Regular Issue Coins of the United States of America

The first step to identifying your regular issue coin is to determine the denomination of the coin. It is usually (but not always) written on the coin. Once you know the denomination, follow the link to the types for that denomination. The following tables alone will be sufficient to identify 95% of all types because there is typically only one type per year. You can double check by looking at the image links.

When you are finished identifying your coin, we invite you to visit our price list page. There you can find our outstanding price offers for coins by type. Of course, your coin may be worth substantially more due to date/mint mark rarity and other reasons. However, it is nice to get a low baseline for what your coin is worth.
 

1/2 Cent 5 Cent  50 Cent 4 Dollars 
1 Cent 10 Cent  1 Dollar 5 Dollars 
2 Cent 20 Cent  2 1/2 Dollars 10 Dollars 
3 Cent 25 Cent  3 Dollars 20 Dollars 
1/2 Cents:
 
Flowing Hair 1793   
Liberty Cap 1794-1797   
Draped Bust 1800-1808   
Classic Head 1809-1835   
Coronet Head 1840-1857   
1 Cent:
 
Large Cents:    
Chain 1793   
Wreath 1793   
Liberty Cap 1793-1796   
Draped Bust 1796-1807   
Classic Head 1808-1814   
Coronet (Matron Head)  1816-1835   
Coronet (Transitionals) 1835-1839   
Coronet (Braided Hair) 1840-1857   
Small Cents:    
Flying Eagle 1856-1858   
Indian (Copper-Nickel T-1) 1859   
Indian (Copper-Nickel T-2) 1860-1864   
Indian (Bronze) 1864-1909   
Lincoln (Wheat) 1909-1958   
Lincoln (Steel Composition) 1943
Lincoln(Memorial) 1959-present   
2 Cents:
 
Shield 1864-1873   
3 Cents:
 
Silver (Type 1) 1851-1853   
Silver (Type 2) 1854-1858   
Silver (Type 3) 1859-1873   
Nickel 1865-1889   
5 Cents:
 
Silver (Half Dimes)     
Flowing Hair 1794-1795  Obverse, Reverse
Draped Bust, Small Eagle  1796-1797  Obverse, Reverse
Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle  1800-1805  Obverse, Reverse
Capped Bust 1829-1837   
Seated Liberty - No Stars  1837-1838   
Seated Liberty - With Stars  1838-1859   
Seated Liberty - With Arrows  1853-1855   
Seated Liberty - Legend on Obverse  1860-1873   
Nickel 5c.    
Shield-Rays 1866-1867   
Shield-No Rays 1867-1883   
Liberty Head (V) - No Cents  1883   
Liberty Head (V) - With Cents  1883-1912   
Buffalo - Type 1 1913   
Buffalo - Type 2 1913-1938   
Jefferson 1938-1942, 1946-present 
Jefferson - Wartime Alloy  1942-1945  Obverse, Reverse
10 Cents:
 
Draped Bust, Small Eagle 1796-1797  Obverse, Reverse
Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle 1798-1807  Obverse, Reverse
Capped Bust (Large) 1809-1828   
Capped Bust (Small) 1828-1837   
Seated Liberty (No Stars) 1837-1838   
Seated Liberty (With Stars) 1838-1860   
Seated Liberty (With Arrows) 1853-1855   
Seated Liberty (Legend on Obverse) 1860-1873, 1875-1891   
Seated Liberty (With Arrows) 1873-1874   
Barber 1892-1916  
Mercury 1916-1945  
Roosevelt (Silver) 1946-1964  Obverse, Reverse
Roosevelt (Clad) 1965-present  Obverse, Reverse
20 Cents:
 
Seated Liberty 1875-1878  
25 Cents:
 
Draped Bust, Small Eagle 1796  Obverse, Reverse
Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle 1804-1807   
Capped Bust (Large) 1815-1828 Obverse, Reverse
Capped Bust (Small) 1831-1838  
Seated Liberty (No Motto) 1838-1853, 1856-1865   
Seated Liberty (Arrows & Rays) 1853   
Seated Liberty (Arrows) 1854-1855   
Seated Liberty (Motto Above Eagle) 1866-1873, 1875-1891   
Seated Liberty (Arrows & Motto) 1873-1874   
Barber 1892-1916  
Standing Liberty (Type 1) 1916-1917  Obverse, Reverse
Standing Liberty (Type 2) 1917-1930   
Washington (Silver) 1932-1964   
Washington (Clad) 1965-present  Obverse, Reverse
50 Cents:
 
Flowing Hair 1794-1795 Obverse, Reverse
Draped Bust, Small Eagle 1796-1797 
Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle 1801-1807   
Capped Bust (Lettered Edge) 1807-1836   
Capped Bust (Reeded Edge) 1836-1839 
Seated Liberty No Motto 1839-1853, 1856-1866   
Seated Liberty Arrows & Rays 1853 
Seated Liberty Arrows 1854-1855   
Seated Liberty Motto 1866-1873,1875-1891   
Seated Liberty Arrows & Motto 1873-1874   
Barber 1892-1915  
Walking Liberty 1916-1947   
Franklin 1948-1963  
Kennedy (90% Silver) 1964   
Kennedy (40% Silver) 1965-1970   
Kennedy (Clad) 1971-present   
1 Dollar
 
Silver    
Flowing Hair 1794-1795    
Draped Bust, Small Eagle 1795-1798   
Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle 1798-1804   
Seated Liberty No Motto 1840-1866   
Seated Liberty With Motto 1866-1873   
Trade Dollar 1873-1883  
Morgan Dollar 1878-1921  
Peace Dollar (High Relief) 1921   
Peace Dollar (Low Relief) 1922-1935   
Eisenhower Dollar 1971-1974, 1977-1978   
Eisenhower Bicentennial 1976   
Susan B. Anthony 1979-1981,???   
Gold    
Liberty Head 1849-1854  
Indian Head Small Head 1854-1856   
Indian Head Large Head 1856-1889   
2 1/2 Dollars
 
Heraldic Bust Right - No Stars 1796  Obverse, Reverse
Heraldic Bust Right - Stars 1796-1807  Obverse, Reverse
Capped Draped Bust Large 1808  Obverse, Reverse
Capped Draped Bust Medium 1821-1827  Obverse, Reverse
Capped Draped Bust Small 1829-1834 
Classic Head 1834-1839 Obverse, Reverse
Liberty Coronet 1840-1907   
Indian Head 1908-1929  
3 Dollars
 
Indian Head 1854-1889  
4 Dollars
 
Flowing Hair 1879-1880 Obverse, Reverse
Coiled Hair 1879-1880 Obverse, Reverse
5 Dollars
 
Capped Bust - Small Eagle 1795-1798   
Capped Bust - Large Eagle 1795-1807  Obverse, Reverse
Capped Draped Bust 1807-1812  Obverse, Reverse
Capped Head 1813-1834 Obverse, Reverse
Classic Head  1834-1838  
Coronet Liberty No Motto 1839-1866  Obverse, Reverse
Coronet Liberty With Motto 1866-1908   
Indian Head 1908-1929  
10 Dollars
 
Capped Bust-Small Eagle 1795-1797  , Reverse 
Capped Bust Large Eagle 1797-1804   
Coronet Liberty - No Motto 1838-1866   
Coronet Liberty - With Motto 1866-1907   
Indian Head-No Motto 1907-1908   
Indian Head With Motto 1908-1933   
20 Dollars
 
Coronet Liberty No Motto 1849-1866
Coronet Liberty Twenty D.  1866-1876   
Coronet Twenty Dollars  1877-1907   
Saint-Gaudens - High Relief 1907   
Saint Gaudens 1907-1933