Rare U.S. Coins

The Ultimate Guide to the 1944 Steel Penny: Like 1943 Copper Cents, It’s a Coin that Collectors Crave


If you collect coins, you know about the 1943 steel Lincoln cent. But, what about the 1944 steel pennny? While the U.S. Mint struck more than a billion steel pennies in 1943, about 35 examples of the zinc-coated steel cent are known to have been inadvertently struck bearing the date 1944.   Why Were Some 1944 Pennies Struck in Steel? A popular theory is that some steel coin blanks, or planchets, were left in the hoppers and accidentally distributed. … [Read more...]

5 Important Things I Learned About Buying Rare Coins


Buying rare coins isn’t monkey business! It takes a lot of money and even more guts to lay out hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a single coin, of course, unless you’re rolling in dough and have plenty of pretty pennies to spend on buying a pretty penny. However, having bought a few pretty pennies myself, I’ve learned a lot about what goes into making a decision to buy a rare coin, and that you don’t want to just go dropping $500 or $1,000 (or much more) on buying rare U.S. coins … [Read more...]

Lincoln Cent Varieties – Coins That Don’t Always Have a Place in the Typical Coin Album

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As most Lincoln cent coin collectors know, collecting the entire series of pennies is not as easy as one may think. Certainly, the one-cent coin may be the lowliest of all currently circulating U.S. coinage as far as denominations go, and there may be tens of billions of Lincoln cents in existence – but collecting an example of every Lincoln cent ever made certainly isn’t cheap, nor is it easy. There are some 300 different regular-issue date-and-mintmark combinations, and many of the coins … [Read more...]

What Is The Rarest Penny? (Hint: It’s NOT The 1909-S VDB!)

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Have you ever wondered what the rarest penny is? True, the 1909-S VDB is perhaps the most popular rare penny, but it is, believe it or not, far from being the rarest one-cent coin. While it boasts the lowest mintage among the regularly struck Lincoln pennies and is indeed considered rare, with nearly 500,000 made and perhaps 20,000 or more still in existence, the 1909-S VDB is not the rarest penny.   So Which One Cent Coin is the Rarest? … [Read more...]

The 1955 Poor Man’s Doubled Die Penny

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Lincoln cent collectors everywhere have several coins that they strive to have in their collections, with the 1955 doubled die penny being among the elite list of rare pennies that they seek. However, with estimates that there are roughly only 15,000 or so 1955 doubled die pennies available today, there simply aren’t enough to satisfy the demands of all Lincoln penny collectors. And, there is that price thing, too… You’re looking at spending $1,000 to $1,500 even for a well-worn … [Read more...]

One Of The Rarest Coins In The World: The 1933 Gold Double Eagle


One of the most rare and well-known coins in all of U.S. history is the 1933 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle -- a $20 gold coin that, by several accounts, shouldn't even be in existence. It is the rarest and most valuable coin in the world, designed by a famed sculptor at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. It should never have been minted. And, for decades, the U.S. government has fought to keep a surviving few out of private hands. Source In the 1930s, during the … [Read more...]

Old Lincoln Cents You Can Still Find In Pocket Change

First struck in 1909, tens of billions of Lincoln pennies have made their way to pockets, purses, and piggy banks all across the land. Because Lincoln cents are so numerous and also very inexpensive (after all, their face value is only one cent!), they have become one of the most widely collected United States coins ever made. In fact, it's perfectly safe to say that Lincoln cents are the most popular collectible coin. Some of the allure of collecting Lincoln pennies is searching pocket … [Read more...]

The Silver Trime: United States 3-Cent Coins

The trime... the name surely sounds much like dime. Well, in terms of small-diameter coins, the trime and dime are pretty much relatives. However, in terms of buying power, a dime is more than 3 times as strong as the trime. That's because a trime is a silver 3-cent piece! Let's find out some fun info about America's 3-cent coin.   … [Read more...]

5 Popular Wheat Penny Error Coins


It seems everybody likes collecting Lincoln wheat pennies. Wheat cents, which were last made in 1958, show the familiar image of President Lincoln on the obverse and two stalks of wheat, signifying prosperity, on the reverse. While tens of millions of these Lincoln wheat pennies were made without flaw from 1909 to 1958, there were several which ended up with errors that eventually turned them into valuable and sought-after collectibles. Let's take a look at 5 of the most popular wheat … [Read more...]

155 Years Of The Small Cent: Rare Pennies Worth Looking For


Where were you in 1856? OK, consider that a trick question. But can you tell me where the small penny was in 1856?  How about you answer that with 'first being minted for mass circulation!' That's right. The small cent was officially struck for the first time in 1856, and that means this iconic coin is now over 155 years old. Let's take a brief look at the small penny and some of the rare pennies that'll keep you searching your pocket change and coin dealers' cases for an example … [Read more...]