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Rare US Coins: A Rare Coins List

Top Ten Rare US Coins

Listed below are the 10 most rare US coins at this moment, along with the top auction price each coin has realized. Ranking coins by rarity is a delicate and dynamic science, as the market shifts and coins are still regularly discovered, but this list expresses what the most valuable and coveted pieces are at the time of writing. It is fascinating to note these items span most of the history of our great nation, with exceptional coins from each century of the United States’ existence garnering a spot.

  1. 1913 Liberty Head V Nickel               $4,408,650 
  2. 1870 S Liberty Seated Dollar             $1,959,995
  3. 1927 D St Gaudens Double Eagle     $1,200,000
  4. 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar                    $825,098
  5. 1838 O Capped Bust Half Dollar       $745,000
  6. 1933 Indian Head Gold Eagle            $600,000
  7. 1817 Capped Bust Half Dollar           $500,000
  8. 1797 Draped Bust Half Dollar            $500,000
  9. 1901 Morgan Silver Dollar                  $425,000
  10. 1893 S Morgan Silver Dollar               $300,000

Rare Contemporary Coins

These lists may give you the idea that rare or collectible circulating currency is a thing of the past, but that is not so. There are several contemporary coins that represent the collector’s items of tomorrow. Remember, there was a time when the rarest coins in the world were just money. For example, you could have a 2004 Wisconsin state quarter valued up to $300 if you have one with an error. The 50 State Quarters were produced from 1999 until 2008, each bearing a unique design honoring a particular state. Wisconsin's quarter launched in 2004 and featured reverse artwork showcasing a dairy cow, a large wheel of cheese and a partly-husked ear of corn. Some Wisconsin quarters were produced with an extra line around the ear of corn, giving the impression of an additional leaf of husk peeling off the corn. These error coins are worth a great deal more than pocket change and that is just one example. There are 1995 cents with double-die errors and 2005 Kansas state quarters that read “In God We Rust” due to grease deposit on the die. Exciting error coins are still occasionally produced and finding one today could be the treasure of tomorrow.

Rare Coins in the Precious Metals Market

Rare coins in circulation pique the interest of every numismatist because they represent the thrill of the hunt and the exhilaration of discovery. Whether you are ready to bid at the apex of the market or are hoping to luck into something spectacular when making a change, keeping informed about market rarities is the first step to owning them someday.

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