15 Coins Worth Thousands Of Dollars
It's time to go through your coin jar and see what's in it. You could be rich.
If you find one of the coins listed below, visit a reputable coin appraiser to find out if you have a winner.
1. 1894-S Barber Dime
In 2016, a coin collector paid $2 million for this rare coin. Only nine 1894-S Barber dimes are said to exist
2. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel
If you own a Liberty head, Shield, or the Buffalo nickel are each worth a few thousand dollars. Not bad for a dime.
3. 1943 Lincoln Head Copper Penny
In the '40s, the U.S. Mint made pennies out of steel, then coated them with zinc. But the 1943 Lincoln head penny was made out of copper.
4. 1955 Double Die Penny
In 1955, a few thousand doubled die pennies were released. The double image was created after a miss alignment during the minting process.
This coin could be worth $1,800.
5. 1970-S Proof Washington Quarter
Look for a small "S" on the head side at the bottom tip of the braid. This indicates that it was made in San Francisco, and on the tail side look for the year "1941" very faintly printed upside down above the word "Dollar."
The quarter has been previously put up for auction for $35,000!
6. 1992 "Close AM" Penny
The only reason this coin is worth so much is because the "AM" in America are closer together than they should be. In 2012, one sold for more than $20,000 at an auction.
7. 2004 Wisconsin State Quarter
In 2004, Wisconsin minted millions of quarters, but a few thousand were marked with an extra leaf on a husk of corn.
Some have sold for up to $1,400.
8. 2005 "In God We Rust" Kansas State Quarter
Because of grease build-up in the coin dye for the letter T on the official motto of the United States "In God We Trust", this coin can be worth hundreds of dollars.
9. 2005 Speared Bison Jefferson Nickel
A 2005 nickel that looks like the buffalo has been stabbed can be worth more than a thousand dollars.
10. 2007 "Godless" Presidential Coin
The George Washington dollar coins were accidentally minted without the motto "In God We Trust", and for that reason it can be worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.
11. Ben Franklin half-dollar
The half-dollar coins with images of Ben Franklin and an eagle are estimated to be at least $100.
12. 1982 No P Mintmark Roosevelt Dime
The Philadelphia Mint once made an error and forgot to put a "P" on their Roosevelt dime.
All coins have a letter printed on them indicating which mint they were made at.
So if you have only one of them you can make up to $300.
13. 1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar - Class I
One of these 1804 silver dollar coins was auctioned at $3.7 million, and another one of these coins was sold for $4.14 million.
14. 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle
In light of that controversial omission of the moto "In God We Trust" by Charles Barber, the U.S. Mint's chief engraver, this coin is roughly worth $7 million.
15. Wheat Pennies
Most of the Wheat Pennies from before the 1930s are worth upwards of $300.
Take a look in your coin jar and see if you have any of these:
- 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)
Cover photo credit By Yinan Chen [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons