You might assume that only really old coins can be worth more than their face value, but some newer mints can rake in a boatload of dough, too. For example, finding a certain silver dollar from 1995 could earn you way more than a buck.
Surprisingly enough, the highly sought after 1995-W Proof Silver Eagle dollar coins were actually given away for free with the purchase of another set of collectibles. According to experts at Professional Coin Grading Services (PCGS), the US Mint sold $5, $10, $25, and $50 Gold Eagle coins in 1995 as the 10th Anniversary American Eagle Proof Set. Those four were priced together at $999, but they offered the $1 silver piece as an optional bonus at no extra cost.
Although this makes it unlikely you’ll just happen to stumble upon it jangling around your wallet one day, someone might have passed it along to you as a gift while focusing on the four gold coins they actually spent money on. You can also keep an eye out for it at estate and garage sales as an overlooked gem. Either way, getting your hands on one could be worth up to $86,655 — which is exactly how much PCGS lists one selling for at an auction in 2013.
Of course, like any other coin, the amount you earn will vary based on how well the quality has held up over the years. However, the prices for even less pristine versions are nothing to sneeze at, either. A quick scroll through eBay shows listings for the 1995-W Proof Silver Eagle going for at least $3,000 and all the way up to over $25,000!
If you think you’ve got one, just make sure you aren’t getting fooled by another silver eagle from 1995 with a “P” mint mark (located under the branch in the eagle’s left talon) rather than a “W.” There were a lot more of those minted and sold all on their own, making them considerably less valuable.
You can also check your change jars for more coins that can earn you big money, like a rare nickel worth millions, a Kansas State quarter with a costly error, or a pretty penny that’s sold for $282,000!