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Valuable US Coins to Collect – Collectible & Rare – 2020 Prices

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Written by Javier Mercado

There are coins to collect, and then there are incredibly valuable coins. What pieces should you collect for profit if you decide to sell? Which are the most valuable coin collections to buy considering the value of US coins? Here are our two cents on these questions and more.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • The most valuable U.S. coins to collect
  • How to know coins collector value
  • Collection of coins – a brief introduction into the world of valuable coins
  • Knowing the factors that cause the price of a coin to skyrocket

How to detect valuable coins with ease

Contrary to what one may think, these good ol’ American coins are relatively easy to find. They are coins that every collector values within his coin collection.

This article could be very important to you. If you read it carefully, you may discover valuable all-American coins sitting in a draw or in your pants’ pocket. Bookmark it and use it as a reference as many times as you need. You never know, you could be sitting on a real mint…
  • These are large circulation coins – there are many copies, so they are easy to find.
  • Coin buyers treasure them, precisely because they are so common in the everyday purchase and sale transactions of US currency.
  • Usually, their purchase value does not exceed $1,000.

The valuable old coins that buyers want most

All the prices you will see are in crisp, green US dollars. Keep reading to find out which are the best-priced US coins!

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U.S. Coins Value Chart

3. Sacagawea Collection Dollar

A beautiful One Dollar commemorative coin in honor of Sacajawea, a Shoshone Indian woman who helped lead the famous Lewis & Clark expedition from the Northern Highlands to the Pacific Ocean. At 88.5% copper, this important USA coin also contains zinc, manganese and nickel – reaching a whopping maximum value of $700.

2. Kennedy Half Dollar

Beautiful copper and nickel 50 cent coins that were in circulation until very recently: from 1971 to 2018. With this beauty, the highest prices usually reached for the normal editions of the ½ dollar, are around $1000. Not too shabby, eh? Like quarter coins, there are some that are so valuable that they can make their holder rich. See below for further examples of them and visit 50p coins of value for even more info.

How to sell your coins (2020 UPDATE)

1. Washington Quarter

Inside the world of valuable US coins, there are many surprises. Let us introduce you to the classic quarter. Issued from 1965 to 1998, this valuable US coin can be worth up to $830 if it is in Mint or Proof state. However, some quarter coins from other periods have special features and may reach even higher prices for American coin collectors. Are you getting images of Scrooge McDuck diving into his pool of coins?

Learn how to grade the value of US coins

Within numismatics, there are several circumstances that can cause the numismatic value of coins to skyrocket. Let’s explore these factors in the pieces below.

But first you need to know…

Within the United States (US), the maximum Mint Certificate MS+ status is certified by very few entities. The truly important ones are the following:

A nickel worth $4 million?

With a value of $3,500,000 in normal condition and $4,408,000 if MS+ status, these 5 cent pieces are the rarest on the list. We’re talking, of course, about the famous 1913 Liberty Head Nickels. While not so highly valued, yet still very collectable, are the nickels from 1940.

There are only 5 pieces, which makes them very difficult to locate.
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Valuable coins – the most collectible pieces

Within the category of valuable US coins, these pieces are the grail of all buyer and seller enthusiasts of collector coins. Here, we leave out the colonial-era coins, the columnarias or the Cobs coins (post in Spanish).

Morgan Silver Dollar coins that you should collect

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American Morgan Silver Dollars can reach enormous values. They are certainly the most widely collected US one-dollar coins out there.

How to sell your coins (2020 UPDATE)

  • Morgan Silver Dollar 1901: Although the value of this American currency is around $48 when in normal condition, those in a certified Mint State (MS+) have reached tremendous values of $425,000 at auction.
  • Morgan Silver Dollar 1883: Due to their rarity, a normal coin is worth an average of $6,492, which shouldn’t be sniffed at. But if you are lucky enough to own an MS+ coin, you should know that these old coins can reach colossal prices of $300,000 at auction. Rooting around your couch yet?
  • Morgan Silver Dollar 1889 CC: With an average appraisal value of $1591, this one silver dollar coin demand prices of a massive $280,000 in Mint Certificate states.

Besides Morgan Dollars, Peace dollars from the year 1921 are also highly valued, since both important coins in American numismatics coexisted on this date.

Half Dollars within the group of valuable rare coins

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A regular item at any old coin auction in the United States, 50 cent coins can fetch incredible prices.

Although there are many valuable half-dollar coins, such as the Barbers, Liberty Halves, Franklins or Kennedys (see above), the highest-priced are the Capped and Drapped Bust.

We show you which ones you should buy at all costs should you come across any of them. It is fascinating to note that although their intrinsic value is barely over $7, their numismatic value is expressed in six digits!

  • Capped Bust Half Dollar O from 1838: We are talking about a coin whose minimum price is $160,000. Yes, you read right! But remember that their state of conservation must match that of other coins from the same period. If the condition is worse, the price will be lower. If you are lucky enough to have one of these coins in a Mint Certificate state, you probably already know that you pay $745,000 for each one.
  • Capped Bust Half Dollar from 1817: A very hard to find coin. Its minimum price is $100,000, and in Mint Certificate condition a buyer of old coins can cough up to an enormous $500,000.
  • Drapped Bust Half Dollar 1797: This silver half dollar has a minimum value of $200,000 and a mighty auction value of $500,000 when in MS+ status.

Which valuable Quarters are worth mega bucks?

Some U.S. Quarters in circulation during the 19th century can also reach significant values. Take a look at this list and you’ll know which ones you should keep in mind in case you run into them.

  • Draped Bust Quarter from 1804: With an average value of $1,600, these American coins can be sold for a maximum price of $158,000.
  • Liberty Seated Quarter 1870 CC: This year marks the beginning of the CC – Carson City mints. It averages around $7,800 and reaches prices of $150,000 at numismatic fairs and auctions.
  • Liberty Seated Quarter of 1871 CC: With a minimum value of $1,622, this piece is the third-most quoted quarter coin. At the top end of the scale, it can achieve valuations of $115,000.

Valuable and rare pennies

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This small coin is extremely important for any US coin collection, so it is essential to become familiar with them. Among the categories of coins you should look for are the 1943 pennies and the 1944 wheat penny.

How to sell your coins (2020 UPDATE)

A coin to look out for – Dime coins

Due to their high silver content, many of these silver dimes were melted down to take advantage of the material. However, the Liberty Seated Dime is now trading at much higher values.

It is precisely those with the CC mint mark (Carson City) that are the rarest and most difficult to find and, therefore, the most valued by buyers of old coins throughout the United States.

  • Liberty Seated Dime from 1874 CC: Average value of $3200, potential to reach $115,000.
  • Liberty Seated Dime from 1872 CC: Valued around $420, can be priced up to $85,000 at the upper-end.
  • Liberty Seated Dime of 1871 CC: With a normal value of $1150, when in MS+ condition, it will reach $75,000.

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