What is money made of in the United States? Specifically, what are coins made of? And what is paper money made of? Silver coins aren’t made from silver, nickels aren’t made from nickel, and lots more surprising facts about what money is made from in the United States!
The U.S. Mint has made nickels since 1866 in this order: Shield Nickels (1866-1883), Liberty Nickels (1883-1912), Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938), and Jefferson Nickels (1938-present, except for 2004-2005). Here, experienced coin collectors are sharing fun ways to collect nickels, how to grade nickels to determine their condition & value, which nickels are the rarest & most valuable (including silver nickels), and how much your U.S. nickels are worth.
The ultimate list of U.S. pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars & dollar coins you should be saving, and not spending. See which coins in your spare change jar are worth money! (Any that are NOT listed here are simply worth face value.)
What are error coins? How much are coin mistakes worth? See all of the error coins that can be found in your pocket change – common coin mistakes are currently in circulation! I’ll show you what to look for in your spare change. Plus a list of rare mint error coins that are harder to find but worth a lot of money!
Stuck indoors? Here are lots of fun things to do with coins to make the time fly by quickly! Even if you don’t have a coin collection and haven’t considered collecting coins in the past, these are ways to have fun with coins THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE while you’re stuck inside bored.
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.
U.S. mint coin sets from 2000 to 2009 include a wide variety of really cool coins. Here’s a look at the coins in U.S. Mint uncirculated coin sets from the 2000s and how much these sets are worth today.
Do you have any damaged coins or coins with an excessive amount of wear? These are generally called cull coins. Not only are they relatively easy to find — they’re also cheap coins to buy! Here’s more about these types of coins, what they’re worth, and why they may be a good fit for your collection.
Got any dark toned coins or discolored coins? See which dark coins are rare and valuable error coins. Also, find out how much your dark coin is worth here!
The half dime and the nickel may sound like different types of coins, but they are both U.S. 5-cent coins, and both have many interesting designs. See half dime and nickel similarities & differences. Plus the current value of half dimes, tips for collecting them, and how to save money when buying a half dime coin.
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.
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.
You could have the rare Jefferson nickel worth $10,000! Here’s what to look for, plus a list of other rare nickels and current Jefferson nickel values.
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.
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.
Want the easiest way to find old coins? Here are 5 proven ways to increase your odds of finding old valuable coins without buying them from a coin dealer!
You probably have nickels worth more than face value in your pocket change or coin jar right now. Here’s a list of the most valuable nickels to save, not spend.
Wondering if you have any rare nickels? Here’s a list of the top 25 most valuable nickels and their current value.
Have you ever wondered what happens to coins that are tossed into a fountain? I have, too – and I found out the answer, which I reveal here. Make a wish, and read on!
Ever thought of fake coins as worthy of your time? Many counterfeit coins are gaining a spot in some numismatists’ coin collections. Find out why here.
Three of the most popular coin sets for beginning coin collectors are: Lincoln Cents, Jefferson Nickels, and the 50 State Quarters. See why…
Got any old nickels in your possession? Check out the 1965, 1985, and 2005 historical values of Jefferson nickels.