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State Quarters: Finding Treasures in your Pocket Change
The U.S. Mint produced 50 state quarters from 1999 to 2008. I find these state quarters a lot in my spare change, so I thought I'd find out if any of them were valuable.
It turns out that there are some error coins to look for, most famously the Wisconsin leaf error coin. There are also other errors to look for, like double strike and wrong planchet errors. Here's some information I've found.
Photo Credit Page updated 11/28/2011
2004-D Wisconsin Quarter with Leaf Error
Most valuable state quarter, and perhaps most common error quarter!
The most well known state error coin is the 2004-D Wisconsin State Quarter.
There are two varieties of this error, a high leaf and low leaf version. Both are valuable. These extra leaves are on the corn. In reality, they are not actually leaves, but probably the result of damage to the die.
These error coins have recently sold between $75-$200 on Ebay.
Need help recognizing it? Click here for close-up pictures of this error coin.
1999 D Delaware State Quarter with Rotated Reverse Quarter Error
Very rare quarter, value could be $100-250
A rotated reverse error is spotted by looking at the front of the quarter, turning the quarter over like you would turn the page of a book, and then looking at the back of the quarter. Normally when you do this, if the front is right side up, the back side will be upside down. This is because all standard U.S. coins have their back sides oriented 180Âº to their fronts.
This is a good error to look for on all coins. While uncommon, if you find a rotated reverse coin, it can be quite valuable.
The only state error coin with this error that has appeared on Ebay in the last year is the 1999 D Delaware quarter. It has only sold on Ebay twice in the last year, making it quite rare! Most recently one in MS 62 condition sold for $224.
What should I do if I find one? Learn about having it examined and certified!
State Quarters with Wrong Planchet Error
Huge error, these coins can be worth a lot!
The Planchet is the blank metal disc that the coin is made from. Sometimes, the wrong planchet will be used. For example a quarter struck on a nickel planchet. The result is usually a very strange looking coin, and one that can be quite valuable.
Recent auction sale prices:
Delaware quarter error struck on nickel planchet - $406
1999 D New Jersey Quarter Clipped Panchet Error Coin - $79
What is a die rotation error? - This video explains it best...
A rotated state quarter is an error that you might miss. It basically means that one side isn't right side up.... This video explains it better than I can.
Develop an Eye for Spotting Error Coins - This seems like the best book for beginners like me
The reviews indicate that this book can be helpful to anyone who wants to learn how to spot valuable coins among pocket change. It has lots of close-up pictures. Learn how to recognize valuable coins!
Recommended Websites & Articles - Lots of Great Information Here
- State Quarter Coin Missing Clad Layer
Learn how to authenticate missing clad error coins. Don't fall for a fake!
- Mint Error Coins
Close-up pictures of mint errors.
- What are Coin Planchets? Are They Worth Anything? | Coin News
A coin planchet is a metal, rounded disk containing the blended alloys that makeup a coin. When I think of a planchet, I'm reminded of medieval movies where a smith pulls a long piece of metal from a fiery pit...
- The United States Mint - The 50 State Quarters Program
Official website about the state quarters.
- Current Melt Value Of Coins - How Much Is Your Coin Worth?
Not all valuable coins are errors! Look for pre-1965 silver coins and more! Since the value of metal has increased so much, these older coins can be worth many times their face value.