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Check the se­ri­als Col­lec­tors on sites like Coolse­ri­al­num­bers. com are of­ten on the look­out for pa­per cur­rency with special se­rial num­bers on them. A com­mon one is dou­ble quads where two num­bers each re­peat four times, such as 44440000. Also in de­mand: se­rial num­bers that spell special dates. For ex­am­ple, one col­lec­tor was look­ing for a $ 2 bill with the se­rial 07041776—the date of the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion of the Independence— and was will­ing to pay up to $1,000 for it!

● 2 Seek out sil­ver

“The real money to be made is find­ing coins that con­tain ei­ther 90% or 40% sil­ver,” says Ryan Denby of Austin Rare Coins & Bul­lion in Texas. Typ­i­cally, quar­ters, dimes, half dol­lars and sil­ver dol­lars dated 1964 or ear­lier con­tain 90% sil­ver, and at to­day’s sil­ver prices of about $16, they’re worth about 10 times their face value. “So a dime can be sold for $1, a quar­ter can be sold for $ 2.50 and a half dol­lar is worth around $5!” Denby says. Watch for th­ese quar­ters Some­times the U.S. Mint makes mis­takes when cre­at­ing coins— and those small er­rors can be worth big bucks! Among the most valu­able: the 2004 Michi­gan state quar­ters, says Joshua Mc­mor­row-her­nan­dez of Coin

Dealer News­let­ter. “On some Michi­gan quar­ters, there’s an ex­tra leaf on the lower left side of the corn stalk on the re­verse. This lit­tle leaf wasn’t sup­posed to be part of the de­sign, but some­how it wound up there in the die-en­grav­ing process—th­ese can be worth $ 70 or more!”

● 4 Sharpen your eye

“There is a guide­book of United States Coins called the Red Book,” Denby says. “It shows every coin from every mint of every de­nom­i­na­tion as well as ap­prox­i­mate re­tail val­ues, pic­tures and every­thing else you could ask for. So if you have a lot of coins you’d like to re­search, a Red Book can be in­valu­able— it’ll let you fig­ure out whether you have a coin that’s worth a dol­lar or one that’s worth $100.”

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