Marvin G. writes: I have several old coins that I am wondering about as far as worth. 1) An 1849 Liberty one cent. 2) An $1 Liberty head 1883. 3) A $1 1979 Susan B Anthony. 4) An 1899 Dime 5) 3 5cent pieces – 1896,1901,1888. Also we have come upon a “Heads/Tails” Comic Coin#3 would you know anything about this piece?
The large cent of 1849 is certainly fun. It’s bigger that a quarter and many times thicker. This coin was widely used coin by the public as it could buy a loaf of bread or a quart of milk. The value of this treasure depends on the state of preservation. Average circulated pieces bring less than $15.
The 1883 Morgan silver dollar is common, though you don’t mention the mint mark, a Carson City example would be worth more and a San Francisco issue would be more still. Anywhere from $15 and up.
The SBA dollar is current money and available at most banks. There are finally in heavy use now and have become the token of choice on municipal transportation systems around the United States. The U.S. Treasury is actually down to less than a two year supply and is currently considering a new dollar coin.
The 1899 Barber dime is a classic and is in very much demand by collectors but must be at least in a state where the headband shows all the letters in “LIBERTY”. Again, you didn’t mention the mint or the condition. The New Orleans and San Francisco mint examples are the most in demand and can bring from $3 to hundreds of dollars depending on condition.
Head and Tails tokens were popular in the 1950’s and were issued by magazines, oil companies and others. An interesting advertising medium and very collectable.