Do you have a surplus of American coins? If so, you could be sitting on a small fortune! A lot of people think that American coins aren’t worth much if they are not made of silver, however, this is false. There are a lot of valuable US coins and you can find many in circulation. You just need to know what to look for… with that being said, roll up a doobie and grab all your US coins. It’s time to get baked and hunt for some treasure! For all you pot-smoking coin collectors out there, here’s a valuable American coin wordsearch.
In 1943, the US government was trying to conserve copper so that they could use it to make ammunition. Thus, they began minting pennies using steel blanks and went on to print millions of them. If you have a steel wheat penny, it’s worth hanging on to; just don’t expect it to pay for your retirement. For that, you want a bronze one. By mistake, a handful of bronze blanks made it into the mint and ended up becoming wheat pennies. Considered to be quite rare, bronze Lincoln wheat pennies are one of the most sought-after American coins.
In 1982, the Philadelphia Mint accidentally produced over ten thousand dimes without their mintmark. If you have a Roosevelt dime from 1982, look for a small capital ‘P’ written above the date. If it’s not there, it’s your lucky day!
If you have a Wisconsin state quarter from 2004, look for an additional leaf at the bottom of the corn cob. On some coins, the leaf was printed high but on others it’s low; both versions of the extra leaf error coin are valuable and thousands entered circulation.
When it comes to collector value, error coins are the best. Thousands of coins are minted at a time and a lot can go wrong through the process. If the error is obvious and easy to spot, the value of the coin increases. However, this isn’t always the case. Many valuable coin errors are hard to see without a magnifying glass. Keep your eyes peeled for these types of errors:
Double strike – often looks like a bubble font and can affect only a small part of the coin.
Metal content error – usually determined with a gram scale or magnet
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