Sunday, February 17, 2008

This Could be You...

...or not.

301 pennies auctioned off for $10.7M

LONG BEACH, Calif. - A penny saved is not necessarily just a penny earned: One man's collection of rare American cents has turned into a $10.7 million auction windfall.

The collection of 301 cents featured some of the rarest and earliest examples of the American penny, including a cent that was minted for two weeks in 1793 but was abandoned because Congress thought Lady Liberty looked frightened.

That coin and a 1794 cent with tiny stars added to prevent counterfeiters each raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the

Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auction Galleries, which held the sale in Long Beach on Friday night.

Heritage Auction president Greg Rohan said the auction was the biggest ever for a penny collection, with hundreds of bidders vying for the coins. Presale estimates valued the collection at about $7 million.

"It was a fabulous night," Rohan said. "Every major coin collector of American cents was either there in person, bidding online or on the telephone."

The coins came from the collection of Burbank resident Walter J. Husak, the owner of an aerospace-part manufacturing company. Husak became interested in collecting at age 13, while visiting his grandparents who paid him in old coins for helping with chores.

There were 168 successful bidders, and the auction gallery got 15 percent of the total.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080217/ap_on_fe_st/odd_penny_auction
Image: (AP Photo/Heritage Auction Galleries)

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.

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

Anonymous said...

I have a 1972 $1 bill that is in uncirculated condition. The error on the bill is that is has no back. To be blunt, it is entirely blank. I was wondering if you know what this error is called and what its value might be.

Man said...

1972 $1 bill that is in uncirculated condition. The error on the bill is that is has no back.

There is no such thing as a U.S. 1972 $1 bill there is a 1974 bill.

The error is known as Missing 1st (back) Printing in that condition it's about $275.00.

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Chris said...

Amazing blog!

I'm a numismatist for about 10 years, although I'm not very interested in pursuing the hobby for monetary gains, so I don't know much about market values.

I found this one dollar bill in circulation. It has a slight 3rd printing shift to the bottom. Is this still considered to be an error note?

http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/3989/dsc01023og3.jpg

Thanks! Keep blogging, I'm definitely going to favorite it!

Man said...

It has a slight 3rd printing shift to the bottom.

It is an error note but a very minor error and brings no extra value.
It would only bring value in that condition if part of the 3rd printing was missing or off-paper.

Anonymous said...

Hey I was wondering if you could tell me what this bill could be worth...

$100 bill.
1934
B
101162865A
one fold in the middle...

THANKS!

Man said...

$100 bill.
1934
B
101162865A
one fold


About $120.00

Anonymous said...

wow that was quick...thank you very much!!! =)

Anonymous said...

I got a coin about the size of a 50 cent coin that has Ben Franklin on it but doesn't list cent value and says The Franklin Mint 1976 on it and is gold colored but have no info about it. Have any idea what it could be worth?

Man said...

The Franklin Mint 1976 Ben Franklin

This sound like a piece made for the the Franklin Center in Pennsylvania back in 1976.

They are worth about $1.00 in original packaging.

They are very common and in silver the may be worth more.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have a 1923 One Dollar Bill. Serial No. T32207678D.
It is in pretty good condition.
What would this be worth?
Thanks.

Man said...

1923 One Dollar Bill. Serial No. T32207678D

About $30.00

Henry said...

I have an 1827 capped bust? 10C. (dime?) It is not worn much at all. Stars are all very clear, hair on bust and eagles talons are sharp. Dots around the rim are very sharp and clear. Could you tell me how much it is worth?

Man said...

1827 capped bust? 10C. (dime?)

The key to this grade-type is having the word LIBERTY clear and not worn.

A full rim is also great.

Assuming at least very-fine(VF-20) by your description it's about $125.00.

Lower grade of fine(F-12) drops the price by half .$60.00
Higer grade of EF-40 makes it about $425.00.


Even in a low grade this is a great coin.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1957 D Lincoln penny that reads "IN DOD WE TRUST".  Have you heard of this before? Is it worth anything?

Anonymous said...

This is in regards to the 1957 D penny.  The first D is backwards in DOD.  As if someone turned the penny upside down to make the D.

Man said...

1957 D Lincoln penny that reads "IN DOD WE TRUST".

This sounds like some sort of damage or alteration.

Many people who have problems with GOD on coins have altered coins like this.

No extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have a coin that is 15/16 of an inch (0.9375 inches) on one side there is a bull with 5P written on top and on the other there is a harp with éIRe written beside it and the date 1974 on the other side

Anonymous said...

I have four coins from jamaica.
Three of them are fifty cents and all dated from 1975. On the front is a crest with a man and a woman in tribal clothes, an alligator and five pineapples with "out of many, one people" on the back of these there is the rt. execellent Marcus Garvey his piceture and 1887-1940. The fourth coin is twenty-five cents with a picture of a hummingbird and two flowers, on the back is the same crest as the fifty cent coins. thankyou

jlayton4 said...

I have a 1996 $50 bill that is not counterfit, it has the watermark and the USA 50 strip in it. The only thing that I can see that is different, is on the front of the bill on the lower right hand side the 50 that is supposed to be Green has no color. The 50 is there with the lines in it, just no color. Have you seen this error before? Would this bill be worth anything? The Serial number is AL 59310988 B. Thank you!

Man said...

bull with it's head down and 5P written above on one side , a harp and the word éIRe on the other. it's from 1974.

From Ireland this 5 pence is about $0.10 in extra-fine.

Jamaica
fifty cents 1975
About $0.15 each in very-fine.

twenty-five cents1975
About $0.40 in very-fine.

Man said...

on the front of the bill on the lower right hand side the 50 that is supposed to be Green has no color. The 50 is there with the lines in it, just no color.

From what I understand it is just faded. This is the color-shifting or holographic ink. After ten years it becomes dull and faded and even peels off.
No extra-value.

Canadian said...

I recently found some old coins, theyr not in good condition due to stacking in a bag. I have Canada's 1911-1912-1917-1928 1cent coins and 1934-1951 5cents coins, also found a strange Mackenzie Bowell(1st side) House of common(2nd side) coin. I also found what appears to be Uk coins (googled it); marked One Penny. I have 25 of them from years 1906 to 1948 (One penny); 1945-1950-1965 halfpenny; and 1939 three pence(?). Thx if you can help me out, I'll be reading your blog from now on. Great blog

Man said...

Canada's in fine
1cent coins
1911 about $1.30
1912 about $1.50
1917 about $0.65
1928 about $0.30

5cents coins,
1934 about $1.00
1951 about $0.20 there is a variety worth $525.00 with a high relief.

also found a strange Mackenzie Bowell(1st side) House of common(2nd side) coin
If it has the date 1894.

This is a medal from Shell gas stations made in the 1970s, there was one for each Canadian Prime Minister if this is the one I remember correctly.
It is made of some white metal and was originally gold/silver colored but turns gray colored after time.

Value is about $4.00 if in very-fine or better.


Uk coins
One Penny
from years 1906 to 1948
They average about $0.40 each. The years to look out for are 1919 and 1926 that have more valuable varieties.

halfpenny;
1945 about $0.10
1950 about $0.10
1965 about $0.03

three pence
1939 about $1.25

Canadian said...

Thanks for your quick answer! Even if theyr not valuable I'll keep them in secure place. Do you have any hint about how to clean or give coins some of it's old shining? Also, i noticed the year on the 5cents coins are 1751-1951 and have some strange hole under the face ear's (obverse: Georgius) do you know what it is? I can send picture if needed. Thanks again!

Man said...

Do you have any hint about how to clean or give coins some of it's old shining?

My advice is don't.
Never clean coins if low valued ones.
Some people use pure acetone, not nail polish remover, and then a quick dip and rinse with clean water and dab gently to dry.
They may not shine but they'll be clean.


5cents coins are 1751-1951 and have some strange hole under the face ear's (obverse: Georgius) do you know what it is?

Okay then this one is the commemorative-variety 5 cents it's just $0.15 but the hole sounds like damage and would leave the value at 5 cents.

Anonymous said...

I found a penny in my change one day, looks to be 1988 (not sure). I have found alot of info about the zinc coated pennies, and I believe that this is what it may be (as the coating is peeling away). The problem is that I can't find any info about that year of circulation. All the sites and books I have read state the latest year for those to be made (if I remember correctly) is in 1982/83. I don't have scales but compared to another penny of the same year it feels much lighter. Is it a fake or an error perhaps?

Man said...

All the sites and books I have read state the latest year for those to be made (if I remember correctly) is in 1982/83.

Unless I mis-read what you wrote I think you're wrong.

Until 1982 all pennies were 95% Copper.
For 1982-2008 Pure Copper plating over: 99.2% Zinc

So peeling is quite common in modern cents but it may bring a few dollar depending how much and how the peel is forming.

Anonymous said...

My mistake, I may have misunderstood what I read (that blonde kicking in. LOL!)
The entire rim has peeled away, leaving only the face and the back areas covered,the area that is showing is a steel or silver coloring

Man said...

rim has peeled away, leaving only the face and the back areas covered

Rim peeling is common and does not bring any extra value. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a couple of $100 bills:
Series of 1934 A number B11174100A
and
Series 1950 number B00556278A
Both are circulated and have centre fold
Any value above face?
Thanks in advance

Man said...

$100 bills

1934 A number B11174100A
About $115.00

Series 1950 number B00556278A

If the back number is 112 or lower it's about $105.00

If the back number is 113 or lower it's about $115.00

PHILL said...

hello

I HAVE A 1957 U.S. ONE CENT COIN WITH THE STARS CIRCULATING THE LADY. I ASSUME THE LADY OF LIBERTY.
PLS. ADVISE OF HISTORY AND VALUE.

THANK YOU

Man said...

1957 U.S. ONE CENT COIN WITH THE STARS CIRCULATING THE LADY. I ASSUME THE LADY OF LIBERTY.

1957 cents had Lincoln on it not a lady and no stars.

Are you sure about the date?

I think you meant 1857. In good condition the lowest it averages $62.50 in very-fine it averages $130.00. There are two varieties but the value is very close for either type.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1969 $10 bill in good condition.
Serial: B41814347F
1969
good condition

Man said...

$10 bill in good condition.
Serial: B41814347F
1969
good condition


This has to be a 1969-C series about $12.50 in very-fine.

susan said...

I have two pennies I would like to know about. One is a wheat ear back 1957d Pennie and the other is a wheat ear back 1958d Pennie. I was just wondering what the approximate value would be.

Man said...

1957d Pennie and the other is a wheat ear back 1958d Pennie

Each is about $0.03 in fine.

Anonymous said...

I have three $1 canadian bills 1 fold in the middle with no serial number. how much would these be worth

Man said...

$1 canadian bills 1 fold in the middle with no serial number.

Depends on year but if this is a true error it's about $100.00 each.

Anonymous said...

My Aunt who worked in a bankevery yr. for my b'day when I was a young girl gave me some .50 cent pieces. I am curious on 2 of them. 1 is a 1942 with a eagle on one side with E.Pluribus Unum on one side and lady liberty on other with a sun bottom left carrying a boquet of flowers. 2nd 1958 Ben Franklin with Bell on back with mall eagle to right of bell. Thank you for any information you can give me.

JOY

Man said...

.50 cent pieces
1942 is the Walking Liberty Half Dollar it is 90% Silver and 10% Copper it's about $7.00 in good.

1958 is the Franklin half dollar it is 90% Silver and 10% Copper it's about $7.00 in good.

Both are common but since they are silver they are very collectible and of course higher grades means higher values.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1957 one doller silver certificate series 1957 B serial number X94624378A the back number being 397 it is in fair condition with three folds like it has been kept in a bifold wallet how much is it worth? also i have a 1939 wheat penny the lining in the wheat stalks is still very defined. Liberty, in god we trust, E Pluribus Unum are very clear but on the united states of america, half of it is gone as if a forigen material was in the dye when it was being pressed it reads "united tase of n ca" it has a golden color with some red spotting on front and back what is it worth.

Man said...

one doller silver certificate series 1957 B serial number X94624378A
About $2.50

1939 wheat penny... half of it is gone as if a forigen material was in the dye when it was being pressed it reads "united tase of n ca"
Sounds like a struck through grease error which actually lowers the value, it's about $0.15.

Anonymous said...

hi i found a silver coin in the san diego area,date looks to be 1745 looks to be a shield on one side.other side looks to have two snakes little smaller then silver dollar.looks to be silver.any clue what it is.thanks

Man said...

silver coin in the san diego area,date looks to be 1745 looks to be a shield on one side.other side looks to have two snakes little smaller then silver dollar

Doesn't sound American it could be Mexican without seeing I can't say.

Anonymous said...

hello I'm wondering if I got something with this special issue of 1894 coin one side is Mackenzie Bowell and the other side is the house of common, Ottawa Canada. No value are writing on the coin. do you have any idea how much this coin worth ?

Man said...

special issue of 1894 coin one side is Mackenzie Bowell and the other side is the house of common, Ottawa Canada. No value are writing on the coin.

This is a medal from Shell gas stations made in the 1970s, there was one for each Canadian Prime Minister if this is the one I remember correctly.
It is made of some white metal and was originally gold/silver colored but turns gray colored after time.

Value is about $4.00 if in very-fine or better.

Anonymous said...

I have a extra fine 1859 Indian cent which clearly shows the ribbon on the reverse doubled (double die). Is this an unknown variety? What would it's value be? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have a First Day Cover from 1976. It reads "A Bicentennial Classic BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Silver Half Dollar Blank 1776-1976". It has a see thru window in the envelope which contains a silver blank. It also states on the envelope "Type Two With Rim" and "Error coin of the month series four NUMBER TWO July 1976". Any idea what it is and it's worth? Thanks!

Man said...

extra fine 1859 Indian cent which clearly shows the ribbon on the reverse doubled (double die)

I suspect this is not a true Doubled Die.
Since hub doubling are the only types I seen just $15.00.

If it can be authenticated it may be worth hundreds.

Man said...

First Day Cover from 1976. It reads "A Bicentennial Classic BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Silver Half Dollar Blank 1776-1976". It has a see thru window in the envelope which contains a silver blank. It also states on the envelope "Type Two With Rim" and "Error coin of the month series four NUMBER TWO July 1976"

Something is wrong since by 1976 Kennedy was on the half.

This is suspicious and sounds like a fake.

Ignoring that for a second a Silver Half Type II blank is about:
$85 for a Kennedy weight 11.50 grams
$150 for a Franklin weight 12.50 grams

The "Error coin of the month series" were sold by a now defunct company but I know little about them. Some in the envelope sell for hundreds while others are just a few bucks.

Kristie said...

I found what I thought was a penny as I was putting my change in a coinstar machine. It is actually a Jamaica twenty five cent piece. It has The RT EXCELLENT MARCUS GARVEY NATIONAL HERO under his picture on the front, and the back is Stamped Jamaica twenty five cents 1996 with a man and woman in tribal wear with a crest in the middle with four pineapples, one to the north, south, east and west. with an alligator at the top. Is this worth anything or is is just something unique to me. Please follow up. Thanks!

Man said...

Jamaica twenty five cents 1996

About $0.25 it is a common coin.

Anonymous said...

I found an unusual token or coin in my Grandpa's old coin collection and was hoping you might be able to identify it for me. First of all it has a hole in the center with the words "CENT" and "ONE TENTH SILVER" on one side and the "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" on the other with a small wreath. It looks to made of copper and has no date. Would this be a bus token? Thanks!

Man said...

First of all it has a hole in the center with the words "CENT" and "ONE TENTH SILVER" on one side and the "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" on the other with a small wreath. It looks to made of copper and has no date.

This is a Pattern cent.
An 1851 One Cent made of billon, which is a mixture of 90% copper and 10% silver.

There are originals and restrikes and fakes.

Most are worth thousands of dollars.

Try email the link below with more questions and maybe send some good scans.
US Patterns.

I hope yours is real but you may need to pay a $100 to have it certified.

Anonymous said...

I've seen a couple of questions about the Shell Prime Minister Coin sets and that they're worth about $4.00 each. Would a complete set be worth more? Most of the coins are in fair condition (some better, some worse).

Man said...

Shell Prime Minister Coin sets and that they're worth about $4.00 each. Would a complete set be worth more?

Not really these are common even in the original packaging they would only be $1.00 more per coin in high grades.

jeremy ship said...

I'm guessing the 1969 D series federal reserve note $1 united states bill is worth nothing?

What about these:
$50 bank of canada OTTAWA 1975
EHH5322336


and $2 canadian ottawa 1986
one side has queen the other has two robin birds strutting on the grass BRS8869246

Man said...

1969-D $1 united states bill about $1.00 unless uncircualted or a star note.

$50 bank of canada OTTAWA 1975
EHH5322336

Just $50.00


$2 canadian ottawa 1986
one side has queen the other has two robin birds strutting on the grass BRS8869246

Just $2.00

Jeremy said...

the $50 dollar bill is the Royal canadian mounted police special bill. I see a lot of these going for close to double $50 on eBay and from collector's and such. Is it because my serial number makes it not rare?

Man said...

$50 dollar bill is the Royal canadian mounted police special bill. I see a lot of these going for close to double $50 on eBay and from collector's and such. Is it because my serial number makes it not rare?


The ones that go for double are usually with serial numbers beginning with EHX also if they are high grades and uncirculated.

I assume the lowest possible grade unless otherwise told.

Anonymous said...

Hello "Man",

I have a coin that is an American Dollar. One side has a bell with a moon in the background and says "E Pluribus Unum". The other side has "Liberty, In God We Trust" written, with the side of a man's head and the year says "1776-1976". Does this coin have any worth?

Thank you so much for your help:)

Ms. Lee

Man said...

American Dollar. One side has a bell with a moon in the background and says "E Pluribus Unum". The other side has "Liberty, In God We Trust" written, with the side of a man's head and the year says "1776-1976"

Just $1.00

keaton kyle said...

i have a 1927 Canadian penny in perfect condition except it isn't shiny.
I also have a Canadian nickle i think its date is 1973 it has a running rabbit on it.
How much are these coins worth? Is there a story behind the rabbit?
please send you response to my hotmail acount keatonkyle@hotmail.com

Thank you in advance for your time.

Man said...

1927 Canadian penny in perfect condition except it isn't shiny
--Assuming MS-65 about $2,000.00 the price goes much higher if actually graded near perfect.

Canadian nickle i think its date is 1973
--About $0.07

The hopping rabbit nickel is from 1967 made for the centennial. It just part of the centennial sets that had native animals.