Coin Values

Most Valuable Pennies: A List Of 43 U.S. Pennies Worth Holding Onto!

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Wondering which pennies are worth more than face value? Which pennies you should be holding onto, rather than spending?Well here you go -- a list of the most valuable pennies, each worth more than $1 apiece.Use this cheat sheet to help you determine which pennies are worth saving and which ones are worth spending!  Which Lincoln Pennies To Keep … [Read more...]

Should You Buy Gold Coins? 3 Reasons To Buy + 3 Reasons To Wait

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Coin collectors and investors alike love gold coins. After all, gold represents one of the oldest forms of wealth and has remained popular since ancient times. That's just one of the many things I find alluring about gold coinage.Think of it this way -- while countless forms of paper money and other currency have come in gone over the centuries, gold remains as "golden" as ever.It therefore makes perfect sense to add some gold coins to your collection or investment portfolio, … [Read more...]

Blue Ikes & Brown Ikes: How Many Were Made? What Are These Eisenhower Dollar Coins Worth?

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Blue Ikes and brown Ikes – different types of Eisenhower dollars – have been the darlings of many modern dollar coin collectors since the release of these 2 coins in 1971.That was the year that the United States Mint released the first dollar coins since the Peace dollar series ceased production in 1935.However, unlike silver dollars of yesteryear, regular-strike Eisenhower dollars contain no silver at all.That is where blue Ikes and brown Ikes come in. … [Read more...]

Should You Hoard Copper Pennies? Reasons To Save Every Copper Penny You Find

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You may have heard a lot these days about people who hoard copper pennies and wonder why they are.After all, if you’re like most coin collectors, you probably know that silver coins have historically been the big pocket change prize.However, the times they are a-changing, and the value of copper has skyrocketed over the past few years.People are beginning to hoard copper pennies in the opportunistic pursuit of someday cashing in on the coins’ intrinsic value.  … [Read more...]

What Happens When Rare U.S. Coins Go Down In Value

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Let’s face it. The economic woes as of late have been hard on everybody, and coin collectors are weathering the financial storm just like everyone else (or trying to, at least). So, what happens when push comes to shove and you’ve got to sacrifice your rare U.S. coins to keep the lights on?Apparently, there have been more than a few coin collectors who’ve had to sell their precious coins to help keep their financial ship afloat.Take me. It broke my heart a couple years ago when I had to … [Read more...]

What Are Doubled Die Coins?

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I get a lot of questions here from readers about doubled die coins – more specifically, inquiries that are accompanied by photos of coins which appear to have doubling of their designs.Sometimes a lucky individual will have a real doubled die coin, but sometimes no.So, what exactly is a doubled die? And, what is a die? And, why was the die doubled?Let’s take a moment and double down on what a doubled die is (note the “d” at the end of “double”; double die coin isn’t the correct … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Low Ball Coins Should Be High On Your Coin Wish List

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Have you ever found a coin in your pocket change that was so worn you could barely even tell what date was on it? These types of coins have received so much wear that they are almost worn smooth, and while many coin collectors avoid buying or keeping these so-called low ball coins, some actually do seek them for their collections.What is the appeal of collecting coins in such low grades, you may ask?#1 - They are dirt cheap as compared to similar types of coins that are in much higher … [Read more...]

Junk Coins: Perfect For Investors And Collectors On A Budget

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Have you ever heard about junk silver coins and are curious what they are? If so, you may have wondered if they are even worth collecting, given the fact they are referred to as “junk.”Well, in fact, junk is largely a relative term. In numismatics, “junk” is in the eye of the beholder, as one person’s trash is another’s treasure.A junk coin, usually, is a piece that is of a lower wear-based grade than considered “collectible” for a certain coin type. Say, for example, a Roosevelt dime in … [Read more...]

Lincoln Wheat Cents: Values Of Key Dates

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If there is one coin I have loved since I was kid, it is the Lincoln penny.This versatile little coin has been struck by the United States Mint since 1909, and over the years has become one of the most popular coins in the whole world.The values of many Lincoln cents far exceed their face value, making them highly demanded by both collectors and investors.Like many coin collectors, I especially pursue Lincoln wheat cents, which have two stalks of wheat on the reverse side of the coin … [Read more...]

What’s the Most Expensive Coin Ever Sold?

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Did you hear about the 1794 United States silver dollar that auctioned for more than $10 million in January 2013?Now the most expensive coin ever sold, the 1794 Flowing Hair dollar was the first silver dollar ever officially minted in the United States. A coin that most collectors (including myself) would have loved to place a bid on, the specimen that sold for $10 million is considered by several consummate numismatists to have been among the first very few made, if not actually the first … [Read more...]