Thanks to the advent of the debit card, you’re a lot less likely these days to be walking around with coins in your pockets.
But the next time you do pay for something using cash, take a closer look at your change. You might have lucked into something valuable.
There are a few rare coins in the vast ocean of quarters, dimes and nickels that could – pardon the pun – fetch a pretty penny.
Before you cash in your coin jar at the bank, or if you’re looking to sell coins in Doylestown, you might want to keep an eye out for some of things on our list.
1. The 1943 Lincoln Head Copper Penny
It’s not the age of the coin that makes it valuable, but rather what was happening in the year the coin was minted.
In 1943, cooper was in short supply thanks to World War II, so the U.S. mint made pennies out of steel. However, the mint made one batch of copper pennies that year by mistake, although only a few of them made it into circulation.
These coins are exceedingly rare and can sell for as much as $10,000…assuming you can find one.
2. “Extra Leaf” Wisconsin State Quarters
A production mishap back in 2004 led to the creation of a few thousand Wisconsin state quarters that had an extra leaf on the ear of corn that decorates the back of the quarter. Some of these coins have sold for around $1,500, depending on their quality.
3. The No Mint Mark Dime
Every coin created in the U.S. carries a letter mark to indicate where it was made. “P” for Philadelphia, “D” for Denver, and so on. But in 1982, the Philadelphia mint accidentally left this marking off a batch of its dimes. It was the first time this error had occurred, making the coins valuable, to the tune of $300.
4. The 1992 “Close AM” Penny
One of the more valuable coins on this list, this penny features an error in the printing on the tails side of the coin, in which the “A” and “M” in “America” are too close together (hence the name).
This is a very rare coin. Only five known examples exist of the 1992-P penny, one of which sold for $24,000 in 2012. The D-series has only 15 known copies. One of them sold for $20,000.
5. The “In God We Rust” Quarter
This state quarter from Kansas showed up in 2005 with a noticeable misprint. A production error caused by grease build up caused the first “T” in “In God We Trust” to be left off.
Unlike other items on this list, the “In God We Rust” quarter won’t make you thousands of dollars richer when it comes time to sell coins in Doylestown, but you will take home more than 25 cents.
6. The “Godless” Dollar Coin
Unlike the “Close AM” penny, these coins are common, at least as dollar coins go. Minted in 2007, these George Washington coins lack the “In God We Trust” inscription. Because tens of thousands of these coins are in circulation, the most you might get for one is a little over $200.
7. The Double Die Penny
Created in 1955, these pennies were released following a misalignment during minting that created a double image on the numbers and letters on the coin.
As many as 24,000 of these pennies made it out into the public, thanks in part to the way cigarette companies used to sell their products at vending machines.
In the 1950s, vending machine cigarettes sold for 23 cents a pack. But the machines would only take quarters, so tobacco companies came up a unique solution for giving customers their change: Putting two pennies in every pack of cigarettes.
Many of those pennies were double dies, which today can sell for roughly $1,800 if you find one in extremely fine condition.
Have you come across any of the coins we’ve mentioned? Or are you just looking to sell coins? Doylestown Gold Exchange can help.
Our experts can evaluate your coins and give you a fair price, based on current market values and our own expertise. Pay us a visit online or in our store. Who knows? You might have a penny in your possession that’s worth a lot more than one cent.