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Errors in the State Quarters are Worth Lots of Money

by Will Seippel (03/23/08).
2003 Waffled Missouri State Quarter that Escaped Mint Destruction
2004 Florida State Error Quarter on 5 Cent Planchet
Arkansas State Error Quarter on Nickel Planchet
2000 Virginia State Error Quarter Missing Reverse Clad
1999 Connecticut State Quarter Error 35% struck Off Center
Virginia State Error Quarter 2000 Double Clipped 11%
Maryland 2000 State Error Quarter on Nickle Planchet
2000 Maryland error Quarter 15% Clipped
South Carolina Quarter Missing Reverse Clad
Tennessee Quarter on a Nickel Planchet

I have always liked coin collecting. When I was a kid, there was not a lot to do in the tiny town I grew up in. I think there were 100 people in town, when everyone was home on Sunday. One of the things we would do, is get our parents to take us to the neighboring town, where there was a bank, to get rolls of coins from the tellers, to search through. My favorites were the dimes, where it was quick and easy to pull out the Mercury dimes, from the Roosevelts and refill the rolls and go back and get new rolls.

Today, coin collecting, in the United States, has been revived by the US Mint issuing the state quarters. We are almost through the 50 state quarters, and the US government relizes they have a good thing going with coin collectors. I have seen 1 statistic where there are now 140 million collectors of these things. That includes me, I have made a set for all 5 of my children, including the silver ones.

I noticed bacck in 1999, an error in the Delaware quarter, that was sitting on the desk, in my office. I could not figure out at first, what was the matter with the coin, until I noticed after several days that the “e” was missing off of the words “The First Stat”e”". That was to be the first of many errors the Mint was to make on these coins. The Delaware error is common, and was caused by grease. It is worth about $20.

I am collecting a set of error quarters, for myself, as a different project, to complement the sets I made for my kids. I am not worrying about Mint marks,and such. I am just trying to get a good error coin for each State. The Mint does a pretty good job on quality, so these coins are difficult to find in change, but they are out there. I have included pictures of some of my favorites. These include; a Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida struck on a 5 cent planchet; Maryland and Virginia with clips from the coins; South Carolina and Virginia with a missing layer of “silver” from the reverse; Conneticut that was mistruck, and my favorite, Missouri, that the Mint caught the error and then cancelled the coin by waffling it. Somehow, the coin then escaped from the Mint and made it out into circulation, where I saved it from destruction.

No one knows how many of these errors the mint makes, or, how many coins escape from the waffle machine. They are scarce, and you should be on the look out for these and other error coins. The payoff can be high. The ones I pictured are worth up to $5,000. Not a bad deal if you are getting change back for a dollar. The lucky finder can then start their own collection or,with a membership, will soon be able to sell it to collectors on WorthPoint, or through one of our auction house partners.

Good hunting! I will continue to show, in future blogs, other error coins from the US Mint.

141 Responses to “Errors in the State Quarters are Worth Lots of Money”

  1. Dora Featherstone says:

    I have a 1985 quarter. It looks like it is an error quarter. It is missing part of it. If you look at it whith heads up it is the top left side. There are the grooves all around it even in the part that is missing. About how much is this worth?

  2. i have a new jersey state quarter with the “R” from crossroads missing.looking for a collector to purchase

  3. l have the back half of a new Iowa quarter…

  4. I have a Delaware Quarter with no e on the state.

  5. brinda says:

    In 2000 the South Carolina state quarter came out, months later we saw that very few of the quarters had been misprinter on the back with a flag over the palmetto tree. Does anyone know about this? My mom found one and has had it for years.

    • al says:

      I am not aware of any such “error” or misprint. The flag would need to have been placed in the die and many of them produced. As I have not heard of any such occurance, I can only assume a flag was “added” on yours. If any one else has any information to the contrary, please chime in.

    • holly says:

      I have a 200 south carolina quarter with thew flag over top of the tree

  6. Peggy says:

    I have a Virginia State Quarter that is missing the mint mark and has a die crack. I believe it is also missing some letters on the back and part of the water. Have you ever seen this

  7. Hope says:

    I have a 1918 quarter. in the phrase in god we trust trust is spelled with a v. trvst! can you please tell me how much this is worth?? thank you

  8. hi i have a delaware coin with error on it were can i find the value off the coin

  9. Can you tell me if a Vermont 2001 state quarter w/ 2 tails is worth anything?

  10. Mark Mills says:

    I also have a virginia quarter from the Philly mint that appears to be missing the copper clad in the middle. The edges are silver. Has anyone also found one of these?

    • Nina in Anchorage says:

      Hey, Mark: I’ve been doing a lot of research on state quarters and it sounds like what you have is from a set sold by QVC that somehow got into general circulation. They sold/sell sets with extremely thin layers of gold or platinum, IIRC. I’ve seen this question a lot on other sites and that is the usual answer.

  11. Gina says:

    I have a gold colored 1999 delaware quarter i have never seen one this color were they made this way

  12. Ron Flores says:

    I have a 2005 Florida state quarter that is misprinted…or shall I say mis-dyed. It has the same coloration as a new dollar coin. Is this worth anything?

  13. joann says:

    I have a wyoming quarter that has the horse facing the opposite way with the normal one right on top, almost like a mirror image, as well as a small part on the front of the quarter in front of Georges nose.
    Where do I take it to see what its value is?

  14. olivia lagorio says:

    i have a tennessee state quarter with honeycone markings on the side with the head how much is it worth.

  15. I have a 2008 US nickel that is misprinted.. the opposite side is upside down. What would this be worth?

    • al says:

      It is not clear that this is an “error”. The reverse is always 180 degrees from the front. What is the difference with the one you have?

  16. jeff poston says:

    I have a 2003 arkansas quarter that has a solid copper edge all the way around the quarter. does anyone know if this is an error for this quater

    • Will says:

      How the copper appears on the edge is only a variation of how the coin was made. To my knowledge this does not bring any collecting value. What the collectors arevaluing are the true mint errors and in this case the missing zinc layers, particularly on the reverse of the quarter.

      • I have a 2003 Arkansas quarter that has stamp of a J or fish hook on George Washington’s face and on the back on the lower left side looks like either a protractor or oil symbol on it, do you know anything about this? Thank you.

  17. Danielle says:

    i have a 2001 Vermont D quarter that looks as if the middle of the quarter was compressed, the edges are raised and its quite dark.. any idea’s on whats up with it or what its worth?

  18. justin says:

    I have a 2001 vermont quarter also with the same problem. did you find out what it is worth?

  19. Matthew says:

    I have a 1996 Quarter Dollar and what looks to be a little divot/dent on the eagle side, it is on the left part of the perch (the pointy end… I think it may have been caused by something that was stuck onto the part that makes the print. I was just wondering if if this is common? The dent is probably a 1mm and a half in diameter…

  20. Rose says:

    I just recently came across an alabama 2003 state quarter that has obvious mint mark errors on it. It looks like something happened while the coin was in circular motion. The front of the coin has perfect circles which caused the middle of washingtons profile to be inhanced while the surrounding areas of washington are distorted. The Liberty and In God We Trust were damaged in the process and letters are missing.

    Please advise if this coin is of value. I think it is.

  21. Ulises says:

    I have a 1989 quarter with an R in the middle of Washingtons head. Is this a misprint. If so how much would it go for?

  22. Dean says:

    I have a 2004 florida state quarter with the shuttle scene on the back but it also has a partial print of the eagle like on the old quarters. It also has united states of america printed backwards around the edge uner where it is stamped florida. e pluribus unum is also spelled backwards. It appears to be authentic. Can anyone tell me something about it ?

  23. Steve says:

    Not sure of year or date. I have a quarter with two tail sides? No heads no dates?

  24. Carrie says:

    I have a Maryland state quarter with a double denomination. What is it worth?

  25. Tom says:

    I have a new jersey quarter with washingtons tooth missing and he has a hump in his back.

  26. Rob Schools says:

    I have a 2000 South Carolina quarter with a blister of extra metal on the face.

  27. Jeffory Miller says:

    I have a double clipped and offset Ohio quarter that I am looking for a buyer. I will post pictures if there is any interest.

  28. Valerie says:

    i have a 2003 P Alabama state quarter that is missing the nickel on both sides. What would that be worth?

  29. Valarie Ann says:

    i have a 2003 P Alabama state quarter error that is missing the nickel on both sides. What would that be worth? Or where can i find out worth? want to sell it possibly.

  30. Frank Torres says:

    I have a quarter with the eagle on both sides I was wondering if that an error on the strucking, and how much it’s worth

  31. james says:

    i have a 2001 D vermont quarter with unclip planchet what is it worth

  32. ching says:

    I have a 1999 Deleware Quarter that has the MINT P over P

  33. Jesus Delgado says:

    I have a quarter that looks nickel plated,no year showing deep round circular edges, front has GOD WE TRUST but not to well visible

  34. Jean Porter says:

    I have a Virginia state quarter with the reverse missing before the strike and cannot find out how much it is worth. Could you please let me know as I am interested in selling it.

  35. Mira edora says:

    Ive this USA coin.. The coin has alot of misprint letter.. N it goes like
    This..
    UN TED • ST TES • OF • AME CA • TEN D
    Is it worth of anything?.. And it stated a year of 1898

  36. norman says:

    I have a south carolina quarter no clad on face too much clad on reverse large lump print is all messed up but reconizeable anyone with an idea worth ? mint mark p or d mint mark.

  37. jose says:

    I have a Maryland quarter from 2000. Does anybody know what its worth?

  38. Valarie Ann says:

    How do ifind out if my Alabama quarter is worth anything? It is all just the copper color on both sides (not just one side) with the exception of just a sliver of the nickel around the high point around the edges. Barely there at all. Im in the buffalo, NY area. Dont know where to start. 2003 P.

    • al says:

      Valerie,

      Without seeing it or at least a picture, it is difficult to diagnose. It could be plated (probably no value) it could be a on a sandwich planchet without any nickel on either side (or a very thin layer) or it could be on an incorrect planchet such as a penny. The silver sliver is confusing. Not sure how else I can help.

  39. James Matyniak says:

    I have a tennessee quarter that is all silver but its stamped denver even on the edge its silver, does anyone know how much its worth if anything.

    • al says:

      There seem to me to be three options:

      1. the coin has been plated
      2. A sandwich planchet was used but it is missing the center copper (would be thin)
      3. The planchet is from a different coin type (e.g Nickel)

      Not sure what else to say

  40. jim jones says:

    I have a 2004D Florida quarter that is very thin compared to other quarters …Would like to know more about it and is it have a price value ?

  41. bj bullard says:

    i have a 2003 P Arkansas state quarter that is off center cut,,,, and on the around the edge it looks to be thicker on one side than the other,,, it also looks to be plated on the heads side more than the tails side…..

  42. Terence says:

    I have a 2000 Maryland quarter that appears to be all silver. No other coloration, Philadelphia mint mark. All attempts to find out more about it have dead-ended in people offering a quarter for it. Not sure if I have “something” or not, but how would you recommend I proceed?

    • Will says:

      The weight of the coin is the key. A silver State quarter was designed to weigh 6.25 grams. A clad quarter weighed 5.67 grams.

  43. kenneth j says:

    I found a 2002 Tennessee state quarter that is solid silver and has the mint mark D on it. Can you tell me if this would be a rare find?

    • Will says:

      Silver Tennessee quarters were not minted from the Denver , so if you have one it would be unique. A lot of the clad quarters appear to be all silver but they are not. The value of a unique item is whatever a buyer will pay.

  44. Ciros says:

    I have a fully gold-plated 2000 Maryland State quarter with mint mark D, just wondering what it would be worth, if anything.

  45. Jamie says:

    I have a penn state quarter uncirc.
    When you flip the coin to the tails side, it is sideways.
    Could this be worth anything?!

  46. tcstrong89@gmail.com says:

    I have a gold color 2001 vermont state quarter? Got it today its like it was supposed to be a golden dollar but its a quarter any ideas?

  47. rob judson says:

    I got a deleware state quarter with 2 offset divets 1 on each side. Like as if the die was damaged that punched the quarter…anyone know the value or want to by it let me know

  48. brian says:

    i have a 2004 iowa state quarter the head side is silver tail side looks a brass color like its missing a layer have anybody reported these?are they rare ?what is selling price?

  49. david says:

    I have a 2000 Virginia state quarter mint mark P with no copper showing at all around the rim of the whole quarter. I don’t think it’s silver. I found it in a roll of quarters from the bank. Any guess on what caused this

  50. Connie says:

    I just found a weird 2000 D Maryland quarter. It has a weird little hole on the edge…a little smaller than a straw hole. Is that a misprint thing?

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