Let’s Begin

Welcome to the world of coin roll hunting. No matter if you are a coin collector looking to fill some spots in your coin books, a silver stacker trying to get some silver coins at face value, or just someone who wants to learn what coins are worth keeping in their everyday change, this coin roll hunting beginners guide is for you.

Most all of our typical cash transactions result in us getting some amount of coins as change. Most people will toss the change aside never to think about it again until they want to spend it. They fail to realize that some of the coins have value beyond the amount displayed on it. If you take the time to learn what coins to keep an eye out for you will find that it’s not too uncommon to find some coins in circulation worth holding on to.

In order to coin roll hunt you will first need coins to look through. If you find yourself wanting to look through more volume of coins than what you get back as change then you can go to your bank to get rolls of coins. If you have an account at a bank simply walk up to the bank teller and tell them you would like to exchange cash for a certain amount in rolled coins. Most banks are even willing to order sealed boxes for their account holders on a weekly basis, for those looking to search large amounts of coins.

Listed below is a link to each coin denomination and the main information you need to know about them when searching through coins.

Coin Roll Hunting Pennies / Cents

How many pennies / cents in a roll? 50 / $0.50

How many pennies / cents in a box? 2500 / $25

1908 or earlier

1909-1958 wheat pennies

1960,1970S small date

1960 large date over small date

1960D D over D small over large date

1969D no initials

1969S, 1971, 1971S, 1972, 1983, 1995 Double Die

1984 Double Ear

1992, 1992D, 1998S, 1999S Close AM

1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 Wide AM

2009 Lincoln back

Coin Roll Hunting Nickels

1937 or earlier

1939 Doubled Monticello

1942-1945 War nickels

1943 3 over 2

1949D, 1955 D over S 1950D

1954S S over D

1994P, 1997P Matte proof

Coin Roll Hunting Dimes

1945 or earlier

1946-1964 Silver coinage

1982 No mint mark


Coin Roll Hunting Quarters

1930 or earlier (nothing during 1931) Silver coinage

1932-1964 Also silver coinage

1937, 1942D, 1943, 1943S Double Die

1950D D over S

1950S S over D

Wisconsin Quarter extra leaf

Turned Die State Quarter

Coin Roll Hunting Halves / Half Dollars

1970 and earlier

1974D Double Die

1987 (both P and D)

Once you have searched through your coins there are several options of how to get those coins back into something a bit easier to spend again. The most common option is to obtain coin wrappers and roll the change to then return to a bank. Most banks will give you free coin wrappers when you ask for them. If you plan on returning a large amount of rolled change be sure to go at a time that is a bit slower if possible so you don’t hold everyone else up while the teller counts and sorts your rolls of coins. Another option is to deposit your coins into a CoinStar machine, however unless you choose the gift card option to put your balance onto you will have to pay a fee for the counting. Some banks and credit unions have coin counters as well that they let their account holders use without fees, this is ideal for most coin roll hunters. The last option is often available with the larger banks if you request it. Large plastic coin deposit bags are supplied that allow you to write your account information on, you then simply fill the bag with loose coins and return to the bank. The bank will credit your deposit when the bag gets counted by machine. This is often 1-3 days, but saves the time of not having to roll any coins.