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Check your pocket change!
A New Jersey coin dealer has released 107 rare coins into circulation to help promote more interest in coin collecting.
Some of the rare coins include the famous and valuable 1955 Doubled-Die Lincoln cent, worth about $1,000 and up.
In fact, the value of all the coins being released is $4,000!
And don’t forget, rare coins travel. So these coins can last in circulation for months and even years before being discovered by someone astute enough to realize they are holding a rare coin.
Even if you are outside New Jersey and it is a year or more after the release of these coins, there is a fair chance that some of these rare coins are still floating around in change near (or even on) you!
In fact, even when there aren’t advertised rare coin entries into circulation like this, you should still keep your eyes open for rare coins in your pocket change. Somewhere in this country, several rare coins are likely floating around, just waiting to be found by a lucky collector — and that lucky collector could be you!
My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!