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Value of State Quarters
There's no doubt about it: the statehood quarter program was the most publicized coin mintage of the twenty-first century. I'm sure that many of us can still remember watching commercials for the quarter program many years after its inception. With so much exposure, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that these quarters were the most collected mintage in United States history. In total, a dazzling 56 designs were produced in a record-breaking 10-year period.
It was a truly amazing feat, but since they were produced in such vast quantities, the majority of these coins retain very little value. Unless, that is, you possess an error quarter! Although uncommon, misprinted statehood quarters are very real, and so is their increased value! This article will outline the history of the statehood quarter program and list some well-known and valuable errors.
"In God We Rust"
State Quarter History
Here's a bit of history and background on the statehood quarter program.
The Order of Releases
In 1999, the United States Mint began production of the 50 state quarters. Every year, five special-edition quarters would be released, each with an obverse representing a state, until a quarter had been minted for every state. These limited-edition coins were released into circulation in the same order the states came into statehood.
Changes on the Obverse and Reverse
Washington's portrait is still on the obverse of the state quarters, but some changes were made. The word "Liberty" was printed smaller, and the phrase "United States Quarter Dollar" was moved from the reverse to the obverse of the coin.
The reverse sides of the state quarters feature the year minted and one of the 50 unique state designs. The designs found on these quarters were chosen by the state governor and will never be reproduced again.
Extension: Which District and Territories Also Have Quarters?
The United States began minting an extension of the original 50 states quarter program in 2009. These additional quarters commemorated:
- The District of Columbia
- Puerto Rico
- American Samoa
- The United States Virgin Islands
- The Northern Mariana Islands
Releases by Year
- 1999: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
- 2000: Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia
- 2001: New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky
- 2002: Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi
- 2003: Illinois, Alabama, Maine, Missouri, Arkansas
- 2004: Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin
- 2005: California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia
- 2006: Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota
- 2007: Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah
- 2008: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii
- 2009: District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, United States Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands
These 56 quarters are a great way to snag a piece of American history and appeal to beginners and experienced coin collectors alike. But, as mentioned earlier, there isn't a whole lot of value currently contained in regular mintage state quarters. Between 400,000,000 and 1,600,000,000 copies of each were minted.
Unlike the regular minted coins, those with errors are far fewer in number and have a huge demand. With the demand, values for these coins can sometimes reach up to several hundred dollars. Below is a list of the most common error coins from the collection, as well as approximate values for these rare state quarters.
- 1999 Delaware Spitting Horse Error: Die cracking at the Philadelphia mint led to some quarters with extra metal around the horse's mouth. This extra metal looks as if the horse is spitting. Depending on the progression of the die crack and the condition of the coin, these errors can bring in anywhere from $2-20.
- 2004 Wisconsin Leaf Errors: Coins exhibiting these errors came from the Denver Mint. These coins range in value, but currently can fetch $50-100.
- 2005 Minnesota Double Die & Extra Tree Errors: There are a lot of errors associated with the Minnesota reverse. Values range from $10–300+.
- 2005 Kansas "IN GOD WE RUST" and Humpback Bison errors: Values really vary with these errors, but sometimes can reach up to $100.
- 2006 Colorado Cud Errors: Cud errors (an unintentional bump caused by a dent in the die) on the reverse side of the quarter can be viewed at the three o'clock position along the inner side of the rim. These quarters were released by the Philadelphia mint. Depending on the size of the cud, these quarters can fetch a value of $5-$35.
- 2007 Wyoming Double Die Reverse: This lesser-known error was minted in Philadelphia and sometimes can be hard to spot with the naked eye. With magnification, varied doubling around the saddle horn can be seen. Values for this error are unknown.
- 2008 Arizona Extra Cactus Leaves: Die breaks caused extra leaves on the Arizona Reverse. Values vary, but coins are generally sold around $10-20.
- 2009 District of Columbia Double Die Reverse: Some quarters minted in Denver exhibit doubling on the "ELL" in "ELLINGTON." With this variety, a greater degree of doubling translates into higher demand, but the market for this coin is still too young to solidify any general value.
- State Quarters on Nickel Planchets: These odd coins can show up in any year, but seem to be more common in the first year Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia coins. Accidentally struck on Nickel planchets, these coins are slightly smaller than a regular quarter. Error coin diameter size = 21.2mm. Regular quarter size = 24.3mm. Values for these coins depend on condition, but can reach well over a thousand dollars.
- Other Errors: There are many different errors that have shown up in almost every year of mintage. Some of these errors may include die breaks, off-center striking, planchet clipping, die cuds, grease strike-through errors and missing layers. As the market is still fairly young, values for these types of errors will vary greatly but could be worth $5-300+ depending on what you have.
State quarter errors are by far the most valued quarters of the statehood collection, but they're also much harder to find. Don't let the odds overcome you, though! With billions of these quarters minted, there's always a chance one of these valuable errors will find its way into your pocket change! Keep a sharp eye out, and never give up on searching. You could have a valuable state quarter error sitting around right now, but if you never look, you'll never know! As always, thank you for reading this article on state quarter errors, and good luck with your coin collecting endeavors!
More on American Coinage
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firstname.lastname@example.org on August 04, 2020:
I got anevada quarter in god we rust and looks lick a beak coming out of forehead and it looks like a w onwhole face is it worth any thing
Gary Bratcher on August 04, 2020:
I have one dollar bill with George Washington on both side I think the ink must have been transfer on to my bill any idea on value thanks Gary
Capt hook on July 26, 2020:
I found a broadstruck Arizona quarter identical to the picture above
Shardaja Young on July 08, 2020:
I have a 1974 quarter with missing letters like LIBERTY miss spell as you can see the E a little bit and the R the same way TY.There is no L OR I OR B, IN GOD WE TRUST maybe you can see the E in WE,and maybe you can see TST in TRUST. I need some good buyers.
Mike lanius on June 30, 2020:
I have a quarter in the center is a circle that doesn’t go all the way through.
Jewel Benjamin on June 21, 2020:
i have a quarter printed 19877 how rare it
Rhonda Hosford on February 11, 2020:
I have a 2004 D texas quarter dyed spots but uner the United states of America you can see other letters,how raee is this
Tony Hamm ll on February 08, 2020:
I have a 2004 Quarter that has a funny saying on it or word dollar instead of dollar and you can’t see but the a and M in the word America how much would it be worth with the funny word dolla
Tony Hamm on February 08, 2020:
I have a 2004 quarter that don’t have it says DOLLA AND ITS ONLY GOT A FEW LETTERS OF. America
Cstew73 on February 05, 2020:
I have a 2001 Rhode Island state quarter that was not nickel plated on the back side. How much would that be worth?
gus on February 03, 2020:
I have nothing am I worth anything
Timothy Wooten on February 01, 2020:
I have a 2000 South Carolina State Quarter that was only center struck on the reverse side. The forward side has a circle cut that is raised. I found it in a roll of quarters
BERNARD on January 30, 2020:
I have a 200o state quarter looks bras on 1 side
Mariefrance Weiler on January 24, 2020:
I have a u.s. state quarter, unclad with california on one side and new jersey on the other. Is it worth anything?
Colt45 on January 13, 2020:
I have an 2003 arkansas colored quarter qith an error. Trying to get an estimate
Donna Hoyler on January 11, 2020:
I’ve come across a 2000 D New Hampshire State quarter. The old man in the mountain. The outside edges smooth around the coin. And on the reverse side you can’t really make out what it is the live free or die you can only see the LIF are in the word OR and you can’t really make out a lot of anything else?
J P on January 08, 2020:
I have a Delaware State Quarter which has the reverse 90 Degrees ccw. When you flip the coin, the horse is standing on its nose. How much is this error coin worth because I cannot find any reference to this particular error.
Mike on January 05, 2020:
I have a quarter dollar blank planchette on both sides
Amber Bentley on January 04, 2020:
I have a 2003 quater with the word "change" on the bottom where quater dollar is. Is this unusual and if so how can I found more info about it?
ken on January 03, 2020:
Anybody heard of maine quarter printed about 45 deg. off?
Joshua johnson on December 30, 2019:
I have a 2006 Colorado quarter where the quarter says on the front side United States of America it is missing the United so it says States of America is this a rare quarter
Bob on December 29, 2019:
I just found 1964 P quarter with also 1963 date in between 1964 the 1963 is 2/3 the size almost missed it because of patina I believe it to be something special going through a old bag of junk silver I’ve owned for close to 20 years first time I’ve ever had the time to look at the coins in detail
I have a 2019 lowell quarter its phillidaelphia mintmark and i want to know how much itsworth on December 26, 2019:
I also have a 2000p mintmark newhampshire quarter and it hasa missing word (liberty) iwant to knowhow much it's woryh plz help me
Anonymous 47162 on December 26, 2019:
how much money is the 'Old Man Of The Mountain' New Hampshire Phillidaelphia mint mark state quarter worth?
Mike Flowers on December 25, 2019:
I have a 2002 State Quarter (TENNESSEE)and the coin is extremely shiney and also in mint condition.No copper on sides of the coin .. believe it to be Silver and I am trying to find out how it happened.Thank You.
Anthony poradosky on December 18, 2019:
I have a 1999 die filled quarter how much do you think it's worth
Denice on December 17, 2019:
1923Susan B Anthony dollar, is she worth anything?
Denice on December 17, 2019:
1923Susan B Anthony dollar, is she worth anything?
jonette maalea on December 15, 2019:
i found a disitrict of Colombia quarter with melted rim and the coin has huge lump on Washington face.. is this quarter suppose to be in circulation?
Matthew Fulton on December 13, 2019:
I got a quarter from the store it's silver in on one side and gold on the other it's a 02 louisiana ???
Jeremiah on December 13, 2019:
I have a 1999 with worn letters in liberty the i is missing, and it says "in god w tru" the e in we is barly visable same with the st in trust. Havent seen any like this on coin errors.
The amazing world with woodchips on December 11, 2019:
I have a 2005 Kansas State quarter with a die brake that looks like a spear stuck into the side of the buffalo on the back side quarter. It's a used quarter and does it have value.
Clarence Bookman on December 08, 2019:
I have a Quarter 2000 p with an error the letter E. In we is more like double pressed..
J on December 07, 2019:
I have a Michigan state quater no dates or letters on revers side but picture is perfectly bold outer edge around picture is not stamped and face side has only partial letters at top and the very top of the head no face visible how much is it worth
Michele Arlt on December 05, 2019:
I have a quarter , it does not have an eagle just the head printed om both sides, and on one side it has the year 1992 and on the other has 1994., If its worth anything please let me know
Mary Neely on December 01, 2019:
I have a 2006D South Dakota Quartet with an error on the reverse. Roosevelt looks like he has fangs in his mouth. Great find for a collector. Willing to sell.
Dee on December 01, 2019:
I have all of the state qurters×4 and don't know what to do with them
Phillip on November 29, 2019:
I have a quarter where there is a raised hump on the back of Washington's head on back side there is hump on eagle's wing and there not on same edge ive never seen or heard of this defect
Michelle Malotte on November 29, 2019:
I have a 2006 Colorado it is stamped S under IN GOD WE TRUST. I do believe it is double died as will. Is this worth anything?
Linda on November 27, 2019:
I have 2 2016 north Dakota guarters both have ddo 1 more than the other has a D mintmark worth grading?
Tony jones on November 25, 2019:
I have a 2006 quarterand under his chin rite ay the end of libeyj has kinda like a bubble is this worth anythinh
Portia on November 24, 2019:
Are some 2000 P New Hampshire quarters all gray?
Rick Fulkerson on November 23, 2019:
I just found a 2000 D Quarter in my pocket that is what i would guess a Clad error both sides . Smaller than a normal Quarter in diameter. It appears to have copper outside layers and a silver color metal running in the center
Trent on November 23, 2019:
I found a 1943 quarter that has the face side on it. Only a the outside markings on the other side and what appears to be a press mark in the center you can only see the wings and the lettering on the coin. Ever seen this?
Robin on November 23, 2019:
I have a 1887 Indian Head penny
Michael MACK on November 19, 2019:
I have a 2004 texas quarter that seems like the the front and the back was minted separately then put together. Is this worth anything
Ahmed on November 18, 2019:
I have got quarter dollar 1788 & 1817 so i wznt to sell this coins who need
Kyle on November 14, 2019:
I have a 1983 quarter with the I and N connected in the IN GOD WE TRUST, is it worth anything?
Hannah on November 10, 2019:
*update: no reeded edge and if it helps it does not fit in any coin slot!
Hannah on November 10, 2019:
I have a 2013 P Maryland Quarter worth a planchet rim and possible reeded edge, very smooth edge with "slight half grooves." Any guidance is appreciated.
Stacie bergman on November 07, 2019:
Is there a good value on a excellent condition 1964 D Liberty Nickel and let me know please thank you
Andy on November 02, 2019:
I have two 2007 Wyoming s. On one all the legend letters & #'s of obverse are double & on the other it's normal. I tried to track down this error, but found no info anywhere. Help!!
I got a 2000 Massecheuttes quarter missing the copper out of the center . Looks like a void in the middle. Is it worth anything..... on November 01, 2019:
I found in pocket change
Amber Holder on October 30, 2019:
I have a 1923 dime with Lady liberty on one side is it worth anything.
andy lee on October 26, 2019:
i have a 2006 west virginia state quarter that is missing its rolled edge what might it be worth
Eric jablonowski on October 24, 2019:
I have a 2001 Kentucky mint error no reeds and flattened face and horse, verified through Dempsy & Baxter coun broker, I don't see this anywhere online.
Cheyannn on October 24, 2019:
I,too, have found a 2000-D Maryland state quarter that may be missing the clad. I noticed one other person had commented on the same coin that he has. Casey, have you found out any info on the quarter?? I can't find anything at all!!
John Steger on October 12, 2019:
Most of my state quarters are made inDenver, the Phillys I have, witch are just a few are offset on the reverse, but not on the front. Just started saven them pretty cool. Something to start on this winter here in Montana.
Mill on October 11, 2019:
I have found a cracked 1980 pa mint quarter. There are cracks all over the front and back side....these worth anything?
Joseph stallone on October 10, 2019:
I have a 2009 Wyoming Quarter with a ghost image surrounding horse and cowboy, also from S in states to L in Liberty there is a line that looks on one side higher metal
Maggie on October 06, 2019:
I found 2 Delaware 1999P error coins.
Kathleen on October 04, 2019:
I have a 2007 Idaho quarter that is thinner than other quarters. Is this an error? What is it worth? THANK YOU!
Mike on September 28, 2019:
I have a 2000 p Virginia in god we rust quarter does anyone know the value
LoneWolf on September 17, 2019:
I have a 2015 state quarter the is not the rite color and it's got a broken die make a double chin and reverse is double die and the date is messed up
Casey on September 17, 2019:
I found a 2000 D Maryland Quarter that is missing the clad in the obverse and reverse side. Can anyone tell me what it's worth?
Timothy Wayne Johns on September 11, 2019:
I have a Connecticut State Quarter on Obverse side the charter oak is tipped at between 10 and 15 ° (degrees) ant the last 8 on the date 1788 the top loop of the 8 is filled not open, there are many other misprints on the Obverse.
Timothy Johns on September 11, 2019:
I have a Co
Moodygrl on September 04, 2019:
Someone told me I would go to jail for having a penny 1974 penny that I have is that true? And why exactly it's my penny finders keepers. See a penny pick it up I was always told. Isn't much to it full ugly penny so they have be confused about state Quarter. Idk much about coins but I know there's a trash can near by if there right.
Esther on August 31, 2019:
I got 3 1944 wheat pennies. & one. 1918 wheat. & 1944s wheat. What are they worth
Peter on August 30, 2019:
I have a Minnesota state quarter with serious mint problems (yes mint mark is Philadelphia). A large lump appears on George's neck (think cancerous growth). The background on both sides are pocked like sand got in between the die and the planchet. I posted images on Facebook and am auctioning it on eBay.
S smith on August 29, 2019:
In 2000 I had a New Hampshire state quarter on the back side it was stamped several times. It is out there somewhere I accidentally put it in a pop machine still regret that was wondering if anyone else has a coin like that
Morgan miller on August 17, 2019:
I have a 1977 quarter with the "p" stamped into the president's hair/low neck area and it's almost 180 degrees rotated in the wrong direction is this heard of before
Connor on August 17, 2019:
I have a old Kentucky home state quarter but it is upside down on both sides they don’t match when turning the coin
Kristi justice on August 16, 2019:
I have 2006 buffalo quarter with a line directly in the middle of the back of the coin cutting the buffalo in half!!! Please help me with this.
steven wynn on August 11, 2019:
i have a 1999 pennsylvania state quarter missing around 8 letters on the front including the mint matk makes 9..Has anyone seen one of these and anu idea if i have that special high dollar error quarter??
Robyn Williams on August 10, 2019:
I have 2002 Louisiana quarter that has Condederate flag cut over the original Louisiana Purchase
Rick on August 08, 2019:
I guess my quarter has about as much cents as a wooden nickel!!!
Robert Reece on August 05, 2019:
Love to show my Wisconsin quarter. Smooth edge all the way around. Also looks like the color had a grey tint to it.
Ethel Bennecoff on August 01, 2019:
I don't understand why do I only mainly see questions. How can I see the answers? Are most unanswered?
Broglin on July 27, 2019:
I have a 2019 Lowell quarter that appeas to have a missing clad layer on the reverse side. Prisinte conditon.
Hane on July 17, 2019:
I have an Idaho State Quarter with the following digits engraved or stamped into it: 1/4 NOTES
Is this a mint error or is someone damaging the coin?
Joan Mccraw on July 12, 2019:
I have a 2015P Delaware quarter Bombay hook where the bird standing looks to have something hanging from his mouth. Has anyone heard of this?
Yolanda on June 28, 2019:
I have a 1999 Washington New Jersey state quarter, Denver mint that has In God We Trust on the obverse side with the word “”In” above God We Trust. This quarter has many errors, one for example has the face and the word liberty smudged out. Do I have a rare and valuable state quarter?
Aaron hall on June 23, 2019:
I have a lot op penny’s plus the state quarters from 1999 too 2005 just missing 2001 in the red box’s.. herd they were 90” silver I have a few coins all 90” silver dollars 50 cents pic quarters dimes. Just learning about em don’t no much but I thank i van find one worth something. Thank you.....Aaron
Bryan on June 14, 2019:
II have a role of 2008 Hawii quarters with the last two letters of Hawaii missing
Lucas on June 09, 2019:
Reading your article reminded me of a coin I found a while back! It's a 1999 Georgia quarter that has the same coloring as the Sacagawea dollar coin! And with some digging, I discovered that it's possible that an experimental planchet was used when they were trying figure out what to use for all of the state quarters but ended up going with what we have now! The alloy, come to find out, is called "manganese"! What I was wondering is if it would be possible that you can give me a roundabout estimate on how much it would be worth it would be worth because, as is, I don't make enough money to risk spending it on having it appraised and then not having it be worth anything! So.. maybe if I can get a roundabout estimate from you it would be Much appreciated! If not Thank you anyway!
Wheeler kirk on June 06, 2019:
I have a statehood quarter that is stamped on the heads side but nothing on the tails side it weighs 5.4 anything none about it
schnaider on June 04, 2019:
i have an alaskan quarter with an extra claw, how much does it cost?
William k patrick on June 02, 2019:
I have a 2009 lincoln log with a die crack on the right side buy the log. Its a big die crack. Thanks
Christy Dunlap on May 30, 2019:
I was given a 1942 quarter and a bicentennial quarter at the same time in change when i bought something at the gas station. I noticed the sound difference clinging in my right away. They're both in excellent condition. I have them of course. Who would use them even if they aren't worth anything. I haven't looked yet because it's my luck they're not anyway but it's the history.
Wilma K Henre on May 26, 2019:
I have a 2000-D Virginia State Quarter, it has a few die scratches. One is under Washington nose. The one main thing I seen was UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN, In UNITED the UNIT is very lightly struck. I did not see that one on the list. The (IT) can almost not be seen.
Dawn tolliver on May 25, 2019:
1985 dime missing the in and we. Also the tops of letters LIB with weird halo over head. Anybody know much its worth?
Demar on May 24, 2019:
I have a 1982 quarter the date of the quarter is in the presidents neck they are connected there is no spacing does anyone know what a quarter like this will be worth
Frank on May 17, 2019:
I have a 2018 quarter that weighs 5.2. is this normal
Shane on May 10, 2019:
I have a double die kisatchie quarter could anyone tell me what it might be worth
benny may on May 07, 2019:
I have a 2001 Rhode island quarter with bubbling and missing letters on front of quarter is that common error
Penny Morrison on May 07, 2019:
Heritage Auctions is the best website to find out everything you need to know. You can get your coins and bills graded. You can auction them off or sell them outright.
email@example.com on April 26, 2019:
I have a 2007 state quarter no date on front On back is the date U S Virgin Islands it is a little larger than a regular size quarter is it worth anything???
Steve on April 23, 2019:
I have a 2001 North Carolina statehood quarter. It's inscribed," IN GOD WE TRULY!!
Ace on April 19, 2019:
I have a quarter with double printed year on it it says 1776 and 1976 and chipped at the side.