Could there be a fortune hiding in your wallet? 5 modern US coins worth far more than face value
Think you’ve only got a couple of cents left in your wallet? Well, today might be your lucky day.
You see there's a chance there could be some coins lurking in there worth way more than their face value.
Fortunately, we've made a list of some of the most valuable.
I guarantee by the time you get to the end of this list you'll be emptying your wallet out on the floor.
5. Any US coin minted pre-1964
Prior to 1964 US coins had a way higher silver content than they do today. While the value fluctuates all the time, dollars in particular can be worth several times their face value in bullion.
4. 2004-D Wisconsin state quarter with extra leaf
In 2004, a collection of 50 quarters were released in circulation bearing designs referencing each federal state.
However, some of the Wisconsin quarters (which feature a cow, an ear of corn and a wheel of cheese) were struck with an error.
They display a blemish on the ear of corn that looks like a leaf. It’s estimated there were around 50,000 struck, making them very rare. Today they can sell for around $500.
3. 1970-S small date Lincoln cent
Small date versions of the 1970-S Lincoln cent can be identified by checking if the tops and bottoms of the numbers 7 and 0 are aligned.
If they are, congratulations, you may have something quite valuable on your hands.
Depending on the condition, the issue can easily sell for around the $100 mark.
2. 1969-S Lincoln cent with doubled die obverse
Some rare examples of the 1969-S Lincoln cent display a rare defect where the lettering is doubled due to error.
Doubled die refers to the accidental striking of an additional design element and can be identified when matched up against other coins.
One exceptional doubled die specimen of this coin sold for $125,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2008.
1. 1943 copper Lincoln penny
This is about the most valuable thing you can be accidently handed as change.
In 1943 pennies were made from steel, but due to a mix-up at the mint a handful were struck in copper and entered circulation.
Today the best examples regularly sell for around the $200,000 mark.
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