U.S. Error Coin Values

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Prices for United States Error Coins
Note: The approximate prices listed below are for the most common U.S. coin errors and have been collected from auction results, dealer buy/sell lists and standard numismatic publications. To learn how errors occur, see U.S. Mint Error Coins

Off Center Strikes

Coins that have been struck outside the collar that holds the coin in place when it is struck. The coin is incorrectly centered with part of the design missing.

Coin 20-40% 40-90%
Indian Cent (1859-1909) $40 $75
Lincoln Cents (copper) (1909-1982) $5. $5.
Lincoln Cents (zinc) (1982-  ) $2. $2.
Steel Cents (1943) $100. $500 – $750.
Liberty Nickels (1883-1912) $100-$200. $250 – $700.
Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938) $200 – $350. $375 – $450.
Jefferson Nickels (1938 –  ) $3 -$5. $3-$5.
War Time Nickels (1942-45) $50 – $125. $175 – $350.
Barber Dimes (1892-1916) $100 -$200. $250 – $350.
Mercury Dimes (1916-1945) $50 – $200. $225 – $325.
Roosevelt Dimes (1945-1964) $35 – $75. $75 – $50.
Roosevelt Dimes (1965-  ) $5 – $10. $6 – $5.
Washington Quarter (1932 – 1964) $75 – $160. $180 – $300.
Washington Quarter (1965-  ) $5 – $30. $30 – $100.
Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963) $300 – $400. $400 – $600.
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 $100 – $250. $300 – $400.
Kennedy Half Dollar (1965- 1969) $150 – $200. $300 – $400.
Kennedy Half Dollar 1970 Rare Rare
Kennedy Half Dollar (1971-  ) $35 – $60. $75 – $100.
Morgan Dollar (1878 – 1904), 1921 $500 – $4000. Unknown
Peace Dollar (1921-1935) ? ?
Eisenhower Dollar (1971-1978) $200 – $750. $1000 -$600.
Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979-81),1999 $50 – $100 $400 – $300.

Clipped Planchets (coin blanks)

Coins that are incomplete due to improperly cut blanks. If the steel rod that punches out blanks overlaps a previously cut portion of the coinage strip, a clipped blank results. Values of clipped planchets depend on the coin, the type of clip and the percentage missing from what would be a normal coin. Clips are categorized as curved, straight, ragged, incomplete and elliptical. Generally the more severe and interesting the error the more valuable the coin.

Coin Range
Indian Cent (1859-1909) $10 -$100
Lincoln Cents (copper)(1909-1982) $1 – $60
Lincoln Cents (zinc) (1982-  ) $1 – $10
Steel Cents (1943) $10 -$200.
Liberty Nickels (1883-1912) -
Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938) $15 – $80
Jefferson Nickels (1938 –  ) $1 -$50.
War Time Nickels (1942-45) $10 – $200.
Barber Dimes (1892-1916) -
Mercury Dimes (1916-1945) $10 – $50
Roosevelt Dimes (1945-1964) $5 – $150.
Roosevelt Dimes (1965-  ) $5 – $100.
Washington Quarter (1932 – 1964) $25 – $100.
Washington Quarter (1965-  ) $3 – $75.
Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963) $20 – $50
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 $10 – $400.
Kennedy Half Dollar (1965- 1969) $10 – $75.
Kennedy Half Dollar 1970 -
Kennedy Half Dollar (1971-  ) $10 – $60.
Morgan Dollar (1878 – 1904), 1921 $45 –  ?
Peace Dollar (1921-1935) $45 – ?
Eisenhower Dollar (1971-1978) $30 – $400.
Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979-81),1999 $50 – $100

Cracks and Cuds

Dies subject to excessive pressure or that are worn will sometimes develop cracks. Cracks appear as raised irregular lines that can distort legends and other parts of the coin’s design.  When a piece falls out of the die, coins struck from the damaged die show a raised lump or cud where the design is missing. Value depends on the size and placement of the die break or cud.

Coin Die break Cud
Indian Cent (1859-1909) $1 – $5. $10 – $30.
Lincoln Cents (copper)(1909-1982) .50 -$2. $5 – $20.
Lincoln Cents (zinc) (1982-  ) .50 -$2. $5 – $20
Steel Cents (1943) $1 -$5. $10 – $20.
Liberty Nickels (1883-1912) ? ?
Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938) $2 – $4. $20 – $35.
Jefferson Nickels (1938 –  ) .50 -$1. $5 – $10.
War Time Nickels (1942-45) $1 – $3. ?
Barber Dimes (1892-1916) ? ?
Mercury Dimes (1916-1945) $3 -$8. $20 – $100.
Roosevelt Dimes (1945-1964) $3 – $10. $20 – $100.
Washington Quarter (1932 – 1964) $2 – $3. $15 – $25.
Washington Quarter (1965-  ) .50 – $2. $8 -$20.
Bicentennial Quarter 1976 $2 -$4. $20 -$100.
Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963) ? ?
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 $2. -$5. $75+
Kennedy Half Dollar (1965- 1969) ? ?
Bicentennial Half Dollar 1976 $4 – $8. $25 – $350.
Kennedy Half Dollar (1971-  ) $1 – $2. $25 – $100.
Morgan Dollar (1878 – 1904), 1921 $10 – $50. $100+
Peace Dollar (1921-1935) $10 – $50. $100+
Eisenhower Dollar (1971-1978) $5- $10. $100+
Susan B. Anthony Dollar (1979-81), 1999 $2 -$10. $100+

Blank Planchets

Type one flans have flat edges, type II flans have raised rims, ready for the coinage press.

Coin Flat Edge Raised Rim
Large Cent ? $100.
Indian Cent – Copper-Nickel $100. $100.
Lincoln Cent – Copper $3. $2.
Lincoln Cent – Zinc $1 $1
Lincoln Cent – Steel Zinc Coated (1943) $20. $25.
Nickel -Copper Nickel $3. $3.
Nickel – War Time Alloy $300 $400.
Dime – Silver $35. $35.
Dime – Clad $1. $2.
Quarter – Silver $100. $60.
Quarter – Clad $10. $5.
Half  Dollar – Silver $60. $25.
Half Dollar – 40% silver $125. $85.
Half Dollar – Clad $20. $20.
Dollar – Silver (Morgan/Peace) $400+ $400+
Dollar – Eisenhower $50. $50.
Dollar – Susan B. Anthony $35. $35.
Dollar – Sacagawea $35. $35.

Lamination Errors

A coin with a fragment of metal missing or peeled off the coin’s surface.  Caused by dirt or gas trapped in the strip as it is rolled out to the prescribed thickness. Lamination errors may be missing or attached to the coin’s surface.  In the case of clad coins, the outer layer may be completely or partially missing on one or both sides.

Coin Estimate
Large Cent $15.
Indian Cent $5
Lincoln cent (copper-pre 1983) $1
Lincoln cent (steel-1943) $15
Lincoln cent (zinc-1982-present) $15
Liberty Nickel $15
Buffalo Nickel $5
Jefferson Nickel $4
Wartime Jefferson Nickel (1942-45) $4
Barber Dime $12
Mercury Dime $6
Roosevelt Dime (silver) $8
Roosevelt Dime (clad) $6
Washington Quarter (silver) $15
Washington Quarter (clad) $10
State Quarter $15+
Bicentennial Quarter (1976) $25
Franklin Half-dollar $27
Kennedy Half-Dollar (silver) $20
Kennedy Half-Dollar (clad) $15
Bicentennial Half-Dollar $20
Silver Dollar $30
Eisenhower Dollar (clad) $40
Bicentennial Dollar (1976) $40+
SBA Dollar $30+

Unplated Lincoln Zinc Cents

Zinc cents with copper plating have been minted since the middle of  1982.  Sometimes the plating is partially or completely missing, resulting in cents with a silvery looking surface on part or all of the coin.

Completely unplated $100.
95% plated >$50.
50% plated $20.
10% plated $10.

Broadstrikes

Broadstrikes are coins that were struck outside the retaining collar.Without the collar the coins spread outand are larger than the normal pieces. If the coin normally has a reeded edge it will be missing from a broadstruck coin. Very wide and well centered pieces will bring much higher prices than the estimates below.

Coin Estimate
Indian Cent $50.
Lincoln Cent – copper $5
Lincoln Cent – zinc $5
Lincoln Cent – steel $25+
Buffalo Nickel $50+
Jefferson Nickel $6
Jefferson Nickel -War Time $60+
Mercury Dime $40.
Roosevelt Dime -silver $10.
Roosevelt Dime -copper-nickel $8.
Washington Quarter-silver $40.
Washington Quarter- copper-nickel $10.
Franklin Half Dollar $100+
Kennedy Half (1964) $100+
Kennedy Half -40% (1965-1970) ?
Kennedy Half – copper-nickel $40.
Eisenhower Dollar $200.
Susan B. Anthony Dollar $40.

State Quarter Errors

The new quarters with their novel designs have sparked keen interest in State quarter errors.

Off Center

Double Struck

Clipped Flan

Broad struck

180° Rotation

Lamination
Error

25c on 5c flan

$150. $1,000. $50+ $100. $50. $15+ $400+

Learn how these mistakes occur – See U.S. Mint Error Coins

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