Rare Coins to Look for in Your Pocket Change

Rare Coins to Look for in Your Pocket Change

23 April 2019 0 comment


Could you be carrying around a treasure right now? Those coins rattling around in your pocket could be worth a lot more than spare change. Most of us take coins for granted and don’t take a second look before handing them over to a cashier. But next time take a minute to make sure you aren’t giving away any gems that could be a windfall – or that could at least pay for a nice meal!

We’ve gathered information on rare coins you may find in your pocket. After reading, look at your stash to see if there are any coins of value then bring them to Common Cents Coins + Collectibles to be appraised. We are a reputable coin dealer serving the greater Cincinnati area with memberships in the American Numismatic Association and Better Business Bureau. In addition, we are a Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) Authorized Dealer and Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Authorized Dealer.

1943 Copper Lincoln Penny

Copper was needed for military purposes during WWII so the U.S. Mint started making pennies with zinc-coated steel instead. However, because of an error, there were about 40 pennies created in copper at mints in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver. Only one of these rare pennies can be traced to Denver and was sold at auction in 2010 for $1.7 million. Another copper Lincoln sold for $204,000 in 2019. How do you know if your 1943 penny is rare? According to the U.S. Mint, “The easiest way to determine if a 1943 cent is made of steel, and not copper, is to use a magnet. If it sticks to the magnet, it is not copper. If it does not stick, the coin might be of copper and should be authenticated by an expert.”

1965 Silver Roosevelt Dime

The Coinage Act of 1965 stopped the use of silver for minting because of a silver shortage. Up until that point, dimes were made with 90 percent silver. During the switch to a copper/nickel combination, some 1965 dimes were mistakenly minted in silver. These rare coins have sold for thousands of dollars. You’ll need a precise scale to determine if your 1965 dime is silver as it should register at 2.50 grams versus 2.268 for clad versions. 

2004 Wisconsin Quarter

This coin won’t fetch thousands but is worth more than face value because of a minting error that can be fun to look for. An extra leaf was added to the corn stalk on the back. The leaf is on the left and there are two versions – one with the extra leaf high and another with it low. Value can be up to $300 depending on quality.

Think You Found a Rare Coin? Bring it to the pros Common Cents

We can help you determine the value of your coin through our appraisal process conducted by experienced staff. In fact, we have more than 50 years of combined numismatic experience and a stellar reputation. If you’re looking to expand your coin collection, visit our shop in Milford, Ohio, or our eBay store. If you have questions about our appraisal process or any items for sale, give us a call at 513-576-1189 or email numismaster1985@gmail.com. We look forward to serving you!

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