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What to do When you Find a Rare Coin

Rare coins can be found among common coins, so when you find one, do not give it away. Rare U.S. coins are found in some of the most unexpected places. They can be found in attics, coin jars and even on the floorboard of your car. When you discover a rare coin, consider doing the following:

  • Preserve the coin in a coin storage unit
    This will separate the rare coin from other coins you are collecting. Prevention of contact with dust and other debris is important when separating the coin.  
  • Value the rare coin you have
    Have your rare coins evaluated by a numismatist or professional coin grader. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A RARE COIN?
Finding a rare coin is a treat, but how do you know you actually have one? It is not an easy task to determine a coin's rarity because they are diverse and their value varies based on several conditions. When collecting, here is a list of rare coins that are often encountered:

  • 1877 Indian Head Penny
  • 1909-S V.D.B. Penny
  • 1916-D Mercury Dime
  • 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter
  • Error Coins including Double Dies

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