Coins

A Guide To Coins – Sort Your Collection

This guide will help you sort your coins on your own. If you’re in the Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland area and you would like us to evaluate your coins, please schedule a complementary appointment and talk with one of our experts.

Coins are evaluated by four criteria: Condition, Scarcity, Content, & Demand.

Condition
This refers to the amount of wear on the detail of a coin. The less wear, the higher the value on a specific series.  An important note about coin preservation: NEVER CLEAN COINS.

 

Scarcity
For some years and mint marks, fewer coins were made than others.  These are referred to as ‘Better Dates.’  While the ‘Better Dates’ are usually the most valuable items, specific dates can be worth a substantial amount of money based on the condition of the coin.

 

Content
What kind of metal a coin is made of.

 

Demand
How popular a particular series is among collectors.

 

If you do not see your coins in this guide, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

 

United States Dimes

Barber Dimes
1892-1916

Barber Dime - Courtesy of www.coinauctionshelp.com

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1892-S, 1894-O, 1895-O, 1895-S, 1896-O, 1896-S, 1897-O, 1901-S, 1903-S,1913-S

Mercury Dimes
1916-1945

1916 Mercury Dime

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D
Others are worth at least their silver content

Roosevelt Dimes
1946-1964 (Silver)

1964 Roosevelt Dime

 

 

 

1946-1964 are worth their silver content. 1965-Date can be spent unless in US Mint packaging.

United States Dollars

Morgan Silver Dollars
1878-1921

1886 Morgan SIlver Dollar

 

 

 

Better dates: Any ‘CC’ mint marks, 1893, 1894 & 1895
All should be shown to a professional for evaluation.

Peace Silver Dollars
1921-1935

1921 Peace Dollar

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1921, 1928
All should be shown to a professional for evaluation.

Eisenhower Dollars
1971-1978
1973 Eisenhower Dollar

 

 

 

Better Date: 1973
Others can be spent unless in us mint packaging.

Susan B. Anthony Dollars
1979-1981 & 1999
1981 Susan B Anthony Dollar

 

 

 

Better Date: 1981
Others can be spent unless in U.S. Mint packaging.

 

United States Cents

Indian Head Cents
1859-1909

1859 Indian Head Cent

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1859-1879 1908-S, 1909-S

Lincoln Wheat Cents
1909-1958

1909 Lincoln Wheat Cent

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1909-S VDB,1909-S, 1914-D, 1922, 1931-S

 

United States Quarters

Barber Quarters
1892-1916
1901 Barber Quarter

 

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1896-S, 1901-S, 1913-S
Other dates are worth at least their silver value.

Standing Liberty Quarters
1916-1930

1916 Standing Liberty Quarter

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1916, 1921, 1923-S
Others are worth at least their silver values

Washington Quarters
1932-1964 (Silver)

1932 Washington Quarter

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1932-D, 1932-S
1932-1964 are worth at least their silver value.

 

United States Nickels

Liberty ‘V’ Nickels
1883-1912

1866 Liberty V Nickel

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1885, 1886, 1912-S
Sort by Decade

Buffalo Nickels
1913-1938

1913 Buffalo Nickel

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1913-S, 1914-D, 1921-S, 1931-S, 1937-D 3 Leg
Sort by dated versus no-date

Jefferson Nickels
1938-Date

1939 Jefferson Nickel

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1939-D, 1950-D
Silver: 1942-1945 with large mint mark over Monticello
All other dates spend.

 

United States Half Dollars

Barber Half Dollars

1892-1915

1893 Barber Half Dollar

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1893-S, 1896-S, 1897-O, 1897-S, 1913, 1914, 1915
Other dates are worth at least their silver value.

Walking Liberty Half Dollar
1916-1947

1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar

 

 

 

Better Dates: 1916, 1921, 1938-D
Other dates are worth at least their silver value.

Franklin Half Dollars
1948-1963

1950 Franklin Half Dollar

 

 

 

Unless in uncirculated condition, these are worth at least their silver value.

Kennedy Half Dollars
1964-1970 (Silver)

1964 Kennedy Half Dollar

 

 

 

1964 – 90% Silver
1965-1970 40% Silver
1971-Date can be spent unless in us mint packaging.

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Proof Sets

Most from 1965-Date are worth $2-10 each.
However the silver proof sets are better (1964 & before, 1992-Date special packaging.

Mint Sets

Most from 1965-Date are worth $2-10 each.

Graded Coins

Third party authenticated coins should be shown to a professional.

When you work with us, our experts will go through your U.S., foreign, ancient civilization coins and old currency one by one. We will advise you on the worth of collection. We can also help you identify the special coins that you may wish to keep in your family.

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