't give it away if it were his last dollar. I guess my point is it's the thought/ sentiment behind it and not necessarily the cost. In retrospect I felt bad that I hadn't spent more once I saw my friends with there fancy coins, but at least mine had some history behind it.