David B. writes: Many years ago while out on the old family farm, my grandfather told me that he and his 3 brothers had hidden coins in leather bags in the three trunks around the yard. We decided to go looking and found several of the old bags most of them deteriorated, but many coins. He said I could have them. Long story short, I kept some and he put the rest in a lock box. Most of them being early 1900 dimes and virtually 1000’s of 1901 Indian head pennies. Question, are these worth anything, possibly for my great grandchildren? My grandfather is longer here and grandmother insists I wait until she dies to look in the lock-box! Thanks. P.S. The farm has been sold but the old trees are still there
Condition is everything with coins, but the dimes, even if deteriorated, are silver and would be worth at least $1.20 each at the present silver price. High grade circulated pieces would bring from several dollars to as much as $35 dollars each. Of course, an uncirculated coin could bring a great deal more. The Indian cents, if original and uncleaned and at least just average condition, could bring from 25 cents to 80 cents each. Again uncirculated pieces are worth a good deal more. Take them to a reputable dealer, sell them and enjoy the money.