Top 5 Types Of Valuable Coins You Should Be Looking For

valuable-coins-photo-by-uhuru1701.jpg OK, here’s the short list of the top 5 categories of valuable coins you should be looking for in pocket change, old jars of coins, inherited coin collections, and other places where you’ll have the chance of easily finding old and valuable coins:

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'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, and living green with others.

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  • Brenthc51

    are steel pennies worth anything

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Brent —

      Steel pennies are worth about 10 to 25 cents each in circulated grades.

  • Derwinwilliams20

    what is a 1922 silver dollar worth?

    • Anonymous

      Right now, a 1922 silver dollar is worth around $22 to $25.

  • Robert N. Long

    Trying to find my way around. I have never interfaced with anyone on the net even thou I have been Investing,searching ,emailing,ect. I would like if some one could kind of verbally show me around. I have just run into a few sacks of old coins my mom left for me that I never even looked at, now I am trying to figure out how to assemble something for my grandkids and sell the rest off or something. Thanks for any direction you could give me.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Robert —

      Building coin sets for your grandkids is a wonderful idea! I think a lot of what you do with those coins largely depends on the types you have. Are they old Lincoln pennies? Silver coins?

      If you have a lot of common-date coins, like Lincoln cents, Jefferson nickels, or even Buffalo nickels and Mercury dimes, I think the best thing to do would be to parcel them out evenly among the grandkids and then purchase them coin folders (you can find them at most book stores or online at )

      If you have a few silver dollars, silver half dollars, or other large silver coins, it may be best to split them evenly among the grandkids as single pieces.

      At any rate, if you decide to sell any of the coins, the best place to do that would be at a coin dealer. Here’s a link to a site that will help you locate reputable coin dealers near you:

  • hayden

    i am aware that a 1971s nickel is very valuable and i found a few! but they are all 1971d however one has no mint mark, how can i tell if it is valuable or not?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide


      1971-S nickels were never made for circulation, but are included in special collectors sets called proof sets. Coins in proof sets are bright, nearly mirror like. 1971-S proof nickels are worth around $1 each.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide


      1971-S nickels were never made for circulation, but are included in special collectors sets called proof sets. Coins in proof sets are bright, nearly mirror like. 1971-S proof nickels are worth around $1 each.

  • Ruez2iamru2

    I am not sure what to make of this. I have a 1965 Kennedy Half Dollar that appears to be all silver. it has a semi goldish tint showing on the outside edge of the face, but there is not a copper  ring showing on the outside edge. Is this normal for a coin containing only 30% silver? 

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide


      1965-1970 Kenedy half dollars are 40% silver, and in some cases have little trace of copper on the edge of the coin, which is pretty normal.

  • Buck Anderson

    I have two Morgan One Dollar coins an 1889 and an 1890 How do I tell what mint they came from I don’t see the usual mint marks? I also have a U.S. 1846 one cent piece can’t even find a value on this one

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Buck –

      Your 1846 large cent is worth roughly $20 to $25, but as for your Morgan dollars, you will find the mint mark on the reverse (tails side), on the bottom center, just above the D and O of “DOLLAR” and below the wreath bow. Here is a link to learn more about mintmarks:

  • Tom Orion

    I found a quarter years ago that had a funny ring and. almost looked aluminum. I think it was from the mid 70s. Any ideas as to why it was odd. Tom

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Tom –

      Yes, those tin rings are actually jewelry collars; it sounds like your quarter once adorned a bracelet or perhaps a necklace. This doesn’t, however, add any value to the coin.

  • roxanna lancaster

    I have a 1964 nickel that has a ridge around the middle. almost looking like two coins glued together with a high ridged rim on the face. been trying to find out its value on line but having problems locating other errors for the coin

  • Overtime Hustle

    I gota nickel that has the front face but doesnt have a back face and its hollow

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Overtime –

      Your nickel was altered most likely for use as an illusionist’s gaffe coin, into which a common one-cent coin can fit.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Tim

    i found a 1964 kennedy 1/2 dollar that is gold in color. what is it

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Tim —

      Many people have privately gold plated 1974 Kennedy half dollars. While they are unique looking, they don’t really have much special monetary value over normal 1974 Kennedy halves and are worth about $3 to $5 in the novelty coin market.

      Thanks for your question!

      • Georgia Qpeachie

        I have a euro 1 cent and 2 euro 5 cent coins and a 1 cent wheat 1944 and also a double back 1 cent penny . What’s their worth?

  • Tim

    Oops its a 1974 gold color kennedy 1/2

  • Caleb Goldberg

    I actually happen to have a 1957 nickel. What exactly makes it valuable?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Caleb —

      In general, nickels from the 1950s and earlier are both scarcer in terms of absolute numbers and are more sought after by coin collectors, improving the values of those coins.

      The value for a 1957 nickel is around 10 to 15 cents, which may not sound like a whole lot, but its certainly worth more than face value to most coin collectors.

      I hope this helps to explain why these older nickels are worth a premium.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Michelle Utterback

    I have a 1953 wheat penny that is missing the one in the date. It is an obvious error/flaw. Are you familiar with this and if not how much would this coin be worth?