Part 3, This article is continued from the last issue which continues with a general list of coins worth a premium.
Silver Dimes, Quarters, and Half Dollars dated 1964 and before will have a premium.. You may be shocked as to their value. Half Dollars made between 1965 and 1970 are made of 40% silver and will have a premium.
Silver dollars made 1935 and before will have a premium. Note that the Eisenhower dollar made for circulation from 1971 to 1978 are not silver and can occasionally be picked up at your local bank. That being stated, the U.S. Mint did issue 40% silver dollars from 1971-74 in special blue envelopes and brown boxes that have a premium. Also, 1976 special edition 3pc Silver sets where issued in 40% Silver, but 1976 Eisenhower Dollars issued for circulation are not silver. Eisenhower Dollars are the last of the large coin issued for circulation and there may be a time in the future when they will have a strong secondary market.
U.S. Gold Coins minted 1933 and before will have a premium. This includes all denominations. There are many special issues and modern commemorative coins made by the U.S. Mint along with Proof and Mint sets that will have a premium. Basically, if you have coins, medals, or anything unusual or in special packaging, it is a good idea to get them checked out by a professional.
Do not toss world coins and currency. Almost all have some value to collectors even if the coins cannot be used in their respective country. Of course, most collections and sets will have a premium value along with many reference books on coins and paper money. Do not clean coins as it is almost always better to leave them as found. There are occasions when coins have been stored in destructive holders that contain PVC or other materials that can damage coins. These situations require professional handling and possible conservation of the coins.
The information presented is a quick reference and not a comprehensive list which might require books and research. Those who just want to get familiar with coins and learn more about them can always come by the coin shop, Thoreson Numismatics located at 118 West Main Street in Turlock or call Troy at 209-668-3682.