Coin dealers are always on the lookout for rare coins. Coin collecting is a popular hobby, and some coins can be worth thousands of dollars. If you are lucky enough to come across any of these 5 rare coins, you can make a tidy sum by selling them.
1. The 1972 Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die
A 1972 Lincoln cent with a doubled die looks like a regular penny at first glance, but, when you look closer, you can spot a slight overlap or doubling on the head side of the coin, particularly on the word 'Liberty.' This doubling effect happens when a coin die (the stamp or mold for a coin) is flawed. These flawed coins can be extremely valuable, and you can sell one to a coin dealer for hundreds of dollars.
2. The 1974 Aluminum Penny
In 1974, the price of copper was on the rise, and minting pennies out of it was not worth the cost, so one suggested alternative was the aluminum penny. Only a handful of these rare coins were ever minted. You can recognize a 1974 aluminum penny by its distinctive silver color.
3. The 1943 Copper Penny
World War II was in full swing in 1943, and it put a serious strain on US resources and finances. Copper was hard to come by, and most pennies in that year were minted out of a cheaper alloy of brass and steel, but there were a few coins made out of copper, and these ones are worth a lot to coin aficionados today. You can tell that a coin is made of copper alloy if it won't stick to a magnet.
4. The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel
Only five liberty head nickels were minted in 1913 since the liberty head design was abandoned in 1912. These super rare coins are an extremely valuable collectible, and coin dealers will jump on the opportunity to have one.
5. The 2004 Wisconsin State Quarter With an Extra Leaf
Not all sellable coins are old. Coin dealers might also be interested in the 2004 Wisconsin state quarter that has an extra leaf. Because of a problem with a die, some of these quarters appear to have an extra leaf. The anomaly is easy to spot with the naked eye.
You can always take your rare coins to a coin dealer after they have been appraised, so you can sell them and have some extra cash!