How To Spot Rare US Coins

mercury-dime-rare-us-coins-photo-by-guinn-anya.jpg Curious how to spot rare US coins? It’s a little simpler than you may think — but you have to know what you’re looking for…

The 1913 Liberty nickel is one of the rarest coins.

In fact, 1 of the 5 known 1913 Liberty nickels just sold at auction for a whopping $3.7 million!

While the 1913 Liberty nickel may not wind up in your hands anytime soon, there are several types of rare United States coins you’ll want to be looking for:

And these are just a few of the rare US coins that you may find either in pocket change or in estates.

Rare US coins are hard to find, but here are a few tips that may make your search a little easier:

  • Check in rolls of coins from your bank.
  • See if there are any old coins in your attic or basement storage.
  • Peruse estate sales — they are great places for buying old & rare US coins.
  • Always check your change for old, rare US coins!
  • Use a metal detector! That’s how one person found a rare 1652 Massachusetts sixpence coin worth more than $400,000 in a potato field.


Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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