Key Dates

Key Date Coins: The Good Stuff!

This is a list of the ‘Key Date’ coins. These are the low mintage rare coins in the most popular coin series, and thus typically increase in value faster than other coins. Essentially, this would a perfect list of great coins to invest in for long-term substantial growth.

Are these common dates or key dates?

Key Dates

Chain / Draped Bust / Capped Bust Cents

  • 1793
  • 1799
  • 1804
  • 1823

Flying Eagle Cent

  • 1856

Indian Cent

  • 1869/9
  • 1877
  • 1888/7
  • 1908 S
  • 1909 S

Lincoln Cent

  • 1909 S VDB
  • 1909 S
  • 1914 D
  • 1922 Plain (No D)
  • 1931 S
  • 1955/55 Double Die
  • 1972/72 Double Die

Two Cent Piece

  • 1864 Small Motto
  • 1872
  • 1873 Proof Only

Three Cent (Silver)

  • 1863 – 1873

Three Cent (Nickel)

  • 1877
  • 1878
  • 1882
  • 1883
  • 1884
  • 1885
  • 1886 Proof Only
  • 1887
  • 1889




Shield Nickel

  • 1877 Proof Only
  • 1878 Proof Only
  • 1879
  • 1879/8
  • 1880
  • 1881
  • 1883/2

Liberty Nickel (V Nickel)

  • 1885
  • 1886
  • 1912 S
  • 1913

Buffalo Nickel

  • 1913 D Type II
  • 1913 S Type II
  • 1914 D
  • 1916/16
  • 1921 S
  • 1926 S
  • 1937 D 3-legged

Jefferson Nickel

  • 1939 D
  • 1950 D

Barber Dime

  • 1894 S (Proof Only)
  • 1895
  • 1895 O
  • 1896 O
  • 1896 S
  • 1901 S
  • 1903 S

Mercury Dime

  • 1916 D
  • 1921
  • 1921 D

Roosevelt Dime

  • 1949 S
  • 1982 No Mint Mark
  • 1996 W

Barber Quarter

  • 1896 S
  • 1901 S
  • 1913 S
  • 1914 S

Standing Liberty Quarter

  • 1916
  • 1921
  • 1923 S

Washington Quarter

  • 1932 D
  • 1932 S




Seated Liberty Half

  • 1878 S

Barber Half Dollar

  • 1892 O
  • 1892 Micro O
  • 1892 S
  • 1893 S
  • 1896 S
  • 1897 S
  • 1897 O
  • 1914

Walking Liberty Half Dollar

  • 1916 S Obverse
  • 1921
  • 1921 D
  • 1938 D

Franklin Half Dollar

  • 1955

Kennedy Half Dollar

  • 1970 D

Bust Dollar

  • 1804

Seated Liberty Dollar

  • 1870 S

Morgan Dollar

  • 1879 CC
  • 1880 CC
  • 1881 CC
  • 1882 CC
  • 1883 CC
  • 1884 S
  • 1885 CC
  • 1889 CC
  • 1890 CC
  • 1891 CC
  • 1892 CC
  • 1892 S
  • 1893
  • 1893 CC
  • 1893 O
  • 1893 S
  • 1894
  • 1895 (Proof Only)
  • 1895 O
  • 1895 S
  • 1902 S
  • 1903 O
  • 1903 S

Peace Dollar

  • 1921
  • 1928
  • 1934 S

Susan B. Anthony Dollar

  • 1979 Clear S
  • 1981 Clear S