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Rarest Coins From The U.S.

September 16th, 2011 Coins

If you get your hands on any of these rare American coins, consider yourself lucky and make sure to keep them protected, as they can become even more valuable in the future!

The 1776 Silver Continental Dollar
Congress wanted to commemorate the U.S.'s independence in 1776, so they created a dollar coin with a design supposedly drafted by Benjamin Franklin. Most of the pieces were made from pewter, but some were made from silver and are very rare.

The 1804 Draped Bust Dollar
These eight silver coins were made as gifts to present to foreign dignitaries. Each one is worth a million dollars.

San Francisco mintage from 1870
The new mint in San Francisco was under construction in 1870, and a few coins were generated that workers intended to bury in the cornerstones, but some are still floating around.

The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel
This specie was retired in 1912, but five were made in 1913. One man got his hands on them and generated increased public interest. One of the coins was reported to have been bought for $3 million!

The 1943 Copper Penny
This metallic cash is made out of bronze, a copper alloy that was illegal to use at the time it was made. During World War II, copper was hard to come by so pennies were made by combining steel and brass. Only some were made using this outlawed material, so if your 1943 penny doesn't stick to a magnet, keep it safe because it's legitimate.

The 1974 Aluminum Penny
These coins were made as samples to take the place of copper pennies. They weren't ever mass produced, so the few that were created are considered very rare. Good luck finding one!