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What Is My Old Coin Worth?

Please note the prices listed below represent the most common dates of U.S. coins in Average Circulated or typical Uncirculated condition. Coin values shown here may or may not be accurate currently but are intended to show general, or relative, value—they are “ballpark” numbers. The actual value of any particular coin depends on several factors including its metal content, condition and scarcity. Rare dates are potentially worth far more than the prices listed and many examples here represent exceptional items from our large inventory. Coins that show damage, that have been cleaned and polished, or that are very worn are likely worth less than the prices shown. For further information about specific coin types, simply click a link provided below.

Which Old Coins are Valuable?

Investing in coins can certainly be profitable, but it is important to know which old coins are valuable. Since coins have been minted for roughly the last 2,500 years, getting a grasp on which rare coins make the best investment requires knowledge and attention to detail. Here are a few simple indicators to help you identify the value of old coins. Whether investing in a full collection or inspecting your daily pocket change, coins with a high market price can be found almost everywhere.

Older Valuable Coins

In general, the older a coin, the more value it holds. Modern day coins are stamped with a country of issuance and the year they were minted. While there are exceptions, almost all coins both in circulation and available to collectors will include the year they were struck.

Rare Coin Condition

The condition of old coins is also important for determining value. “Mint condition” refers to coins that are like new and potentially uncirculated. Even if a coin is in poor condition, meaning that visible damage and deterioration are present, it can still retain significant value.

Notable design elements carry a lot of weight when it comes to the value of old coins. Commemorative and special editions often have only a limited number made, which increases the collectible value. Design errors will raise the price of rare coins, as well.

High Silver Metal Content

Finally, the intrinsic contents of an old coin will contribute to the overall worth. Coins from the early 20th century, for example, may contain a high percentage of Silver. Depending on the size of the coin, the market value of the actual Silver metal may exceed the collectible monetary worth.

Coin Type

 Average Circulated

Typical Uncirculated

Half Cent-Liberty Cap – 1793-1797

$500 – $10,000

Rare

Half Cent-Draped Bust – 1800-1808

$20 – $500

Rare

Half Cent-Classic Head – 1809-1836

$20 – $100

$300 – $600

Half Cent-Coronet Type – 1840-1857

$30 – $100

$150 – $300

Large Cent – Flowing Hair – Chain 1793

$5,000 – $30,000

Rare

Large Cent – Flowing Hair – Wreath 1793

$1000 – $5000

Rare

Large Cent – Liberty Cap – 1793-1796

$200 – $1000

Rare

Large Cent – Draped Bust – 1796-1807

$100 – 500

Rare

Large Cent – Classic Head – 1808-1814

$100 – $500

Rare

Large Cent – Matron Head – 1816-1835

$5 – $100

$200 – $2,000

Large Cent – Braided Hair – 1839-1857

$5 – $100

$100 – $300

Small Cent – Flying Eagle 1856

$3,000 – $5,000

$6,000 – $8,000

Small Cent – Flying Eagle 1857-1858

$10 – $50

$100 -$200

Indian Head Cent – 1859-1909

25 cents – $10

$15 – $30

Lincoln Cent – 1909-

Face value – $10

Face value – $50

Lincoln Cent – 1943-Steel w. zinc plating

Face value – 5 cents

$1 – $3

Lincoln Cent – 1943-Copper

$20,000 – $50,000

$80,000 – $110,000

Two-Cent Pieces – 1864-1873

$8 – $25

$80 – $100

Three Cent Silver – 1851-1873

$10 -$20

$100 – $450

Three Cent Nickel – 1865-1889

$5 – $20

$75 – $100

Five Cent Nickel – Shield Type 1866-1883

$10 – $30

$75 – $150

Five Cent Nickel – Liberty Head 1883 -1912

15 cents – $15

$40 – $100

Five Cent Nickel – Liberty Head 1913

N/A

$3,000,000

Five Cent Nickel – Buffalo Type 1913-1938

15 cents – $15

$20 – $100

Five Cent Nickel – Jefferson Type 1938-

Face value

Face value

Five Cent Nickel – War Time Alloy 1942-45

50 cents – $1

$5 – $10

Half Dime – Flowing Hair Type-1794-1795

$500 – $2,500

$5,000 – $8,000

Half Dime – Dr. Bust -Sm. Eagle 1796-97

$750 – $3,000

$7,000 – $20,000

Half Dime – Heraldic Eagle- 1800-1805

$450 – $2,000

$5,000 – $6,000

Half Dime – Capped Bust -1829-1837

$15 -$100

$200 – $300

Half Dime – Liberty Seated 1837-1873

$10 – $50

$150 – $300

Dime – Draped Bust – Sm Eagle 1796-1797

$1,000 – $2,500

$6,000 – $9,000

Dime – Heraldic Eagle – 1798-1807

$450 – $1,000

$3,500 – $6,000

Dime – Capped Bust – 1809-1837

$25 – $350

$500 – $3,500

Dime – Liberty Seated – 1837-1891

$5 – $250

$100 – $350

Dime – Liberty Head (Barber) 1892-1916

$1 – $60

$80 – $400

Dime – Winged Liberty (Mercury) 1916-1945

$1 – $10

$5 – $40

Dime – Roosevelt (Silver) 1946-1964

$1 – $1.75

$2

Dime – Roosevelt (Clad) 1965-

Face value

Face value

Twenty-Cent Piece – 1875-1878

$65 – $100

$400 – $600

Quarter – Draped Bust – Small Eagle-1796

$4,000 – $15,000

$20,000 – $25,000

Quarter – Draped Bust -Heraldic Eagle-1804-07

$250 – $1,000

$3,500 – $4,500

Quarter – Capped Bust -1815-1838

$65 – $100

$750 – $1,800

Quarter – Liberty Seated 1838-1891

$15 – $90

$350 – $1,000

Quarter – Barber 1892 -1916

$2.50 – $50

$100 – $500

Quarter – Standing Liberty 1916

$2,000 – $3,000

$4,500 – $5,000

Quarter – Standing Liberty 1917-1930

$2.50 – $50

$100 – $150

Quarter – Washington (Silver) 1932-1964

$2.50 – $25

$5 – $100

Quarter – Washington (CuNi) 1965-

Face value

Face value

Quarter – Bicentennial Dated 1776-1976

Face value

Face value

Half Dollar – Flowing Hair – 1794-1795

$2,000 – $4,000

Rare

Half Dollar – Draped Bust -Sm Eagle-1796-1797

$10,000 – $30,000

Rare

Half Dollar – Draped Bust -Heraldic-1801-1807

$200 – $600

$5,000 -$10,000

Half Dollar – Capped Bust – 1807-1836

$30 – $85

$500 – $700

Half Dollar – Reeded Edge – 1836-1839

$35 – $10

$600 – $800

Half Dollar – Liberty Seated -1839-1891

$20 – $200

$300 – $500

Half Dollar – Barber 1892-1915

$7.00 – $100

$300 – $600

Half Dollar – Liberty Walking 1916-1947

$5.00 – $12

$15 – $20

Half Dollar – Franklin 1948-1963

$5.00 – $8.50

$5.50 – $20

Half Dollar – Kennedy 1964

$5.00

$5.00

Half Dollar – Kennedy 1965-1969 (40% silver)

$1.50

$1.50

Half Dollar – Kennedy 1970-D

$1.50

$3.00

Half Dollar – Bicentennial dated 1776-1976

Face value

Face value

Half Dollar – Kennedy 1971-

Face value

Face value

Dollar – Flowing Hair 1794-1795

$1,000 – $25,000

Rare

Dollar – Draped Bust -Small Eagle -1795-1798

$500 – $1,500

$15,000 – $20,000

Dollar – Heraldic Eagle 1798-1803

$500 – $1,000

$6,000 – $8,000

Dollar – Heraldic Eagle 1804

N/A

$3,000,000

Dollar – Gobrecht – 1836-1839

$3,000 – $5,000

$8,000 – $10,000

Dollar – Liberty Seated – 1840-1873

$150 – $500

$1,000 – $1,500

Dollar – Trade 1873-1885

$50 – $300

$400 – $1,000

Dollar – Morgan 1878-1921

$15 – $20

$24 – $70

Dollar – Peace 1921-1935

$15 – $19

$20 – $50

Dollar – Eisenhower 1971-1978

Face value

$1.25 – $2.00

Dollar – Susan B. Anthony 1979-1981,1999

Face value

Face value

Dollar – Sacagawea 2000-

Face value

Face value

Dollar – Presidential 2007-

Face value

Face value

Gold Dollar – Type 1 – 1849-1854

$120 – $200

$350 – $700

Gold Dollar – Type 2 – 1854-1856

$300 – $475

$500 – $1,000

Gold Dollar – Type 3 – 1856-1889

$140 – $225

$380 – $725

$2.50 Gold – Capped Bust Rt 1796-1807

$8,000 – $25,000

$85,000 – $100,000

$2.50 Gold – Capped Bust Lft 1808

$3,000 – $4,000

$30,000 – $40,000

$2.50 Gold – Capped Hd to Lft 1821-1834

$2,500 – $3,500

$8,000 – $14,000

$2.50 Gold – Classic Head 1834-1839

$275 – $350

$1,000 – $1,800

$2.50 Gold – Coronet 1840-1907

$235 – $260

$330 – $350

$2.50 Gold  – Indian 1908-1929

$220 – $250

$275 – $300

Three Dollar Gold Pieces 1854-1889

$600 – $850

$1,750 – $3,500

Four Dollar Gold Pieces 1879-1880

$30,000 -$50,000

$100,000 – $200,000

$5.00 Gold – Capped Bust Rt 1795-1798

$5,000 – $8,000

$25,000 – $30,000

$5.00 Gold – Heraldic Eagle 1795-1807

$1,000 – $5,000

$5,000 – $6,000

$5.00 Gold – Capped Bust Lft 1807-1812

$1,000 – $2,000

$4,000 – $4,500

$5.00 Gold – Capped Head Lft 1813-1834

$1,000 – $1,500

$1,800 – $2,500

$5.00 Gold – Classic Head 1834-1838

$475 – $550

$1,500 – $2,300

$5.00 Gold – Coronet 1839-1866

$300 – $365

$370 – $400

$5.00 Gold – Indian Head 1908 -1929

$325 – $380

$390 – $430

$10.00 Gold Capped Bust Sm. Eagle 1795-1797

$5,000 – $12,000

$25,000 – $35,000

$10.00 Gold Capped Heraldic 1797-1804

$2,000 – $3,000

$8,000 – $15,000

$10.00 Gold Coronet 1838-1907

$580 – $615

$640 – $665

$10.00 Gold Indian Hd. 1907-1933

$625 – $650

$680 – $710

$20.00 Gold Liberty 1850-1907

$1,215 – $1,240

$1,300 – $1,375

$20.00 Gold St. Gaudens 1907-1933

$1,225 – $1,250

$1,300 – $1,350

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