Most coins are simply chump change, but thanks to some small details some coins have been dubbed vintage or rare and could fatten up your wallet instead of just creating a jingle in your pocket.
Your odds are better of finding one of these coins in your possession than of winning the lottery, so it’s time to go sort through your coin jar and clean out from underneath the seats of your car. If you find any of these 15 coins, you need to see a coin appraiser and find out if you have the real deal.
1. 1894-S Barber Dime – Only nine of these dimes are believe to exist and they are so rare that they are worth millions of dollars. In 2016, a collector paid a whopping $2 million for the coin.
2. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel – The Liberty head, Shield, and Buffalo nickels are all worth a few thousand dollars. If you have any vintage looking nickels from the 19th or 20th century and they have a face on them, your best bet is to see a coin appraiser and get a professional opinion.
3. 1943 Lincoln Head Copper Penny – The U.S. Mint made pennies out of steel during the 1940’s and coated them with zinc. However, this special coin was made out of copper and the 1943 Lincoln copper head penny can be worth up to $10,000. However, there are fake ones in circulation that are worth less than the value stamped on them.
4. 1955 Double Die Penny – Yes, this coin is supposed to look blurry. The double image was created after a slight misalignment during the minting process. Only a few thousand were released and most of them were given as change from cigarette vending machines. They could be worth as much as $1,800 if found in good condition.
5. 1970-S Proof Washington Quarter – You need to look for the “S” on the head side of this coin to indicate that it was made in San Francisco. Then on the tail side, check for the year 1941 and see if it is printed upside down above the word Dollar. This coin has been sold for $35,000!
6. 1992 “Close AM” Penny – In 2012, a 1992 Lincoln penny sold for over $20,000 at an auction simply because the “AM” in American is closer together than it should be. Only 15 of them are known to be in existence.
7. 2004 Wisconsin State Quarter – Millions of coins portraying the Badger state were made in 2004, but somehow a few thousand of them were marked with an extra leaf on a husk of corn. Thanks to that extra leaf, the coin is a collector’s item worth up to $1,400.
8. 2005 “In God We Rust” Kansas State Quarter – This minting error was caused by grease build up in the coin die for the letter T. Because it happened on the official motto of the United States, the coin can be worth hundreds of dollars.
9. 2005 Speared Bison Jefferson Nickel – If you have a 2005 nickel that looks like the buffalo on it has been stabbed, you could be carrying around more than $1,000.
10. 2007 “Godless” Presidential Coin – There might be one thing worse than “In God We Rust” and that is not having a God to trust at all. These coins were accidentally printed without the motto making them worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.
11. Ben Franklin Half-Dollar – In the late 1940’s half dollar coins were in circulation that featured an eagle and Ben Franklin. Franklin was replaced with John F. Kennedy in 1964 after he was assassinated. Although it’s still not as rare as some other coins, it can be worth up to $100.
12. 1982 No P Mintmark Roosevelt Dime – All coins are supposed to have a letter printed on them indicating which mint they were made at. However, Philadelphia once forgot to put a “P” on their Roosevelt dime. That error makes the coins worth up to $300.
13. 1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar – Class 1 – If you have any coins from the 19th century you could be sitting on millions of dollars. The 1804 silver dollar coin was auctioned at $3.7 million and another one was sold for $4.14 million. There are only 15 of these coins known to exist today.
14. 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle – Congress wasn’t happy when the U.S. Mint’s chief engraver, Charles Barber, chose to remove “In God We Trust” from this coin rather than Saint-Gauden’s complicated design. The coin is now worth some $7 million.
15. Wheat Pennies – Now that you’ve read about coins that are worth a ridiculous amount of money, how about some coins that you might actually have that are worth a few hundred dollars. Most wheat pennies before the 1930’s are worth around $300, but if you have any of the following wheat pennies they could be worth a bit more:
- 1901 S Wheat Penny ($430)
- 1911 S Wheat Penny ($340)
- 1914 S Wheat Penny ($670)
- 1914 D Wheat Penny ($4,268)
- 1915 S Wheat Penny ($320)
- 1924 (S) Wheat Penny ($450-$485)
- 1927 Wheat Penny ($345)
So what do you think? Are you the lucky owner of one of these coins? Be sure to share this with your family and friends so they can be on the lookout too!