5 Uncommon U.S. Coins

Posted on: 9 August 2016

If you're a novice coin collector or someone who wants to get into the hobby of collecting rare coins, you should look no further than this guide to take your first steps into the world of coin hunting. Read on and discover just a few coins that the U.S. Treasury printed and are now quite uncommon.

1932 – 1964 Silver Dollar 

Between these years, quarters were made with a significant amount of silver. In fact, 90% of their construct consists of the mineral. Visually, they are indistinct from any quarter produced before the "state" tail end era, but can be worth a significant amount if you find one in exceptional condition. Coins from this era that are in fantastic shape could potentially be worth upwards of $65.

1942 – 1945 Silver Nickels

These are war era nickels, which means that, due to the war efforts, nickel was high in demand. As such, the Treasury began pressing nickels that contained a significant amount of silver. Nickels from this era are worth a bit more than an ordinary nickel, due to the presence of a now desirable mineral. A war era nickel in exceptional condition can net you somewhere in the value of a little over $10.

Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar

The Benjamin Franklin half dollar was produced for fifteen years; between 1948 – 1963. He was replaced on the "head" or "face" side of the coin by John Kennedy after his assassination in 1963. Ben Franklin half dollars are now quite uncommon, due to their relatively short run and if you're lucky enough to find one, expect to receive upwards of $125 for your keen efforts of coin searching.

1943 Steel Penny

For one year only, copper pennies were entirely replaced with pennies made of steel. This was, much like the 1942 – 1945 silver nickels, due to the war effort. Copper was in great demand during this time. Unlike the silver nickels, which lasted three years, steel pennies were only pressed for a single year. If you find one of these coins, you can receive approximately $10 for one that is in near mint condition.

2004 Wisconsin State Coin With Error

When the Wisconsin state coin was originally pressed, it was released with a bit of an error on the state side of the coin. A corn husk, representing the state's robust agriculture industry, was accidentally printed with an extra leaf on the husk. These coins are significantly rarer than the others listed, even though it is also of a more recent vintage. Find one in great condition, and you might find yourself $300 richer.