Thursday, April 24, 2014

2012 Peru 50 Centimos

Just my second Peruvian find on this blog and it is also a 50 centimos. They are about the size of a U.S. quarter which is how I got it in my change.

The difference between this and the 1991 50 centimos is they got rid of the braille above the 50. The overall design was tweaked and made slightly bigger but it still has the same things. 

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 50 Céntimos / Peru
Year: 2012
Mintage: Unknown
Metal: Copper-Nickel-Zinc
Value: $0.20 in Fine (currency exchange is at $0.18)

Do you have a Peru coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1935 Wheat Cent

Just to show how difficult it is to find older coin this is only the fourth 1930s cent I featured. Every year that passes it gets harder to find very old coins. Now the most common old find are from the 50s while just a decade ago 1940s coins were relatively common.

This one has a nice pattern that may have been caused by cleaning. Years after cleaning a coin the damage left behind is often nice looking. Value is not important since this is not a key date it will always be low.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1935
Mintage: 245,388,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.15 in F-12

Do you have an older cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1950-D Wheat Cent

There are 26 circulating 1950s cents and this is the 14th to be featured on my humble coin blog. So I am half way there and the way it is going I might finish the series this year. 

All 1950s cents are common with the least common being the 1954 cent and the most common is the 1959-D cent. Of course the 1955 Doubled Die is the most famous and probably not going to be found in your change although fakes and lesser real doubles do exist.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1950-D
Mintage: 334,950,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.05 in F-12

Do you have an older cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Monday, April 21, 2014

1947 Wheat Cent

There are 30 circulating 1940s cent and so far I have found and listed 11 of them. Every time I think I get close to finishing a series just from my change I realize I am not that close.

This cent is a bit green and scarred but still in great shape. It is common among the 40s cents so I expect to find more hopefully I will trade up. It is never a good idea to keep cents with that green stuff because it does spread.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1947
Mintage: 190,555,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.05 in F-12

Do you have an older cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

2009-S District of Columbia Quarter

Almost a year after finding a proof cent in my change I find a proof quarter. Modern proof coins generally have an S (San Fransisco) mint mark and are not circulated. The only way they get circulated is when someone purposely puts it in circulation because it lacks any extra value.

The coin is from the American Territories series made after the State Quarters were minted. This is the same one as the circulating District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) version. It features Duke Ellington sitting at his piano and the motto Justice For All.

There many reason for dumping proof into the circulating but the most common happens when collectors buy many proofs sets and then cherry pick the best. The best are graded and sell for high prices. The rest are then sold for albums for a few dollars, those that are not sold have no real extra value and can still be used for face value.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Cents-Washington D.C. / United States
Year: 2009 S
Mintage: 2,113,478
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel
Value: $0.35 in F-12

Do you have a state quarter and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

1952-D Wheat Cent

Aside from Canadian cents the most common odd coins I find in my change are wheat cents. Granted most cents are common but wheaties are nostalgic for most Americans. The fact you can still find them in your change is neato.

The date on this 1952-D cent seems a bit crooked and I do not think it was my picture taken. Back then they still punched the dates by hand so a slight variation is expected and does not add to the value.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1952-D
Mintage: 746,130,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.05 in F-12

Do you have an older cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.