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Six Rare Coins Spotted in Circulation

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Those lucky enough to come across rare coins in circulation could have a valuable find on their hands. Even though some of these six coins are relatively common, all are worth more than their original value.An image of an American Wheat Cent one of the rare coins.

Lincoln Wheat Cents

Most of these pennies are worth two to three times their face value if minted after 1934. Common date pre-1934 wheat cents are typically worth 5 to 10 cents, while rare or low mintage coins can bring hundreds or even thousands of times their face value. Rare coins in this category include, but aren’t limited to the following: 1909-S VDB Cent, 1914-D Cent, 1922 plain Cent, 1931-S Cent, and 1955 Doubled-Die Cent.

1943 Copper Lincoln Penny

This is one of the most sought-after rare coins, with only about 40 known examples found in existence. In 1943, the U.S. Mint began making pennies out of zinc-coated steel rather than copper; the few copper pennies that survived the switch could be worth tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you’re not certain if you have a copper 1943 penny in your collection, apply a magnet to it. If magnetic, then unfortunately you have a commonly issued steel cent that is worth less than a dollar.

Jefferson Wartime Silver Nickels

Produced from 1942-1945, these coins were made of a combination of copper, silver, and manganese to save the nickel supplies for the war effort. They can be distinguished with a large mint mark over the dome of the Monticello on the reverse side of the coin, and at the time of this writing, are worth close to $1.

1984 and 1997 “Double-Ear” Lincoln Pennies

These pennies are distinguished because of a manufacturing error that gave Lincoln’s profile two earlobes on one ear. These rare coins are worth between $25 and $250.

Roosevelt Silver Dimes

During its first 18 years in production (1946-1964), the Roosevelt Dime was primarily made from silver. Though they are now made from a combination of copper and nickel, the silver dimes are worth $1 – $2, depending on the condition.

2005-D Jefferson Bison Nickel

Another rarity that arose from a minting error, this rare nickel has a mark that looks like a spear bisecting the bison. It can be worth from $50 to $2,500.

Though rare coins are by definition in limited circulation, it never hurts to check the change jar to see if one of these valuable coins is present.

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Tony Davis
Tony Davis is the owner of Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers, a full service Atlanta based coin and bullion dealer specializing in buying, selling and appraising coins and coin collections of all types and sizes. Tony frequently writes on various economic and numismatic related topics affecting the coin and bullion markets and has been published on some of the industry’s leading websites, including Coin Week, the American Numismatic Association, Coin Collector, Coinflation, and Coin Auctions Help, just to name a few. Visit Atlanta Gold & Coin’s website at atlantagoldandcoin.com to obtain additional information on the products, services and educational resources offered by his company. Tony can be reached at sales@atlantagoldandcoin.com or at 404-236-9744

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