A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

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A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

Introduction:

I wanted to create a quick reference sheet for my dad, who does some light CRH and also handles a fair amount of loose circulated change. He knows that the "older stuff" (IH, seateds, barbers. etc) are worth money if he ever stumbles across some, so I wanted to focus on the newer stuff in circulation. I made this fit with on a single sheet in M$ Word (9pt Arial, margins .4") which is my goal, a 1 page quick and handy reference guide.

If anyone has any additions please list them in replies. I realize huge entire books like the cherrypickers guide are written to cover this topic and perhaps my quick reference sheet doesn't do justice, but it's the best attempt to date from this neophyte numismatist.
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Quick Guide:

HALVES

Errors
1974 – Double Die
1987 P and D half dollars were only made for mint sets

Notes
1965-1970 are 40% silver
1964 and older 90% silver.
2001-Present were not made for circulation and are worth keeping.
*All "S" mintmarks are proof coins
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QUARTERS – Washington, State

Slightly Scare Dates on State Quarters:
1999 Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
2001 Kentucky, 2002 Tennessee, 2003 Illinois
2009 All have 50-70% less overall mintage than the prior 9 years

Errors on State Quarters:
2004 Wisconsin
2005 Kansas, Minnesota

Notes
Pre 1965 have silver content
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DIMES - Roosevelt

Errors
1982 No Mint Mark Roosevelt Dime

Notes
Pre 1965 have silver
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NICKELS - Jefferson

Scare Dates
1938-D, 1938-S, 1939-D, 1939-S, 1950-D

Errors
1939, 1942D, 1943P, 1945P
2005-D Speared Bison

Notes
1942-1945 are 35% silver
Pre 1960 are worth keeping
Jefferson Nickels dated 1971 or later, with the S mintmark, are always Proof coins
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PENNIES – Wheat, Lincoln

Scare Dates
1909-S, 1909-S V.D.B., 1914-D, 1922, 1931-S, 1955 Doubled Date; Scarce dates: 1910-S, 1911-S, 1912-S, 1913-S, 1914-S, 1915-S, 1922-D, 1922-D, 1924-D

Errors
1969-S Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die Obverse
1970-S Small Date Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die Obverse
1972 Lincoln Cent With a Doubled Die Obverse
1984 Doubled Ear
1999 Wide "AM" Reverse Lincoln Cent
1995 Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Cent


Sources I used:
http://www.bestcoin.com/united-states-coin-pricing-guide.htm
http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.php/topic,54523.0.html

Link to Download of the Quick Start Guide in Word:
http://rapidshare.com/files/307978047/Quick_Guide.doc
(after you click the link, choose free user and you can download the file)
 
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coolpix9

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

Thanks for the list.


Have you guys released T.O. yet ? JP
 

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

That's an excellent list. Someone just asked me for this information and I was going to compile it.

Thanks for sharing.

JasonB
 

Joanner

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

HALVES

2001-Present were not made for circulation and are worth keeping.

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What do you all do with these 2001- coins? I have gotten quite a few. Someone here scoffed at keeping these.
 

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Joanner said:
What do you all do with these 2001- coins?

I just saw a roll sell on eBay for 2 times face value. You could tell they were pulled from circulation. I think folks will use them to fill the empty holes in their coin books.
 
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coolpix9 said:
Thanks for the list.


Have you guys released T.O. yet ? JP

The Bills these days are terrible. I was lucky enough to be a young teen in the early 90's when the Bills were making their superbowl runs. lately, there's not much to cheer about with them. The TO saga is really anti-climatic. We're stuck with an owner that is cheap and settles for these mediocre shells of men to coach and run the front office, where in reality we need an alpha male like a Bill Polian (Colts) or Bill Parcells ('fins) to come in and clean house. TO was our marketing ploy, but we need so much more than a wideout. That being said, I think he still has some juice in his tank and if say he signed with the Pats, Vikings or Saints, gosh look out.
 

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

Add to the list:
pennies:
pre 1983 is copper
 

jim4silver

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

Good list. A couple of points though.

Go Bills said:
Introduction:

HALVES

Errors
1974 – Double Die
1987 P and D half dollars were only made for mint sets

Notes
1965-1970 are 40% silver
1964 and older 90% silver.
2001-Present were not made for circulation and are worth keeping.
*All "S" mintmarks are proof coins
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Some 1976 S coins are not proofs, but mint coins (they are 40% silver). Some 1976 S proof coins are clad and some 40% silver.

Also, some newer proofs are 90% silver, easy to spot in that they have silver rims and sound like silver if you clink them against another coin.

twinsrule said:
Add to the list:
pennies:
pre 1983 is copper

Some 1982 coins are zinc from what I have read. I don't collect pennies, but have read that copper ones weigh different than the zincs.

Jim
 

thurmownator

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

On the halves, it's the '02 and newer that are NIFC (Not Intended For Circulation). The Red Book continues to not correct the typo.

Otherwise, good list.
 

tuckerD

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Why are nickels prior to 1960 worth keeping? Low mintage? Metal content?
TD
 

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

Thanks for the quick reference. There were a couple on there I didn't have since I don't actively coin collect anymore. HH

Ed
 

jim4silver

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thurmownator said:
On the halves, it's the '02 and newer that are NIFC (Not Intended For Circulation). The Red Book continues to not correct the typo.

Otherwise, good list.


I read somewhere on the web that the 2001P was a NIFC, but 2002D was issued for circulation. I don't know if that is right or not.

Jim
 

rileyboy

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

Hey "Go Bills"
Great posting. Really helps us older guys know what to look for and keep.
Thanks
rileyboy
 

JJtheRollHunter

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

Thanks Go Bills. I would like to add the 1989 no P quarter.
 

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

tuckerD said:
Why are nickels prior to 1960 worth keeping? Low mintage? Metal content?
TD
The reason to keep them is that they are 50 years old and getting older every day, some others are that I think the jefferson nickel is probably the easiest coin that you can still get from circulation and fill your albums, and while some of them may not be prize winners over all you can do it with really nice coins, I just found a 1938 that the coin shop owner told me was BU. just my thought.

Chuck.
 

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Re: A simple "quick reference sheet" of error coins and rare mintages in circulation

A few thoughts.

First, the 1955 dimes are tough to get. 1955, 1955D and 1955S. Same thing with the 1955 plain nickel.

Secondly, what are the errors in the 2005 quarters? I FOUND a Low leaf error last month for the 2004 Wisconsin, but what about the Kansas and Minnesota quarters?

Third, when you go through a lot of quarters, you realize that the 1999 bunch are NOT that scarce. I was saving ones I found at first, then saving only good looking ones. When I got a roll a DAY on some of them, I decided they are NOT that scarce, and although may be less than other years, I doubt they are worth collecting (IMHO). So I don't have Delaware, NJ and the likes saved anymore. Same thing for ILL and those you mentioned. Scarcer yes, but not scarce. the ONLY ones I am trying to collect as I find them are the 2009 quarters. Tougher than the 1999 or others listed.

The 2009 nickels and dimes are scarcer than the 2009 quarters. And sell on ebay right now for MUCH more than face value. I looked yesterday in fact, for some odd reason. A roll of 2009 nickels ($2) is selling for about $18 - $24. WOW!! A roll of dimes ($5) is selling for about $30. Not bad if you can find them. :-) So I would add the 2009 as save dates for nickels and dimes too. And although scarcer than normal for pennies too in 2009, I'm saving just one roll of each LImcoln design for 2009, as I see a fair amount of those in circulation too.

My thoughts. :-)
 

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jim4silver said:
thurmownator said:
On the halves, it's the '02 and newer that are NIFC (Not Intended For Circulation). The Red Book continues to not correct the typo.

Otherwise, good list.

I read somewhere on the web that the 2001P was a NIFC, but 2002D was issued for circulation. I don't know if that is right or not.

Jim

Someone have a Red Book handy and can quote (on here) the mintages listed for the '01 vs '02 halves ? Once you see the mintages Jim, you'll see the typo I'm referring.
 

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Someone have a Red Book handy and can quote (on here) the mintages listed for the '01 vs '02 halves ? Once you see the mintages Jim, you'll see the typo I'm referring.

2001P..........21,200,000
2001D..........19,504,000
2002P...........3,100,000
2002D..........2,500,000
 

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Good quick reference info. Thanks! I found a 2005 bison nickel last year that wasn't a "speared bison" but did have a die crack that went through the rear quarter of the bison. I've seen them online referred to as "speared in the rear" bison nickels. Lol. I kept it.
 

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Delaware state quarter "spitting horse" die crack error. Fairly common and seem to sell for around $8 on Ebay but still worth watching for.
 

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