Wondering how money is made and how American currency goes from being printed by the government to winding up at your local bank, in stores, and in your pocket? Here’s a fun, easy-to-understand article showing how money gets distributed into commerce, how you can track where your dollar bills have been, and how long money in circulation lasts.
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New Roosevelt dimes have been added to circulation every year since 1946. Some of these dimes are worth tens — even hundreds — of dollars. See which ones in this list, which includes rare Roosevelt dime values. Also, if you have any 2009 dimes, you might want to hold onto them — because there’s a good chance the 2009 Roosevelt dime will eventually become scarce (what is known as a key date coin).
Since the 1970s, the West Point Mint has struck millions of coins. The West Point Mint currently strikes bullion coins (silver, gold, and platinum) and commemorative coins, In the 1970s and 1980s, the West Point Mint made Lincoln pennies and Washington quarters. The first West Point Mint coins did not have a mintmark. The W West Point Mint Mark first appeared in 1984. Here’s more about the many types of West Point coins, including some West Point coins you may have in your pocket right now and their current value!
Throughout the entire history of U.S. coins, Lady Liberty has been featured on some of the most popular ones. Here are examples of several coins featuring Miss Liberty and their current values. You’ll get a good feel for how each Lady Liberty coin has evolved and changed from the ones before it.
The Liberty Seated design was first seen in 1836 on a limited number of silver dollars. By 1840, the Liberty Seated coin design had been placed on the obverse of all U.S. coins — ranging from the half dime through the dollar coin. It also appeared on the briefly struck 20-cent piece. Here’s what you need to know about the value of Liberty Seated coins.
Charles E. Barber was a noted coin designer who gained widespread recognition for his depictions of Liberty on many of the coins. His Liberty Head designs for the dime, quarter and half dollar were so popular that they were usually called Barber coins rather than Liberty Head coins! However, the Barber nickel was usually called a Liberty Head nickel instead. Barber coins were struck from 1892 to 1916. See the value of Barber coins and Liberty Head nickels in this helpful Barber Coins Guide.
Have a 1946 penny? Looking for the value of a 1946 wheat penny? You’ve come to the right place! See what 1946 pennies are worth today and how many were made. Plus, info about the scarce and valuable 1946-S S Over D error penny.
What is a 1945 penny worth today? You might be shocked at the value of 1945 pennies, and even more surprised to find out what makes these old wheat pennies some of the hottest World War II collectibles around! Here’s why you should save every 1945 wheat penny you find…
Silver rounds and silver bars are popular items with many investors — but are these silver bullion products really the best buy out there? Are they better than buying silver coins? Before you buy silver bars and rounds, you should know about these pros and cons of buying silver rounds and bars. I’ll help you determine the best choice when you buy silver products.
Looking for the 1934 penny value? Here’s the ultimate guide to 1934 pennies — their current value, why 1934 pennies are important to coin collectors, and how many of these old pennies were made.
Have you heard about the 1958 penny worth $150,000? Think you might have this 1958 penny error in your possession? See if you have the rare 1958 double die penny or just a regular 1958 wheat penny + Find the current 1958 penny value for all versions of the coin here.
Have a 1942 wheat penny, 1942-D penny, 1942-S penny, or another rare 1942 penny? See the current 1942 penny value. Find out here if you’ve got a rare 1942 penny worth thousands of dollars!
Have a Kennedy half dollar coin? They’re hard to find in circulation! In this Ultimate Guide to JFK Half Dollars, you’ll find the current Kennedy half dollar value — plus a list of rare Kennedy half dollars & silver Kennedy half dollars worth more than face value.
Is it still easy to find old quarters these days? Yes, you can still find rare quarters and silver quarters worth money in your pocket change! Here’s a list of the most valuable quarters in circulation that you should be looking for — including the Barber quarter, the Standing liberty quarter, and of course old Washington quarters. They’re all worth $1 or more… apiece!
Collecting uncirculated mint sets from the United States Mint is a perfect way to get most, if not all, of the examples of coins found in pocket change from each year! Uncirculated coin sets have been issued by the United States Mint since 1947, and they’ve been offered almost every year since then. See what U.S. mint sets are worth, plus my personal tips and strategies for building a really cool mint set collection.
Even if you’re not into coin collecting, here’s a list of rare pennies you should hold onto. One of the most popular is the 1943 wheat penny. Other rare pennies on this list include the 1792 penny, 1793 penny, 1844 penny, 1856 penny, 1877 penny, 1909 penny, 1924 penny, 1936 penny, 1943 penny, 1955 penny, 1974 penny, and other silver pennies. I’ve also included some tips to help you find out the value of your pennies.
Do you know how to tell a copper penny from a zinc penny? Here are 4 ways to tell if you have a copper penny vs. a zinc penny. When you finish reading these 4 tips, you’ll know how to quickly tell zinc pennies from copper pennies!
Want to know what a 1922 silver dollar is worth? Here’s the 1922 silver dollar value, an interesting story about the young lady you see on the coin, and why the 1922 one dollar coin is called a Peace silver dollar.
A scavenger hunt (or treasure hunt) is a fun outdoor game that involves finding unique items or completing certain tasks while you’re out & about. Here’s how to plan a scavenger hunt, plus details for playing & winning a scavenger hunt, and scavenger hunt rules.
If you’ve found a 1776 to 1976 quarter (a Bicentennial quarter) in your pocket change, then you probably want to know what it’s worth and if it’s a rare coin or not. I’ll tell you what these are worth: a 1976 quarter with no mintmark, a 1976 D quarter, and a 1976 S quarter. Plus some little-known facts about Bicentennial quarters and other Bicentennial coins.
As a fulltime freelance blogger and journalist, I have a unique perspective on which items would make the best gifts for writers. Here are a few of my favorite things…
You probably have some valuable pennies in your loose change! Here’s an awesome cheat sheet showing the rare pennies you should be looking for. These 43 pennies found in circulation are worth 1 dollar or more… each! I’ve collected pennies since I was a kid, and I’ve put together a list of the best places to find rare pennies worth money.
Before stringing Christmas lights on your car, here’s what you need to know about the type of Christmas lights that work best on vehicles — and how to use a power inverter (not a converter). Plus lots of other fun Christmas car decorations to consider putting on your vehicle this holiday season!
Did you find a 1911 penny? Want to know what your 1911 wheat penny is worth? Here’s a list of 1911 penny values — including the 1911-D penny and 1911-S penny — and why you should definitely hold onto 1911 wheat pennies!
Most worn 1964 pennies that you’ll find in circulation are worth the value of their copper content — or about 2 cents. But some 1964 penny values are MUCH higher — like the 1964 SMS penny. Here’s how to tell if you have a rare 1964 SMS penny why these 1964 pennies are worth so much.