If damage happens to a coin before it leaves the Mint, then that coin is considered an error coin or a mistake. (On the other hand, if damage happens to a coin after it has left the US Mint facility is considered ‘damaged’ and it is generally worth very little.) Error coins are rare and valuable because they are legit — they entered circulation that way and are relatively few in number. Here’s a list of well-known U.S. coin errors, how to determine a true error coin from a fake one, the most valuable error coins to look for, and how to spot new errors on coins — because new errors are being discovered all the time!
Wondering how to appraise your coin collection? I’m going to walk you through the 5 steps for appraising coins yourself — so you will have a good handle on all of the coins in your collection and how much they’re worth.
Have a 1938 penny and want to know how much it’s worth? See the value of a 1938 wheat penny, which 1938 Lincoln cents you should keep, plus rare 1938 wheat penny errors & varieties you can find in pocket change!
Would you be able to spot a rare and valuable 1989 quarter if it was in front of you? I’m going to tell you which 1989 quarters are worth looking for and describe the exact features that make a regular 1989 quarter extremely valuable!
Have a 1972 quarter without a mintmark? What about a 1972-D quarter or a 1972-S quarter? Find out what they’re worth here. Plus, a list of rare 1972 error quarters that you could actually find in your spare change today!
Some 1974 quarters are worth more than $10,000! See exactly which features you should be looking for on 1974 quarters in order to identify the truly valuable ones. Find out how much your 1974 quarter is worth here!