When was the last time you took a hard look at the spare change around your house or in your purse? While it’s easy to pass over a few cents lying around, if you happen to stumble upon like a Liberty Head coin, you could be looking at a major payout.
Back in 1840, a series of quarter eagle coins were minted to have the face of Lady Liberty on one side. The piece features 13 stars encircling her profile and is encased in gold, which was incredibly valuable at the time. Despite the name, they were worth $2.50, and production on various other Liberty Head mints also continued until the early 1900s. In fact, a different subset of these coins called Liberty Head nickels, which are also called “V nickel,” are considered some of the rarest pieces in the world, with some selling for up to $4.5 million. (You’ve really hit the jackpot if you have one of those in your possession!)
But how much can you make off of these? Recently, a Liberty Head coin that was originally minted in Philadelphia almost 200 years ago sold for roughly $3,300. Currently, there are thought to be only around 80 to 100 of these pieces left out of the original 18,000 that were created way back then, making them valuable to collectors around the world. And while collecting four figures for a single coin sounds impressive, Liberty Head change from this same 1840 set that was uncirculated to the public can go for up to a jaw-dropping $30,000.
Even if you don’t have this mint lying around, it isn’t the only easy money that may be sitting in your house waiting to be discovered. A dollar coin featuring Sacagawea could make you up to $7,500 richer, and recently a penny from 1969 went for over $126,000. It’s all the more reason to start digging — or to take a second look before you throw your spare change into a piggy bank somewhere.