Picture the scene: after you walk into a store and pay with cash, you leave the building and realize that you’ve been given an out-of-date coin with your change. In most cases, you’d then probably go on to throw the antiquated penny, nickel or dime away. But it may actually be worth more than you think to hang on to these pieces of currency. And if they’re one of these 40 coins, you could even be sitting on a small fortune.
40. Lincoln Memorial Cent
In 1972 the U.S. Mint released into circulation a special cent that featured Abraham Lincoln’s profile. Unfortunately, though, it was soon discovered that the coin had a glaring mistake: the inscription above and to the side of Honest Abe had been doubled. But while the error may have been embarrassing at the time, the 1972 Lincoln Memorial Cent Doubled Die Obverse has since become a sought-after item for coin-hunters. Incredibly, one even sold for $14,400 in a 2019 auction.