6 Hidden Treasures in Your Pocket Change Worth Over $ 200,000

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Finding a coin in your pocket change worth a significant amount is a rare and exciting event. While most coins jingling in our pockets are worth only their face value, a few hidden gems could be worth far more.  

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1. 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent 

In 1943, pennies were made from steel due to wartime copper shortages. However, a few were mistakenly struck on leftover bronze planchets from 1942. A 1943 bronze penny in good condition can fetch over $200,000 at auction, with one of the highest grades sold for significantly more. 

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2. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel 

Only five of these nickels were ever produced, making them one of the rarest and most valuable coins in U.S. history. While finding one in your pocket change today is virtually impossible, they were originally spent and circulated. If by some miracle you found one, it could be worth well over $3 million. 

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3. 1955 Double Die Penny  

This error coin features noticeable doubling on its obverse (front) side, making the date and inscriptions appear twice. A clear double die penny from 1955 can fetch over $100,000 depending on its condition, with high-grade examples reaching into the $200,000 range. 

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4. 1970-S Small Date Lincoln Cent with a Doubled Die Obverse 

High-grade examples of this rare error can bring in upwards of $3,000, and in exceptional cases, when paired with other rare features, could potentially breach the $200,000 mark, especially if found in an uncirculated condition with a proof finish. 

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5. 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Coin with a Cheerios Reverse 

The coins have a distinctive tail feather design, different from the regular issue. While most don't reach the $200,000 threshold, in absolute top conditions or with additional rare errors, they might approach or exceed this value, especially given their unique history and promotional backstory. 

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6. 1969-S Lincoln Cent with a Doubled Die Obverse 

While finding one in circulation is a long shot, they are out there, and high-grade examples have fetched significant sums, with the potential to reach into the $200,000 range in pristine condition. 

If you believe you've found a rare coin in your pocket change, consult with a reputable coin dealer or submit it to a professional grading service for authentication and valuation. 

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