Old Coin Values are Surprising

All old coin values listed and most will surprise you. From the common to the rare, coins have steadily climbed higher in value.

Look no farther than your box of old coins for an exciting treasure hunt...

  • Pennies worth many hundreds, the 1909-S VDB penny is a $400 coin. a 1914-D is valued above $100 and the 1922 penny checks in at $200. All early Indian pennies have a value of $8 to $13 and most are higher. The older coins are even more valuable.

  • Buffalo nickels dated before 1920 are worth at least $2 and often $10 each. Then there is all the old silver coinage, silver dimes, quarters and half dollars minted before 1965... minimum values are $1.44 for old silver dimes, $3.67 per silver quarter and $7.25 for each silver half dollar. No rare dates to achieve these values, just common old silver coins.

  • Here are a few more valuable coins... Looking at just quarters and going back a few years. From 1890 to 1964, 45 different quarter dates and mints are valued over $10. And every quarter minted before 1890 in "Good" condition is $16 or higher. That is a lot of rare coins.

  • Here are a few more valuable coins... Looking at just quarters and going back a few years. From 1890 to 1964, 45 different quarter dates and mints are valued over $10. And every quarter minted before 1890 in "Good" condition is $16 or higher. That is a lot of rare coins.

  • Additionally, pull a half dozen old silver dollars from your box and the combined value easily tops $150.

  • And Gold Coins... All are rare and valuable, none are worth less than $150, with the majority quickly rising into the hundreds of dollars.

    One gold coin can quickly double how much your box of old coins is worth.

Why Old Coin Values are so High

Your old coins are in demand, collector demand, dealer demand. Coins and collecting them is very popular today. Many new collectors are starting and assembling collections.

Interest and excitement generated by the Statehood Quarter Series, the new Jefferson nickels, and modern commemoratives bring new collectors into the hobby. Soon the older coins are quickly discovered and the race to collect them is on.

Here are four reasons to take a close look and discover your old coin values.

1922 Lincoln Penny

Rare Dates: Faced with strong demand, rare dates have nowhere to go but up in value.

Pictured is a Lincoln Penny with the rare 1922 date. Although the coin is circulated and somewhat worn the value is still in the hundreds of dollars. Every series has its share of rare dates, all avidly sought by collectors.


1918-S Mercury Dime

Condition: The desire for the best puts tremendous pressure on the higher condition coins. Well preserved high condition coins are always in demand and the very high values reflect this demand.

Although a common coin worth $1.44 to $3.31 in circulated condition, this 1918-S Mercury Dime pictured is valued over $270 because of its "Choice Uncirculated" condition.

CC Mintmark Morgan Silver Dollar

Mint Marks: As collections are assembled the different mintmarks representing mints striking coins are needed to complete the sets.

A popular example is the "S" mintmark indicating the San Francisco mint. Another is the rare "CC" mintmark used by the Carson City mint in Nevada, they always cause excitement. The "CC" mintmark pictured is located on the reverse of a Morgan dollar.


1913-S Buffalo Nickel

Rare Varieties: Certainly, interest and knowledge develops sophisticated collectors. As collections are nearing completion, rare varieties are avidity sought to add to their holdings.

The 1913-S Buffalo Nickel is a good example, featuring two distinctly different reverse designs, the variety I "Raised Ground" is a $31 coin in good condition and variety II "Recessed Ground" is a $245 coin.

It is often true, the most unlikely looking coin, is the most valuable. Whether it is a rare date, mintmark, popular variety or a "condition rarity".

How to Find Old Coin Values

How much are your old coins worth? All coin series are covered in detail, with links to each just below. All dates, mintmarks and were to find them, valuable varieties and how to identify them are covered.

Additionally, each series has "Grading" images to judge the condition of your coins, accurately determining your old coin values from the charts.





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