10 valuable coins that could be hiding in your change


A shameful blunder was the U.S. Mint's 1972 Lincoln Memorial Cents' doubled “Liberty” on the left and “1972” on the right of Abe's profile. Experts estimate 20,000 were inadvertent. In September 2021, The U.S. Sun reported that a $1 eBay.com error coin sold for $325 after 49 bids. 

1972 doubled Lincoln Memorial cent obverse

The 2004 Wisconsin quarter features a cow, cheese wheel, and corn ear. One variant is worth much more than 25 cents. “Extra Leaf Low” quarters have a left-side corn ear leaf that touches cheese. Some say someone sabotaged the die before manufacturing, however Coin World says the U.S. Mint found the flawed coins were manufactured by mistake.

2004 D Wisconsin Extra Leaf Low quarter

In early 2000, the U.S. Mint marketed its new “Golden Dollar” by concealing a 2000 Lincoln penny inside 10 million boxes of Cheerios, 5,500 of which contained the Sacagawea dollar. Some dollars had increased eagle tail feathers on the back.

Sacagawea Cheerios  dollar

The U.S. Mint minted 47,000 uncirculated 2008-W American Eagle silver coins with the 2007 reverse dies. Coin World believes the writing is different. The 2007 reverse's “u” has no spur or downstroke, unlike the 2008 reverse's.

2008-W silver eagle 2007 reverse

Another presidential penny clearly imprints “Liberty” and “In God We Trust These coins may have passed inspection overnight without oversight, according to Spruce Crafts. Thousands were distributed in 1955 without warning.

1955 doubled die Lincoln penny

The $20 gold 1927-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle, named after Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who designed the 1905-1907 edition, is rare because most were melted down during the 1933 gold recall, according to Numismatic News. Priced around $1 million now.

St. Gaudens double eagle, 1927

Charles E. Barber engraved and the San Francisco Mint produced the 1894-S Barber dime, of which nine remain. Like previous Barber dimes, it has Liberty's head on one side. A famous dimes sold for almost $2 million in Florida in 2016, while another belonged to late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss and sold for $1.32 million in Chicago, Fox 2 Detroit said.

1894-S Barber dime 

Charles E. Barber's Liberty head nickel included the Roman numeral “V” on one side, but the U.S. Mint didn't add “Cents.” Scammers plated the coins in gold to pass them off as $5 coins due to the lost value. Mint later added “Cents” to the design.

1913 Liberty head nickel

The “Flowing Hair” $1 coin may be the first U.S. silver dollar. The obverse depicts Miss Liberty with flowing hair. Only 150 to 200 1794 coins remain, but the 1795 coin is more frequent. The Draped Bust replaced the Flowing Hair.

Flowing Hair dollar

Because copper was needed for munitions, the U.S. Mint turned to zinc-coated steel coins during WWII. Few 1942 bronze planchets—round metal disks ready to be struck as coins—were processed and circulated. According to Spruce Crafts, some of these coins may have become jammed in the corners of the bins that moved the planchets and were removed during processing.

1943-S Lincoln wheat penny

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