Expensive Coins You Might Actually Have in Your Pocket

It is a known fact that selling coins is an avenue to get rich quickly. This, however, is not a crypto-currency kind of getting rich. It has more to do with giving old but valuable coins in exchange for some cash. Amazingly, Some people have been able to make millions from this sale of antique coins. You might wonder in which ways old coins which ordinarily can no longer be spent as money would carry such huge 'million amount' kind of value. Well, this is mostly because most coins of importance are traded as forms of investments and are kept in special conditions.

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In any case, most coins are not produced for their monetary value. They exist t mark a particular time or trend as well as theme. At the same time, circulated monetary coins can also be that valuable when sold. Many times, this can be the case if an error in print or mint is discovered.  When it comes to auctioning, non-monetary coins are the most common. However, when you consider face value, rare coins of lower grade have it. You might, fortunately, have coins such as these in your possession.

20. 2007 AUSTRALIAN DOUBLE OBVERSE 5 CENT

Worth $46 on eBay. Interestingly, this coin has no reverse side. It is also known as the doubleheader 2007 5 cents. Two obverse sides are paired to make 2007 5 Cent distinguished. Usually, most coins have two different sides to them- the observe side and the reverse side. The obverse side is that which bears the head or what is otherwise known as the principal design.

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The opposite side is that which can be anything depending on the country. For the 2007 double obverse cent, the mint worker deliberately paired two head dies and printed several hundreds of it. The exact amount minted out is not specified. Some estimates have it to be up to several thousand. The easy way to spot this coin is to spin it between your fingers to see if two heads are showing and if they are aligned at 180 degrees.

19. 2004 FINLAND 2 EURO 

On eBay, the equivalent is $50. The Finnish euro production started as early as 1998. Raimo Heino did the design for the 2 euro. From 1999 to 2006, the coins minted out carried the mark of the mint master of Finland, Raimo Makkonen. The coin was created in the period of the European Union expansion. It was primarily made to mark or theme the change in 2004. You could say Finland had the foresight to create a money trend to this effect.

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This is because it was the only European country that created a coin for the expansion. It is recorded that close to a million coins was minted out. The circulation was made in the middle of 2004- June and July. By  December 2006, an announcement was made to redesign the national side of the coin to bear the abbreviations of the country name- F.I. This was effected by 2007.

18. 2010 AUSTRALIAN UPSET 50 CENT

It is sold on eBay for $80. The look of the coin makes it different. Both the obverse and the reverse dies are offset by exactly 30 degrees. You might think this error unbelievable, but the cause is still not known. Originally, coining dies are put in place to prevent the coins from being out of alignment. In this case, you might say that the dies were not set correctly, which then made the coins come out not adequately aligned.

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Regardless of the cause of this error, it turned out to be a fascinating one. However, the ripple effect of this was minimal because only one die run of the coin was minted. This is generally because only about two hundred thousand was minted out. Therefore, very few of these coins exist. The Australian coins are still very much valuable and worthy of some cash.

17. 2008 UK UNDATED 20P COIN

The coin is worth £72. What makes the U.K. 20p coin peculiar is the change in design. This was the first-ever coin to be released into circulation without a date on it in over 300 years. The date on the coin was moved from the reverse to the obverse. Little did people know that more exciting happenings were to be expected of this coin. Although the significant change on the date was made, minting it out was an entirely different issue.

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While the mint workers used a 2008 obverse die, the reverse die was that of 2007. Total production of close to two hundred thousand coins was made in this error. Due to this unfortunate mistake, the new coin has no date mint on it. The incorrect minting of the 20p coin in November 2008 resulted in the "undatedness" of the coin. These coins, however, remain legal tender. They popularly have the face value of 20p.

16. 2006 CANADIAN PENNY

This coin was known as the no logo/no p penny. It's worth is $140 on eBay. Ordinarily, the worth of Canadian pennies is out of this world. For instance, a very rare penny has been sold at an auction before for 25 million times its original face value. Initially, two types of pennies were made in Canada in 2006. One was a zinc core kind while the other was a magnetic steel core kind. It has A particular logo was meant to be on the magnetic steel core coin.

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The logo was either to be a P or a maple leaf logo. One of the above was to be put on the obverse side of the coin right under the image of the Queen. However, some of the coins produced were without the logo on them. Regardless, pennies are still very much legal-tender in Canada though banks stopped receiving coins from the Mint since 2013.

15.1997 DOUBLE EAR LINCOLN PENNY

The worth of this coin was deemed at auction to be $404. This coin is quite interesting in appearance. An error was made on the coin during production. The obverse die was doubled on So, the image of Lincoln looks like it has two earlobes. Little wonder it got the title 'double ear Lincoln.' It is also often referred to as the double ear obverse error. This error is quite noticeable on the coin without the aid of a magnifying glass.

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For this error, the cause must have been from the die made through the single hubbing process. Largely, the error of the double earlobe on Lincoln's image on the side of the coin was due to the machine. The minting machine double minted that part of the design. However, the coin is popularly estimated to be up to $250 per piece. This same error had occurred in the minting of the 1984 pennies.

14. 2002 GREEK 2 EURO

On eBay, it is sold at $500. The 2 euro coin is the highest valued coin of all euro coins. It is primarily made of two metal alloys. There is the outer part which is made of copper-nickel, and there is the inner part made of nickel brass. All euro coins have the same reverse side. However, their country specialized sides. The euro is subject to legal tender issues. Luc Luycx designed its common side while the national side was designed according to national competitions.

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Although it is termed Greek, the coin was not produced in Greece or Athens at all. On some of the coins is an's' initial among the stars right at the bottom. The initial stands for Suomi. This is a location in Finland which means that the coin was minted there. This factor improves its quality due to its rarity.

13. 2005 U.S. DIE FILLED KANSAS STATE QUARTER

It is sold at auction at $518. Going by the initial initiative behind this coin, the Kansas state Quarter was made to honor the state of Kansas. The bad luck this coin had was the filled die error it had. This error was caused by a buildup of grease on the surface of its die. A grease buildup is not an unusual thing to happen to a coin during minting. However, what made the coin different in its case was that the greased cake marred its look.

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The deformed look is what coin collectors referred to as 'in God we Rust' Kansas state quarter. The buildup made 'T' look like 'R.' On the other hand, a careful close look at the coin would show that the 'T' is still there after all. According to a rough estimate of this coin, it is said to be in average condition, and the general value is said to be at 25 cents.

12. 2007 MISSING EDGE LETTERING PRESIDENTIAL DOLLAR

It was auctioned off at $1,007.The introduction of the coin was the legislation of the presidential coin act of 2005. The act had over seventy co-sponsors. By December 2005, the bill was signed into law. As at 2007, dollar coins had their date and mint marks to the obverse side of the coin. The reverse side of the coin bore the Statue of Liberty and the inscription' $1' as well as 'United States of America.' This dollar coin is also known as 'godless presidential dollar.'

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As hilarious as this sounds, the coins truly have the American inscription missing. Some of these George Washington coins were minted with the edge lettering 'in God we trust' missing. In Denver and Philadelphia, about three hundred million copies of this coin were minted out altogether in 2007.  However, part of Philadelphia's were those without the inscription. The error coins were estimated to be up to fifty thousand.

11.  2012 UK OLYMPIC SWIMMING 50P

This coin is valued at £820 on eBay. Twenty-nine designs were made for a series of 50p coins. This was to mark the 2012 London Olympics. The United Kingdom royal mint made these designs. A total of 29 Olympic 50p were issued by the royal mint to celebrate London holding the games. Each of the coins was designed by a member of the public to show participation in the Olympics. The coins also featured one of 29 sports on the reverse side.

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The first was released in 200The first manufactured set of the swimming 50P had an error. This error had water covering the face of the swimmer. This was caught very early before the major mint and was corrected. Only about six hundred of the erroneous coins were already minted out before the discovery of the error was made. The rarest 50p coin is the Kew Gardens coin.

10. 2005-D U.S. Jefferson Bison Nickel

Auctioned off at $1,265. These are quite rare coins. The mints for Jefferson Nickel began in 1938 at the Denver and Philadelphia Mints. By the year 1964, the biggest mintage combined came to be. This large mintage was a result of a shortage of small change which was widespread. This shortage was attributed to coin collectors. In 1965, the coinage act was enacted. All mint marks were removed from nickels issued by mints. This went on until 1968 when the mint mark was switched from the reverse to the obverse of the coin.

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The 2005 Nickel has what is known as the 'speared nickel.' The name stemmed from the significant mark on the back of Bison which was made on the coin. This was primarily a result of the kind of coin planchet used to design the coin. They often had big die gauges and scratches. Some of them were deformed due to the wrong mixture of the metal alloys of the coin.

9. 2000 AUSTRALIAN $1/10 MULE

The $1/10 mule is sold on eBay at $1,507. A sort of miscalculation happened at the minting out of the coin. The Mob of Roos dollar reverse side was mistakenly paired with the 10 cents Queen's head obverse side. The outcome of this was a double rim on the obverse side of the coin. This leads to an overall additional thickness of the coin. The extra thickness error went on for a while without being noticed.

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It was, after all, only a 1.4-millimeter difference between the 10 cents and $1 mint. So, it was dispensed into circulation unknowingly. This error came to the attention of coin collectors in 2003. When compared with the standard coin, spotting the error is pretty easy. A large double rim is around the obverse of the smaller 10 cents, and because a smaller die was used, the obverse is often off-center.

8. 1999 U.S. WIDE 'AM' REVERSE LINCOLN

The reverse Lincoln was auctioned at $2,300. An unreasonably large space was placed between the A, and the M in the word, AMERICA on the opposite side of the coin. This space error was due to a calibration error in the minting machine. The same mistake was made in the 1998 and 2000 coins as well. However, the 1999 error was so different from that of the other two. These coins are up to one thousand that exist.

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Although the ones in circulation might not equal thousands in worth. They are however valued to be more than one cent. The 1999 dated coin made evident the error in the reverse die on the Lincoln cent. The die for the proof cent was different from that of the business strike die. John Wexler noted this difference in his 'coin world' story of 2000.

7. 2009 LINCOLN PRESIDENCY CENT

The cent is worth $2,650 on eBay. The Lincoln cent is also known as the Lincoln penny. Four designs appeared on the reverse of the Lincoln penny in 2009. The designs were to be issued to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial. The last of the designs showed the capitol dome, which was under construction at the time Lincoln became president of the U.S. Susan Gamble created this design and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

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The mint was lesser than the other three. It was released for public circulation on the 12th of November, 2009. It was at the release that the next design for the 2010 cent was announced. This was following the decision earlier made by the Commission of Fine Arts to create a design showing the modern rendition of the American flag. However, the coin still appears to be in perfect condition. as those of reduced in minted state worth only about ten dollars.

6. 2008-W U.S. REVERSE OF HE 2007 SILVER EAGLE DOLLAR

The worth of this was decided to be $2,900 at auction. The 2008 U.S. reverse was the first strike. Every other form of it also sells well, but the first strike beats it all. It was decided by the U.S. mint to create a slight change in the design of the 2008 silver eagle dollar. While in transit, some of the minted coins were discovered to have the 2008 pre-design still.

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However, this discovery was not made until over forty-five thousand coins were already minted out. What marks this coin as unique is the omitted 'sherif' at the bottom of the right side of the U. By 2011, an Ameican eagle 25th-anniversary silver coin set was issued by the Mint to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The sale of the coin was suspended after the first week of January 2103 due to excessively high demand. The demand for it is remarkably stronger in recent years.

5. 2004 D U.S. WISCONSIN EXTRA LEAF QUARTER

It was sold off at an auction for $3,450. The original design for the coin was created by Rose Marty, who was a resident of Wisconsin. An extra leaf was found on the ear of corn on the reverse of the coin. A collector discovered the error in December 2004. Later on, it was noted that there were two variants to the anomaly. One leaf was low, and the other was high.

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The reason for this difference was not known. Also, nobody knows the exact reason for the modification of this coin design. It was later decided that it was deliberate on the part of the mint worker. After thorough investigation, the U.S. Mint police concluded that someone from the Mint deliberately altered some quantity and then released it to the public. The same die struck the extra leaf coins. About eight thousand minted extra leaf quarter coins exist.

4. 2002 ITALIAN 2 CENT

Valued at €6,600, the 2002 Italian 2 cent was struck blank on 2 cents. Italian Euro coins were introduced in 2002 to show the place of the European Union in the world. The coins share a common theme. They depicted the works of Italian art as well as architecture. These themed designs also show the twelve stars of the E.U. About seven thousand of this coin was minted out in all. Unfortunately, only about a dozen have been showcased at auction so far.

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The unique quality of this coin is that the reverse side shows Mole Antonelliana of Turin in the place of Puglia's Castel del Monte. This was a mistake made by the Italian Mint organization in charge of producing coins, postage stamps and passports for the country. Despite the expansion of the E.U.over the years, the only upgrade made on any Italian cent was done in 2007.No change was made on the 2 Cent, however.

3. 1995 U.S. DOUBLED DIE OBVERSE PENNY

This penny was sold off at an auction for $5,053. It is the last of the United States doubled die penny. The double die coin usually has a partial or fully doubled image on it. Double die coins are quite different from double struck coins. The main difference is that the double-struck coins are struck more than once while still in the conjoining chamber of the coining press. The Denver and Philadelphia mints adopted a new minting style.

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By the end of 1995, both Mints introduced a single hub style. This new technique crossed out any chance of making double die coins. The double die on the 1995 obverse penny can be seen in the inscriptions' LIBERTY' and 'IN GOD WE TRUST.' Close to forty thousand coins had already been produced before the discovery of the double die. Most of the coins were then destroyed apart from twenty-five that was minted out for circulation.

2. 2000-P U.S.' CHEERIOS' SACAGAWEA DOLLAR

The worth of this dollar coin was determined at auction to be $7,500. When these coins were produced, the United States Mint thought of ways of encouraging the public to make use of them. So, they came up with the idea of partnering with several commercial businesses as a means of promotion. As a way of promoting their product, over five thousand Sacagawea dollar coins were minted out for General Mills.

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The idea was to put a coin in every two thousandth box of Cheerios cereal. This promotion was advertised as a treasure hunt. A mint collector discovered it in 2005 that some of the coins had a different design on their reverse side. This different design has the eagle on the reverse side with more detailed veins in its tail feathers. However, only the coins found in the Cheerios cereal box had this different design.

1. 2000P- U.S. SACAGAWEA DOLLARS WITH TRANSITIONAL ERROR

Auction has its worth at $7,637. The Sacagawea dollars that have been discovered to have transitional errors have been nothing short of four. The error had the dollar coins struck on a copper planchet meant for a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Initially, the planchet for the 2000P Sacagawea dollar was supposed to be a manganese one cladded with bronze. The result of this usually gave the Sacagawea dollar it's a signature golden color.

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The reason for the color was to separate the coin from quarters of similar size and color. The golden dollar as it is sometimes fondly called was not minted out into circulation from 2002 to 2008. It was later circulated again until 2012 when it was stopped for good because it was not frequently demanded business and the public rarely used it. This reduction in circulation was also infused on other presidential dollars that were not so popular.

This brings to one's consciousness how old coins bear so much value such that can be turned into instant cash. Perhaps, this has made you realize some coins of value which are already in your possession. Hopefully, you get to decide what to do with them soon. What are the coins of value that you have seen recently? Kindly comment below and do not forget to share with your friends.

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