Identifying Regular Issue American Coins

Identifying Regular Issue American Coins

When identifying a regular issue American coin, you will want to do the following:

  1. Country - Ensure that the coin was minted by the U.S. Mint. Most coins will display the phrase "United States of America" on them. Some that do not identify the country will have another phrase that is common on American coins, such as "In God We Trust" or "Liberty".
  2. Denomination - Next, determine the denomination (face value) of the coin. In the United States of America, coin denominations are 1/2 cent, 1 cent, 2 cent, 3 cent, 5 cent (nickel or half-dime), 10 cent (dime), 20 cent, 25 cent (quarter dollar), 50 cent (half-dollar), 1 dollar, 2-1/2 dollar, 3 dollar, 4 dollar, 5 dollar, 10 dollar, or 20 dollar. The remainder of this page lists over 95 percent of all American coin types. Usually, there is only one type per year. You can double check by clicking on the images for a better view.
  3. Condition - Now that you have identified the coin, you may want to determine its "Grade". Check out our Grading Coins section for more details.

When you are finished identifying your coin, we invite you to consider learning How to Buy Coins. Valuations for each of the listed types of coins are estimates by American Coin using recent market data for grades of "Good" (G), "Very Fine" (VF) through "Uncirculated" (Unc). Of course, your coin may be worth substantially more due to date/mint mark rarity and other reasons. See our Grading Coins and What is it Worth sections for more details. However, it is nice to get a low baseline for what your coin may be worth. And you may find coins you need to complete your coin collection. Or if you are considering selling, look at How to Sell Coins.

If you were unable to identify your coin, you may wish to Contact Us.


  1/2 Cent  


1/2 Cent: Flowing Hair (1793)

Value: $2,500 (G) to $40,000 (Unc)


1/2 Cent: Liberty Cap (1794-1797)

Value: $300 (G) to $5,750 (Unc)


1/2 Cent: Draped Bust (1800-1808)

Value: $45 (G) to $775 (Unc)


1/2 Cent: Classic Head (1809-1835)

Value: $30 (G) to $150 (Unc)


1/2 Cent: Coronet (Braided Hair) (1840-1857)

Value: $30 (G) to $135 (Unc)

  1 Cent - Large  


1 Cent (Large): Chain (1793)

Value: $4,500 (G) to $125,000 (Unc)


1 Cent (Large): Wreath (1793)

Value: $2,100 (G) to $36,000 (Unc)


1 Cent (Large): Liberty Cap (1793-1796)

Value: $250 (G) to $5,000 (Unc)


1 Cent (Large): Draped Bust (1796-1807)

Value: $55 (G) to $2,500 (Unc)


1 Cent (Large): Classic Head (1808-1814)

Value: $70 (G) to $5,000 (Unc)


1 Cent (Large): Coronet (Matron) (1816-1835)

Value: $13 (G) to $190 (Unc)


1 Cent (Large): Coronet (Transitional) (1836-1839)

Value: $13 (G) to $130 (Unc)


1 Cent (Large): Coronet (Braided Hair) (1840-1857)

Value: $12 (G) to $100 (Unc)

  1 Cent - Small  


1 Cent (Small): Flying Eagle (1856-1858)

Value: $13 (G) to $330 (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Indian (T-1) (1859)

Value: $7 (G) to $200 (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Indian (T-2) (1860-1864)

Value: $4 (G) to $70 (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Indian (Bronze) (1864-1904)

Value: $0.75 (G) to $20 (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Lincoln (Wheat) (1909-1958)

Value: $0.02 (G) to $2 (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Lincoln (Steel) (1943)

Value: $0.03 (G) to $0.25 (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Lincoln (Memorial) (1959-2008)

Value: $0.01 (G) to Quote-bag (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Lincoln (Life) (2009)

Value: $0.01 (G) to Quote-bag (Unc)


1 Cent (Small): Lincoln (Shield) (2010-present)

Value: $0.01 (G) to Quote-bag (Unc)

  2 Cent  


2 Cent: Shield (1864-1873)

Value: $7 (G) to $60 (Unc)

  3 Cent  


3 Cent: Silver Type 1 (1851-1853)

Value: $15 (G) to $125 (Unc)


3 Cent: Silver Type 2 (1854-1858)

Value: $25 (G) to $185 (Unc)


3 Cent: Silver Type 3 (1859-1873)

Value: $25 (G) to $135 (Unc)


3 Cent: Nickel (1865-1889)

Value: $7 (G) to $60 (Unc)

  5 Cent  


Silver Half Dime: Flowing Hair (1794-1795)

Value: $900 (G) to $7,800 (Unc)


Silver Half Dime: Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796-1797)

Value: $925 (G) to $11,000 (Unc)


Silver Half Dime: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle (1800-1805)

Value: $875 (G) to $8,000 (Unc)


Silver Half Dime: Capped Bust (1829-1837)

Value: $30 (G) to $225 (Unc)


Silver Half Dime: Seated Liberty, No Stars (1837-1838)

Value: $20 (G) to $400 (Unc)


Silver Half Dime: Seated Liberty, With Stars (1838-1859)

Value: $10 (G) to $90 (Unc)


Silver Half Dime: Seated Liberty, Arrows (1853-1855)

Value: $10 (G) to $110 (Unc)


Silver Half Dime: Seated Liberty, Legend on Obverse (1860-1873)

Value: $9 (G) to $85 (Unc)


Nickel: Shield-Rays (1866-1867)

Value: $15 (G) to $200 (Unc)


Nickel: Shield, No Rays (1867-1883)

Value: $10 (G) to $85 (Unc)


Nickel: Liberty Head "V" - no cents (1883)

Value: $3.50 (G) to $17 (Unc)


Nickel: Liberty Head "V" - with cents (1883-1913)

Value: $0.60 (G) to $33 (Unc)


Nickel: Buffalo Type 1 (1913)

Value: $5 (G) to $19 (Unc)


Nickel: Buffalo Type 2 (1913-1938)

Value: $0.20 (G) to $10 (Unc)


Nickel: Jefferson (1938-1942, 1946-2003)

Value: $0.05 (G) to $0.05 (Unc)


Nickel: Jefferson, Wartime Alloy (1942-1945)

Value: $0.75 (G) to $3 (Unc)


Nickel: Jefferson, Westward Journey series (2003-2004)

Value: $0.05 (G) to $0.05 (Unc)


Nickel: Jefferson, Close-up, Westward Journey series (2005)

Value: $0.05 (G) to $0.05 (Unc)


Nickel: Forward-facing Jefferson (2006-present)

Value: $0.05 (G) to $0.05 (Unc)

  10 Cent  


Dime: Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796-1797)

Value: $1,800 (G) to $15,500 (Unc)


Dime: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle (1798-1807)

Value: $345 (G) to $3,550 (Unc)


Dime: Capped Bust (Large) (1809-1828)

Value: $40 (G) to $770 (Unc)


Dime: Capped Bust (Small) (1828-1837)

Value: $22 (G) to $525 (Unc)


Dime: Seated Liberty, No Stars (1837-1838)

Value: $22 (G) to $575 (Unc)


Dime: Seated Liberty, with Stars (1838-1860)

Value: $8 (G) to $160 (Unc)


Dime: Seated Liberty, with Arrows (1853-1855)

Value: $9 (G) to $200 (Unc)


Dime: Seated Liberty, Legend on Obverse (1860-1873, 1875-1891)

Value: $8 (G) to $85 (Unc)


Dime: Seated Liberty, with Arrows (1873-1874)

Value: $10 (G) to $260 (Unc)


Dime: Barber (1892-1916)

Value: $1.75 (G) to $65 (Unc)


Dime: Mercury (1916-1945)

Value: $1.50 (G) to $4 (Unc)


Dime: Roosevelt, silver (1946-1964)

Value: $1.25 (G) to $1.50 (Unc)


Dime: Roosevelt, clad (1965-present)

Value: $0.10 (G) to $0.10 (Unc)

  20 Cent  


Twenty Cent: Seated Liberty (1875-1878)

Value: $60 (G) to $400 (Unc)

  25 Cent  


Quarter: Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796)

Value: $8,000 (G) to $50,000 (Unc)


Quarter: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle (1804-1807)

Value: $310 (G) to $8,000 (Unc)


Quarter: Capped Bust (Large) (1815-1828)

Value: $65 (G) to $2,200 (Unc)


Quarter: Capped Bust (Small) (1831-1838)

Value: $35 (G) to $1,200 (Unc)


Quarter: Seated Liberty, No Motto (1838-1853, 1856-1865)

Value: $15 (G) to $200 (Unc)


Quarter: Seated Liberty, Arrows & Rays (1853)

Value: $15 (G) to $550 (Unc)


Quarter: Seated Liberty, Arrows (1854-1855)

Value: $15 (G) to $335 (Unc)


Quarter: Seated Liberty, Motto above Eagle (1866-1873, 1875-1891)

Value: $15 (G) to $160 (Unc)


Quarter: Seated Liberty, Arrows & Motto (1873-1874)

Value: $15 (G) to $500 (Unc)


Quarter: Barber (1892-1916)

Value: $5 (G) to $125 (Unc)


Quarter: Standing Liberty Type 1 (1916-1917)

Value: $15 (G) to $135 (Unc)


Quarter: Standing Liberty Type 2 (1917-1930)

Value: $3.75 (G) to $75 (Unc)


Quarter: Washington, Silver (1932-1964)

Value: $3 (G) to $3 (Unc)


Quarter: Washington, Clad (1965-1974, 1977-1998)

Value: $0.25 (G) to $0.25 (Unc)


Quarter: Washington, Bicentennial (1975-1976)

Value: $0.25 (G) to $0.25 (Unc)


Quarter: Washington, States & Territories (1999-2009)

Value: $0.25 (G) to $0.25 (Unc)


Quarter: Washington, National Parks (2010-present)

Value: $0.25 (G) to $0.25 (Unc)

  50 Cent  


Half Dollar: Flowing Hair (1794-1795)

Value: $650 (G) to $31,000 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796-1797)

Value: $24,000 (G) to $200,000 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle (1801-1807)

Value: $125 (G) to $6,150 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Capped Bust, Lettered Edge (1807-1836)

Value: $35 (G) to $700 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Capped Bust, Reeded Edge (1836-1839)

Value: $35 (G) to $775 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Seated Liberty, No Motto (1839-1853, 1856-1866)

Value: $25 (G) to $275 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Seated Liberty, Arrows & Rays (1853)

Value: $30 (G) to $1,000 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Seated Liberty, Arrows (1854-1855)

Value: $28 (G) to $315 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Seated Liberty, Motto (1866-1873, 1875-1891)

Value: $28 (G) to $230 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Seated Liberty, Arrows & Motto (1873-1874)

Value: $28 (G) to $525 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Barber (1892-1915)

Value: $9 (G) to $310 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Walking Liberty (1916-1947)

Value: $6 (G) to $20 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Franklin (1948-1963)

Value: $6 (G) to $8 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Kennedy (90% Silver) (1964)

Value: $6 (G) to $6 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Kennedy (40% Silver) (1965-1970)

Value: $2 (G) to $3 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Kennedy Clad (1971-2001)

Value: $0.50 (G) to $0.50 (Unc)


Half Dollar: Kennedy, limited circulation (2002-present)

Value: $0.50 (G) to $0.50 (Unc)

  1 Dollar  


Dollar: Flowing Hair (1794-1795)

Value: $1,450 (G) to $45,000 (Unc)


Dollar: Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1795-1798)

Value: $1,250 (G) to $31,000 (Unc)


Dollar: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle (1798-1804)

Value: $600 (G) to $15,500 (Unc)


Dollar: Seated Liberty, Gobrecht (1836-1839)

Value: $3,100 (G) to $16,000 (Unc)


Dollar: Seated Liberty, No Motto (1840-1866)

Value: $210 (G) to $1,250 (Unc)


Dollar: Seated Liberty, Motto (1866-1873)

Value: $210 (G) to $1,250 (Unc)


Dollar: Trade (1873-1885)

Value: $90 (G) to $625 (Unc)


Dollar: Morgan (1878-1904, 1921)

Value: $17 (G) to $35 (Unc)


Dollar: Peace, High Relief (1921)

Value: $50 (G) to $185 (Unc)


Dollar: Peace, Low Relief (1922-1928, 1934-1935)

Value: $15 (G) to $25 (Unc)


Dollar: Eisenhower (1971-1974, 1977-1978)

Value: $1.05 (G) to $2 (Unc)


Dollar: Eisenhower Bicentennial (1975-1976)

Value: $1.05 (G) to $2 (Unc)


Dollar: Susan B. Anthony (1979-1981, 1999)

Value: $1 (G) to $1.05 (Unc)


Dollar: Sacagawea (2000-present)

Value: $1 (G) to $1 (Unc)


Dollar (Gold): Liberty Head (1849-1854)

Value: $150 (VF) to $200 (Unc)


Dollar (Gold): Indian Head Small Head (1854-1856)

Value: $290 (VF) to $775 (Unc)


Dollar (Gold): Indian Head Large Head (1856-1889)

Value: $155 (VF) to $235 (Unc)

  2-1/2 Dollar  


Two and One Half Dollar: Heraldic Bust Right, No Stars (1796)

Value: $50,000 (VF) to $160,000 (Unc)


Two and One Half Dollar: Heraldic Bust Right, Stars (1796-1807)

Value: $4,500 (VF) to $22,000 (Unc)


Two and One Half Dollar: Capped Draped Bust Large (1808)

Value: $26,000 (VF) to $120,000 (Unc)


Two and One Half Dollar: Capped Draped Bust Medium (1821-1827)

Value: $5,600 (VF) to $19,000 (Unc)


Two and One Half Dollar: Capped Draped Bust Small (1829-1834)

Value: $4,100 (VF) to $13,750 (Unc)


Two and One Half Dollar: Classic Head (1834-1839)

Value: $370 (VF) to $2,400 (Unc)


Two and One Half Dollar: Liberty Coronet (1840-1907)

Value: $225 (VF) to $275 (Unc)


Two and One Half Dollar: Indian Head (1908-1929)

Value: $225 (VF) to $275 (Unc)

  3 Dollar  


Three Dollar: Indian Head (1854-1889)

Value: $550 (VF) to $1,350 (Unc)

  4 Dollar  


Four Dollar: Flowing Hair (1879-1880)

Value: $55,000 (VF) to $115,000 (Unc)


Four Dollar: Coiled Hair (1879-1880)

Value: $90,000 (VF) to $190,000 (Unc)

  5 Dollar  


Five Dollar: Capped Bust, Small Eagle (1795-1798)

Value: $17,500 (VF) to $51,000 (Unc)


Five Dollar: Capped Bust, Heraldic Eagle (1795-1807)

Value: $3,200 (VF) to $9,500 (Unc)


Five Dollar: Capped Draped Bust (1807-1812)

Value: $2,700 (VF) to $7,750 (Unc)


Five Dollar: Capped Head (1813-1834)

Value: $2,500 (VF) to $6,750 (Unc)


Five Dollar: Classic Head (1834-1838)

Value: $385 (VF) to $2,750 (Unc)


Five Dollar: Coronet Liberty, No Motto (1839-1866)

Value: $325 (VF) to $850 (Unc)


Five Dollar: Coronet Liberty, with Motto (1866-1908)

Value: $290 (VF) to $315 (Unc)


Five Dollar: Indian Head (1908-1929)

Value: $310 (VF) to $360 (Unc)

  10 Dollar  


Ten Dollar: Capped Bust, Small Eagle (1795-1797)

Value: $25,000 (VF) to $75,000 (Unc)


Ten Dollar: Capped Bust, Heraldic Eagle (1797-1804)

Value: $7,100 (VF) to $20,000 (Unc)


Ten Dollar: Coronet Liberty, No Motto (1838-1866)

Value: $700 (VF) to $2,300 (Unc)


Ten Dollar: Coronet Liberty, with Motto (1866-1907)

Value: $600 (VF) to $620 (Unc)


Ten Dollar: Indian Head (1907-1908)

Value: $600 (VF) to $625 (Unc)


Ten Dollar: Indian Head, with Motto (1908-1933)

Value: $600 (VF) to $625 (Unc)

  20 Dollar  


Twenty Dollar: Coronet Liberty, No Motto (1849-1866)

Value: $1,450 (VF) to $ (Unc)


Twenty Dollar: Coronet Liberty (1866-1876)

Value: $1,235 (VF) to $1,275 (Unc)


Twenty Dollar: Coronet (1877-1907)

Value: $1,200 (VF) to $1,210 (Unc)


Twenty Dollar: Saint Gaudens, High Relief (1907)

Value: $6,000 (VF) to $10,000 (Unc)


Twenty Dollar: Saint Gaudens (1907-1933)

Value: $1,200 (VF) to $1,210 (Unc)




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