5 Most Overlooked Coins That Could Be Worth a Fortune

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In the world of numismatics, some coins may slip under the radar of collectors and the general public, only for their true value to be recognized later. These overlooked coins can sometimes be worth a fortune, making them highly sought after once their rarity or historical significance is understood.  

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1. 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent 

These bronze pennies are exceedingly rare, with only a handful known to exist. Initially overlooked because they resemble pennies from other years, a 1943 bronze cent can fetch over $100,000 at auction, depending on its condition. 

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2. 1965 Silver Roosevelt Dime 

The transition from silver to clad coinage in the U.S. was supposed to be complete by 1965, but a few silver planchets from 1964 were mistakenly used to strike dimes in 1965. These silver dimes from 1965 are rare anomalies that can be easily overlooked but are highly prized by collectors. 

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3. 1972 Double Die Obverse Lincoln Cent 

This error coin features noticeable doubling on its obverse (front) side, particularly in the date and lettering. While double die errors are known in the numismatic community, the 1972 Lincoln Cent with this error can be easily missed by those not looking closely. 

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4. 1992 Close AM Lincoln Cent 

Most Lincoln Cents minted in 1992 have the letters "A" and "M" in "AMERICA" on the reverse spaced widely apart, known as the "Wide AM" variety. However, a very few "Close AM" varieties, which are common in later years, were mistakenly produced in 1992.  

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5. 1983 Double Die Reverse Lincoln Cent 

This coin features doubling on its reverse side, particularly noticeable in the phrase "ONE CENT" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM." While double die errors are sought after by collectors, the 1983 Double Die Reverse is especially valuable and can be easily missed. 

These coins highlight the importance of attention to detail in the numismatic world. What might appear as a common piece of change could potentially be a rare and valuable coin. 

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