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US Coin Values | Mobile Guide

US coin values listed by type. Charts list coin series and their minimum values for each type. The mobile guide represents what the common dates within each series are worth. This quick reference links to in-depth - date by date coverage of series and how to value these old coins.

Continued below the charts is an introduction to the step by step method used to identify the important points to value. Recognize each date and mintmark combination, design varieties, and judging condition of the coin.

Penny Values
Examples of US Cents
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Half Cent $39 $45 $83 $196
Large Cent $17 $24 $52 $168
Flying Eagle $17 $27 $79 $298
Indian $1.28 $2.00 $6 $27
Lincoln $0.02 $0.02 $0.03 $0.75
Two Cent $10 $15 $32 $80
3 Cent Values
Examples of US Three Cent Pieces
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Silver $27 $37 $49 $143
Nickel $10 $13 $26 $65
Half Dime Values
Examples of US Half Dimes
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Bust $38 $58 $90 $310
Seated $12 $16 $33 $110
Nickel Values
Examples of US Nickels
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Shield $18 $21 $48 $69
Liberty $1 $3 $23 $55
Buffalo $0.48 $1.00 $2.10 $18
Jefferson Silver $1.08 $1.08 $1.08 $4.00
Dime Values
Examples of US Dimes
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Bust $28 $43 $175 $495
Seated $11 $15 $25 $95
Barber $3.40 $3.96 $20 $75
Mercury $1.96 $2.10 $2.36 $5.55
Roosevelt $1.79 $1.79 $1.79 $2.21
Quarter Values
Examples of US Quarter Dollars
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Bust $53 $95 $270 $1,240
Seated $19 $26 $54 $206
Barber $6.46 $14 $40 $145
Standing $5.06 $6.44 $25 $90
Washington $4.50 $4.50 $4.50 $5.74
Half Dollar Values
Examples of US Half Dollars
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Bust $47 $59 $124 $675
Seated $35 $51 $109 $468
Barber $15.16 $38 $142 $290
Walking $9.67 $11.96 $14.49 $30
Franklin $9.02 $9.02 $9.02 $12.39
Silver Dollar Values
Examples of US Silver Dollars
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
Bust $545 $868 $2,250 $15,100
Seated $229 $272 $379 $1,560
Morgan $24.43 $25.32 $28.10 $44.97
Peace $20.60 $21.22 $24.70 $27.64
Gold Coin Values
Examples of US Gold Coins
  Condition of Coin
Coin Series Good Fine Extremely
Fine
Mint
State
  Values Up-Dated 9/21/2020
Values Represent Common Dates of Series
$2.5 Liberty $284 $308 $323 $355
$2.5 Indian $269 $284 $293 $352
$5 Liberty $442 $451 $451 $477
$5 Indian $442 $451 $459 $506
$10 Liberty $896 $900 $905 $930
$10 Indian $914 $924 $935 $952
$20 Liberty $1,811 $1,814 $1,821 $1,869
$20 Saint $1,811 $1,816 $1,822 $1,877

Step by Step to Values

All US coins are judged by a few key elements greatly narrowing the value range. The inspection of your coin is done following a step by step approach assuring completeness.

Steps Leading to US Coin Values:

  • Step 1: Recognize the Series of the Coin - Many different series of coins are part of each denomination of US coinage. Overlapping designs in a year become varieties, noted and valued individually.
  • Step 2: Date and Mintmark Variety - Within series, collections are typically assembled by dates. Mintmark varieties of each year is important to collectors and further evaluated.
  • Step 3: Grading Condition - Judging condition is done with a close inspection of the coin and comparing its condition to standards for the grade.
  • Step 4: Special Qualities - Because of the wide variety of metals, designs and age, many different qualities are possible, either raising or lowering appeal. A collectible coin with pleasing qualities is recognized and rewarded as part of the value process.

US Coin Values | Overview

Step 1: Recognize Series of Coin

1909 Indian and Lincoln Cents

A wide variety of different designs is a trait of US coinage. Most denominations trace back to the beginning of the mint in 1793. Over the years many series and designs are represented. Each is unique in how they are collected and valued.

Recognition of the correct series is a needed step. Often series of coins overlap in a year when one is replaced by another.

1909 Indian and 1909 Lincoln cents, as example; both minted in the same year. These coins are part of different series of cents and valued separately. 1921 Morgan and Peace dollars are another example.


Step 2: Date and Mintmark and Variety

A collector, as they assemble sets of coins, include dates representing the series. A collection of Mercury dimes for example, spans 1916 to 1945 with all but three years represented.

1921 Mercury Dime Obverse and Reverse

Not all years of Mercury dimes saw ample mintages, elusive years are 1921 and 1926. Differences reflected on value charts indicates availability.

The 1921 Mercury dime is a scarce and desirable coin in any grade. Low mintages indicates an elusive year of dime production. A "D" mintmark on a 1921 dime is even higher value.

Mintmarks indicate the mint striking the coin. Each branch mint is identified by their mintmark found within the design. Denver uses a "D" mintmark, and on the Mercury dime, is placed on the reverse along the rim. Each branch mint has unique marks. "S" for San Francisco, "CC" used by the Carson City mint, and an "O" indicates the New Orleans mint struck the coin. Philadelphia the first US mint did not use mintmarks until 1980, now placing a "P" mintmark on coinage.

🔎Value charts above link to each series identifying mintmarks and locations on coins.

Step 3: Grading Condition

Grades define the condition of your coins. Meeting certain metrics measuring the amount of wear puts coins in different classifications - grades.

Images are used to compare your coin to grade examples helping judge condition and assign a grade.

Grade Set: Buffalo Nickel, Standing Quarter, Morgan Dollar, and Indian Penny

First coin, a 1937 Buffalo nickel, is in Mint State grade. Defined as no wear to the surface. A coin remaining in the condition it left the mint.

Next: Extremely Fine Grade: With a light amount of wear visible, a coin is no longer Mint State, the Grade is now defined as Extremely Fine. Each series have points to judge when determining the difference between grades.

Fine Grade: Looking at the Morgan dollar, notice Liberty's hair detail. Once small strands of hair above her forehead, have worn smooth and blended. Defining the grade is moderate wear overall, small details faded and missing.

Good Grade: The 1888 Indian penny is very worn. Date and lettering are visible and bold; however, an overall flatness describes the condition. Major design elements are in outline form.

Important: Grading condition is unique to each series. Details are imaged and described on each series page. A conservative approach helps narrow value range.

🔎Value charts above link to each series and how to grade the specific coin.

Step 4: Special Qualities | Recognizing a Collectible Coin

Coins with special qualities add to collector appeal, market acceptance, and value. Some of the major qualities are preservation, scarcity, and denomination. Each have multiple possibilities.

1806 Bust Quarter

Preservation infers high grade. However, an 1806 Bust quarter in pleasing original condition with moderate wear processes a special quality. Not a high grade, but an elusive coin with eye appeal. Scarce because of proper preservation since it was first set aside decades ago.

1836 Half Dime

The 1836 half dime is just one of a limited quantity available today. Slightly worn, however, when collected has received excellent care over the years. Today, because of scarcity plus aesthetics, it becomes a valued and sought-after coin.

1885-O Morgan Dollar

Large size US coins are very popular with collectors. Well preserved Morgan dollars are leaders in demand. These coins trade actively in today's market. The 1885-O Morgan pictured combines a large denomination, high grade, mark free surfaces, and the popular "O" New Orleans mint variety.

Special qualities are found in all US coin series.

🔎Value charts in the above section link to each series with more coverage helping recognize qualities of collectible coins.

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