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Get a current Redbook and go through your change. I spent almost four hours going through what I had. Found a few silver coins and a few of the "rarer" years.

 

The Redbook is one of the best investments and tools a collector could ever have.

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Trying searching message boards and get a hold of the few books available.

The best bet really is to get the blue folders and put the nicest one of each

coin you can find in them. Watch for anything that's different and start learn-

ing about the varieties and errors. You'll find there's a pretty big challenge

here and a lot of fun.

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but are older ones more rare...like dimes in the 40's, nickels in the 50's, something like that?

 

The older coins, especially silver, are getting harder to find. I know people are keeping them back hoping silver prices will sky-rocket again. Normally there may be one or two silver coins in my change every month.

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The older coins, especially silver, are getting harder to find. I know people are keeping them back hoping silver prices will sky-rocket again. Normally there may be one or two silver coins in my change every month.

 

That's highly abnormal.

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There is not much of a real probability of finding any older coins that have

much of a premium or ever will. This was true in 1960 and it is far more true

today. If you enjoy collecting these then go for it or go to a coin shop and

many of them will be available cheaply. (obviously this doesn't apply to key

dates from the first few decades of the last century).

 

There is a much higher probability of finding later date coins which are worth

a premium. The chance is still not great but there are varieties, errors, special

issues and high grade coins issued in the last couple generation which can be

found. Perhaps more importantly from a collector standpoint is that there are

many many scarce and rare coins which might someday have a premium if

collectors ever demand these coins.

 

There aren't really any "key dates" as such in circulation. All the coins have

been made in substabntial numbers. However there are numerous "keys"

which are very difficult to find and are rarely seen in higher grades like XF or

AU. '69 and '71 dimes, '68-D, '69, '69-D and '71 quarters come to mind.

Most of the clad '82 and '83 issues can be sold for a substantial premium

in AU condition. An AU '83-P 25c can bring $20 or more.

 

As far as the special coins, there are just too many to list. There have been

such lists generated and they are findable. It would be much easier to help

with more specific questions which would arise if assembling a collection.

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What is special about that coin?  The mintage seems normal conpared to neighboring dates.

 

-Robert

 

They didn't appear in mint sets.

 

Collectors got in the habit of getting all their coins from the mint sets since the quality was better in the sets. Since the coins didn't appear in the sets people had to go out and look for rolls but very few of any of the quarter rolls have been saved since '65. By the time everyone realized the uncs were tough the AU's had worn down to XF.

 

This is the most common of the clads in AU but there is such a shortage of uncs, a really nice one can wholesale as high as $20.

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