Thursday, June 15, 2006

My Oldest Find

Do you have a penny 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.

My oldest change find ever happened on February 11 2006 it was this not so pretty 1907 Indian Head Cent. I received in my change from a store or supermarket, I can't quite recall because it was mixed in all my change.

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Now this beats a 1913 penny I found back in the early '80s. That one was in circulation for about 70 years before I found it. This 1907 coin had been in circulation for almost 100 years.

This gives me some hope of my goal of finding a gold coin in circulation but as of late I have found very few coins that are interesting or valuable.

Here's the stats for this Indian Head coin....
Type: 1 cent--Variety 3-Bronze
Year: 1907
Mintage: 108,137,143
Metal: 95% Copper 5% Tin & Zinc
Value: $2.00 in G-4

How could this coin still be in circulation? Well it could be another collector placed it there. It could be a kid used it from his parents collection or some one needed to buy something and accidentally used it. What really kept it in circulation was the ugly stain over the date, in hand it is difficult to read and looks like 1987, which would confuse non-collectors.

Either way it was a cool find and I hope that you find something as old.

Do you have a penny 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.

30 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Anonymous said...

I have the following Indian Head Pennies and was wondering of a good site to find info on them.
1896,1898,1900,1901,1903,1904,1905,1906,1907,1908. They have been passed down through the family. Thanks

Man said...

Here is a site for information on each year...
PCGS Indian Heads

Here is a site for prices but they are too high I buy coins all the time and these prices are MOSTLY not realistic.
Indian Prices

All the coins you listed have a starting value of $3.00 each in the lowest grade(G-4).

Grade/condition is the most important part of coins.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info

Anonymous said...

i have a 1909 BRONZE indian head penny and was wonderin how much it was worth..please respond to me at

bikerboy_JCain@yahoo.com

Man said...

1909 BRONZE Indian head cent
Year: 1909
Metal: 95% copper 5% tin and zinc
Mintage: 14,368,470
Value: Good=G-4(means the word LIBERTY is not visible) $3.50
Very Fine=VF-20(means slight wear and LIBERTY is complete) $6.00
Mint State=MS-60(means no trace of wear, some red color, light spots) $37.00

The only other 1909 Indian Head Cent is the 1909-S with the S located on the reverse underneath the wreath it is worth ten times the value of the 1909.

Kimberly said...

Hi, I have a 1950 wheat penney with a backwards slash through the zero in the date. Does this error increase it's value in any way?

thank you very much for your time and professional opinion, it's truly appreciated. Sincerely, Kimberly J. Fink

Man said...

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Man said...

1950 wheat penny with a backwards slash through the zero.

Sounds like a die break or die crack it is when the die used to mint the coin is broken because of wear.

Here is a one I found on a 1956 cent.
And some cracks on a dime .

Generally the cracks add $0.25 to the value and breaks add $1.00. Only break is really outstanding will it raise the price over $10.00.

tabitha said...

i have a set with a 1904 indian head penny and a 1913 type 1 D buffalo nickel....worth? oh, and a 20 dollar bill with a star by the serial number?

Man said...

1904 Cent
in good it is about $2.00.

1913D type 1 Buffalo nickel
in good it is about $9.00.

$20 bill star note
without knowing the serial number and date I can only say that it will only bring in extra money if it is in crisp-uncirculated condition.

ken said...

I found an indian one like that from 1892

Man said...

indian one like that from 1892

About $3.00 in good.

Anonymous said...

i have 1904, 1905, 1906, and 1907 indian head pennies and i was wondering how much they are worth?

Man said...

indian head pennies assuming good
1904 about $2.00
1905 about $2.00
1906 about $2.00
1907 about $2.00

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I found a 1925 penny in a extra change jar that I keep and even though thats not that old compared to the other findings on this page I would be interested to know the value of it. Thank you.

Man said...

1925 penny about $0.20

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info,I was wondering if you know how much an 1890 us penny worth.It's like the one that you have.

Man said...

1890 us penny about $3.00 if as ugly as mine then only $0.50

Anonymous said...

I was wondering how much a 1948 penny is worth and a 1947 nickel? Thank You

Man said...

1948 penny about $0.10
1947 nickel about $0.25

TIM MCAULIFFE said...

You are granting great info.My son would like to know the value of a 1951 penny

Man said...

1951 penny about $0.10

Anonymous said...

I work at a bank and collect coin. We get people who cash in coin all the time. I recently was running coin through the machine when I found a 1864. It is wore from being in circulation but im wondering how i can clean it good. Any idea on the vaule? Plus I had a person bring in there old coin collection and cash it in. I bought all of the old pennies. there was 50 dollars worth in 1909-1957. Is there any ones I should look for that have extreme value? What is a good way to clean that many pennies? Kinda looking for a quick way that doesnt require all that much work. Thanks!

Man said...

1864. It is wore from being in circulation but im wondering how i can clean it good.
Assuming you mean 1 cent it's about $18.00.

old pennies. there was 50 dollars worth in 1909-1957.
Well condition is key the better the more it's worth.
* Wheat pennies in low grades go $0.02-$0.10 in general. Check out the years below for coins that are valued more.
* Rare dates: 1909-S, 1909-S V.D.B., 1914-D, 1922, 1931-S
* Scarce dates: 1910-S, 1911-S, 1912-S, 1913-S, 1914-S, 1915-S, 1922-D, 1922-D, 1924-D
Of course any error has value.

You would do good investing in a coin book or magazine.

As for cleaning it is simple.
--Never Clean Coins--
Any amateur attempt at cleaning will damage the coin. If a coin is rare then the dirt will not change the value.
Let the buyer deal with the dirt.

Unless rare most of these coins can be sold on eBay or a coin shop for twice the face value.
If rare then eBay or Heritage Auctions are good sites.

Anonymous said...

how about cleaning the coins to read the dates? some of them are really dirty. I dont really plan on selling them I am trying to build up my collection. when they came to me they were in a safety deposit box all wrapped in rolls. they are all in really nice condition for how old they are. Any chance of having a list of all of the pennies with years and how much they are worth?

Man said...

how about cleaning the coins to read the dates? some of them are really dirty. I dont really plan on selling them I am trying to build up my collection.

Any cleaning is bad, it may look nice for a while but if done wrong it becomes bad.

That said pure acetone, not nail polish remover, to dip the coins in and rinse with distilled water.

Here is a good link if no price is listed in low grade assume it is only a few cents.
PCGS price guide cents

Anonymous said...

I can be messeged at one_tripp@yahoo.com (put in subject Indian head penny) I have a 1902 Indian Head Wheat Penny....It is in extrodinay condition. I have not taken it to be graded as I don't know any where to do it. No flaws of any kind ridges are perfect and the detail is awesome! Please let me know what you think.

Man said...

1902 Indian Head Wheat Penny....It is in extrodinay condition. I have not taken it to be graded as I don't know any where to do it. No flaws of any kind ridges are perfect and the detail is awesome!

Assuming...
Extra-fine (40) about $10.00
Mint-State (60) about $40.00
Mint-State (65) about $55.00

Highest grade is perfect(70)

cost to grade $20-$50

Anonymous said...

1963 D Penny with Eisenhower head struck over Lincoln and the 3 lower than the other digits. It's in very good condition. I've searched all over the net and haven't found anything covering this coin. Do you have any idea of value? Rarity? Etc.

I'll send a picture, if you drop me an email to reach you at.

Thanks for your time and help.

Man said...

1963 D Penny with Eisenhower head struck over Lincoln and the 3 lower than the other digits. It's in very good condition.

Sounds like damage made outside the mint.

That said upload a picture to a free photo site like imgur and then drop the link here.