These Rare Bicentennial Coins Are Worth Up to $200,000

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Don Lutes' Lucky Penny

Meet Don Lutes, whose ordinary 1943 bronze Lincoln penny turned out to be a hidden gem. Discovered in his high school cafeteria change, this rare coin fetched $204,000 at auction!

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Rare Coins: A History

Delve into the rich history of one-cent coins, dating back to the inception of the U.S. monetary system in 1792. Learn how prototypes like the large Birch cent paved the way for valuable pennies.

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1943 Bronze Lincoln: A Rarity

Discover the story behind the 1943 bronze Lincoln cent, a result of a Mint error during the war. Only 15 to 20 are known today, making it the most famous error coin in American numismatics.

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How to Identify the 1943 Bronze Lincoln

Learn to spot the rare 1943 bronze Lincoln. Beware of counterfeits with steel cores—use a magnet to verify its authenticity. With values ranging from $150,000 to $200,000, it's a potential treasure in your pocket!

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1969-S Doubled Die Obverse

Uncover the secrets of the 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse, with prominent doubling in "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST." Discover why a coin in good condition could fetch around $75,000.

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1992 Close AM Reverse

Explore the mix-up that led to the 1992 Close AM Reverse. Learn to identify the valuable feature where the right foot of the 'A' and left foot of the 'M' touch. Could your 1992 penny be worth up to $20,000?

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1972 Doubled Die Obverse

Dive into the doubling phenomenon of the 1972 Doubled Die Obverse. With doubling in "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST," these coins, if found, could be worth $100 or more.

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1999 Wide AM Reverse

Explore the opposite of the 1992 Close AM—the 1999 Wide AM penny. Understand the Mint's mistake and learn how this coin, if in good condition, could be worth up to $500.

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1995 Doubled Die Obverse

Spot the noticeable doubling in the 1995 Doubled Die Obverse, especially in the word "LIBERTY." While less valuable, these are easier to find, with a potential value of up to $45.

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1999 Wide AM Reverse

Explore the opposite of the 1992 Close AM—the 1999 Wide AM penny. Understand the Mint's mistake and learn how this coin, if in good condition, could be worth up to $500.

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1983 Double Die Reverse

Experience the doubling on the reverse in the 1983 Double Die Reverse. With words like "ONE CENT" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" looking doubled, these coins, minted in roughly 250,000 copies, could hold value.

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Hidden Gems in Your Change

Realize the potential treasure in your pocket change. While most pennies are worth a few bucks, these rare finds could turn your spare change into a small fortune!

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