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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, almost 4 years ago

    A 1913 Nickel can be worth a million dollars, a 1883 nickel can be purchased in any coin store.

  2. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, almost 4 years ago


    I have a 1894 Liberty-head nickel (the same design as the unauthorized 1913 version, which was officially discontinued for 1912 – but a Mint employee illegally made a few ’13’s).
    The most-valuable of the legal years of that nickel, in just VF-20 condition, it’s worth $145. I found it in a coin return of a newspaper box in Trenton, New Jersey!
    On the other hand, I still find 1939 nickels in circulation on a regular basis.
    Seeing the size of this coin, it could only be a silver dollar. The last actual U.S. silver dollar was made in 1935 after a 12-year gap. I think that these folks are a bit too old to be born in 1971, the first year for the cupro-nickel Eisenhower dollar. Therefore, they will be 78 this year.
    (I’m a direct matrilineal descendant of Peter Filatreu Cross, assistant U.S. Mint engraver under James B. Longacre during the 1840s and 1850s – he is known to have designed the reverse of the 1849 $1 gold coin, the smallest U.S. coin in history at only 1/2" in diameter)

  3. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I haven’t seen a steel penny in decades. Or a silver anything.
    (Ashburn: How do you regularly find 1939 nickels? Do you run a vending company or something?)

  4. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, almost 4 years ago


    Interesting – I was born in 1935, and know my mom had saved some coins from that year. I’ll have to check with my daughter who appropriated them, and see whether any of them are valuable.

  5. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, almost 4 years ago

    What about defunct coins from other countries? I have some to include some silver coins from Mexico.

  6. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 4 years ago

    AshburnStadium: Wasn’t the silver half dime about that size? A large nuimber of “three-legged buffalos” still exist, but I doubt you will find any in circulation.

  7. robb armstrong

    robb armstrong GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I have the best fans in the entire blogasphere. I have decided to base a week of JumpStart on the coin -collecting factoids in todays list. Thank you guys so much. Keep tooned-in in the next three weeks or so!!

  8. harebell

    harebell said, almost 4 years ago

    My younger child worked part-time in college for an archeology company. To get their certificate, needed for employment, it was necessary to do training which culminated in a minor dig at an 18th century fort. My wiseguy offspring told me the big find was a really old coin, “even older than you.” It turned out to be a 1942 Roosevelt dime, which is indeed a year older than I am. Served the kid right that the first job assigned after graduation was working in the back office eliminating old pint milk bottles and innumerable animal bones from storage.

  9. Cartoonacy

    Cartoonacy said, almost 4 years ago

    When I collected coins back in the 1970s, the pride of my collection was a silver three-cent piece from the 1850s. That coin was so small and so thin, it kept slipping out of the album. I had to buy a special case just for that one coin.

  10. Hunter7

    Hunter7 said, almost 4 years ago

    I remember that story. It was in the newpaper – and I think it had to do with one of our first red poppy quarters for Remembrance Day.

  11. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, almost 4 years ago


    The Jefferson Nickel design came out in 1938, remained the same until 2003 when the made design changes for Lewis & Clark. A 1939 is common, isn’t noticeable in a bunch of nickels like a Buffalo nickel is. But if you get one, and it had a little D or S on the right side of the building, it’s less common than ones with no letter there, and worth a few dollars.

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