An uncirculated commemorative coin is offered in most instances by a special commission in charge of the event to be commemorated and the coin is sold at a price higher than the face value of the coin. The U.S. Mint’s modern commemorative coin program began in 1982. Although these coins are legal tender, they are not minted for general circulation. Each commemorative coin is produced by the U.S. Mint in limited quantity and is only available for a limited time. See how much modern commemorative coins are worth.
Challenge coins are not really coins. They’re not made by the U.S. Mint, and they’re not used as currency. Challenge coins first made their appearance during World War I. Here’s the story behind challenge coins, why they’re called challenge coins, how the coin challenge game works, and how much military challenge coins are worth.
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 existance.
Some novelty coins were made to commemorate or celebrate something, however, they were not made by the U.S. mint — so they are not actually true commemorative coins. Two examples are the Lincoln-JFK penny and the Liberty Bell penny. Here’s more info about each, including what they’re worth.
Presidential Dollar coins were struck from 2007 to 2016. Each $1 coin features the face of a former U.S. president. Four coins came out each year until all former presidents (non-living) were minted on these golden-colored U.S. $1 coins. Another related presidential coin set called the First Spouse gold coins program ran from 2007 to 2016, as well. These $10 gold coins were released concurrently — at the same time as their husband’s President coin.
Looking for some unique pieces of coin jewelry? Here’s the scoop on coins used as jewelry pieces… what to look for and some idea of what they may be worth.
See how U.S. coins have been made throughout the years… including details about early U.S. Mints compared to modern day U.S. Mint facilities.
Did you know that the U.S. had a 2-cent coin? Yes, from 1864 to 1873 the United States had a coin with a denomination of two cents. There was a 3-cent coin, too — with a denomination of three cents from 1851 to 1889. Interestingly, some 3-cent pieces are silver, while others are made of a nickel composition (those are sometimes called 3-cent nickels). Here are little-known facts about 2-cent and 3-cent coins… and how much they’re worth today.
The one cent penny is not the lowest denomination of coins in the United States. It’s actually the half cent or half penny. Here’s the scoop… and what they’re worth.
There are several coin price guides made by different companies, but I mostly use the Red Book and the Black Book. Here are some tips for choosing the right price guide for you coin collection.