Have a Silver Penny That’s NOT a 1943 Steel Cent? Here’s How to Find Out What You Have

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A lot of people leaving comments here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins have been asking me about their silver pennies. Of course, many of these silver one-cent coins are 1943 pennies, which really aren’t silver pennies. They're actually made with zinc-coated steel. However, many of these inquiries about silver pennies have nothing to do with 1943 Lincoln cents or even the highly rare 1944 steel cent (a mint error caused by leftover steel coin blanks getting accidentally getting stamped with … [Read more...]

What’s the Most Expensive Coin Ever Sold?


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...]

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...]

Metal Detecting Coins: Rare Coins Are Just Below The Surface


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?


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?


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...]