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Today’s Most Valued Coins 
 by Vincenzo Desroches

Experienced and novice coin collectors often ask themselves the same question: “What are some of the most valued coins today” 

Many coin collectors favor U.S. coins and coins that are minted in precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum.  Coins are limited in numbers in general circulation and those that are considered “proofs” are also highly valued.   

If you are interested in the value of coins in a different currency it is important to determine a currency pair chart forecast 

There is a vast amount of many highly valued coins and there are many different resources and websites, for example best coin, that provide many different coin values.   

The world’s most valuable coin 

The most valuable coin in the world is the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle.  Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed the Golden Double Eagle coin in 1905 as requested by President Theodore Roosevelt.  The coins were issued from 1907 to 1932 and the 1933 edition was never officially issued, even though 445,500 coins were minted and dated 1933.  None of the coins were circulated due to currency law changes that took place during the Great Depression.  The 1933 coins were supposed to be destroyed because it was illegal for citizens to own gold coins.  Most of the Double Eagles were melted down, but many escaped the meltdown.  The Gold Double Eagle was sold for $7.5 million in 2002, which is the world’s highest price ever paid for a coin. 

Common Valuable Coins in Circulation 

1943 Copper Penny  

Most of the pennies that were circulating in 1943 were made of zinc-coated steel due to the need of nickel and copper for the war.  There are approximately 40 existing 1943 copper cents and they were most likely created by accident with remaining copper blanks.  The estimated value is more than $200,000.  The best way to determine if a 1943 penny is copper is to test it with a magnet and if it does not stick, it may be copper. 

1955 Double Die Penny 

Double died coins are caused by a misalignment during the production process.  Approximately 24,000 1955 double die coins were placed into general circulation.  The estimated value ranges from $200 to more than $1,000.  The way to determine if a coin is double died is looking for doubling of numbers and letters.  

1965 Silver Dime 

In 1964, the official production of dimes made of silver ended and starting in 1965 dimes were made out of nickel and copper.  A 1965 dime made out of silver is a mistake and there are only a few that have been found.  The estimated value is more than $9,000.  The way to spot it is a silver coin has a silver edge, whereas common nickel or copper coins have brown edges.   

1982 “No P” Dime 

Before the year 1980, dimes minted in Philadelphia did not have a mintmark, but beginning that year, a small letter “P” was placed above the date on Philadelphia dimes.  An error occurred in 1982 and the “P” mintmark was absent from a small amount of dimes.  The estimated value is over $100 and some have sold for more than $1,000. 

2001 P Double Struck New York Quarter 

An error in production resulted in the coin being in the striking chamber for longer than usual.  There is off center image doubling on the portrait of George Washington and the Statue of Liberty.  The estimated value is $400 to $3000.   

There are many other U.S. coins that are highly valued such as the 1885 “Trade” Silver Dollar valued at $3.5 million and the 1913 Liberty Nickel valued at $5.9 million.  

There are even some extravagant coins from other countries such as the 100-kilogram Canadian Wheel-Sized Pure Gold Coin. 



1900 Indian Head Cent Struck on Gold $2½ Planchet PCGS MS 65


1918/7-D BUFFALO 5C PCGS MS 65+

1793 WREATH 1c MS64 PCGS BN Old Holder VINE/BARS

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