Your weird looking coins might be error coins! Here’s how to tell what’s a legit error coin from the U.S. Mint (like the rare 1990 penny, valuable doubled die coins, and bubbled coins) and what’s an altered coins or novelty coin (like two-headed coins, colorized coins, gold-plated coins, really small coins, really large coins, coins with odd rims and edges, dimes & quarters without edge grooves). Plus a list of some of the most common U.S. coin errors that you could actually find in your pocket change!
Coin Collecting 101
Coin folders and coin albums each have their following, and each have their own sets of pros and cons. Be sure you take into account which type of needs you have as a coin collector before you go out and buy either coin folders or coin albums. Here’s why I like to use coin albums for my most expensive coin collections and coin folders for all the rest.
Post Mint Damage (or Post Strike Damage) refers to any damage a coin has suffered after leaving the U.S. Mint — including scratches, dings, holes, bumps, nicks, and gouges. See how damaged coins are different from error coins, plus the value of damaged coins.
Looking for coin classifieds? Want to sell coins online? Here are some professional coin auction sites, coin dealers, coin consignment sites, and other places where you can list your coins for sale. Or, you can post your coins for sale on this site… for free.
Rare U.S. Coins
Are you wondering which state has the rarest state quarter? Or… what is the rarest state quarter you can find in pocket change these days? Here’s a list of the Top 10 Rare State Quarters you can find in your loose change. Also, a list of the Top 5 Rare State Quarter Errors to look for. See how much they’re all worth today!
Wondering what is a FBL Franklin Half Dollar? Well, FBL is a coin grading term. It refers to Full Bell Lines — those horizontal lines seen banding the Liberty Bell on the reverse of the Franklin half dollar coins. See how FBL Franklin half dollars are different from non-FBL Franklins, and the value of FBL Franklin half dollars vs. non-FBL Franklin halves.
Some rare dimes are worth over $1 million! Do you know what years of dimes are valuable? This list of old, valuable dimes can help you find real rarities in your pocket change, in coin rolls, at estate sales, and more!
Have a 1938 penny and want to know how much it’s worth? See the value of a 1938 wheat penny, which 1938 Lincoln cents you should keep, plus rare 1938 wheat penny errors & varieties you can find in pocket change!
The 1937 penny is one of the first old Lincoln wheat cents I ever pulled from pocket change. The first question I had was, “How much is my old wheat penny worth?” I called several coin dealers and looked up the information in various coin guides trying to find the value of my 1937 Lincoln […]