Saturday, December 27, 2008

Classic and Timeless, Literally

Do you have an old 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.

This will probably be my last two finds of the year. I may spend some cash on Monday but the chance of getting anything good is slim. Finding two older coins at the end of year is always nice. It gives me a boost to continue searching my change and annoying others by searching their change.

Last year I ended the year finding a 1927 nickel I think it is the last scramble to buy gifts, people tend to use every last nickel.


Neither coin is in great shape the dime has all the lines on the torch flat with no separation. This is the main grading point for Roosevelt dimes. As for the nickel the front is so faded that the date is completely worn flat. There is a product called Nic-a-Date that uses a simple dilute phosphoric acid and detergent to remove layers of dirt but in this case I doubt it would work.

Here's the stats for these coins...
Type/Country: 10 Cents / United States
Year: 1946
Mintage: 255,250,000
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Value: $2.66 in Fine

Type/Country: 5 Cents / United States
Year: Unknown
Mintage: Unknown
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Value: $0.50 in AG-3

Dateless buffaloes are still collectible since they have such a great look and can be made into other thing like jewelry or art. Of course the dime will always have a premium value despite grade because of the silver content. One year ago these dimes were going for $1.00 so its a good idea to keep an eye on silver values if you want to unload a lot of these coins.

Do you have an older 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.

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

James UK said...

Nice find, and I know what you mean about finding something just when you might think your interest is waning.

I do like that Indian / Buffalo design too.

Man said...

That's true, again this year Canadian coins dominate like Spanish Euros for you. After a dozen Canadian coins you get dismayed thinking is that all.

Dallas said...

Thanks for the explanation about the worth of these coins. Your insight about using these attractive coins as jewelry or art is useful and interesting.

Anonymous said...

I have 1935 buffalo nickle. There is possibly a P below the date. I can't tell for sure. It is very small and could just be a scratch. I don't even know if the put mint marks that far back?

I also have a 1923 mercury dime. It is very worn. All of the edge is worn flat and about half of the wording on the back is worn off.

The last one I would like your help with is a 1906 Indian head penny. I have had it for about 22 years. I noticed it when I was working as a cashier and traded it out for a penny from my pocket. This coin is where I "caught" the bug.

I found your site last week and have been looking forward to having the time to leave you a message. I have enjoyed scanning through all of your info so far.

DT

Man said...

1935 buffalo nickle. There is possibly a P below the date. I can't tell for sure. It is very small and could just be a scratch. I don't even know if the put mint marks that far back?

Under the date is an F which is the designers James Fraser initial.
The mintmark is on the reverse under the word FIVE CENTS it is either blank, D, or S.
Either way they all have the similar values at about $1.00 in good.

1923 mercury dime. It is very worn.
About $0.90

1906 Indian head penny
About $2.00

Thanks for the kind words, I do like swapping pocket change for odd coins even when they turn out to be low value.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the quick response. The penny is still my oldest find. An older man came through my line and I kept it at work for a long time thinking he might come back for it.
The oldest things that I have found lately are Canadian pennies from the 70's
DT

Anonymous said...

Hello again.
I finally found something besides a Canadian coin.
Can you tell me what a 1930 wheat penny is worth? It has a D mint mark and is in very good condition.
DT

Man said...

1930 wheat penny is worth? It has a D mint mark and is in very good condition.

About $0.25

Clever Collector said...

I would like to say your blog is absolutely fantastic. Nice to see such high quality graphics of the various coins. I have several silver quarters and dimes that I will be putting up on my Collectors Forum
I also collect a few other types of coins but I am certainly an amateur coin collector. I am learning more each day and finding your blog will definitely help.

Man said...

Clever Collector

Thanks and hope your site does well, I'll be keeping a watch.

eFord said...

I have a 1968D penny with tiny cavities exposed from normal wear into voids under the surface of the coin. They are in the reverse image,face and head of the obverse image as well. Some lettering on the reverse is deformed from where oxides had eroded away and there are also some pin holes. The best I can tell, the copper was contaminated when it was molded and made it to the rolled sheet, ect. I just wondered if it is of any greater value.

Man said...

1968D penny with tiny cavities exposed from normal wear into voids under the surface of the coin.

It has no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I'm working on a roll of jefferson nickels dated 1940, and I was wondering how much it would be worth.

Anonymous said...

I'm also finding a lot of the 1960 D pennies with the small date variety, and am in the process of collecting a roll of them. approximately what would be the value of a roll of such pennies?

Man said...

roll of jefferson nickels dated 1940
Between $10 - $20 if high grade, $5 or less otherwise.

1960 D pennies with the small date variety, and am in the process of collecting a roll of them
Between $10 - $50 if high grade, $1 or less otherwise.

The fact that you are doing this yourself lowers the value since most collectors want it unopened from the bank that first issued them.

Anonymous said...

Found a 1939 nickel in EF-40 condition

Man said...

1939 nickel in EF-40 condition

About $0.50.

Anonymous said...

hi also i have a about uncirculated mercury dime from 1939 s can you tell me it value.

Man said...

a about uncirculated mercury dime from 1939 s

About $6.00

Bryan said...

I found an old silver trade unit. Do you know what year this was produced and whether it is worth anything more than the price of silver?

http://i52.tinypic.com/205ce3p.jpg
http://i55.tinypic.com/oa4w93.jpg

Thanks!

Man said...

I found an old silver trade unit.

Probably made in the 1980s it is a common bullion design, even the Unabomber owned some of these.

So unless you got them at auction from a famous person then just silver value.