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Valuable Coins in Your Pocket Change

September 19th, 2011 Coins

The likelihood of finding a rare coin still in circulation is slim these days with so many collectors on the lookout for these treasures. Luckily, some recent pieces have become valuable, many of which are in use and could even be in your pocket!

The 1970 San Francisco "Athiest Cent" These pennies have metal covering the "We Trust" part of the motto "In God We Trust." Part of the equipment in the minting presses broke off, causing a lump to appear instead of the imprinted design.

The 1970 San Francisco small date Lincoln cent These pennies are more valuable than the 1960s small date coins from Philadelphia. On the large date coins, the tops of the 9 and 0 are higher than the top of the 7. All four numbers are the same size on the small date coins.

Doubled-die Lincoln cents In 1972, 1983 and 1984, pennies were accidentally struck with double features. If you find a penny with an obvious duplication mistake from these years, you've got yourself a keeper.

1964 Jefferson nickel with E PLURIDUS UNUM The motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" is on many coins, so at first no one noticed when nickels showed up from the Denver mint with a D instead of a B. Apparently the die was damaged and the center of the B was missing when they struck the coins.

1982 "no P" Roosevelt dime Dimes from the Philadelphia mint were supposed to have the letter P on them, indicating where they were produced. Someone seemed to have forgotten to stamp it on a few batches, resulting in rare examples that you may still find in your change today.