4 Rare Coins Every Collector Dreams of Finding

1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent

The 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent inspired more coin collectors than the Flying Eagle cent. It is one of the most famous US coins and one of the 20 rare coins serious collectors covet.

The Lincoln cent was established in 1909 to commemorate Lincoln's 100th birthday. Coin designer Victor David Brenner was chosen. Like foreign coin painters, he wrote his name in small letters underneath the wheat sheaves on the cent's reverse. 

1943 Lincoln Cent on Bronze Planchet

One of the most famous mistake coins. Auctions for 1943 Lincoln Wheat cents on bronze planchets are exciting. In 1943, the US Mint made one-cent coins with zinc-coated steel blanks due to copper shortages.

About 25 of the 1.1 billion Wheat cents created that year were struck on 1942 bronze blanks. The Mint's enormous bins may have held these currency blanks. 

1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another popular uncommon coin is the 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo nickel. The right front leg of the bison was completely destroyed from a broken reverse die at the Denver Mint due to overpolishing.

1893-S Morgan Dollar

The most important circulation strike Morgan dollar is the 1893-S. One in ten have survived because to a small 100,000 mintage and Western US acceptance of “hard money”. Heavy wear dominates.

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