American Coins That Were Once Worth Thousands but Are Now Worth Nothing

Produced in the early 1900s during the Silver Rush, this coin was highly sought-after due to its limited minting. As silver lost its allure, so did the coin’s value

To commemorate America’s bicentennial, the U.S. minted special quarters in the mid-70s. Initially hoarded by collectors, they were so commonly saved that their value plummeted.

In the 1800s, private mints produced tokens that could be exchanged for goods during the Gold Rush. As federal currency stabilized, these tokens’ worth dissolved.

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In its first design iteration, the Liberty Nickel did not feature the word “cents,” causing some folks to gold-plate them and pass them off as $5 gold coins.

When the U.S. began issuing state-specific quarters, the initial runs, like Delaware’s, were hoarded. As the novelty wore off, their value declined, making them essentially face-value coins.

Minted in the 1920s to mark the 300th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing, these coins were once highly prized. With time and the introduction of other commemorative coins, their value diminished.

Originally minted in high numbers due to the demand for silver coins, as the U.S. moved away from silver coinage, their value as collectibles decreased, with most now being worth little more than their silver content.

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