You could be hundreds of dollars richer just by checking your coin. Turns out there are still a good number of coins out there that are worth the trouble of going through your coin trays and purses to check. This is what you want to look for…
When a Kansas pressing machine had a grease smudge, it created a collection of rare quarters now worth $100 each!
If you find a 2004 Wisconsin quarter, look at the front left leaf. If there’s an extra line, that coin is worth $300!
Only two years before WWII ended, steel pennies were printed in 1943 to conserve copper for war efforts. They’re now worth $10 each.
Half dollars with Benjamin Franklin’s face printed from 1948 to 1963 are worth $125 each now.
Silver quarters. Yes, get lucky enough to find one of these printed between 1932 and 1964 and you’ve got a coin worth $65.
1970-S Small Date Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die Obverse:
As with virtually all true doubled die varieties, only one side of the coin shows doubling. If both sides exhibit doubling, the coin probably exhibits strike doubling instead, and is worth little.
How to Detect: The rarer Small Date variety is most easily distinguished from the common type by the weakness of LIBERTY. The Doubled Die Obverse is best demonstrated by doubling in LIB and IN GOD WE TRUST.
Approximate Value: Around $3,000 in EF-40 or so.
1972 Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die Obverse:
The 1972 (no mint mark) Lincoln Cent doubled die variety shows strong doubling on all elements. The “Cherrypicker’s Guide to Rare Die Varieties”, which was an important source for this article, suggests using a “die marker” to help verify your finds. A die marker is a gouge or crack that identifies a particular die.
How to Detect this one: Clear doubling of all obverse elements; look for a tiny gouge near the edge above the D in UNITED as a die marker.
Approximate Value: About $500 in EF-40 or so.
1982 Shows No Mint Mark Roosevelt Dime:
Some time these coins were made by accident, the dies sent to individual branch mints would be punched with the proper mint mark letter for that branch. This variety is believed to be caused because one or more non-punched dies were used to make coins. (The letter P was being used for Philadelphia on dimes at this time.)
Detect this by noticing that the 1982 dime is missing a mint mark.
Approximate Value: About $30 to $50 in AU-50, more for higher grades.
Yep, totally worthy checking for!