My inability to get out and detect at this time led me to look for other avenues of escape. As a result I have started going through old photo albums, looking for early photos that I need to scan for use here and for posterity. I have also started to pour through a lot of my old treasure hunting books….something I should do on a regular basis. They certainy can inspire, and at times remind me that there are things I have forgotten.
Anyway, for whatever reason I started looking through my 2013 Red Book. I had gotten it about a month ago, but never took the time to flip through the pages. What jumped out at me where the number of error coins, and their estimated values. Over the years I had become familiar witht he plain 1922 Lincoln, the double die ’55 cent, the 1942 over 1 Merc, and the three legged Buffalo. Apparently I have been asleep at the wheel….the number of error coins out there is staggering.
In just the Lincoln cent category, the 1946S over D, 1944D over S, and the 1984 “doubled ear”. In the typically lowly Jefferson nickel series, the 1939 “doubled Monticello”, the 1942D over “horizontal D”. Likewise in the Washington quarter series there’s the 1942D “double die” obverse, and the 1950D over S.
These are just a few of those listed in the latest Red Book, and I now need to get busy, going through my coins, especially the Lincolns (I have rolls and rolls of wheats). I also have hundreds of Buffalo Nickels and need to keep an eye out for a 1935 “double die” reverse.
I can’t think of too many other areas where less than perfect work results in higher prices, but coin collecting is obviously one. Even recent Roosevelt error coins can bring a few extra dollars, so take a few minutes to get your Red Book out, and make a list of what to be on the lookout for. Then think about all that change that’s been
accumulating on your dresser or in that jar….might be worth sorting through before you take them to the local CoinStar machine.
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