This is a post I wrote about 3 years ago and recently found again and I thought it was still relevant today. I still pick up pennies on the ground and check vending machines and even recently found 85¢ in a coin counting machine, and every time I find coins I make sure to check them over for any more valuable then face value. I still think it is worth keeping an eagle eye out for a decent coin.
You never know what you will find. I collect old coins and when I come across some good old ones, I check them out to see if they might be worth selling.
Last summer I came across a penny from 1909 among some other old ones around the same year, I picked up each and everyone of them (27 total). I checked out the price online for them all and found that the 1909 penny would go for about $35. I thought I would get a decent deal as I figured that was based on a mint penny from that year, I was hoping for a tenth of that: $3.50
After posting it to eBay, imagine my surprise… I guess I looked at the wrong price guide. Time to check your coin jar!
Do you have any good coin finds to share?
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