At first glance, you’d probably assume this penny is extra valuable because of the gorgeous flying eagle minted on it. While the appearance is one that strikes a feeling of patriotism into the hearts of all Americans, that isn’t the main reason why it’s so valuable. The U.S. Mint struggled with the cost of mintage for this coin. The 4.70-gram coin was originally much larger, but the size was reduced and nickel was mixed with the copper to help reduce costs. These iconic coins were replaced fairly quickly with the popular Indian Head pennies, so they were only in rotation for a short time. All these factors have significantly raised the value of these pennies, and experts believe they could sell for nearly $150,000 today!
This 1894-S Barber Dime is easily one of the rarest coins on this list. It might even be the rarest coin on this list. This dime was designed by an engraver by the name of Charles E. Barber and produced at the San Francisco Mint. Only 24 of these dimes were created, and only nine are left in existence today. A couple of these coins have famously popped up over the years and sold for an impressive profit. One 1894-S Barber Dime was sold at a Florida auction for $2 million, while another was sold at a Chicago auction for $1.32 million. The odds of you finding one of these coins among your change are pretty low, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out!
Here is one of the rarest wheat pennies you’ll find on this list. Roughly 7,160,000 wheat pennies were produced by the Denver mint in 1922, but some of the coin dies were overused. This caused the D in the mint marks to be barely visible for a batch of pennies. Some pennies were even missing the D entirely. It was an unexpected and rare error that wasn’t caught before these pennies made their way into circulation- and potentially into your home! If you happen to find one of these pennies hiding among the rest of your change, then you’ll be pleased to know they carry a high value. Depending on their condition, these pennies are worth between $4,000 and $11,000!
When you’re looking through your coin collection, you’ll want to keep an eye out for this 1907 Golden Eagle Wire Edge coin. You’re looking for a coin that was minted between 1907 and 1938. On one side, there will be an image of Lady Liberty wearing a crown that reads “Liberty.” On the other side will be a heraldic eagle. Oddly enough, this is one of the most used minted coins in U.S. history, but it’s still worth a fortune! The most valuable variation of this is a 1907 Golden Eagle Wire Edge from Mint 64. An auction in 2017 sold one of these rare beauties for an astonishing $2.8 million!
Two varieties of the Lincoln Memorial cent were struck by the U.S. Mint at the end of the 20th century. One type is more rare than the other due to its lettering. On the rarer coin, the letters AM in the word “America” are set noticeably apart. The less rare coin has the letters so close that they’re almost touching. While this penny won’t bring in as much as some as the others on this list, it can still fetch you a decent profit. Depending on its condition, you could easily get anywhere from $45 to more than $500 for one of these Lincoln Memorial cents.
Remember the 1894-S Barber Dime we mentioned earlier? The rarity of that coin came from the fact that only 24 coins were ever produced. This 1913 Liberty Head Nickel surpasses that by a wide margin because only five of these coins are confirmed to exist! This coin was also designed by Charles E. Barber. The Roman numeral “V” was engraved on one side of the Liberty head nickel, but the U.S. Mint failed to add the word “Cents.” This created the perfect situation for a scandal and scammers immediately took advantage of the situation. Scammers began plating the coins in gold and attempting to pass them off as $5 coins rather than $0.05. All the attention drawn to this coin and the drama caused by these scammers seriously skyrocketed their worth. One of these coins from the Louis E. Eliasberg collection sold for $4.56 million at a Philadelphia auction in 2018.
Some of the coins we’ve shown you have visible errors and flaws that anyone could take a look and point it out. But other coins have very subtle flaws, and this is one of them. The 1917 Lincoln Wheat Cent experienced a minor design flaw resulting from poor die stamping. When you look closely at one of these rare wheat pennies, you should be able to notice that the letters and numbers on this coin were stamped twice and in slightly different places, which makes them overlap. Despite the flaw being so minor, it still increased the value dramatically. Experts estimate that an uncirculated mint condition 1917 Lincoln What Cent with this error could fetch up to $6,500.
Siler dollars are also fun to find, but some are more special than others. This Morgan Silver Dollar is named after its designer George T. Morgan. The $1 coin features an image of Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle with outstretched wings on the reverse. This particular type of coin was minted from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921, but hundreds of millions were melted down over the years for their precious silver. However, a special non-circulating edition was also released in 2021. A Morgan Silver Dollar’s value will depend heavily on its condition, rarity, and mint year. Recent sales for these coins have gone for between $400-$2,000!
Coin collectors will always covet the Indian Head Penny. The image on the coin is iconic and the coins themselves are unique. The 1872 Indian Head Penny is a particularly desirable variation because it was the lowest minted among the entire series of Indian Head pennies. Colectors are always searching for this particular coin, but many of the remaining 1872 Indian Head pennies have deteriorated significantly. Only mint-condition coins will grab a high price tag, but it’s worth it if you can find one from this year. Recently, one of these pennies sold for an impressive $125,500!
Unfortunately, it’s pretty unlikely you’ll come across a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel mixed in with the rest of the change in your car or purse, but these nickels are still impressive and deserve a spot on this list! Only five of these coins ended up in circulation, which is pretty shocking. There were rumors of a sixth coin, but no one has been able to confirm its existence. The unbelievable rarity of these coins makes their value extremely high. One of these 1913 Liberty Nickels made its way to auction in 2018, and astonished the world of coin collectors when it sold for $4.56 million!
Most of the coins on this list are traditional pennies, quarters, dimes, and nickels, but a few cents also have a place in the world of coin collecting enthusiasm. This 1795 Reeded Edge Cent is considered to be one of the rarest of all the big cent coins. You might be surprised to learn that these cents are actually very low-grade, which is one of the reasons they’re so coveted. These cents were developed as more of an experiment rather than being intended for general circulation, which is why they’re so low-grade. Only seven of these coins have been confirmed to exist, so it’s unlikely you’re carrying one around in your purse. However, if you happen to come across one, make sure you hold onto it! One of these coins sold for $1.26 million in 2008.
We’ve already discussed how popular Indian Head pennies are among coin collectors, but the different years make a significant difference in their rarity and value. Indian Head pennies are easily recognizable due to their iconic image and bright-red copper color, but the pennies from 1877 are particularly wanted among collectors. Only 852,500 Indian Head pennies ever made their way into circulation, and this specific year produced less than other years. If you find an 1877 Indian Head Penny mixed in with the rest of your pocket change, then you’re in for a treat. These pennies have sold for nearly $150,00!
Coins featuring Lady Liberty tend to be prized possessions among collectors because they’re often rare for one reason or another. This 1825 Coronet Liberty Head Large Cent isn’t just valuable thanks to the presence of Lady Liberty. It’s rarity comes from the fact that the design was agreed upon by the general public. Master engraver Rober Scot was told to design “a spectacularly ugly head of Ms. Liberty.” Due to this request, a re-design was issued. Only a small number of this particular coin made it’s way into circulation, which is why this particular coin is considered to be a major collector’s item. These coins will easily sell for over $3,000!
You probably haven’t seen a coin like this before. As one of the first Lincoln pennies in circulation, the 1909 V.D.B Matte Proof Lincoln Penny made quite an impression on collectors. There are two things about this coin that set it apart from the crowd. First, it was struck with a matte-proof die, which was unusual of that time. Second, the designer’s initials “V.D.B.” can be seen at the bottom of the penny. These initials were later removed, which makes this particular penny extremely rare. A mere 1,194 coins were ever produced with the designers initials, making them an extremely rare find today. Were you to find and sell one of these coins, you could easily receive over $250,000!
Known as the “double leopard,” this coin is easily one of the rarest in existence. The Edward III Florin coin’s origins have been traced back to 1343, making it one of the oldest coins to ever be found at auction. Only three of these coins have been confirmed to exist in today’s world, which gives them an even more valuable rarity. One of these coins was found in almost perfect condition by a person using a metal detecor in 2006. That one find completely changed that person’s life because the coin sold at auction for $6.8 million!
We’ve seen a lot of coins on this list that feature double printing on letters or numbers, and this 1894 Indian Head Cent is yet another prime example of this classic flaw. This valuable and rare penny is sought after by collectors because the number “94” was accidentally stamped twice. However, there’s something about these cents that make them even more unique. Only some of the 1894 Indian Head Cents feature this printing error. Since only part of the batch has this error, those with the double date are considered more valuable. One of these pennies can easily featch more than $1,000.
We’ve discussed the popularity of the Indian Head design throughout the 1800s, but it really can’t be overstated. This design was used so much that the public began to believe the design had been overused by the time the 1900s came around, which led the government to focus on other designs. Many pennies came out with President Lincoln as the main feature rather than an Indian Head, which was a significant design change. However, Indian Head cents weren’t completely done away with yet, but very few of them continued to be minted. This 1909 S Indian Head Cent is one of the few batches that came out during the early 1900s, which makes it a rare and valuable find. Most collectors will spend over $1,300 for a single one of these pennies.