U.S. Error Coins By Denomination: Rare & Valuable Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars & Dollar Coins You Should Be Looking For

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Looking for valuable error coins and rare varieties from every denomination?

There are lots of errors and varieties to be found on every denomination of U.S. coin.
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Or maybe you simply want to know what errors and varieties exist for just pennies, or just nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, or dollars…

Must read: The Difference Between Coin Errors & Varieties

There are so many types of error coins and varieties out there, but knowing which ones are really worth looking for can be confusing.

Often, coins that people think are errors or varieties turn out to have only post-mint damage or common striking problems from the mint that really aren’t classified as errors.

So, we’ve rounded up all the information you need on the most popular errors and varieties from each denomination of U.S. coins!

Get ready… there are a lot of coins with errors and varieties to collect.

Penny Error Coins List

Pennies offer a plethora of errors and varieties — some are fairly common and some are extremely rare. They range in value from a few dollars to as much as $200,000+ and include a smorgasbord of cool rarities and unusual pieces. The bottom line… When it comes to pennies, there are lots of valuable errors to look for!

Here is the official error list of U.S. pennies.
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These are the penny errors you should be looking for — and their current value:

Nickel Error Coins List

While there are not as many significant errors or varieties specific to nickels as there are pennies, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your eyes peeled for some incredible finds on your five-cent coins. In fact, one of the most important error varieties of the 20th century is found on the 1937-D Buffalo nickel.

Here is the official error list of U.S. nickels.
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These are the nickel errors you should be looking for — and their current value:

Dime Error Coins List

Some of the most valuable error coins are found among dimes. The problem is, some of these errors (particularly the many “No S” mintmarks on the proof Roosevelt dimes) won’t be found in circulation — they only exist in collector proof sets. Still, there are several rare dime errors and varieties that can be found in your pocket change.

Here is the official error list of U.S. nickels.
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These are the dime errors you should be looking for — and their current value:

Quarter Error Coins List

There are so many errors and varieties on quarters that searching for them could keep collectors busy forever! (Sort of like all the error pennies do.) Some of the most fascinating errors and varieties to be found on the quarter are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Best of all, most of the quarter errors can be found in circulation!

Here is the official list of U.S. quarter errors.
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These are the quarter errors you should be looking for — and their current value:

Half Dollar Error Coins List

You may not find too many half dollars in your loose change anymore, but there are plenty of half dollar errors worth looking for in bank rolls, proof sets, mint sets, and other places. While the trusty Franklin half dollars carry some “hare-raising” varieties, some of the most valuable oddities are found on the Kennedy halves (roll searchers, rejoice).

Here is the official list of U.S. half dollar coin errors.
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These are the half dollar coin errors you should be looking for — and their current value:

Dollar Error Coins List

While dollar coins have had relatively little success as circulating coinage in the United States, they nevertheless have served important roles in our nation’s commerce. And while there aren’t many who can say they’ve regularly encountered dollar coins in spare change, there are many silver dollars and small-sized dollar coins that feature some valuable errors and varieties.

Here is the official list of U.S. dollar coin errors.
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These are the dollar coin errors you should be looking for — and their current value:

3 Tips For Spotting Error Coins And Varieties

Whether you’re looking for pennies with errors or silver dollars with varieties, it never hurts to have a little help along the way.

These next 3 tips can help you find the rare and valuable errors and varieties you’re looking for!

Searching bank rolls is one efficient and lucrative way of looking for error coins and varieties.
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#1 – Search coin rolls.

Many of the most successful hobbyists who collect errors and varieties regularly search through bank rolls and bags. It does take persistence, though. Many collectors have not only found popular errors and varieties this way — but have actually discovered new ones, too!

#2 – Do some cherrypicking at a coin shop.

A great many coin dealers have no idea that some errors and varieties even exist. Often, coins with obscure but significant errors and varieties are mistakenly labeled and priced as ordinary coins. So, if you have a good eye, you may find such coins being sold for much less than their real value by a coin dealer!

#3 – Check estate sales and garage sales.

Ex-collectors who are selling their coin collections along with the rest of their belongings in the front yard or community center may have no idea about the error coins and varieties that exist in their stash. You could find some valuable coins at such sales — if you’re patient and know what you’re looking for.

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U.S. error coins worth money... by denomination!
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I'm the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!

14 thoughts on “U.S. Error Coins By Denomination: Rare & Valuable Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars & Dollar Coins You Should Be Looking For

  1. Hi there!

    I’m a newbie! My daughter and I have been rolling pocket change that I have been saving for 15 years. I recently decided to open them all to see if I can find some coins that could help pay some bills;)

    So far, I have looked through about 25 rolls of pennies.

    I went to a local coin shop just to pick his brain. He said I was wasting my time and to just take the coins to the bank.

    Not what I wanted to hear, but thinking he’s right???

    Any hope?

    1. Hi, Kat!

      While the odds of finding many, or frankly any, really valuable pennies in 25 rolls is admittedly small, at the same time it’s possible. Without knowing what you have, I sent a link here to 43 valuable pennies that you can find; hopefully you’ve got at least one or two? https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/valuable-pennies/

      Good luck! 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for responding, Josh!

        I’m not giving up;-) We have pennies ranging from the 1930’s to present. We have found several wheat pennies in the rolls, so that is encouraging.

        My daughter and I have moved on to the nickel rolls and found a 1927 P nickel, along with one with the date worn off.

        If nothing else, I’m enjoying cherry picking with my daughter!

        Thank you again for your time.


        1. That’s excellent, Kat! For what it’s worth, it’s hard to find any Buffalo nickels in regular bank rolls, and it sounds like you both have already found at least two…. I’m glad to hear you and your daughter are enjoying the pastime together, and I sincerely hope you find something of significant monetary value!

  2. Hello Joshua!

    I’ve been reading your articles as I go through years of putting change in piggy banks to see if I have anything interesting. I’ve made a few small finds and have really enjoyed this as a new hobby, but I recently went through all my Susan B. Anthony’s and found something odd. Both of the coins in the photos are 1979’s, but one seems to be gold plated. Was this done post mint? Thanks for taking the time to share what you know with the world!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/85fbc92b17992087df3eb0da64fa25703d3fb53b6dfc01add4149bac00de0060.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20137f08da87c920e7216f5337d67943a958cb0f30e6a0affa1f3fb2bc29d84b.jpg

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      I’m glad you reached out with your question! Yes, your 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar was gold plated outside the mint, just as you suspected. While such gold plating has a bullion value of just pennies, I still think it’s a neat find!

      All my best,

  3. hey Joshua, been awhile congrats on your achievements. I seen and read the articles in my pcgs rare coin market report https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cac1f745f98e262c5af41d480c7ab2c042b8401d93bfdce8b55497aaba9185fe.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dbd3eb20cc4107e00b9af8968cc5810a593ddf8c6df6a594ddce2cd9c67d85d5.jpg /dec addition . Awesome brother. okay ive been trying to find the exact error here but I’m stumped little help please https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea78501749f6b327c4590b89ce6373141aeeee5f45101ab75836edc11563b26e.jpg

    1. Hi, Ray!!

      I appreciate the kind comments and well wishes! I wish I had some good news for you here but unfortunately what you have is a heavily damaged 1982-P dime with dents, divots, and subsequent unusual wear patterns caused by the disruptions to the metal. While a looker to be sure, it’s worth face value.

      Best wishes,

  4. Josh Josh Josh! Check this out! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/25fac3f4ca164b47b72bcba65580af79f82ee6f7d2f9ec1deac45c9927d6d177.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fdeb11466133679211d95b2271eacb40c715aa7c4c32c8e97d15c4d90716b5aa.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4f1d290ea6894153246593a47e82cd7b8594a39680ef8096b1699f686fc9134.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc9b4cddf46b6855f2755c78560049a530bb894e63689fa3f5e811da07b1e74e.png Ok that was rude of me Hi Josh How are you? ok done! So what do you think? Can you see it?

    1. Hi, Gold Eagle —

      Looks like a minor die clash to me… Something like this could be worth $3 to $5 to a buyer/collector who specializes in these types of errors.

      Neat find!

  5. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2d4290a33c8931d3a424db09928a26a3eab0206cf857d8e0325b6dc41944957.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a77cc3646a9857d134eb64cf7f6d3baad3799022d276f554c7c51900d5ec1826.jpg Is this an error quarter

    1. Hi, Rachel —

      Unfortunately this is just post-mint damage, which you can find out more about here: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/pmd/

      This quarter is safe to spend at face value if you wish…


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