Do I Have a Rare Coin?
How do I know if I have a rare coin?
People always ask us, "How do I know if I have a rare date coin?" Without looking at each and every loose coin, you really won't know for sure.
It isn't likely that you do. That's why rare coins are rare! But, they are your coins, so take a look for yourself.
IMPORTANT: Never clean or polish your coins! We don't care how dirty they are. It's a waste of time and effort on your part.
You will surely ruin them or make them less valuable.
Here is a list of rare coins:
Flying Eagle and Indian Cents
1856, 1861, 1864-L, 1866, 1867, 1868, 1869/9, 1869, 1870-1878, 1908-S, 1909-S
1909-S, 1909-S V.D.B, 1910-S, 1911-S, 1912-S, 1913-S, 1914-D, 1914-S, 1915-S, 1922-Plain, 1931-S, 1944-D/S, 1955/1955, 1972/1972,
1983 Doubled Die Rev., 1984 Doubled Ear, 1995 Doubled Die Obv.
Liberty Head "V" Nickels
1883 with CENTS, 1884-1888, 1894, 1912-S
1913-D T1, 1913-S T1, 1913-D T2, 1913-S T2, 1914, 1914/3, 1914-D, 1914-S, 1915-D, 1915-S,
1916 Doubled Die, 1917-D, 1917-S, 1918/17-D, 1918-D, 1918-S, 1919-D, 1926-S, 1931-S,
1935 Doubled Die, 1937-D 3-Legged
1939-D, 1942-45 Silver Wartime Issue, with large 'P', 'D', or 'S' on reverse,
1939 Doubled 'Monticello' and 'Five Cents', 1943/2, 1949-D/S, 1950-D, 1954-S/D, 1955-D/S
1892-S, 1894-O, 1895, 1895-O, 1896-O, 1896-S, 1897-O, 1901-S, 1903-S, 1904-S
1916-D, 1921, 1921-D, 1926-S, 1931-D, 1942/41, 1942/41-D
1950-S/D, 1982 with no mint mark, 1964-D Doubled Die Rev.
1892-S, 1896-S, 1901-S, 1913-S, 1914-S
Standing Liberty Quarters
1916, 1917 T1, 1917-D T1, 1917-S T1, 1917 T2, 1917-D T2, 1917-S T2, 1918-S, 1918/7-S, 1921, 1923-S
Barber Half Dollars
1892-O, 1892-S, 1893-S, 1897-O, 1897-S, 1913, 1914, 1915
Walking Liberty Half Dollars
1916, 1916-D, 1916-S, 1917-D Obv., 1917-S Obv., 1921, 1921-D, 1938-D
Franklin Half Dollars
1878-CC, 1879-CC, 1880-CC, 1881-CC, 1882-CC, 1883-CC, 1884-CC, 1885-CC, 1889-CC, 1890-CC, 1891-CC, 1892-CC, 1893, 1893-CC,
1893-O, 1893-S, 1894, 1895, 1895-O, 1895-S, 1903-O, 1903-S, 1904-S
1921, 1928, 1934-S
All US gold coins have premiums above their gold values unless they are heavily worn or have received unsightly damage such as nicks,
scratches, holes, solder, polishing or cleaning.
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