Discoveries of previously unknown gems frequently occur in the expansive hobby of coin collecting, enthralling both novices and seasoned collectors. Despite obvious efforts to track them down, six extremely rare dimes and a bicentennial quarter—worth a combined $56 million—have somehow slipped into circulation.
This listicle sheds light on the historical significance of these elusive coins, as well as the potential thrill of discovering a treasure in your pocket change. It also reveals the unique features that are associated with these coins.
The renowned 1894-S Barber Dime is first on our list. Among the rarest coins in American numismatic history, this dime is one of only 24 known examples. Featuring the world-famous Liberty head, any coin collector would be thrilled to find this rare treasure in circulation.
As far as numismatics is concerned, there are just five known specimens of the Liberty Head Nickel from 1913. These nickels, which were originally produced as pattern coins, showed up years later, each with an incredible worth. It would be the ultimate numismatic serendipity to find one of these in your change.
Because copper was scarce during World War II, the U.S. Mint made pennies from zinc-coated steel in 1943. A few copper coins were misminted that year. Finding a 1943 Copper Penny in your pocket change is like winning the lottery.
Collectors have only nine 1870-S Seated Liberty Dime samples, a numismatic mystery. This dime is rare due to its small mintage and historical context. Finding one would be a sign of your coin collecting skills and luck.
The 1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar, a numismatic treasure sometimes called the "King of American Coins," has an air of oligarchy. The minting of these dollars occurred decades after the date on the coin. If you do business on a daily basis, you almost never will see one of the 15 known examples.
The 1976 Bicentennial Quarter is a modern gem among historic rarities. While not as old as the others on this list, the Bicentennial Quarter is remarkable as a $56 million circulation currency. Your pocket change may include modern numismatic history.
Rare coins hide wealth and surprises. Six uncommon dimes and a $56 million bicentennial quarter make change administration exciting. Although these numismatic treasures are rare, coin collectors worldwide are drawn to them. Maybe your next transaction reveals a priceless piece of history.