6 Hidden Gems: Undervalued Coins You Should Add to Your Collection Now

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In the numismatic world, certain coins may not receive as much attention as they deserve, either due to their abundance, overshadowing by more famous counterparts, or simply being under the radar of most collectors.  

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1. British Victorian Penny  

While the 1895 "Bun Penny" can be found relatively easily, certain mint years within the Victorian pennies are overlooked and undervalued, making them a potentially lucrative investment as their scarcity becomes more widely recognized. 

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2. Mercury Dimes 

While certain years and mint marks of Mercury dimes, such as the 1916-D, are highly sought after, other years are often overlooked. These dimes, minted from 1916 to 1945, are not only beautiful but also have the potential to increase in value due to their silver content and historical significance. 

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3. Canadian "Large Cent"  

Produced until 1920, these coins offer a glimpse into Canada's early years. Some dates and varieties, especially in higher grades, are much rarer than collectors realize. As Canadian coins gain popularity, these could become more valuable. 

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4. Franklin Half Dollars 

While not as collected as their predecessors, the Walking Liberty half dollars, or their successors, the Kennedy half dollars, Franklin half dollars (minted from 1948 to 1963) have a steady demand. Specific years and mint marks, particularly those in uncirculated condition or with Full Bell Lines, are undervalued.

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5. Swiss Helvetia Coins 

The Swiss have been minting these beautiful gold coins since the late 19th century. They are often overshadowed by more popular gold coins like American Eagles or British Sovereigns. However, their purity, historical appeal, and design make them an attractive and potentially undervalued investment. 

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6. Japanese Yen (Meiji Era) 

Coins from the Meiji era (1868-1912) offer a fascinating insight into Japan's rapid modernization. Some of these coins, especially the silver yen featuring the dragon design, are not only beautiful but also historically significant, representing Japan's emergence onto the world stage. 

When considering these or any other coins for your collection, it's essential to do your research. Look for coins in the best condition you can afford, and pay special attention to rarity, demand, and historical significance. 

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