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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  1. The Biz of Life // Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:41:00 PM  

    Kinda like finding one of the 7 original copies of the Declaration of Independence behind the frame of a old painting bought at a garage sale........ well, not really, but congratulations on the find. Wish I had a similar story. All the coins I find seem to only be worth face value.

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  3. ParisGirl111 // Friday, March 19, 2010 7:36:00 AM  

    How do you find the value of the coin once you have a coin? And what specific qualities are you looking for in the coins? Is there a certain year you look for?

    Great story!

  4. Jill // Friday, March 19, 2010 9:36:00 AM  

    Thanks for the tips! I've been throwing my change in a jar for years but never bothered to check the coins. Seems like it would be worth it for me to give them a gander before I deposit the money or use it for the occassional candy bar.

  5. Dawn // Friday, March 19, 2010 10:33:00 AM  

    @The Biz of Life
    It's kinda like that, but not as thrilling. LOL - Notice that this was a penny from 3 years ago... no luck since then.

    Most of the time I check two places for values- the closed auctions on Ebay and I google year and type of coin to get general ideas.

    As for grading, I don't - I let the market determine if it is worth something - I don't look for a specific quality of coin.

    My searchs are usually pennies older than 1925 - nickels 1942-1945 and dimes/quarters before 1965.

    More on this in another post coming up. Stay tooned! ;D

    A quick look doesn't hurt, you might even find a silver dime (value about 1.10) or something even better.