Expensive Coins You Might Actually Have in Your Pocket

Coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies in the world but it's not quite as boring as some people might think. People have been collecting coins since there were coins to collect and it takes a special kind of dedication to grow a large collection. This patience might just pay off ... The good news is that some of the rarest coins in the world might already be in your pocket and they can make your life stunningly different. You might have some loose change that could be worth thousands of dollars! 

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Rare Coins and Monetary Value

One thing to remember is that most coins are not produced for their monetary value. They exist to mark a particular time or trend as well as a theme. At the same time, circulated monetary coins can also be that valuable when sold. Often, this can be the case if an error in print or mint is discovered. You might, fortunately, have coins such as these in your possession.

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Australian Double Obverse 5 Cent 2007 

Worth $46 on eBay, interestingly, this coin has no reverse side. It is also known as the doubleheader 2007 5 cents. The two obverse sides are the distinguishing factor of the 2007 5 Cent. The exact amount minted out is not specified. Some estimates have it to be up to several thousand. The easiest way to spot this coin is to spin it between your fingers to see if two heads are showing and if they are aligned at 180 degrees.

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Finland 2 Euro 2004

On eBay, the equivalent is $50, and the production for the Finnish euro started as early as 1998. Raimo Heino did the design for the 2 euro. From 1999 to 2006, the coins minted out carried the mark of the mint master of Finland, Raimo Makkonen. The coin was created in the period of the European Union expansion. 

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Australian Upset 50 Cent 2010

It is sold on eBay for $80. Both the obverse and the reverse dies are offset by exactly 30 degrees. You might think this error unbelievable, but the cause is still not known. Originally, coining dies were put in place to prevent the coins from being out of alignment. In this case, you might say that the dies were not set correctly, which then made the coins come out not adequately aligned.

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The Australian 50 Cent is Quite Fascinating

Regardless of the cause of this error, it turned out to be a fascinating one. However, the ripple effect of this was minimal because only one die run of the coin was minted. This is generally because only about two hundred thousand were minted out. Therefore, very few of these coins exist. The Australian coins are still very much valuable and worth some serious cash.

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UK Undated 20P Coin 2008

The coin is worth £72. What makes the U.K. 20p coin peculiar is the change in design. This was the first-ever coin to be released into circulation without a date on it in over 300 years. The date on the coin was moved from the reverse to the obverse. Little did people know that more exciting happenings were to be expected of this coin.

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Canadian Penny 2006

This coin was known as the no logo/no penny. Its worth is $140 on eBay. Ordinarily, the worth of Canadian pennies is out of this world. For instance, a very rare penny has been sold at an auction before for 25 million times its original face value. Initially, two types of pennies were made in Canada in 2006. One was a zinc core kind while the other was a magnetic steel core kind.

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Double Ear Lincoln Penny 1997

The worth of this coin was deemed at auction to be $404. This coin is quite interesting in appearance. An error was made on the coin during production. The obverse die was doubled on So, the image of Lincoln looks like it has two earlobes. Little wonder it got the title 'double ear Lincoln.' It is also often referred to as the double ear obverse error. This error is quite noticeable on the coin without the aid of a magnifying glass.

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The Mystery of The Double Ear

Largely, the error of the double earlobe on Lincoln's image on the side of the coin was due to the machine. The minting machine double minted that part of the design. However, the coin is popularly estimated to be up to $250 per piece. This same error had occurred in the minting of the 1984 pennies.

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Greek 2 Euro 2002

On eBay, it is sold for $500. The 2 euro coin is the highest valued coin of all euro coins. It is primarily made of two metal alloys. Although it is termed Greek, the coin was not produced in Greece or Athens at all. On some of the coins, there is an 's' initial among the stars right at the bottom. The initial stands for Suomi. This is a location in Finland which means that the coin was minted there. This factor improves its quality due to its rarity.

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U.S. Die Filled Kansas State Quarter 2005 

It is sold at auction at $518. Going by the initial initiative behind this coin, the Kansas state Quarter was made to honor the state of Kansas. The bad luck this coin had was the filled die error it had. This error was caused by a buildup of grease on the surface of its die. A grease buildup is not an unusual thing to happen to a coin during minting. However, what made the coin different in its case was that the greased cake marred its look.

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In God We Rust

The deformed look is what coin collectors referred to as 'in God we Rust' Kansas state quarter. The buildup made 'T' look like 'R.' On the other hand, a careful close look at the coin would show that the 'T' is still there after all. According to a rough estimate of this coin, it is said to be in average condition, and the general value is said to be at 25 cents.

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Missing Edge Lettering Presidential Dollar 2007

It was auctioned off at $1,007.The introduction of the coin was the legislation of the presidential coin act of 2005. The act had over seventy co-sponsors. By December 2005, the bill was signed into law. As at 2007, dollar coins had their date and mint marks to the obverse side of the coin. The reverse side of the coin bore the Statue of Liberty and the inscription' $1' as well as 'United States of America.' This dollar coin is also known as 'godless presidential dollar.'

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Godless Presidential Dollar

As hilarious as this sounds, the coins truly have the American inscription missing. Some of these George Washington coins were minted with the edge lettering 'in God we trust' missing. In Denver and Philadelphia, about three hundred million copies of this coin were minted out altogether in 2007.  However, part of Philadelphia's were those without the inscription. The error coins were estimated to be up to fifty thousand.

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UK Olympic Swimming 50P 2012

This coin is valued at £820 on eBay. Twenty-nine designs were made for a series of 50p coins. This was to mark the 2012 London Olympics. The United Kingdom royal mint made these designs. A total of 29 Olympic 50p were issued by the royal mint to celebrate London holding the games. Each of the coins was designed by a member of the public to show participation in the Olympics. The coins also featured one of 29 sports on the reverse side.

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2005-D U.S. Jefferson Bison Nickel

Auctioned off at $1,265. These are quite rare coins. The mints for Jefferson Nickel began in 1938 at the Denver and Philadelphia Mints. By the year 1964, the biggest mintage combined came to be. This large mintage was a result of a shortage of small change which was widespread. This shortage was attributed to coin collectors. In 1965, the coinage act was enacted. All mint marks were removed from nickels issued by mints. This went on until 1968 when the mint mark was switched from the reverse to the obverse of the coin.

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Speared Nickel

The 2005 Nickel has what is known as the 'speared nickel.' The name stemmed from the significant mark on the back of Bison which was made on the coin. This was primarily a result of the kind of coin planchet used to design the coin. They often had big die gauges and scratches. Some of them were deformed due to the wrong mixture of the metal alloys of the coin.

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Australian $1/10 Mule 2000

The $1/10 mule is sold on eBay at $1,507. A sort of miscalculation happened at the minting out of the coin. The Mob of Roos dollar reverse side was mistakenly paired with the 10 cents Queen's head obverse side. The outcome of this was a double rim on the obverse side of the coin. This leads to an overall additional thickness of the coin. The extra thickness error went on for a while without being noticed.

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Error Goes Unnoticed

It was, after all, only a 1.4-millimeter difference between the 10 cents and $1 mint. So, it was dispensed into circulation unknowingly. This error came to the attention of coin collectors in 2003. When compared with the standard coin, spotting the error is pretty easy. A large double rim is around the obverse of the smaller 10 cents, and because a smaller die was used, the obverse is often off-center.

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U.S. Wide 'AM' Reverse Lincoln 1999

The reverse Lincoln was auctioned at $2,300. An unreasonably large space was placed between the A, and the M in the word, AMERICA on the opposite side of the coin. This space error was due to a calibration error in the minting machine. The same mistake was made in the 1998 and 2000 coins as well. However, the 1999 error was so different from that of the other two. These coins are up to one thousand that exist.

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The Reverse Side

While those in circulation might not equal thousands in worth, they are, however, valued at more than one cent. The 1999 dated coin made evident the error in the reverse die on the Lincoln cent. The die for the proof cent was different from that of the business strike die. John Wexler noted this difference in his 'coin world' story of 2000.

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Lincoln Presidency Cent 2009 

The cent is worth $2,650 on eBay. The Lincoln cent is also known as the Lincoln penny. Four designs appeared on the reverse of the Lincoln penny in 2009. The designs were to be issued to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial. The last of the designs showed the capitol dome, which was under construction at the time Lincoln became president of the United States. Susan Gamble created this design and it was sculpted by Joseph Menna.

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Next Design

It was released for public circulation on the 12th of November, 2009. It was at the release that the next design for the 2010 cent was announced. This was following the decision earlier made by the Commission of Fine Arts to create a design showing a modern rendition of the American flag. However, the coin still appears to be in perfect condition.

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2008-W U.S. Reverse of He 2007 Silver Eagle Dollar

The value of this coin was decided to be $2,900 at an auction. The 2008 U.S. reverse was the first strike. Every other form of it also sells well, but the first strike beats it all. It was decided by the U.S. mint to create a slight change in the design of the 2008 silver eagle dollar. What marks this coin as unique is the omitted 'sheriff at the bottom of the right side. 

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D U.S. Wisconsin Extra Leaf Quarter

It was sold off at an auction for $3,450. The original design for the coin was created by Rose Marty, who was a resident of Wisconsin. An extra leaf was found on the ear of corn on the reverse of the coin. A collector discovered the error in December 2004. Later on, it was noted that there were two variants to the anomaly. One leaf was low, and the other was high.

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2002 Italian 2 Cent

Valued at €6,600, the 2002 Italian 2 cent was struck blank on 2 cents. Italian Euro coins were introduced in 2002 to show the place of the European Union in the world. The coins share a common theme. They depicted the works of Italian art as well as architecture. These themed designs also show the twelve stars of the E.U. About seven thousand of this coin was minted out in all. Unfortunately, only about a dozen have been showcased at auction so far.

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U.S. Doubles Die Obverse Penny 1995 

This penny was sold off at an auction for $5,053. It is the last of the United States doubled die penny. The double die coin usually has a partial or fully doubled image on it. Double die coins are quite different from double struck coins. The main difference is that the double-struck coins are struck more than once while still in the conjoining chamber of the coining press.

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U.S. Sacagawea Dollar

The value of this dollar coin was determined at auction to be $7,500. When these coins were produced, the United States mint thought of ways of encouraging the public to make use of them. So, they came up with the idea of partnering with several commercial businesses as a means of promotion. As a way of promoting their product, over five thousand Sacagawea dollar coins were minted out for General Mills.

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U.S. Sacagawea Dollars With Transitional Error

In auctions, this coin can easily fetch $7,637. The Sacagawea dollars have transitional errors that were nothing short of four. The error had the dollar coins struck on a copper planchet meant for a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Initially, the planchet for the 2000P Sacagawea dollar was supposed to be manganese with bronze. The result of this usually gave the Sacagawea dollar its signature golden color.

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1995 "Double Die Liberty" Penny

A lot of these coins are "error coins" which means that there was a mistake made when they were minted. Some of the errors are very subtle, like the 1995 penny here. Look at the word "Liberty" closely. Do you see how it's been printed twice? (Check the "B" if you don't.) That's an error, and it pushes the value of this coin up to $53 in uncirculated conditions.

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1995 "Wide AM" Penny

This is another one with a very small error that could mean big money for you! This is a 1999 "Wide AM" penny. Notice that the "A" and "M" in "America" are very far apart. On a normal penny, they are almost touching. This makes this coin worth around $531 in uncirculated conditions.

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2000 Sacagawea Dollar With Errors

When the Sacagawea dollar coin was first minted in 1999, there were a few examples found that were minted on copper-nickel rather than bronze. This means that the "golden" coin wouldn't actually be golden. This is called a transitional error, and it makes the coin very valuable. Heritage Auctions sold one for $7,637 in 2013.

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2000 Sacagawea "Cheerios" Dollar

You'll probably never find the Sacagawea coin with transitional errors because only four have been found. You might find this one though. This is called the "Cheerios dollar" Sacagawea coin. In 1999, General Mills wanted to put Sacagawea dollars in their cereal boxes for a contest. They weren't ready, so the US Mint provided them with some based on a slightly different pattern than the normal ones. The typical price is $2,678, but it could be more.

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1937 Wheat Penny Error (No Mark)

Most people think that wheat pennies are special, but the truth is that most of them aren't. If you happen to find a 1937 wheat penny in uncirculated condition, you might be in luck. The ones with no mint mark (like the small "d") were made at the Philadephia mint. One of them sold for $7,200 at auction in 2019.

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2004 "Extra Leaf Low" Wisconsin Quarter

This one is odd, and no one is sure how it happened. Anyway, it's a good one to look for since it's still fairly recent. On these coins, there is an extra leaf on the ear of corn at the bottom on the left-hand side. This error makes the coins rare, and with an estimated 5,500 in circulation, very valuable. An average one goes for $141.

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2004 "Extra Leaf High" Wisconsin Quarter

The second variation on the 2004 Wisconsin quarter is the "Extra High Leaf" variety. This is a similar error to the "Extra Low Leaf" one, but the leaf sticks up a bit further. These are considered rarer and are valued a bit higher. They'll go for $168 or so in perfect condition.

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The Kennedy 1964 Silver Half Dollar

Can you make a wild guess at what the Kennedy Half Dollars are worth? Well, let's not hold the suspense! In uncirculated condition, it's worth anywhere from $500 to $1500. The reason behind this is that in 1964 these half dollars were minted in 90% silver. Therefore, the price spikes up quite drastically!

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1982 "No Mark" Dime

This one is an oddity. It was the first time in US history that a coin with no mint mark had gone into circulation. (The Philadephia mint didn't mark their coins until later, but that was on purpose.) Most of them were found at Cedar Point, which is an amusement park in Ohio. The highest these have sold for is $1,380, so watch out for them!

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2005 "Speared Buffalo" Nickel

In 2005, the US Mint decided to bring back the "Buffalo" design for the back of the nickel. When they did it, several errors were found in the first few runs. Notice all of the gouges in the bison on the back of the coin? That's not damaged, it's an error from the minting of the coin. These are called "speared bison" coins. The highest auction for one of these was in 2010 when it went for $1,265.

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40% Silver Half Dollars

These coins are worth much more than the cent carved on them. But it's not because they are rare or something. The only reason for this is the use of silver in the coins which makes them much more expensive than their actual values. To be approximate, almost 4 times more!

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1851 Mormon Gold Coins

These are actually $5 coins minted by the Latter-Day Saints when gold was discovered in California. Some of the original discoverers of the gold at Sutter's Mill in California brought gold back to Utah and it was fashioned into these coins. They are very valuable and can be worth up to $50,000 if you find a real one.

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1906 US Philippines Peso

When the US occupied the Philippines from 1901-1935, they produced several coins under the guide of the US Mint. One of them, the 1906 Peso is worth a lot of money. It's solid silver, and so most of them were destroyed or melted down. There are also a lot of counterfeits, either with altered dates or outright copies. A real one in mint condition can go for $40,000 like this one did in 2019.

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1935 Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Token

These were tokens issued to families being relocated by the Federal Emergency Relocation Administration. They were intended to be "scrip" used in government stores. The majority were used and destroyed after they were no longer needed. They're worth at least $1,750 if you can find one.

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Hawaiian Plantation Tokens

These aren't strictly coins either, although they are very valuable. These were tokens used on sugar plantations in Hawaii as money to be used on company property. Some of the more elaborate ones were actually struck by the US Mint. They're all worth a lot of money. The one shown here in the picture went for $11,163 in an auction in 2014.

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That's our list of rare coins for today. Do you have any of them in your pocket? If you do, now you know about a little extra spending money! Or maybe a LOT of extra money. Do your friends like money? Of course, they do! Share this article with them, and if they find anything, maybe they'll give you a cut! Thanks for reading!

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