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!
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!