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Error coins grab the attention of the collector and non-collector alike. Why? Because they are unusual.
Some error coins are downright weird. They are mint-made defects. And many not only look strange, some are absolutely rare.
That intrigues everybody enough to keep an eye on their change for the oddities that somehow have made their way out of the Mint.
Error coins have so many different defects that you can put together an impressive collection.
Error Coins Make News
Error coins have been popular collectibles for decades.
Many have made the news upon discovery.
They always keep collectors (and their magnifying glasses) busy, especially at times when a newly recognized error coin makes headlines on television, in newspapers, or on the Internet.
Error Coins Show Great Diversity
Some common examples of error coins include:
- Blank error coins
- Off-center error coins
- Missing, tilting, or doubled-mintmark error coins
- Double-struck error coins
- Wrong design/wrong metal error coins
- Bubbled, crumpled, rippled, and peeled error coins
- Mixed-denomination error coins
Some error coins can be described in words. Others are just too out of the ordinary not to be seen. Check out this YouTube video featuring some of the most exotic looking error coins I have witnessed anywhere in quite awhile.
Incredible, right? Yes, error coins have a following all their own. In fact, many collectors devote all their time and money to collecting, studying, and looking for error coins.
The Value Of Error Coins
Are you curious what error coins are worth?
While values range broadly, check out this price guide for a diverse array of error coins and their values.
Clubs For Error Coin Enthusiasts
Are you interested in joining a widely recognized coin club for those who are enthusiastic about error coins? Look no further than CONECA.
CONECA, which stands for “The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America,” was established in 1983 and serves collectors who specialize in error coins.
Buying Error Coins From Dealers
While error coins can be found in pocket change, coin dealers may be the best way to readily acquire error coins for your collection.
Most coin dealers tend to have at least the most common types of error coins in their holdings. However, there are also coin dealers who specialize in error coins.
These are the types of dealers where you may have a better chance of purchasing some of the more radical, expensive, or less-common error coins available.
More About Error Coins
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!