9 Valuable Coins Found in Pocket Change

9 Valuable Coins Found in Pocket Change

Often overlooked because of minute differences, there are quite a few fairly valuable U.S. coins that can still be found in pocket change. Learn which coins to look for, their value, and what makes them valuable.

9 Valuable Coins Found in Pocket Change

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1. 1969-S Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die Obverse

60ddThe 1969-s cent is very rare because at one time they were confiscated by the Secret Service due to many counterfeits on the market. However, the counterfeits have the wrong mint mark and are easily spotted.

How to Spot It:

Look for obvious doubling of the entire “heads” side (obverse) except for the mint mark. If the mint mark is doubled it is probably a case of strike doubling rather than a doubled die and isn’t worth much.

Approximate Value: $35,000 or more in EF-40 condition or better.

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1. 1969-S Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die Obverse



There are 17 comments for this article
  1. Jay Jorgenson at 8:15 am

    Wow, I had no idea that these coins, which we probably handle or throw in the change jar, are worth more than the face value. I was especially impressed with the 1970-S Small Date Penny. I am positive I have seen one of these in my lifetime and never took the time to check out it’s true value. It’s worth possibly over $3,000!

  2. joyce P. lewter at 3:11 pm

    I have a 1925 silver dollar. what is your take on this coin, since the article says that a1964 or earlier minted silver dollar is worth its weight in silver. I would like to have a collector make me a offer.

    • Rob Williams at 9:27 pm

      The value of your specific coin would be based on the condition as well as rarity. Your best bet would be to take it to a couple of dealers and ask their opinions to get an idea of what it is worth. Likewise, there are images on the internet that show you side by side the conditions and what they look like. Wish you the best!

    • Rob Williams at 10:41 pm

      Hi Jeff, your dime is 91.67% Copper and 8.33% Nickel, so most likely it isn’t worth much more than face value. Take it to a coin dealer and ask him, they’ll be able to answer your question more definitively. Thanks for reading Detecting365!

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