1970s quarter with mint error may be worth thousands of dollars
April 13, 2017
It's not unusual to see seemingly overpriced objects on eBay, but this one may take the cake. This 1970 quarter (shown at the bottom of the article) is listed for sale at a staggering $35,000. Lest you think it's a typo, it's not. Mike Byers, the listed seller for this quarter, says that this coin contains a rare proofing error that makes it valuable to coin collectors.
This quarter was pressed over the design of a 1941 Canadian Quarter. If you look closely, you can see details of the Canadian quarter peeking through the silver. This quarter isn't the only expensive change on the market. Check out a few of these other rare gems:
If you find a Buffalo Nickel in your collection, don't toss it in with the rest of your change. While most of these coins are worth about $17, according to Coin Trackers, the same coin in certified mint condition could be worth as much as $7,600.
Earlier versions of the coin, the Type 1, were produced only in 1913 and are likely to be worth more, especially if they are still in mint condition.
1925 Lincoln Cent Wheat Penny
If you have one of these in mint condition, you could be sitting on a $300 penny (not bad for digging through loose change!), according to Coin Trackers. The wheat penny was produced between 1909 and 1956. Early versions of the coin were made of copper, while World War II years are generally made from steel.
Coin Trackers notes, "All Wheat Pennies are worth more than their face value of .01 cent. A good rule of thumb is that they are worth at least 3 or 4 cents even in poor condition, but those in good condition are worth at least double-digit dollars."
You're going to want to keep an eye on your dimes. These 1916 Mercury dimes are worth an average of $949, with mint condition coins going for more than $16,000. The 1916 Mercury Dime is the most valuable of it's kind, with some of the coins netting $30,000 at auction. There were only 264 thousand of these coins made, according to Coin Trackers. Because they are so rare, you can fetch upwards of $1000 for one of these coins in poor condition!
1970 Mint Error Quarter
Next time you dig into the change jar, you may want to pay a little more attention to the coins you are spending. You may have something valuable buried in there!
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