Monday, August 25, 2014

Eight Valuable Coins That May Be Hiding in Your Change


Take a closer look before you dump that handful of pennies and nickels into the tip jar — you don't need to find a Revolutionary War-era coin to make a fortune from your change.

They're harder to find each year, but there are several valuable coins floating around that aren't all that old.

They're often valuable for vastly different reasons — like the World War II-era coins minted from atypical metals, or double-printed pennies — but each one is easy to miss if you're not paying attention.

1. 2004 Wisconsin State Quarter With Extra Leaf
Value: Up to $300

Find an average Wisconsin state quarter from 2004, and that will get you one-fourth of a bag of chips. Find one with either the high or low leaf error, and you can get a whole lot more.

The 50 State Quarters Series ran from 1999 until 2008, with special designs representing each state. Wisconsin's quarter came out in 2004; the reverse design features a cow, a wheel of cheese and a partially husked ear of corn lurking in the back.




2. 1995 Double Die Penny
Value: $20 - $50



IMAGE: LINCOLN CENTRE RESOURCE



IMAGE: LINCOLN CENTRE RESOURCE

This penny has a double-printed obverse (heads side) that makes the "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST" look blurry. The error has happened before, in 1969 and 1972, and those versions of the coins are much more valuable.

3. 1942-1945 Silver Nickel
Value: 56 cents - $12.25

During World War II, the United States needed to save as much nickel as possible for military uses. Consequently, it started minting nickels made of 35% silver.

Melting down pennies and nickels is a federal offense, but the coin might still fetch you enough for a decent lunch, if it's in good condition.

4. 1943 Steel Penny
Value: 45 cents - $10





Pennies were made from steel in 1943 only.

Pennies were made from steel during wartime, for the same reasons nickels were made partially from silver — steel pennies helped preserve copper for World War II. However, the switch only lasted one year.

5. Ben Franklin Half-Dollar
Value: $12 - $125





Easy to notice, but hard to find.

In 1948, the U.S. mint began circulating half-dollar coins with images of Ben Franklin and an eagle — which is funny, considering Franklin opposed the bald eagle's nomination as the nation's bird, in favor of a wild turkey.

Franklin's portrait on the coin was replaced by John F. Kennedy in 1964, following the president's 1963 assassination.

6. 1932-1964 Silver Quarter
Value: $7 - $65

Between 1932 and 1964, quarters were 90% silver and 10% copper. These silver quarters look like any pre-state quarter 25-cent piece, but are worth a lot more if they're in the right condition.

7. 'In God We Rust' 2005 Kansas State Quarter
Value: Up to $100



Remember: Always clean your machine.

While it might seem like a mint employee's rogue political statement, these coins are actually just the result of grease preventing a clean pressing.

8. Presidential Dollar Coin with Lettering Errors
Value: $20 - $45



These Washington dollars are missing key inscriptions.

IMAGE: NGC

In 2007, the U.S. Mint began printing a series of dollar coins featuring presidents. Many of the early coins, especially those with George Washington, have errant or missing lettering along the edge of the coin.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Various Copper Bullion Art Bars 1oz, 10 gram and 5 gram Ingots

Various Copper Bullion Art Bars 1oz, 10 gram and 5 gram Ingots


























Thursday, February 7, 2013

2011 Copper 1 oz Globe & Gears - Base Metal Bullion






2011 Globe & Gears One (Avoirdupois) Ounce Copper Bullion Round

Specifications:


Condition: Uncirculated
Finish: Bullion-Quality
Material: 999 Fine Copper
Product Size: 39 mm
Product Year: 2011
Weight: 1 av oz / 28.35 gr


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Celebrate Australia Kakadu National Park – World Heritage Sites 2012 $1 Coin - Perth Mint





This beautiful Celebrate Australia release is one of five 2012 $1 coins portraying stunning Australian landscapes and marine environments inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Kakadu National Park Reverse

Struck from aluminium bronze, the coin’s coloured reverse represents Kakadu National Park’s primordial scenery, including a river scene featuring the White Snowflake Water Lily and a Black Necked Stork.

‘P’ Mintmark

The coin’s reverse design also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

Australian Legal Tender

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

Eye-Catching Presentation Card and Display Folded

The individual coin is housed on an eye-catching presentation card, which has a fold-out stand for upright display.

Five-Coin Collection

All coins in the five-coin collection are housed in a great folder to help display and protect your coins. Other Australian Heritage Sites included in the collection are the Lord Howe Island Group, Fraser Island, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Wallandra Lakes Region.

  • World Heritage Site Design
  • Kakadu National Park Reverse
  • ‘P’ Mintmark
  • Australian Legal Tender
  • Eye-Catching Presentation Card
  • Available Individually or in a Five-Coin Collection with Bonus Album

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2013 50 c Uncirculated Coin - 50th Anniversary of Surfing Australia



The Royal Australian Mint is offering this 2013 50 c Uncirculated Coin - 50th Anniversary of Surfing Australia

With around 2.5 million recreational surfers taking advantage of Australia's vast coastline, surfing can truly be called a national pastime. Thrust into popularity by Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku in 1914, surfing became the realm of the young and adventurous. Recent generations have seen it become a serious professional sport and cultural icon.

Accompanying surfing's rise to prominence was Surfing Australia, established fifty years ago to guide and promote the development of Australian surfing. Since then the organisation has represented the sport locally and internationally through surf schools, development programs, camps, coaching and sponsorships.

This commemorative 50c coin is housed in innovative, self-supporting packaging and is a colourful creation that will brighten up any collection.

Denomination
Metal
Mass
Diameter
Finish
Mintage
Designer
50c
Cu/Nickel
15.55g
31.51mm
Uncirculated
Unlimited
A.Stokic

Sunday, November 4, 2012

2012 Young Collectors Animal Athletes – Rhinoceros Beetle $1 Coin - The Perth Mint, Australia

  • Rhinoceros Beetle Reverse Design
  • Limited Mintage – 7,500
  • Australian Legal Tender $1 Coin
  • Colourful Presentation Card
  • Fourth Release in the Series 

Rhinoceros Beetle Reverse Design

The coin’s reverse portrays two Rhinoceros Beetles set against a coloured rainforest background.  The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and monetary denomination are also incorporated in the design.

Limited Mintage

Only 7,500 coins will be released by The Perth Mint.

Australian Legal Tender $1 Coin

Struck by The Perth Mint from aluminium bronze, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and 2012 year-date appear on the coin’s obverse.

Colourful Presentation Card

A great gift for any budding young collector, the coin is housed in an illustrated and informative presentation card.

Friday, October 19, 2012

2012 Young Collectors Animal Athletes - Rocket Frog $1 Coin - The Perth Mint Australia

2012 Young Collectors Animal Athletes - Rocket Frog $1 Coin - The Perth Mint Australia



  • Final Release in New Series
  • Fantastic Rocket Frog Reverse Design 
  • Limited Mintage - 7,500
  • Australian Legal Tender $1 Coin
  • Presentation Card
This frog goes like a rocket and is so named because of its remarkable long-jump abilities and streamlined body.  Native to Australia, this astounding amphibian is often found near streams, swamps, ponds and flooded grassy areas.

Fantastic Rocket Frog Reverse Design

The coin's reverse portrays two Rocket Frogs in colour against a background of their natural habitat.  The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark and monetary denomination are also incorporated in the design. 

Limited Mintage

Only 7,500 coins will be released by The Perth Mint.

Australian Legal Tender $1 Coin

Struck by The Perth Mint from aluminium bronze, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, depicting the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date on the coin's obverse.



Technical Specifications

Monetary Denomination (AUD) 1
Metal Aluminium Bronze
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 13.80
Maximum Diameter (mm) 30.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 3.10
Designer Tom Vaughan