Metal Detecting Coins: Rare Coins Are Just Below The Surface

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Collecting coins is an exciting hobby for anyone who enjoys discovering history.It is a fact that every day people get change with their purchases, but how many of us really take a close look at each piece? You never know when a rare United States coin will end up in your pocket.But the excitement behind the possibilities in coin collecting begins with knowledge about which coins are considered rare and how much they are worth. And the rarest coins are more likely purchased, unless … [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...]

Which Old Pennies Are The Most Valuable?

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Do you have a bunch of old pennies in your possession and are trying to figure out which ones to keep?While chances are most of your old pennies are worth only face value, there are plenty out there that are worth looking for.In fact, some old pennies are worth hundreds of dollars!Of course, you’ll have to look pretty hard to find the old one cent coins that are worth substantially more than face value, and the good news is that we’ll tell you about some of these valuable old pennies … [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...]

Rare Mercury Dimes: How Much Are They Worth?

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Many people wonder how much their rare Mercury dimes may be worth. That is, if they’re even rare at all.Of course, the moment somebody finds or inherits an old coin, they usually wonder right away if it’s rare.Mercury dimes, also called Winged Liberty Head dimes, were minted from 1916 to 1945 and are indeed old coins. But are they all rare?The answer is no, not all Mercury dimes are rare.In fact, during each of most of the years that Mercury dimes were made, millions upon … [Read more...]

Buying Back The Coin I Lost: One Coin Collector’s Story Of Seller’s Remorse

The coin I "lost" - a 1799 Draped Bust silver dollar. photo by Joshua at The Fun Times Guide

Coin collectors always have a story about the coin they lost, coins that they either once had but sold and wish they had back, or coins they saw for sale but passed up because they were looking for a better deal – or simply couldn’t afford the coin.I have had a similar experience.The coin?A 1799 Draped Bust dollar.Ever since I was a young coin collector, a bright eyed 12-year-old, it had been one of my goals to own an early silver dollar.Of course, I wanted an 1804 Draped … [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

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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. SourceIn 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...]