posted on Jan, 8 2018 @ 07:50 AM
a reply to: midnightstar
I dont know if I would agree entirely with you. There are a lot of pennies that are worth anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. The
trick is knowing which is which. In any given year there could be several variations of coins, some much more rare than others. Of course, the copper
1943 is extremely rare and worth a small fortune. But there are a lot of other coins that are worth a good bit more than face value. The newer the
coins are the less likely you will find something very rare simply due to the production numbers. The exception to that are double die or similar
errors. But even those will have limited value due to the sheer volume of production unless you get lucky.
They start a production run and get half way through when the obverse die breaks. They change the obverse but leave the reverse and start minting
again. A hundred coins later the reverse die breaks. That 100 coins is now very rare and collectible.
If there is a piece of dirt or debris on the blank when it gets minted there will be a sign of it on the finished coin. These are usually valuable
when in proof condition. Once in circulation there is always the chance that the deformity occurred in normal use.
If you have a coin that you think might have value to a collector - DO NOT CLEAN OR POLISH IT. That patina makes the coin valuable.