7 Hidden Gems: Coins in Your Pocket Worth Over $100,000!

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1. 1943 Lincoln Copper Penny 

The vast majority of Lincoln pennies minted in 1943 were made of steel coated with zinc due to copper being prioritized for World War II efforts. However, a very few were mistakenly struck in copper, making them extremely rare and valuable, with some fetching over $100,000 at auction. 

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2. 1913 Liberty Head Nickel 

Only five of these coins are known to exist. They were not officially released by the U.S. Mint, and their existence remains a mystery. These nickels have fetched millions of dollars at auction, far exceeding the $100,000 mark. 

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3. 2000 "Cheerios" Sacagawea Dollar 

These coins were part of a promotion in Cheerios cereal boxes. A distinctive feature is the enhanced eagle tail feathers on the reverse of the coin, different from the regular issue. While most aren't aware, some of these promotional coins are valued at over $100,000 due to their rarity. 

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4. 1974 Aluminum Lincoln Penny 

Intended to replace the copper penny, these aluminum pennies were never officially circulated. A few examples managed to leave the mint, making them highly sought after by collectors. One of these pennies can be worth well over $100,000, though their legal status for private ownership is murky. 

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5. 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar 

Considered the first dollar coin issued by the United States federal government, its rarity and historical significance make it extremely valuable. While finding one in your pocket is virtually impossible, a high-grade example of this coin sold for over $10 million, highlighting its extreme collectible value. 

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6. 2004 Wisconsin State Quarter with Extra Leaf 

There are two varieties of this error: the "High Leaf" and "Low Leaf" extra leaf on the ear of corn on the reverse side of the coin. These error coins have fetched significant sums over $100,000 for exceptionally high grades or as part of a complete error set. 

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7. 1969-S Lincoln Penny with a Doubled Die Obverse 

This error coin features doubling on the coin's date and inscriptions. It's one of the most famous doubled die coins, and high-grade examples can be worth well over $100,000. 

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