The penny, nickel, dime, and quarter are all well-known bits of currency. However, those were not the only coins in use in the United States. Many different coins have come and gone over the years all around the world. Because of their scarcity, some of those coins are now worth a fortune. Here is a list of some of the coins to keep an eye out for. And, if possible, preserve them in pristine shape.
The Hawaiian Plantation Token is worth $11,000 USD.
The Hawaiian Plantation Token was not quite legal tender. A handful were struck by the United States Mint, but they were only used as money on Hawaiian sugar plantations. They couldn’t be utilized anyplace else, which is why they’re so precious now. One even sold for $11,000 in 2014.
$37,000 for a 1970 Double Die, Small Date Penny.
A few double-headed printed pennies have a smaller-sized date typeface. They’re all from the San Francisco mint, as evidenced by the double-stamped “S.” There have only been eight documented instances, making this a very uncommon coin. A coin in perfect, uncirculated condition can be valued up to $37,000.
$40,000 in 1906 US Philippines Pesos
From 1901 through 1935, the United States occupied the Philippines. In 1906, the United States Mint commissioned the Philippines Mint to create various coins, including the Philippine Peso. Although the coin was composed of pure silver, many of them were lost or melted down. The majority of the ones available presently are forgeries or forgeries of forgeries of forgeries of forgeries of forgeries of for In 2019, a genuine, mint-condition coin sold for $40,000 on the open market.
$45,000 for a 1969 Double Die Penny
The variations between a regular penny and a Double Die Penny from 1969 are so minor that the Secret Service mistook them for counterfeit. They are, nonetheless, genuine, having been produced by the United States Mint. And they’re so uncommon that if they’re in good shape, they may fetch up to $45,000.
The Church of Latter-Day Saints had these $5 gold coins minted in Sutter’s Mill, California, during the 1840s gold rush. At the moment, the price of one of these treasures has increased 10,000 times its initial worth.
Seated Liberty Quarters from 1873 – $100,000
Depending on the version of this quarter you have, it might be valued anywhere from $100,000 to $100,000,000. The version you need, however, is the one with the arrows surrounding the date on the front. Since it was only worth $25, the price has obviously soared.
$117,500 Sacagawea Double Denomination Mule Error
The US mint made a huge mistake with this coin. The usual eagle of the Sacagawea gold dollar coin appears on the back. On the front of the current quarter is a design of George Washington’s visage. There are now 16 of these coins known to exist, with one selling for $117,500.
Liberty on the Move $200,000 – a half-dollar
This design of half dollar was struck just following World War I. It was produced in small quantities in compared to other coins of the time, making it difficult to obtain in circulation. As a result, it became a sought-after coin among collectors. A vendor may get over $200,000 for one of these puppies.
$100,000 – 200,000 Copper Wheat Penny
This is one of the most rare pennies in American history, most likely due to a clerical error. Pennies were meant to be constructed of steel rather than copper during World War II, when this penny was struck. Because copper was required for the war effort, these new pennies were dubbed “war pennies.” However, in 1943, a tiny number of pennies were manufactured using copper by accident. Only 40 of these coins are thought to exist and are valued between $100,000 and $200,000.
$400,000 Morgan Silver Dollar
Only 813 of these Morgan Silver Dollars were manufactured in Philadelphia in 1901. This makes it one of the most valuable coins ever produced. The coin’s value fluctuates greatly depending on condition, however a mint condition piece may be valued up to $400,000.
$490,000 for an 1838 Capped Bust Half Dollar
In 1838, the New Orleans mint became one of the first in the United States to produce silver coins. Apparently, just 20 of the original batch of coins were ever minted. Making them even more unusual, just nine are thought to have survived to the present day. As a result, they are extremely uncommon and precious.
1879 Stella Gold is worth $750,000.
This Stella Gold coin is worth $750,000 for a reason. Instead of the more usual flowing hair, this version has coiled hair on the head side of the coin. And that tiny alteration significantly improved the coin’s value for collectors.
$1,000,000 1849 Open Wreath Liberty Head Gold Dollars
The 1849 Liberty Head Gold Dollar mint run contained one extremely uncommon variety, a “open wreath” type. The wreath was closed in the majority of the other versions. This coin is worth more than a million dollars.
Seated Liberty Dimes from 1873 – $1.4 Million
This variant of the Seated Liberty dime lacks arrows surrounding the year due to a typo or other error. Because of this single variation and enhanced rarity, the coin is now valued well over $1 million, and might be worth up to $1.4 million.
$1.5 Million for 1793 “Flowing Hair” Large Cents
This is possibly the earliest of these valuable coins. It was coined in 1793, less than two decades after the United States was founded. This is the rarest variation of the “Flowing Hair” big cents, with the inscription “AMERICA” in it. On the other hand, it lacks the periods after the word “LIBERTY” as well as the date, 1793.
The “1804” Bowed Liberty Dollar is worth $4.14 million.
The rarity of these coins remains considerable, with only 15 of them remaining on the planet. These coins have the year “1804” imprinted on them, however none of them were produced until the 1830s. One of the coins sold for $4.14 million in 1999. Because of their great value, various attempts have been made to create counterfeit replicas of the coin.
$4.4 Million for an 1804 Turban Head Gold $10 Eagle
This $10 coin was struck in three different types in 1804. The rarest variation is known as “Plain 4” because it lacks a crosslet on the right side of the date. They’re extremely tough to discover and much more difficult to distinguish.