Which American Coins Are Worth Money?

Laura Latzko

Coin collecting is often a hobby that people start when they are children, but coins can be valuable collectibles. There are a number of rare coins from the United States that are worth up to $10,000 or more.

Half-Cent Liberty Cap

The half-cent liberty cap was first made in 1793. The coin was worth 1/200th of a dollar. Today, the circulated half-cent liberty caps from 1793 through 1797 are worth between $500 and $10,000.

Flowing-Hair Large Cent

The 1793 flowing-hair large cent was made with a design of 15 interlocking links, representing the number of states that were in the union when it was created. This 1793 coin was one type of large cent that was designed during the 22 years that the coin was in circulation. The circulated coins now sell for between $5,000 and $30,000.

1943 Copper Penny

The 1943 copper penny is rare because during World War II, pennies were more often made with steel and zinc. During the war, copper was used for war materials. Circulated 1943 copper pennies are worth between $20,000 and $50,000.

Draped-Bust Half-Dollar

The 1796 and 1797 draped-bust, half-dollar coins with the liberty small eagle reverse were made with a portrait of a more mature Statue of Liberty on them, with 15 or 16 stars beside her. The eagles on these coins were perched gracefully on a cloud. Circulated draped-bust, half-dollar coins are worth between $10,000 and $30,000.

Four-Dollar Gold Piece

The 1879 and 1880 $4 gold pieces, also known as the Stella, were made with two types of designs, one with a Statue of Liberty head with flowing hair and another with a Liberty head with coiled hair. Circulated $4 gold pieces are worth between $10,000 and $15,000.