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Finding Serious Money in Uncommon Coins
A common, but popular, error coin is one that is struck off center. If the date is visible, it is worth more.

When beginning collectors survey the field of numismatics, they often follow the path of least resistance and simply collect by date and denomination, with little thought about the interesting byways that can be found in the coins of the United States. One of the most spectacular examples of not following the usual direction was seen in late 2004 when an alert collector discovered a variation on the Wisconsin state quarter issued that year.

Extra leaves were found by the corn stalk, in two different positions. These alterations to the die were done by a skilled hand and clearly not mere damage to a reverse die. The demand for these special pieces is rather high among advanced collectors and strictly uncirculated pieces, of either variety (high or low leaf, see illustration with this article) are worth more than $100. And such coins are still in circulation, waiting for you to find them.


One of the more interesting avenues of specialty collecting in the coinage of the United States is to acquire a coin whose dies came from a particular engraver. The task is easy for the past century or so, even given the large number of engravers and designers for the various modern quarter dollars and dollars.

The problem in this area begins at an early date. Using 1793 as the date of the first regular circulating coinage, we find two different men preparing dies for the cent and half cent coinage of that year. The first such engraver was Chief Coiner Henry Voight, who reluctantly prepared the dies for the Chain and Wreath cents as well as the half cents. The government had been unable to find a skilled engraver for the first several months of that year, and Voight stepped in to fill the breach.

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