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...]

5 Popular Wheat Penny Error Coins

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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...]

10 Cheap & Famous Coins That You’ll Want In Your Coin Collection

There are many famous rare U.S. coins that attract the attention of coin collectors around the world, but what about famous coins that aren't rare? I'm talking about coins that, despite not being worth tons of money, still have managed to grab the spotlight and are among the coins that most coin collectors vie to have in their coin collections simply because they're important, famous, or popular. Here's a list of 10 such famous coins that surely deserve a spot in your coin collection.   … [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...]