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Need Some Extra Holiday Cash? This 10-Cent Coin Could Earn You $3,300

Could you use a little extra spending money this holiday season? You might want to take a closer look at what’s already in your purse or wallet! Many of us are unwittingly holding onto valuable coins — and if you happen to come across one called a Capped Bust Dime, you could be adding thousands of dollars to your bank account in no time!

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The Capped Bust Dime, which was in circulation from 1809 to 1837, is one of the earliest silver coins minted by the U.S. Treasury, making it a rare find and extra valuable to collectors. It features the profile of Lady Liberty’s bust with a decorative ribbon over her head that reads “Liberty.” (They made things a little obvious back then, right?) It features seven stars to the left and six stars to the right of the bust, representing the original 13 U.S. colonies.

Despite a dime today not being worth a whole lot, these old coins are going for thousands on auction sites, including a recent eBay listing that had 42 bidders and sold for $3,383. As with all coins, ones that are either in perfect condition or have quirky manufacturing errors tend to sell for more money. For example, one common reason that you may see a certain Capped Bust Dime going for more is because its silver surface has been well-maintained over the last two centuries. Additionally, some of these earlier coins have small dents on their sides from a manufacturing error when they were minted, making them even rarer.

Don’t see a shiny Capped Bust dime in your coin collection? Don’t worry! There are plenty of other bits that sell for big bucks online, like this $10 Gold Liberty Eagle and this Flowing Hair Dollar — the latter of which went for over $10,000 at a recent auction.

What are you waiting for? Go rummage around that spare change jar, or take an extra peek in your coin purse!

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