U.S. coin errors and varieties can be confusing to tell apart. How are variety coins and error coins different? Why does it matter? What are these unusual coins worth? Here’s everything you need to know about errors and varieties in coin collecting.
Half Dollar Coins
The U.S. Mint has made half dollars since 1807 in this order: Capped Bust half dollars (1807-1839), Seated Liberty half dollars (1839-1891), Barber half dollars (1892-1915), Walking Liberty half dollars (1916-1947), Franklin half dollars (1948-1963), Kennedy half dollars (1964-present). Here's everything you want to know about US half dollar coins, their current values, tips for collecting them, how to grade half dollars to determine condition & value, and ways to buy silver half-dollars on a budget.
Wondering what is a FBL Franklin Half Dollar? Well, FBL is a coin grading term. It refers to Full Bell Lines — those horizontal lines seen banding the Liberty Bell on the reverse of the Franklin half dollar coins. See how FBL Franklin half dollars are different from non-FBL Franklins, and the value of FBL Franklin half dollars vs. non-FBL Franklin halves.
Error coins with missing clad layers are rare & valuable! Wondering how to tell if a coin is missing a clad layer? I’m going to show you! You’ll also learn how coins can lose their outer clad layers, where to find missing clad layer coins, and how much they’re worth.
There’s a 1965 quarter worth $7,000 because it was made on the wrong metal (silver instead of copper-nickel clad). Here’s how to identify a 1965 silver quarter. Plus a list of other rare transitional error coins to look for in all denominations — pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins.
Collect old coins? Early American coins (from 1793 to about 1839) have been highly demanded among coin ‘type’ collectors for generations. Here’s a little about the value of early U.S. coins today, compared with their historical values from decades past.
I like to buy rolls of coins from the bank, then see how many valuable coins I can find in each roll. It’s called coin roll hunting. (Yes it’s a thing.) Here are some of the coins I’ve obtained for face value – simply by buying bank rolls. Also, see which coins you should be looking for in bank rolls – by denomination. My most memorable coin roll hunting adventure was the time I spent $20 on 5 rolls of nickels and 1 roll of half-dollars. I ended up finding some great silver coins, plus several old coins worth much more than face value! What valuable coins have YOU found in bank rolls?
You don’t need to be wealthy to buy silver coins. Here are 4 ways to buy cheap silver coins when you’re on a budget. Plus, tips for collecting silver coins when you’re on a budget. Before you buy silver coins, read this!
Charles E. Barber was a noted coin designer who gained widespread recognition for his depictions of Liberty on many of the coins. His Liberty Head designs for the dime, quarter and half dollar were so popular that they were usually called Barber coins rather than Liberty Head coins! However, the Barber nickel was usually called a Liberty Head nickel instead. Barber coins were struck from 1892 to 1916. See the value of Barber coins and Liberty Head nickels in this helpful Barber Coins Guide.
Have a Kennedy half dollar coin? They’re hard to find in circulation! In this Ultimate Guide to JFK Half Dollars, you’ll find the current Kennedy half dollar value — plus a list of rare Kennedy half dollars & silver Kennedy half dollars worth more than face value.
Got old coins? They’re still easy to find in your pocket change. What’s an old coin’s value today? I’ll show you how to find the value of old coins that you have — just use this comprehensive list for coins made between 1900 and 2000.
Wondering what the Walking Liberty half dollar value is today? See what these silver half dollars worth. Learn if any of them are rare. Plus some tips for collecting these so-called Walker halves or Walking halves. Everything you want to know about Walking Liberty half dollar coins!
Coin rolls are used mostly by banks and retailers, but they’re treasure troves for coin collectors! Here’s how many coins come in a roll (by denomination). Plus some tips for rolling coins yourself and searching for valuable coins in rolls.
Some 1943 coins are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars? Find out why and see if you have valuable, rare coins from the World War II era.
What are your silver coins are worth? Our coin expert answers that for you. Plus info on the most valuable silver coins & how to find them in pocket change.
The 2016 Liberty commemorative gold coins are popular with coin collectors! Here’s why the U.S. Mint issued them, and what makes them so popular.
What’s a better-date coin? Are better date coins rare coins? Examples of better date coins + A list of coins that are most frequently labeled as better dates
Some of the top US Olympic coins loved by coin collectors. Find out the history and trivia behind each one. See what these commemorative coins are now worth
Modern coins are great for collectors who like cool designs and cheap options. Here are tips on collecting modern coins plus how and where you’ll find them.
Love U.S. coins? Me too. On a budget? Me too. I’ve been collecting US coins since 1992. My picks for the 10 best coins to have in your collection under $25.
Do you know what your coins are worth? This handy guide shows you how to find the value of any coin. Plus a list of valuable coins you may find in change.
The ultimate guide of which pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars & dollar coins to save, not spend! Which coins in your coin jar are worth money?
Silver half dollars (1970 and earlier) are valuable for their silver content alone. See which Kennedy half dollars – and others – you should be looking for.
Budget short sets are ideal for coin collectors that want to collect coins from their favorite series without breaking the bank. Here are 5 short set ideas.
Here are my best tips for collecting Kennedy half dollars — which ones are rare, what they are worth, and where you can find them. Plus, a list of the 5 types of copper-nickel clad & silver Kennedy half dollars that people often like to collect.
Junk coins aren’t necessarily the stuff you toss out to the curb. They aren’t the showcase pieces that tend to find homes in your coin albums. Junk coins do have a place though. They’re perfect for coin collectors on a budget – especially if you want to fill holes in your coin folders. Plus, circulated junk silver coins are a great way to stock up on silver — and they cost less to purchase than the popular American Silver Eagle bullion coins.