Rare U.S. Coins: Which Nickels, Pennies, Dimes & Quarters To Keep

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Do you think you have a United States rare coin? I thought I did.

I’m not exactly a coin collector, and I’m far from a numismatist. So, for the latest coin facts and values, you’ll want to check out the articles written by our coin expert, Joshua.

What follows is my own novice approach to finding the value of some coins I had saved through the years.

Everyone does this at some point, right? Have you gone through the coins in your coin jar yet?


The Coins In My Coin Jar


I was fishing around for some coins for the soda machine yesterday, when I found a 1974 nickel that looked strangely silver-colored — or else strangely dirty.

I don’t know if 1974 nickels are especially valuable in terms of rare coins or not, but I do remember my dad always telling me there were certain years that you were supposed to hold onto.

He said something about…

Anyway, I thought I’d do a little research to find out which U.S. coins are actually worth something these days.

And from now on, I’m saving them!

The best sites on the web I found for quick access to coin values was Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers and Professional Coin Grading Service. Their sites are very up-to-date and make it easy to find the value of virtually any U.S. coin!


What My Coins Are Worth…

Just to pick a few of the rare coins that I, personally, have come across… here are some coins you’ll want to hold onto:


  • Wheat Pennies (…worth 2 to 5 times their face value)
  • Steel Pennies (…supposedly very common; all are from 1943 and they stick to a magnet; worth up to a dime)
  • 1943 Copper Pennies (…they primarily made steel pennies this year, making the standard copper penny rare for the year 1943; how does $20,000 sound?!)
  • Indian Head Pennies (…who knew a penny could be worth up to 3 dollars?!)
  • Buffalo Nickels (…they’re worth up to a dollar)


Which Coins Aren’t Worth A Thing…



The Value Of My Coin Collection

Turns out, my 1974 dirty silver-looking nickel is worth a whopping… 5 cents.

But I still felt the urge to continue rummaging through all of the old coins I’ve been saving through the years. I mean, what are the odds that I could be sitting on something of value?

After a quick search here, this is what I found…

It’s not much, but the maximum value of my coin collection looks to be around 3 dollars and 10 cents.

That’s from:

  • (2) 1964 silver Roosevelt Jefferson nickels (5x face value = $.25 ea)
  • (2) 1959 silver Roosevelt Jefferson nickels (5x face value = $.25 ea)
  • (1) 1943 mercury dime (10x face value = $1.00 ea)
  • (22) 1939-1958 wheat pennies (5x face value = $.05 ea)

Unless, of course, I take this guy’s site into account, which states I could get around 50 cents to a dollar for each of my 1942-64 nickels! … 88 of them at 50-cents each equals: $44! Guess I’ll be holding onto those just in case. (The site claims $2 for “very fine” quality, which mine are not, so I deducted $1.50 each to account for the “well-circulated” condition of my nickels.)

Ah well… maybe my stamp collection is worth something. My mom will tell you it is. She’s the one who bought most of those “plate block sets of 4” for me through my elementary and high school years! I’ve got a few thousand dollars worth of “mint condition” stamps — in face value alone!


So the bottom line is… the coins in my change jar aren’t particularly rare, but here’s a rare coins list filled articles about rare coins that you really should be looking for!

Fun Things I’ve Done With Coins

Maybe I haven’t struck it rich from my pocket change yet, but I’ve definitely had a good time scavenging around for old coins through the years!

As a kid, we used to save up our pennies then take them down to the train tracks. We’d place a slew of them on the actual rails, then wait for a train to pass by. The trains would flatten the pennies like pancakes, turning our pennies into mini copper saucers. We’d save the flat pennies for a few years — until we decided to start skipping them (like rocks) in the river.

Then one year, my dad had me convinced that coin collecting was yet another hobby I needed to start. (That’s in addition to my beer can collection, my matchbook collection, my rock collection, my keyring collection, and my stamp collection!) So my mission became to save 1 penny from every year, 1 nickel from every year, and so on. And I polished them all up nice & shiny too. (I used a pencil eraser.) Little did I know at the time that cleaning your coin collection is a very bad thing to do. Take it from me… don’t clean your coins!

The biggest thing I learned today is sometimes you’ve gotta look real hard to spot what makes a coin valuable — like this 1995 penny!

I wonder… does all this coin research make me an amateur numismatist now???


How To Find The Value Of Coins In Your Coin Collection

If you have a coin and you would like to know what it’s worth, you have 2 options:

  1. Check online here: Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers or Professional Coin Grading Service.
  2. Or, get your own coin price guide to check prices yourself at home.

Just for fun, you can use this coin jar calculator to find out how much your coins are worth… or try these free online coin calculators.



I received this comment to the above article I wrote:

Hello Lynnette, nice article. However, the 1959 and 1964 Jefferson nickels that you found in your coin collection are not silver. You may be thinking of the 1942-1945 Jefferson nickels that contained 35% silver. Really, only the copper-nickel clad Jefferson nickels dated before 1942 are valued by collectors. Most post-1945 nickels are fairly common in circulation.
Joshua (…who clearly knows a lot more about coins than I do!)

We are so glad that Josh has agreed to write informative articles about coins for us here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins. His tips are super helpful for novices (like me) who don’t know much about coins. If you, too, have found some neat coins in your pocket change — or inherited them from a family member — and you just want to know roughly how much our coins are worth, then search for your specific coin in the “search box” on this page. Chances are, Josh has already written an article about your coin and you’ll find everything you want to know about it… and more.

Here’s the Ultimate Guide Of U.S. Coins Worth More Than Face Value — a list of the most valuable coins you should be saving in all denominations that Josh and I compiled together!


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367 thoughts on “Rare U.S. Coins: Which Nickels, Pennies, Dimes & Quarters To Keep

  1. Hi, Taylor –

    A 1964 Lincoln penny is actually still worth just one cent if you found it in pocket change.

    Except for rare error pennies (like the kind that have parts of the coin struck in a double image), pennies from the 1960s through today have to be in mint (not worn) condition for them to be worth more than their face value.

    Have fun collecting coins!

    1. Rebeccah,

      An 1841 half dime is worth about $13 to $20 in even the lower circulated grades. Prices increase up to over $100 if the coin is only lightly worn or better.

  2. i have 3 silver pennies 🙂 1 is from sanfrisnsisco mint one from denvert and 1 from philly how much is the sanfransico 1 worth?and how much is a indeiand head penny worth? from 1909 and also 1 of thoes old dimes not the ones that we have today. there all in good shape

    1. Hi YouSay,

      1943 steel pennies are each worth about 25 cents to $1 in typical circulated grades.

      Indian Head pennies are valued based on the year and grade. A common Indian Head cent from the 1890s to 1900s in average circulated grades is worth about $2 to $4, though.

      Would you mind telling me the year of your dime? I’ll be able to give you a better idea as to its value if I know its date….

    2. i know 1f a regular 1909 couple hundred then it goes 1909d is worth a little bit more between 300 or so then the 1909 s is between 500 and 800 and the 1909 svdb is worth 1500 hundred and up heritage action sight it will give u an idea the worth.i have over 3000 lincoln wheat my uncle has been saving since the 40s and i still have alot to go through have a good day

  3. where do you get theese coins im tring to get a 1949-S but you guys say yu have coins from the 1800s’ and the 1700s’ do you buy them offline or something??? or just find them on the ground …… but my grandpa has a very rare nickle could probally go for 2million i may be mistaking it for that really rare one that went for 3million.

    1. YouSay,

      While some people have been extremely fortunate to find old and rare coins in pocket change, buried underground, or as part of a family estate, most people have to buy the old and rare coins they want for their collections.

      Coin dealers are the place to go to buy most any coin you could want. Check online or your phone directory for coin dealers near you, and be sure you also visit some of the reputable coin dealers online. For more info, check out 5 Surefire Tips To Find A Good Coin Dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

      As far as the 1913 Liberty nickel which just sold for $3.7 million, you’ll be interested in finding out more in How To Spot Rare US Coins: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/rare_us_coins/

      Good luck!

    2. i have a 1902 indian head and from 1909 till todays date minus the 1922 and the 1943 copper u can reach me at [email protected] 49,49s and or 49d.i still have to go through my uncles coin collection he started in the 40s until now alot to go through and see thank u

    1. Hi, Jesabelle —

      Wow! I hope you really found the real thing, though! The 1965 silver dime is a rare error piece made by the U.S. Mint at the time when the government was transitioning over to copper-nickel coins. The theory is that a few silver dimes were struck with the 1965 date by accident.

      Yes, if you do have one of those rare 1965 silver dimes, it would be worth about $9000 (and definitely more if only lightly worn).

      *I strongly urge you to get your coin authenticated by a trustworthy, reputable third-party coin grading service like the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the American Numismatic Association (ANACS) to verify that what you have is authentic.

      I’m hoping for you that you do have an authentic 1965 silver dime!

    1. Neat coin, Anita!

      Yes, your 1865 2-cent coin is worth $15 to $20 or more assuming average wear and no damage.

  4. Have a wheat cent it is shaped like a cup, meaning it has the back and side or edge of penney, but no front side where the date and lincoln goes what is this?

    1. John,

      That sounds like the type of penny illusionists use for doing magic tricks. You can probably fit a dime perfectly in your Lincoln wheat cent cup! That’s the likely intention…

      While your coin is unfortunately worth nothing to a coin collector, it may be worth a couple dollars to an illusionist.

  5. I found a 1984 washington liberty quarter and on the obverse side the word LIBERTY and the DATE NUMBERS look real wide and flattened down or mushed. The reverse side is natural. I don’t know if this was done by the die machine or from some other source like wear or something heavy hit it.
    but it really stands out when I looked at it in magnifacation. So I got another 1984 washington liberty quarter and put it right on top of the one I found where just the liberty was visiable on both and then the same with the numbers were only visable and the other quarter did not have the flatness look to it, So I want to know if this is a rare coin or it was caused by just wear. Thank you.

    1. Carl,

      There are a number of possibilities about what could’ve happened to your coin, but — without seeing the coin — I have to speculate if it may be the subject of machine doubling. Machine doubling isn’t the same thing as a double die and is caused by something going amiss with the process of striking of the coin. This type of coin would not have any significant value at all IF that’s what happened to it.

      Otherwise, I tried looking up information on any known varieties of 1984 Washington quarters and can’t find any such notes at all, so I’m thinking machine doubling, but that’s just a sight-unseen guess…

  6. I found looking thru pennies a 1999D that appears to been have struck as it has a nice shine like bright gray , but no copper coating and appears copper has not been removed is this of any value?

    1. John,

      It sounds like you may have a possible error there. Book values for a zinc cent without its copper coating are up to $100.

  7. I have a lot of old coins pennys nicles buffalo 1/2 dollars coins dollar how can I know how much are they worth where can I go in the internent to know the value thank you

    1. Pedro,

      Yes, it’s very easy to find the value of your coins online. Here are a few places that will help you get started:

      Values of Rare Lincoln Wheat Cents: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/wheat_pennies/

      Values of scarce (but not rare) Lincoln Wheat Cents: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_semi_key_coins/

      Lincoln Memorial Cent values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_penny/

      Buffalo Nickel values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/buffalo_nickels_value/

      Walking Liberty Half Dollar values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/walking_liberty_half_dollar/

      Franklin Half Dollar values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/franklin_half_dollars/

      Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/morgan_silver_dollars/

      These posts should help get you started in valuing your coin collection!

    1. Mike,

      Your nickel with the P mintmark over Monticello is not rare, but it IS a silver coin!

      That’s right — from 1942 to 1945, U.S. nickels were actually made from a combination of manganese, copper, and silver. All Jefferson nickels with that large mint mark over the dome of Monticello are so-called wartime nickels made from silver. In typical worn grades, they’re worth about $1 to $1.50.

    1. Hi, Mitchell —

      Yes, you have a good ‘ol 90% silver Washington quarter. The latest 90% silver date you will find for quarters is 1964. If your is in typical worn grades, it’s worth about $2 to $5.

  8. I have a 1953 copper penny… If i google it i keep getting 1943 pennies… mine if exactly the same just the date. Is it still worth anything

    1. Hi,

      What you have is a coin which circulates throughout the continent of Europe, particularly many of the major nations in Western Europe. The Euro is a standard currency which is used in several nations throughout Europe and replaces the old currency standards which used to be officially used in the nations now using the Euro. A Euro, by the way, is the monetary unit for those nations that use the Euro, just like the Dollar is the monetary unit in the United States.

      A Euro 10-cent coin is common for collectors, though it is technically valued at whatever the current exchange rate is.

  9. i found a 1995 penny and i read that if its double for the words “Liberty In God We Trust” How can we tell that its double because sometimes i see its double and sometimes it is 1 so can you help me?

    1. Hi, Johnyy —

      The doubling is really very slight and you’ll need a good magnifying glass (I like at least 5X power to get a good view of these things). Here’s a link to an example of a 1995 doubled die Lincoln cent: http://www.govmint.com/item/1995-P-Double-Die-Lincoln-Error/DDLIN/12

      As you see, you need a really keen eye to notice the doubling, but it’s there. You’ll notice that there are two outlines for the letters, though the two outlines are really close together. If you see a 1995 Lincoln cent that appears to have thicker-than-usual writing, hold it aside. Closer examination MAY reveal it to be a doubled die.

      Good luck!

    1. Hi Opal,

      Unfortunately for you, the word ‘copy’ stamped on a coin means that piece is a replica (a fake coin, as we sometimes say).

    1. Hi, Lisa —

      Surprise! Actually, you have a silver Jefferson 5-cent piece worth closer to $1! Nickels made from 1942 to 1945 contain a combination of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. These so-called ‘wartime’ nickels can be easily spotted by the large mintmark over the dome of Monticello.

  10. Hi all so i found a Quarter today it is gold in color its 2001 conneticut U.S. it is circulated i am very interested in finding out why it is gold and what something rare as this would be worth

    1. Hello Smokingace,

      I’m sorry to say that your gold-covered 50 States quarter isn’t rare. In fact, 50 States quarters covered in a thin layer of gold are quite common and have been sold by the thousands by companies selling these coins both individually and in sets.

      While it’s somewhat uncommon to find a gold-covered quarter in circulation, these coins are worth a very small premium and are usually sold mostly as novelty coins. Yours probably could sell for between $1 to $5, though the price varies a bit. Being that your is worn, it may sell for closer to the $1 mark than the $5 price I suggest.

      Congrats though on finding such a beautiful coin in pocket change!

    1. Jude,

      Actually, a two-headed quarter is virtually always a trick novelty coin. Such a piece really has more value in the illusionists’ coin market than the coin-collecting market. Most are worth a couple to a few dollars.

    1. Hi papapablo,

      If you found the bicentennial quarter in pocket change, then it will have been worn and is worth only face value (25 cents). If it’s in mint condition (uncirculated) then it will have a value of about 30 to 50 cents.

    1. Hi Nickaman,

      The 1940 and 1964 silver Washington quarters are each worth $2 to $5 in typical, circulated grades. The 1842 Canadian one penny coin is worth $5 to $10; it’s worth a little less if corroded (old copper coins tend to corrode pretty easily) and more if the coin is only lightly worn and shows no damage.

    1. Hi Obralvance,

      An 1803 U.S. cent (which has the portrait of a woman’s head profile) is worth at least $50 to $75 in well-worn circulated grades and over $1,000 in lightly circulated condition or better.

      However, these prices are contingent on the assumption your coin is not damaged or discolored. Such pieces are worth less (often far less) than the types of values I suggest here. To get an idea of what damaged coins look like, check this out: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/damaged_coins/

    1. Hi Nick,

      The 1917 to 1920 Mercury dimes are worth $2 to $3 each in well-worn grades. If there’s a “D” or “S” on any of those dimes and they show only light wear, their values are generally $5 to $10 each and up.

      Your 1899 Barber dime is worth $3 to $5 in typical well-worn grades.

    1. Hi, Ed —

      An 1887 Indian cent that is uncleaned, undamaged, and in typical well-worn grades with nice brown toning is worth $2 to $3.

  11. 1915 D quarter dollar, with Lady Liberty’s profile…
    …. Sorry, I looked it up and found it… hope I didn’t waste your time.
    I do have three other questions though.

    1. I have what looks like a thick coin. It reads “5 D W T” on one side, and “5 Penny Weights” on the other side. Is this a weight for an old scale or a coin to measure/balance other money?

    2. I also have a coin that reads “Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790”, with his profile on one side. And “Benjamin Franklin Memorial Souvenir, The Franklin Institute” on the other side. I know this is a souvenir, but would this have any value among collectors? It is not steal (not magnetic), but it does have a little weight to it. It is a very nice looking coin.

    And 3. Do you know any good, easy to search through, sights to go to to look up foreign coins? I have a number, from many different countries. And some are quite old.

    1. Hi, cldv —

      No waste of time at all! I’m glad you found some info on the 1915-D Barber quarter.

      20 pennyweights is 1 ounce. I’m not sure, however, of the coin you are referring to that actually has that written out on the coin, though… That’s a great question!

      Yes, souvenir medals are worth something to collectors. Medals fall into a category of the hobby generally referred to as ‘exonumia.’ You can find out a bit more about exonumia here: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/novelty_coins/

      Medals like yours tend to sell for $2 to $5 in most cases. I suspect your medal is made of either copper of pewter, given your description of the piece’s weight — these are two rather heavy metals used in common medals.

      The best site I have seen and used for foreign coins is here: http://worldcoingallery.com/ This website has a very expansive catalog of foreign coins from numerous nations and eras. I hope this helps you!

  12. I have 2 1965 quarters, & 2 quarters that say 1776-1976. The latter don’t look very old, & they might be recent, but how much are they worth?

  13. What does “Double Dated” mean for a coin? How does one tell if it is/has been?
    Thank you!
    Also, are there any value to the State Quarters above face value?

    1. Hi CLDV,

      A common term is ‘dual dated.’ There are many examples of this, perhaps the most popular being the ‘1776-1976’-dated bicentennial coins minted during 1975 and 1976. http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/bicentennial_coins/

      An ‘overdate’ is a popular (and technical) term for a coin which has a date that was actually corrected by the U.S. Mint in such a way that you can see traces of the old date over the new. A popular example is the 1942-over-1 (or 1942/1) Mercury dime — you can still see traces of the ‘1’ under the ‘2’ in 1942. http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/rare_us_coins/

      As for 50 State quarters worth more than face value, most any uncirculated 50 States quarter is worth at least a small premium over face, and those which came from the U.S. Mint without any contact marks and show no signs of wear can be worth tens or even hundreds of dollars.

      Proof versions of the 50 States quarter (both copper-nickel clad and silver) are worth $3 to $15 each.

      50 States quarters errors are worth anywhere from a few dollars each to hundreds of dollars, depending on the error. http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/wisconsin_quarter_error/

      1. I see… Does one need a microscope to see the doubling clearly?
        … Also, if a proof coin is circulated does the value of that coin deplete to face value Or would it still hold value (ex. 1990- no “S” penny in circulated, dirty condition)?
        … thanks for the links, I found them helpful.

        1. Hi, cldv —

          In the cases of the coins I described above, the dual-dating on the 1776-1976 is clearly displayed on the coin. The 1942/1 Mercury dime and other such overdates normally require at least a 3X to 5X magnifier to really see the details on those peculiarities.

          In the case of double-dies (which I did not mention above), you will need the magnifier to compare any ‘suspects’ to photos of real double dies to make sure the coins are in fact double dies. Again, stick with at least a 3X. I use 5X and 10X magnifiers.

          A proof coin that has been in circulation is called an ‘impaired proof’ coin. The value of these vary on the coin in question. You posed a great example: the rare 1990 no-S Lincoln cent. I don’t know the exact value of a worn one as I have never myself seen one listed, but I can guarantee you that even a worn example would attract brisk interest and certainly sell for several hundred or more dollars.

          A common proof coin from the 1960s or later would ordinarily sell for anywhere between 20 and 50% of the uncirculated proof value.

          I’m glad to help — please feel free to ask any questions you have any time!

  14. I am trying to help a friend find the value of an 1854 Large Cent. It has Lady Liberty head on front, and thirteen stars on back. Please hel if you can. Thank You!

    1. Hi, guest

      An 1854 large cent (the kind you have is called a ‘Braided Hair’ large cent, by the way) is worth about $15 to $25 in the lower circulated grades, but for it to be worth that price, it has to have no corrosion, heavy nicks, and it cannot have been cleaned or otherwise damaged. If there are any signs of damage, it will be worth significantly less.

      If it has only light wear, its value goes up to above $50.

  15. I see that you have listed
    * (2) 1964 silver Roosevelt Jefferson nickels (5x face value = $.25 ea)
    * (2) 1959 silver Roosevelt Jefferson nickels (5x face value = $.25 ea)
    * (1) 1943 mercury dime (10x face value = $1.00 ea)
    * (22) 1939-1958 wheat pennies (5x face value = $.05 ea)

    1964 and 1959 nickels are not silver. The only nickels to be silver are those from 1942 to 1945 and they have the mint mark above the Monticello Dome.

  16. My name is Kevin an I have a neighbor who has a silver coin that’s dated 1899, susan b anthony picture on it with the 13 stars circling it. Also, with the letter V with a reef around it. Could you please help in figuring out what exactly this coin is an it’s worth?

    1. Hi, Kevin —

      You seem to be describing a Liberty nickel, though the woman on that design is a rendering of Miss Liberty, not Susan B. Anthony. I’ll include a link to the coin I’m talking about just to make sure we’re discussing the same coin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Head_nickel

      If it is an 1899 Liberty nickel, it’s worth $2 to $5 in typical circulated grades…

    1. Great question, Bublo. A good site for getting pricing information is on the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) website.

      Along with being among the top coin-grading companies around, their website also has a great pricing resource that is frequently updated. The values are technically applicable only to PCGS-graded coins, but this site gives some good general idea as to the value of certain coins.

      I’ll post the link to their Bust dimes value page here: http://www.pcgs.com/prices/PriceGuideDetail.aspx?MS=1&PR=1&SP=1&c=94&title=Capped+Bust+Dime

  17. About how much is the entire 1964 Denver circulation set worth? I saw one set at a thrift shop and it was marked for $2,000 dollars. I’m missing only the dollar from that year.

    1. Hi Jacob,

      No dollar coin was actually officially released for 1964 (though some were minted, melted, and are now illegal to own if found). Find out more about the 1964-D Peace dollar here: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/peace_silver_dollar/

      I don’t know why the shop was selling the coin set for $2,000 as that’s WAAaaaay more than a typical 1964 Denver set is worth, unless they were selling hundreds of pieces in a single set and were selling it as a silver bullion item.

      You shouldn’t need to pay any more than about $15 to $20 to buy a nice set of the 5 different Denver coins (cent, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar) in uncirculated grades.

    1. Hi, Acar —

      I can tell you that your 1942 dime is worth about $1.50 to $2 and your quarter is worth around $2 to $3.

      You can always check out all of our coin articles here to find out more about values for any of your other coins, too!

  18. Hello,
    How can one tell if a 1990 Lincoln penny is a 1990- no “S” penny or a Lincoln cent minted in Phila.?

    1. Hi, Carmen —

      The 1990 no-S Lincoln cent, as a noted error, occurred only on the proof coins of that year. Proof Lincoln cents of the era have highly reflective, nearly mirror-like, surfaces and great display of minute detail. Regular 1990 cents (made in Philadelphia) lack such surface quality and detail.

  19. i have a very strange question. I found what looks to be a gold plated penny from the 1974’s. it has an outline of oklamhoma with OK written in the middle just a millimeter or so down into the date of the penny. plz tell me if u knows what is up with this penny.

    1. Hi, Ashley

      Actually, thousands of pennies dated from the 1970s were imprinted, after they left the U.S. Mint, with the outlines of all 50 states. While I don’t know the company that did this, I can tell you that it’s a fairly common type of novelty coin. It’s probably worth about $1 or so to an interested buyer of novelty coins.

    1. Hi, Will —

      You mean when you flip your coin around left to right, both Lincoln and the Memorial are facing up?

      I checked for any record of 1968 Lincoln cents with a medaliac turn (which means both sides of a coin are oriented the same direction) and couldn’t find any. I would check with your local coin dealer and bring the coin in for a sight-seen evaluation.

      If your coin is authentically medaliac turn, it is an error and could be worth some money. PERHAPS over $100.

  20. Hello my name is dave and I’m looking for some info on these coins I have one is a 1943 silver penny and the other is a 1905 nickle I believe its hard to tell with all the black crap on it but I dont want to try and clean it just incase

    1. Hi, Dave —

      Wise move; you’re always better off leaving coins alone. A 1943 steel penny is worth about 10 to 25 cents if worn.

      Your 1905 Liberty nickel is probably black due to corrosion or oxidation (if a nickel is black, its usually because of some chemical reaction to its environment). Still, your Liberty nickel is worth around 50 cents to $1 if it’s pretty well worn.

  21. I have a question for you. 1908 half dollar, (2)1900 dollar coins, 1941 half dollar, 1923 dollar coin, 1941 dime, 6 nickels with half a face on the front with different symbols on the back. Are any of these valuable because I just found them in a box from my grandfather who passed away.

    1. Hi, Robert —

      Our condolences to you on the passing of your grandfather….

      As far as the coins you found in the box, here’s a general breakdown on values assuming all the coins are in decent shape and have wear typical for their ages:

      *1923 Peace silver dollar: $15 to $20
      *1900 Morgan silver dollars: $18 to $25 each
      *1941 Walking Liberty half dollar: $6 to $10
      *1908 Barber Half dollar: $15 to $25
      *1941 Mercury dime: $2 to $3

      I’m not sure which nickels you have… What are the dates?

  22. hey Guys! Not sure about a penny I have…1929 Wheatback, no mint, but is very shiney….unlike ALL the other wheat pennies i have which are a dull brown…. worthless or a keeper???


    1. Hi, Jarret —

      Well, if it’s shiny, it means one of two things:

      *It’s been cleaned and is worth only 2 or 3 cents.
      *It’s uncirculated and is worth $10 or more.

      The best way for me to give you an estimate on its value is to post a photo to The Fun Times Guide Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins).

      However, if the design of Lincoln looks pretty worn (and you can’t see details like his ear and all his hairlines) chances are you had what was once a dull brown and well-worn Lincoln cent that somebody polished up.

      If you can see all the minute details of Lincoln and all the lines in the wheat ears on the back, it may be an uncirculated piece.

      A 1929 Lincoln cent is an 81-year-old coin that is getting very tough to find in circulation. Definitely keep it if you like old coins! It’s worth more than face value cleaned or not.

  23. i have a 1940 nickel i just fond today its in good shape think it mint b worth something i dont kown my is jimmy

    1. Jimmy — a nice old 1940 Jefferson nickel like yours is common but does have a nominal value of around 10 to 20 cents in typical worn grades. If it were me, I’d probably just keep it because it’s an old coin that’s getting harder to find in circulation these days.

  24. I found a 1976 penny with no mint letter. It is very shiny like brass and seems to be lighter in weight to other pennies. Does this penny have any value and if so what might it be?

    1. Zigman,

      As for the lack of a mintmark, that is simply because it’s a penny made at the Philadelphia mint — one-cent coins made there don’t bear a mintmark.

      Did you weigh the penny? A typical bronze Lincoln cent should weigh 3.11 grams…

    1. Hi, Ron –

      The U.S. Mint wasn’t making coin sets in 1922, so your 5 Peace dollars were packaged by a private party. At the very least (with the price of silver as of this writing), EACH is worth around $20, so you have around $100 (more or less) in silver coins right there.

      1922 Peace silver dollars are common, so even in typical uncirculated grades, they are worth around $25 to $30. Only in gem uncirculated grades or higher would they be worth over $30 to $40 each.

      Here’s a bit of info on coin grading — this may help you in determining which grade your Peace dollars are in: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/how_to_grade_a_coin_grades/

  25. I recently found a dime. its worn and thin but you can still read the markings on it. its dated 1904, and says One Dime on the back. Does anybody know if it has value.

    1. Ken,

      Yes, your 1904 Barber dime is worth at least $2 just for its silver value. If there’s still a bit of detail left, it may be worth $4 to $5 or more.

    1. Hi, PJ —

      Definitely, your 1928 Mercury dime is worth at least $2 to $3; it’s worth more if it’s well preserved, NOT cleaned or damaged, and has only light wear.

      Thanks for your question!

  26. I have a dollar coin that has george washington on one side that is lettered “1st president 1789-1797” and “GEORGE WASHINGTON’ and on the flip side it has the statue of liberty .. ‘$1″ and lettered ” united states of america” is this coin worth anything ???

    1. Hi, Katrina,

      What you have is a Presidential dollar coin. These have been released on a quarterly basis and honor each of the deceased U.S. presidents.

      Though none are really worth more than face value, they are highly collectible. Here’s some more info: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/presidential_dollar_coins/

  27. Great article. I’ve always dug collecting the old pennies that say “ONE CENT” on the back (the older, the better), simply for mind trips and nostalgic reasons (yes, for times before my time, even). The oldest penny I have is from 1918. I’ve never bothered to see if I have anything worth a bundle, but after reading your article it makes me curious.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Narv! Yes, collecting old wheat cents is really a lot of fun — and very exciting to find in pocket change. Some are definitely worth considerably more than face value.

      If you’re curios about the wheat cents you have, you may be interested in checking out these posts:

      7 Rare Wheat Cents: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/rare_wheat_pennies/
      Semi-Key Lincoln Cents: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/lincoln_semi_key_coins/

    1. Hi, CG —

      Because each of the 50 States Quarters are pretty common, even a whole set would still be worth only face value, unless each of the coins is in mint state grade (with no wear).

      The 50 States Quarters series is a very nice set and, even if they’re not currently an extremely valuable series, are perfect for framing and displaying.

  28. Can anyone help me. Found two pennies on the back of the penny, it shows a man sitting on a log reading a book. What is this

    1. Mary,

      You have a Lincoln cent honoring the the life of the 16th president. The penny you’re referring to shows Lincoln in his teen years reading a book. Other Lincoln cents from 2009 show Lincoln’s log cabin home, Lincoln as a senator, and the Capitol as seen during the time of his presidency.

      None of these are worth anything above face value if worn.

  29. I have a complete set of wheat pennies from 1909 (all) to 1958 in varing grades, mostly good/fine to au
    If I were to sell what would be a good starting price?
    Thanks, Stan

    1. Hi, Stan —

      What a nice collection. So as long as the rare pieces (like the 1909 S VDB and 1914 D) are authentic, even if all the pieces are in good, a nice offer for the complete set should start at around $1,400 to $1,500.

      HOWEVER, if your set also includes the 1922 plain, the price for the set should begin at closer to $2,000. A 1955 Doubled Die adds at least another $800 to $1,000 in very worn grades.

      Noe, this assumes all the pieces are in problem-free, uncleaned grades. If any of the coins have damage (especially the scarce pieces), the value will be brought down, but only a sight-seen evaluation in such a case would determine by how much.

      You mentioned some pieces are in AU. Are these the later coins? Some of the earlier ones? Depending on which coins are in AU, the value of the set would also be brought back up. I still feel confident with $1,400-$1,500/$2,000 ranges if it’s just the later coins that are in AU.

      However, if any of the early and especially the scarce dates are in grades much above fine to very fine, I would suggest a higher price tag. Again though, the exact amount is based on which coins are in higher grades.

      Good luck!

    1. Billbers,

      Sounds like you’re referring to President Thomas Jefferson’s house, Monticello, which has been seen on the back of Jefferson nickels since 1938 — except for 2004 and 2005, when the Lewis & Clark bicentennial meant 4 special designs on the back of nickels during those 2 years.

    2. Billbers,

      Sounds like you’re referring to President Thomas Jefferson’s house, Monticello, which has been seen on the back of Jefferson nickels since 1938 — except for 2004 and 2005, when the Lewis & Clark bicentennial meant 4 special designs on the back of nickels during those 2 years.

    1. Yes, T —

      Your 1920 Mercury dime is worth around $2 to $3 in typical worn grades and the 1950 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 cents.

    2. Yes, T —

      Your 1920 Mercury dime is worth around $2 to $3 in typical worn grades and the 1950 Lincoln cent is worth around 5 cents.

  30. You Know, not all you say is true about “What’s Not Worth a Thing”, as there are errors, miss strikes, and doubled-Die varieties out there. I suggest investing in a U.S. Coin book before throwing out or spending your coins.

  31. You Know, not all you say is true about “What’s Not Worth a Thing”, as there are errors, miss strikes, and doubled-Die varieties out there. I suggest investing in a U.S. Coin book before throwing out or spending your coins.

    1. Sandra,

      Because the U.S. Mint didn’t make any silver-colored pennies in 1902, it sounds like your coin may have been plated with pewter or covered in mercury (which is very hazardous to touch)

      Such coins are considered altered by coin collectors and, therefore, not worth considerably less than an unaltered piece. A regular, unaltered 1902 penny in typical worn grades is worth around $2.

  32. Hi I have a 1969-s penny, good condition i think its a double die but not sure. heared this man got $126,000 for one. Is it worth much?

    1. Tiffany,

      Please feel free to post a photo of your coin at The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook page and we’ll be happy to take a look: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

  33. You do of course realize that as the value of precious metals (copper) rises, that the value of a current nickel, as measured by its current makeup (75% copper) also rises? Saying that a current nickel is only worth face value is absolutely false as of today. Obviously its numismatic value is $.05, but its value in metal is $.068 as of today.

  34. I have 2 of the new Gettysbug quarters with part of center of the Gettysburg lettering missing. Are they worth anything now or could they be in years to come?

    Roy G.

    1. Roy,

      Would you mind posting a photo pf the coins on The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook page? Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

  35. i have all kinds of different coins , and i live in akeley minnesota , and no coin dealers , graders, or collectors anywhere close how do i get ahold of someone to see if i have anything of value? please help chances are i dont have anything worth much but i am desperate to find out?

    1. Bronsondt,

      If you’d like, feel free to list the coins you’re curious about here and we’ll try our best to provide you with some approximate values!

  36. You may need to rethink the recommendation about the Jefferson nickel years to keep, the war year nickels (1942-1945) are made from 35% silver and are worth more than 5 cents.(Depending on condition and year). My guess is that their value is likely to increase in the next few years. True you are not going to be able to retire on the value, but……

  37. i am a liquidator….i ahve recently come into possesion of many valuable old coins from a deceased estate,which include various coins from all over the world,and also USA.i am Legitimate and run a totally legal auctioneering and liquidation company.
    anyone interested in buying a/the collection or a significant order?

    south africa
    [email protected]

    1. If you look it up it might be one of the steel pennies that people often think are silver. I do believe they are worth alot of money.

  38. i have a 1978 nickle that is 2 cms  and has all the same print of a regular size nickle…i was wondering where do i go to find out about it..

    1. Hi, Cat —

      Sounds like you have a replica coin designed for a doll or toy set. These are quite common and really have no numismatic value, but perhaps have a little value 25 cents to $1 as a novelty piece.

  39. I have a 1885 dollar piece and I would like to know if it is worth anything, I keep it as a good luck piece. Curious in Tennessee

    1. Hi, Curious —

      Yes, it’s indeed worth something — in fact, with current silver values, it’s worth at least $30 to $35.


    1. Would you mint posting a pic of your 1965 dime on The Fun Times Guide to Coins Facebook wall so we can take a better look and see what’s going on with it? Thanks! Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000555130263#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins

    2. I have a 1965 dime that has a very strange edge the front and back of the coin extend past the edge almost like it was made in three pieces and glued together has anyone ever seen anything like this?

  41. i have a 1959 d penny and it just looks weird so heres a pic tell me what u think ….i can post another pic but i only have a phone cam

    1. Doa,

      It looks like a regular 1959-D penny that has seen a bit of wear on the high points; while it’s worth only face value, any pennies made before 1982 are becoming a little scarcer because more and more people are beginning to hoard copper pennies. It is, however, illegal to melt pennies for their copper value.

  42. check metal value of 1 Cent coins made before 1982 — they are worth almost 3 times the original worth in copper weight — also, all nickels are worth at least 1.4 cents more than their original worth in their copper & nickel weight, so the statement that these are not worth collecting is not true…………..

    1. Teresa,

      Your 1853 cent is a coin that collectors literally refer to as a “large cent”! Your piece, in typical worn grades but without damage (holes, bends, major nicks, or being cleaned) is worth $10 to $20.

    1. Jnm,

      If your 1914 penny has a ‘D’ under the date, it’s worth at least $125. However, if there is no mintmark, it’s worth between 20 cents and $1 in typical circulated grades.

  43. Rex,

    It’s true that one cent coins made before 1982 and nickels carry premiums because of their copper composition, but it’s important that it be known it’s presently illegal to melt pennies and nickels for their copper value.

  44. I have some V-nickels, old buffalo nickels, a 1860 half dime, many half dollars, old pennies, some late 1800 and early 1900 silver dollars, I have a 1934 twenty and hundred dollar bill, some old confederate bills and other foreign coins and dollars for sale to collectors. Michael

  45. My father has a 1/2 dollar (I am not sure of the date tho) but it has “bubble” that protrudes on both sides of the coin??!!! He is thinking maybe it was in a fire?  The whole coin looks to be matted in color rather than the shinny finish of a normal 1/2 dollar?! He has been wondering about this for years!!  Any chance you would know what happened to this 1/2 dollar?

    1. Bg,

      Would you please post a photo of that half dollar here in the message forum? If not, could you provide the year of that coin? It should help in determining what happened to it. Thanks!

    1. Robert,

      Your 1854 large cent could be worth $15 to $20 or more if in decent shape and without any damage (cleaning, holes, bends, discoloration, etc). Your 1906 Indian cent is worth $2 to $5.

  46. I have a Indian Head Penny 1908 a Indian Head Nickel 1940 and a halk dollar with and eagle on one side that 1941 whats the worth on them??

    1. Feissosweet —

      Here’s a rundown on approximate values based on average circulated grades:

      1908 Indian Head penny – $2 to $5
      1940 Jefferson nickel – 10 to 25 cents
      1941 Walking Liberty half dollar – $10 to $15

        1. Well, it depends on type of condition your penny is in. The value I suggested is the usual market value for a 1908 penny that has a typical amount of wear. A 1908 penny has to be in a superior level of mint state condition to be worth anything close to $2,400.

  47. my best friend has an 1885 Silver Dollar (has stars around coin, eagle w wings spread on back), and two Liberty Head 1928 Silver Dollars. What is their value?

    1. Grace,

      At the current silver value, each of those silver dollars is worth $30 to $40 assuming they have an average amount of wear from being circulated.

  48. I belive I have some rare pennys starting with 1970 RTY slightly
    dbl also 1969 s dbl die and 1972 , 1984 ,1985 I also have 1990 without the [s] mint mark all my coins our proff I live in lake havasu city az dose anyone know where I can take them to be checked and I might sell them I just got layed off and dont want to lose my house please help az teri

  49. I have an all silver quarter dated 1965 with no mint mark.  I understand the last year all silver coins were made was 1964.  Is the coin worth anything?  It is in very good condition. 

    1. Trevita,

      There were only five 1913 Liberty nickels made, and these are therefore quite valuable – each is worth millions. However, there are also countless replica 1913 Liberty nickels around, and each is relatively worthless. Here is some more info on 1913 Liberty nickels: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/rare_us_coins-3/

  50. Hello Lynnette, nice article. However, the 1959 and 1964 Jefferson nickels that you found in your coin collection are not silver. You may be thinking of the 1942-1945 Jefferson nickels that contained 35% silver. Really, only the copper-nickel clad Jefferson nickels dated before 1942 are valued by collectors. Most post-1945 nickels are fairly common in circulation. 

  51. I found a 1945 metal penny, it is not copper, it is smaller than a regular wheat penny.  On the back between the two wheat it says ‘COPY’.  Is this just a play coin?

  52. Hi, I need to ask a specific , a 1977 Kennedy Half dollar  the date shows  9 very small, and the first 7 is slanted 10 degrees left .  This coin is in a us proff set from Sanfrancisco, still sealed  ,uncirculated MS 69  how much could this be worth or can I write my own Check. 

  53. hi i recently found a 1971 
    1971 5C No S nickel 
    that i seem to be getting mixed info about on one hand some sites are selling this exact same nickel for alot of money but when look up personal reviews other people say it has no value other than 5cent so can someone tell me what is it i need to be looking for to see if its worth anything 

    1. Baabb,

      Even if it is gold-plated (and not toned that color due to a chemical reaction with the metal), it would only be worth about $2 to $3.

  54. hi im from england and dont know much about american coins but i do have 2 lincoln cents one 1938 and the other 1929 both in good condition but no letters under date can you tell me how much there worth please thanks rob

    1. Hi, Rob –

      Both your 1929 and 1938 pennies are worth around 5 to 10 cents each.

      Thank you for your question!

  55. Today i found a silver 1995 penny with no d or p markings on them and is really good condition! Is it worth anything

    1. Everett,

      The M is actually the initial of Hermon MacNeil, the designer of the Standing Liberty quarter. Yours, is in worn condition, is worth around $7 to $10.

  56. I have a 1964 Jefferson nickel the tail side is not stamped the slug seems too thin.  Has anyone seen this?  I’ve seen blanks but mine is not smooth.

      1. Hi, Cannoli –

        I’m actually not sure what to make of that. The fact that it is thinner, though, suggests it may have been altered in some way after it left the mint, because normally if a planchet (blank coin) was thinner than usual, it would still receive a decent, proper strike by the die (which produces the design on coins).

        Thank you for your question!

  57.  the 1979 susan b anthony near date wide rim,,is worth money.Do you know the value?I have at least 15 or so in B.U condition.thank you for a reply,,MR. K

    1. If B.U. (uncirculated), 1979 near date (also called “wide rim”) Susan B. Anthony dollars are worth around $30 to $40 each.

  58. I have a 1953 quarter, 3 Indian/buffalo nickels: 1930, 1936 and 1937, I also have a 1939 mercury dime and a 1971 white cent, don’t know if they’re worth anything but I’ll hold on to them

    1. Hi, Feliisha –

      You have a nice little collection of common but obsolete United States coinage there. Here’s a breakdown of the your coins’ values assuming they’re in typical worn condition:

      1953 Washington quarter: $6
      1939 Mercury dime: $3
      1930, 1936, and 1937 Buffalo nickels: $1 to $2
      1971 “white ” cent: face value (this coin most likely was plated with pewter or another light colored metal and is thus considered altered)

  59. I have a 1966 penny with 2 memorials on the back, the first is the image meant to be there, the second is rotated overlaying 1/2 the underlying image can you help me with this please. ladydame

    1. Normally, if a coin is struck multiple times on one side, it should also have been on the other side, too. Is Lincoln’s image doubled? If not, I suspect the Memorial image doubling may have been done outside the mint and your coin may only be worth face value. I suggest you take your coin to a reputable dealer nearby to verify. Here’s a search engine where you can find trustworthy dealers near you: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

    2.  Thank you very much the coin looks to be double stamped on the front as the lettering disappears off the edge of the coin.

    1. Twilson,

      So-called no-date Buffalo nickels are worth around 50 cents each. Here’s some more info about no-date Buffalo nickels: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/no_date_buffalo_nickel/

    1. In typical worn condition, a 1917 Mercury dime is worth around $3 to $5 and an Indian cent about $2.

  60. Bad info. All your change is worth saving. Its all made out of the same stuff as bullets and the metal is getting more expensive. So its actually a good idea to save all of it. But there are some harder to find dates. Also, other countries are using up the metal.

  61. Hi
    I have an 1882 3-cent nickle with the three columns on the back.
    It’s in fine to very fine condition.
    I’ve been told anything from $50 to $500 I’m confused?
    Any info?

    1. Chad,

      Assuming your coin has not damage (just honest wear) it is worth more like $100 to $200 in the grade range you describe. Hope this helps!

  62. Hi Joshua, I haven’t looked at my coins for awhile , but I started again and found a 1969s lincoln penny. It has on the obverse side what looks like something round was pressed onto the coin and made a round deep indention close to the rim. I doesn’t go completely around the coin but shows about 4 deep indentions about 3/4 around the penny some long some short . The reverse has no changes. Coin is not real clean but shows all the lettering on both sides except the “B” in liberty has the pressed indention through it, and the #6 in the date has it also through it. It has a large date, and a clear “S”. Would this be from the machine as an error or, made by someone or something else? Just curious…..thanks 

    1. CW,

      From the description you gave, it sounds like it was damaged in a machine, which doesn’t make this piece worth any more than face value in this case, but does make it a very interesting sight to behold.

  63. hello i have a silver penny from 1965 the edges are really thick and it kinda looks like the actual penny is indented…. at the top it says in god we trust but the edge kind of overlaps it … not a perfect circle but i would really like to know how much it would be worth or if its worth anything at all … please email me at [email protected] it would be greatly appriecated ,….    i cannot find it on the internet ANYWHERE !

    1. Dasilva,

      You either have a replica of a Lincoln cent, or you have a real Lincoln cent that was coated with pewter. In the case of the latter situation, your coin is worth only face value.

    2. A few years ago, I happened to ran across a “silver” nickel with the edges tampered as you describe in your posting and it only makes sense to me that these coins were at one point used as decorative pieces, jewelry ie. pendants, money clips, souvenir etc. You’ll see coins fitted to wiring on items as described above, at pawnshops, swapmeets, antiques stores, feed stores and touristic spots. So in answer to your question of value, it may be more valuable than its face value if it is part of a ring, pendant, bracelet etc as described above. Good luck to you.

    1. Walter,

      In general, only Statehood quarters that are in mint state (uncirculated condition) or proof versions (these have a mirror-like surface and are included in special United States collectors’ sets) are worth more than face. Also, those that have been misstruck are also worth a premium.

  64. i have a coin with the statue of liberty on it and it says same thickness of copper as the statue of liberty what is it wirth?

  65. I found a 1986 penny recently that may or may not be of significance. I might add that I spent 30-40 years of my life helping my father build his coin collection which was sold upon his death. This penny has an
    indentation…about the size of a BB. It is located directly above the bert in the word liberty. I also noticed that the rim..in that general area…is not as prominent as the remainder of the rim. My e-mail address is
    [email protected]:disqus .net    I think it is very possible this happened when it was minted. Please reply
    Thank you

    1. Hoot,

      Would you please post a pic of your 1986 Lincoln cent here in the comment section? Thanks!

    1. Hello,

      A 1984 dime is still worth face value, 10 cents (U.S.) if in worn condition.

  66. I found a 1984 penny don’t see double ear. But this one has long I in liberty. None of my other 1984 have the long I.is t rare

  67. Anybody know anything about this 1984 I found with long I in liberty can’t tell if double ear but you can see long I. Is this a common thing don’t see it on my other 84s .thanks

  68. Had 1984 penny checked out was told there unfortunately was no premium on this coin dose this make it one of a kind or dose anyone else have one should auction off maybe what ya think

  69. Typical , If you have it — ain’t worth much. If I have it ithen it’s rare and worth a king’s ransom!
    Greed makes the world go DOWN!!!!

  70. I seen a 1971 jefferson nickel with a large D, stamped on the house. No where on the internet i found this. It’s worth?

    1. Hi, D –

      Somebody put the D stamp on the back of the coin, which makes it an altered piece worth face value.

  71. I have a 1965 or 1963 dime, however the back of the dime is distorted due to an indention, the indention only effects the back you can see the outline of the head on the back and the vine is sorely distorted almost looks stretched out, my dad recieved this from the bank years ago and put it away, it is dark in color, does it have any value

  72. I have a 1964 penny that a magnet will stick to. It looks like it may be silver but has a slight coppery hue to it. What could it be?

  73. My brother found a penny that is metal gray in color the year is 1985 the mint mark is D we wanted to know it’s value and story behind this odd penny

    1. Hi, Angel –

      Beginning late in 1982, the U.S. Mint began making zinc pennies coated with a thin layer of copper. Sometimes, the copper layer wears off, or the coin was never even plated to begin with. If the coin wasn’t plated, the value could be has high as $50 to $100, though it’s possible the copper was removed due to a chemical reaction. Only a professional numismatist who can see the coin in hand could tel you if the coin was damaged by chemicals or simply never plated.

  74. Hi ih i found a quarter with copper around it and its a 1974, way dose it have copper around it for and if this is worth money.Its to big to put in a soda machine because the copper around it its in realy good condition.thanks

  75. I have a nickel plug that has a parchell stamp…..you can see that when it was struck it missed the plug but did stamp about a forth of the nickel… is there any value for something like this?

    1. Hi, Erica –

      Sounds like somebody engraved their initial on the coin. Unfortunately, it is considered “altered” by most coin collectors, but I’m sure there is some story behind that piece. If only coins could talk!

      1. my name is juan and i have many 25 cent of silver from 1940 i want to knw how much
        and also some of them have a small word is like a d

    1. Hi, Dave –

      According to the Professional Numismatists Guild coin dealer search engine, there are several reputable coin dealers in the greater Los Angeles area; here’s the link so you can try the search engine for yourself: http://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

      For more information on finding a coin dealer, check this post out: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

  76. just wondering. i’ve got a 1973 5c piece. with jefferson upright but the other side is upside down. is this generally done with US currency or is this a miss-print?

    1. Rob,

      Yes, a rotation on United States coins usually means one side is 180 degrees in orientation from the other side. So, if you have a coin right side up in front of you and turn it to the left or right, the other side will be facing you upside down.

  77. I have a 1939 wheat penny,1940 wheat penny,1944 wheat penny,1955 d penny,and a 1955 double die penny.And i want to know how much is for all of them

    1. Hi, Jack –

      No U.S. dimes were struck in 1813, so it sounds like you have some type of novelty piece.

  78. I have an 1831 silver dollar that says E pluribus unum on the front can someone tell me if this is worth something

    1. Hi, Charles –

      That should be an 1881 silver dollar; it’s worth at least silver value, which given the weight of Morgan dollars is presently about $27. I can’t tell if it’s polished (not good) or a high-end mint state coin from the photo.

  79. Ok…so I’ve been saving random coins since I was little and I’m just starting to look through a few. I have a silver US quarter from 1935 that I think is worth something and the other coin that is boggling my mind, is a 1945? (it’s hard to read what’s next to the 4) penny that is a dark grayish/blue color. It has wheat on the back and the word “COPY”. I have other coins..some canadian, one brazilian and a couple european.

    1. Hi, Valerie! Thanks for your question. Your 1935 Washington quarter is worth at least $6 to $8. Your gray Lincoln cent sounds like a replica of the common but novel 1943 steel cent. For more info on steel cents, be sure to check this post out: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1943_lincoln_cent/

  80. I have some coins I was wondering if they were worth anything:
    -Wheat penny from 1956 or 1955 or 1965…
    -Half dollar from 1977
    -At least 3 quarters dated back to the 1960’s
    -D-Mint Pennies, non-wheat (probably not worth much/face value) dated back to the 1960’s
    -P-Mint Quarters and D-Mint Quarters dated to the 1960’s
    I know most if not all are worth no more than the face value, I just wanted to make sure I couldn’t save them for 50 years and they might be worth something? Or just take them in rolls to the bank….

    1. Hi, Hailey –

      Thanks for your question! Actually a few of the coins are worth more than face value, if not a whole lot more.

      Here’s a value breakdown:

      1955 Lincoln cent – 3 to 5 cents
      1956 Lincoln cent – 3 to 5 cents

      May I have a list of the years of your quarters? Those dated before 1965 are worth at least $4 to $5 each for their silver content. Those dated 1965 and after (P mint or D mint) are worth face value.

      The 1977 Kennedy half dollar isn’t worth more than face value, but since they are hardly ever seen you might want to hang onto it for the relative novelty of the piece.

    1. Hello, Melissa –

      May we see a photo of the error? It could be one of a few errors based on the type of design mishap you speak of. You may post the pic here in the comments section. Thanks!

  81. I have a 1985 square quarter it is .99999 silver still in casing and has clear plastc around it, also has booklet. Do u know what this is worth?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I’m not sure on the exact type of novelty coin you have as I’ve never heard of or seen it before, but similar pieces are worth silver bullion value, which right now stands at around $21 an ounce.

    1. Hello, Jennifer –

      1964-D dimes contain silver and are presently worth about $3.

    1. Hi Tony,

      Your 1990 cent was made at the Philadelphia mint, which doesn’t imprint a mintmark on its one cent coins. Your piece is worth face value.

    1. Hi Jon,

      I’m afraid not; it would be considered altered and thus not worth anything over face value.

      Thanks for your question!

  82. I found a 2000 D penny that looks to be gold plated and over the date there is the outline of the state of Alabama with AL in the middle, does anyone know if this is worth anything?

    1. Hi Chauncey,

      As an altered piece, it would be considered a novelty coin. It may be worth $1 to $2 on the novelty coin market.

  83. I have a few coins that I believe may be worth more than face value, and I was hoping you could let me know what they’re worth. Here’s what i’ve got: Cent:
    1982 large date, Philadelphia (x5),
    1982 Denver large date (x2),
    1982 large date Denver with a small portion of the bottom cut neatly off.
    Wheatbacks: 1951, 1942 s, 1942, 1944, and 1940.
    5 cent:
    1946, and 1954. Thanks!

    1. Hello, Enoch –

      Yes, it would appear that most of your coins are worth more than their face value.

      Before checking out my answers below, please be sure to check out these handy guides; they can help explain the values of virtually any Lincoln pennies you find in the future!

      Old penny values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/valuable-old-pennies/

      Old nickel values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/rare_jefferson_nickels/

      Here are values for the pennies you listed:

      *1940 – 5 cents
      *1942 – 5 cents
      *1942-S – 10 cents
      *1944 – 3 cents
      *1951 – 5 cents
      *All 1982 pennies: face value (if worn); 20 cents-$1 in uncirculated grades


      *1946 – 15 cents
      *1954 – 10 cents

      Thanks for your question!

  84. I found a1858 flying eagle. It is in with the Indian head pennies, is it a penny? Is it worth only one cent. Thank you.

  85. here are a list of Pennies I have….
    1947 d (x2)
    1945 no mint
    1962 no mint
    1946 S
    1955 D
    1953 D
    1971 D
    1956 D (x3)
    1919 no mint
    1958 no mint (x2)
    1940 no min
    1984 D
    1951 S
    1948 S
    1951 no mint
    1930 no mint
    1958 D
    1957 D
    1947 S
    1941 S
    1952 D
    1947 no mint
    1944 D (x2)
    1946 no mint
    I also have a 196 urraca coin I have no clue what is. it says republica de panama (un centesimo de balboa)?

  86. Hi! I have a 1971 uncirculated nickel without a mintmark stamp, but has the initials FS on the very bottom of the coin, and a 1971 penny that also lacks a mintmark. I am curious if these two coins are rare, and valuable, or ordinary, and worth face value.

    1. Hello, Lisa —

      In the case of your 1971 Lincoln cent and nickel, the lack of a mintmark means those two coins were produced at the Philadelphia mint. Here’s some more info about the Philadelphia mint and mintmarks: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/philadelphia_mint_marks/

      The “FS” on the nickel are the initials of the Jefferson nickel’s designer, Felix Schlag. He designed the Jefferson nickel in 1938.

  87. I have a nickle with only the face back side is not there date 1974 odd or not worth anything

    1. Hi, Kap —

      It sounds like you may have an illusionist’s coin (a real coin that has been manipulated post-mint to create a special effect), as it’s virtually impossible to strike coins in the modern era with just one face.

      Feel free to post any pics of your 1974 nickel!

      Thank you,

  88. I got a silver 2010 mount hood Quarter with gold on the mountains and grass also the date and mount hood. Cant find anything online like it is it worth anything?

    1. Hello, Lewis —

      Your coin may be worth a small premium over face value if the last digit of the date was left off inadvertently due to a striking issue. The partial date may also be due to uneven (and very heavy) wear.

      If you wouldn’t mind sending a photo of your coin that would be appreciated.

      Thank you!

    1. Hello, Chris —

      It sounds like you may have a 1959 cent that has been plated in another metal, which would not add any value to your coin. It’s also possible your coin was struck on the wrong metal; if you can please tell me your coin’s weight in grams, down to the hundredth of a gram, that would be most helpful for me in determining what precisely is going on with your coin and what it might be worth.


  89. I was lookin at Mine , n it has an S letter although really hard to see in pic, but i looked the carefully..

    1. Hi, Vivian —

      It’s hard to say for certain in the photo; the circulation wear can really make it nearly impossible to tell without a 5x or 10x magnifier.

      Can you tell what date is on the obverse?

  90. How much if anything would this dime be worth? It doesn’t feel like any of the dimes I’ve held before.

    1. Hi, Christopher!

      That’s because it’s a 1964 silver dime! They weigh about a quarter gram more than the copper-nickel clad dimes that were made beginning in 1965.

      These are worth about $175 to $2 given current silver bullion values.

      Great find!

    1. Hi, Tianna —

      Would you mind posting a photo of the coin’s reverse with the coin angled to show just how much it’s off from the usual 180-degree orientation?


        1. Hi, Tianna –

          Great question and great photo. With a 10-degree tilt, the value is nominal if any. Nice coin!


  91. Can u help me please, my parent have had a few coins put away in a safe for years and a couple days ago my mom asked me what they may be worh, well the buffalo head nickel is really wore and i belive to be real old but i cant make.out the year, and then there is the morgan dollar 1921 NO mint that i can find but one thing i did find on the right side in two.stars it says 1 st does this mean anything? And of course the 4 gold 1993 washington d mint quarters. Any help?

    1. Hi, Echo —

      Thanks for checking here. The gold-plated Washington quarters are worth around 50 cents each as novelty coins (these were plated outside of the U.S. Mint).

      The dateless Buffalo nickel, which is, as you say, is missing the date due to the amount of wear, is worth around 50 cents.

      The 1921 Morgan dollar is the most valuable coin of the bunch you’ve described. Its value, with current silver bullion prices, is worth around $18.

      All the best,

    1. Hi, Richy —

      Your 1943 Mercury dime would have been struck at the Philadelphia mint if it doesn’t have a mintmark. Assuming your coin exhibits a fair degree of wear, it’s worth $2 to $3.


  92. To TheRichy Blog: Since the Dime has no “S” or “D”….it was minted in Philadelphia

    1. Hello, Lissa —

      Yes, I have to agree with you that, based on the appearance of the obverse that this is a weak strike. Normally, weak strikes are usually only worth money if they’re widely collected (the 1922 weak D Lincoln cent being a notable example); your may have a very nominal value.


  93. Hey I was just wondering if these coins are worth anything? I save all old or designed coins these are just a few thank you the first one is a 1912 king George 5th 10 cent coin sorry it’s blurry. The second is a 2004 lewis and clark 5 cent coin it has a d on the back, and the 3rd is a penny I have no idea where it’s from its dated 2001. Thank you for helping!

    1. Hi, Crystal —

      It’s a good idea you have to save all the old and interesting-looking coins! As you’ve probably learned, some are worth money, others are worth face value, but all make fantastic acquisitions for a coin collection.

      Your 1912 Canada ten-cent coin is made from silver and is worth about $4.

      The 2004 Jefferson keel boat nickel is worth face value if worn (it appears to be in the photo).

      I’m trying to identify the brass-looking coin (the one you mention may be a penny), but I can’t read the inscription very well and am trying to determine what language it might be in. If you might be able to obtain a clearer photo of that coin, it would be most appreciated, please and thank you!


      1. Ok I’ll try to do it in better light. I also have a 1973 uncurculated mint condition one dollar canadian bill and a upper bank of Canada 1854 half token dragons layer coin

  94. Hello josh today I ran into a 1965 dime it looks goldish and it is in a good condition. The side does not show the clad What is it made of and what value do you think it is? Thank you for your time

    1. Hi, Ruben —

      In the third image, I seem to see a darker tone on the rim (toward the top) which appears to be the copper in the clad. The gold color appears to be toning, which is actually quite pretty in the images you sent.

      The dime is worth face value as it is worn, but is still a neat piece to hold aside due to its tone.

      Thanks for your question!

  95. does anyone know about 1950 nickels? I have a case of 35 1950 nickels that my grandfather gave me before he passed away and I’m not really trying to get rid of them but just don’t know anything about them so my question is… is do they have any value to them?

    1. Hi, Marla —

      I have a hunch your grandfather MAY have saved the 1950 Denver Jefferson nickel. These are quite scarce and worth about $10 each. You can tell a 1950-D nickel from a 1950 Philadelphia (no mintmark) nickel by looking at the reverse (“tails side”). Look just to the right of Monticello, and you should see a little “D” next to the building if its a 1950-D nickel.

      Best of luck!

  96. Hi Josh: Could you tell me if this coin is worth anything, and if so, how much, please.

    It looks to me like a struck thru cap die error on a possibly 1991 D dime.

    Here is a couple of photo’s of this dime.

    I found your site thru Google and hopefully you can help me.

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    1. Hello, Michael —

      I don’t guarantee you coin is authentic merely by looking at a photo of it, but it looks very much like this could be a die cap. If so, you’re looking at a value of between $50 and $100.

      I would definitely get it inspected in-hand by a coin dealer who can check out the surface of the coin under a loupe magnifier to provide a more accurate assessment.

      Here are some tips on finding a reputable coin dealer: http://coinhttps://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

      Nice find!

  97. Hi josh, my dad left me 1960 to 2010 Prof factory sets of each year and each coin that was printed in each year
    all in factory packing what ever was made in those years i have all prof,what this worth

    1. Hi, Marvin —

      Based on what you’re telling me, I’d suggest a minimal value for your 1960-2010 inclusive proof sets is $400 to $500, though that value depends on the type of proof sets you have from 1983 on (there are at least 2 types from 1983 on).

      Please let me know if you need any further clarification.


      1. These sets come in us mint factory cases all proof sets never open all in boxes and all are perfect I broke them down and came up if sold
        one at a time was worth $3400.00 were so far apart why is that

        Marvin Olson

        1. Hi, Marvin —

          I was providing a rough estimate on dealer buy prices for the basic proof sets. As I don’t know exactly what you have, item by item, it’s possible that your estimate may come higher. If you’re using price guides, be sure to use a dealer’s buy price guide, as the retail price guides most common on the market are what the collector pays to buy the sets, not what the dealer pays collectors (about 50-60 percent of the retail price, on average).


  98. Hey josh, I really don’t want to rain on your parade but I don’t want misinformation out there either. 1964 was the last year all coins but the half dollar lost there silver content. The half dollar was produced at a lowered silver content until 1970 when it too lost its silver content. As for the nickels you mentioned, they are not silver. The Jefferson 5 cent coin, the “nickel” has always been produced in 95% nickel and 5% copper. Save for the years 1942-1945 when they had a small silver content of 35%. Watch out though! 1942 did have a nickel without silver as well. You can tell the difference by checking the reveres of the coin. If there is a big mint mark, P, D, or S, on the back of the coin above the portrait of Monticello you have a silver “war nickel.” Keep hunting my friends!

    1. Hi, Jenna!

      Thank you for your astute observations. While I didn’t write this particular article, I will go ahead and let my editor know to correct the data.

      Thank you again, and happy coin collecting!

      1. Jenna is spot on. When reading the article, that’s the main error I noted: the “value” of regular Jefferson nickels. Keep in mind there are two (in particular) rare dates: 1950D and 1939D definitely worth some $$$.

        1. Hi, Gonad —

          Yes, I have made the editor aware of this. If you’re interested in reading up on the values of Jefferson nickels, I urge you to please check out this article: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/nickels-worth/

  99. Hi! I’ve been sorting through my piggy bank this week and I have two nickels that are interesting but I can’t find any information on either. One is a 1960-D nickel that seems to have a circle on reverse side and the other is a 2013-P with a semi circle under In God We Trust. Any help and guidance is welcomed! THANK YOU!

    1. Hi, Ryan —

      Your 1913 replica Liberty nickel is worth perhaps 25 cents to $1 as a novelty piece.


  100. How would I find out about errors on a coin that aren’t listed anywhere? Have a 1989 penny that has errors I can’t find on the internet. I am not a collector but was looking at my coins and this coin is struck in the oddest way and places. I will try to upload picture. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi, Junebug —

      As posting photos are the best way to get a good opinion on a coin you’re curious about, I’m afraid I can’t be of much help on this particular question until I can see what you’re asking about. I look forward to seeing the coin when you can get an image up in the forum.

      Thank you!

    1. Hi, Gerald —

      Would you mind kindly posting a photo of this coin, please?

      Thank you,

      1. I’m trying to post photo of coin don’t know how to? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be5c08d501b88b27875350408a2fd088d0e305f46fef9d463bef21ead0ff52ae.jpg

        1. Hi, Gerald —

          This appears to be a normal 1969-S Lincoln cent based on what I see in the photo — I don’t see any doubling in this photo, but if you want to try retaking it and posting that one I’d be happy to check it out, too. Assuming this is a normal 1969-S Lincoln cent as it looks in this photo, it’s worth 2 cents for its copper value.

          Best wishes,

      2. I hope this photo posts right https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be5c08d501b88b27875350408a2fd088d0e305f46fef9d463bef21ead0ff52ae.jpg gerald Lesley

        1. Hi, Alex —

          Thank you for those images. It looks like this coin has received some heavy rim wear (very common with older Lincoln cents). It’s worth 2 cents for its copper value.

          Best wishes,

      3. I will try and post the photo of 1969d penny missing “u,s,t” in the word trust. But, I am new to this site and not sure how to work tis. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be5c08d501b88b27875350408a2fd088d0e305f46fef9d463bef21ead0ff52ae.jpg

        1. Hi, Gerald —

          This photo better shows the coin. The missing “UST” are likely due to a filled die error. Some collectors value these coins at around $1 to $2.

          Best wishes,

  101. i have a 1959 no mint mark but on the back of it have a word on steps or something https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ad0ddfd2960cc344296be3918e991f3e56e04766b0e2fdcce21e354e7db5e4e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68c4b54b2171bbea9962980825c639dca1d52fc4ffb5962cf349656f2127a4cd.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62190605ac225dfc50aab8e2e0da98e06c1e359723ec5f782c3e03138ebbcebf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4b1bad2cebda1326a30303b3ccd0ed40fee52c96352380a4b5b697bee8db3e5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8c58610139dbfea5e243dc6fb35ec5a0230d2425cc0e4ffd413168143c4f98c3.jpg

    1. Hello, Tara —

      Where do see the writing? Hmm… it looks to me like this coin actually has some very heavy post-Mint damage. Perhaps some of the scratches loosely resemble letters?

      This 1959 Philadelphia (no mintmark) nickel is worth 5 to 7 cents in this condition.

      Thank you for your question!

  102. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/047aace7e3ff55b4ee0000110337db1cf7a18e3500a7ae5706cc43346c1c6f46.jpg

    I have a 1962 nickel that have a circular mark in the middle of the Monticello. Is it considered an abnormal error?

    1. Hi, Vonnie!

      It looks like that circular spot is some post-Mint damage possibly caused by a type of mechanism in a vending machine coin slot. This old coin is worth its face value, but I bet it would have some stories to tell if it could talk!

      Best wishes,

      1. Thanks. It’s very valuable too me. I was born in 1962. It’s hard to find stray coins from 1962. I’ll call it my lucky coin. I received a metal detector for Christmas. I can’t wait to go coin hunting in a old Kans
        as town wiped away by a tornado in the 1800’s. I think I found another hobby. Whatever you call it. Numasmatist?Thanks again.

        1. That’s great, Vonnie! Yes, metal detecting is a HUGE hobby… Here’s some more info: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/metal_detectors/

          Good luck,

          1. Thanks. I need all the info I can get. There’s a lot of etiquette and legal ramifications associated with metal detecting. Also,can I show you 1949-1950D pfennig 10 German Bundesreplubik Deutsheland coins. Actually, the 1949 says Bank Deutsher Lander on the back.

          2. Hi, Vonnie —

            Yes, metal detecting is remarkably difficult. I’ve only had the guts to try it on my own property so far… I wish you luck in venturing beyond your own backyard.

            Please feel free to upload a few images of the German pfennigs and I’d be glad to assist further…


  103. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c1a4530ba8929835df3e41e6037f0197e44a31fe8ee841ae06e4a8ac3470b0b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1c9ea41e9bf8260c01eedec7fabee57d39b5d429ec8de27e103c39eaeb99a4e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4dfe9f2f2766027da16277ca0540d1946db736fbf9de752e4b677542922b1478.jpg

    1. Hello, Riley —

      Unfortunately, your 1999-D cent has some environmental damage and thus why it’s corroded and discolored. This piece is worth its face value.

      Best wishes,

      1. I will get some better pics. Cause it does have discoloring but the spots you see were made by the mint stamp like leftover slag you get from welding on metal il b back in touch with better pics thank you for your time

      2. Hey josh any chance you can help me figure out what year this is https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2ae44bbe279c6b932a22887794a430357b9aad84b1816ab3cd89c58f5052e13.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1727b82249bbe51f857f43a87586bb544b3e9c18539182ca92a1ea5f145a84f6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a3a01569465206096f5bc810e7b01aea06723c0e4e45454e46c2c7d4ab386526.jpg

        1. Hello, Anisha —

          Well, without seeing the coin in-hand, it looks like a damaged 1944-S. Even with the damage, the coin is still worth about 2 or 3 cents for its copper value and because it’s obsolete.

          Best wishes,

      3. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4152ba764e411f5f5539695bfd433a5882ad667f4180febf160f87dcdaba240a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e65d9290011ce442c417106fb03809767286a96ca85c538345a3b04eae4cc301.jpg

        I know it says S but I can’t see the last number 194-

  104. Hi Joshua, I saw on utube that 1977 no mint mark & denver mint mark penny’s in really good condition could be worth a few hundred or maybe thousands dollars & could you please tell me if its true, I have one 1977 d penny& three 1977 NMM pennies& as far as i can see i think they are in really good shape, i included front& back pics that i hope are clear enough for you to check them…Thanks in advance for helping me i really appreciate it.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b4f3281c715b0e72a76b1359decfe257e0c48e0e650b7797542ace1aeb7178d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2520f9bad78c4a6066928d97daff52b33ae6a9267a439c885052ea887337163c.jpg

    1. Hi, Kimberly —

      It’s true that the absolute finest 1977 Lincoln cents can be worth hundreds of dollars, but those are pieces that have never seen circulation and are totally immaculate. From what I see in the images, these pieces seem to exhibit wear and are thus worth closer to their copper value of about 2 cents each.

      Best wishes,

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