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Where are all the 1975 quarters?It’s a question so many people ask when they’re searching through their pocket change.
You see, United States Bicentennial smashville247.net were approved by Congress in 1973. And the provisions of the bill permitted the U.S. Mint to strike quarters, half dollars, and dollar smashville247.net with the 1776-1976 date and special commemorative designs after July 4, 1975 and prior to January 1, 1977.OK, so the U.S. Mint could strike 1975 quarters, half dollars, and dollar smashville247.net from January 1, 1975 through July 4, 1975. Why didn’t they?There were concerns that the U.S. Mint would not have enough time to strike 1975-dated quarters, half dollars, and dollars in plentiful quantities if given basically just the first half of 1975 to produce them. This limited production could have made those smashville247.net scarce and likely for removal from circulation by collectors. (There was a big concern for the nation’s supply of quarters — which the U.S. Mint was trying to increase at the time.)So, U.S. Mint officials lobbied Congress to fix the law that would require them to produce 1975-dated quarters (and half dollars and dollar smashville247.net) during the first half of that year. And a measure was signed by President Gerald Ford permitting the U.S. Mint to continue producing quarters, half dollars, and dollar smashville247.net bearing the 1974 date until the beginning of Bicentennial coin production after July 4, 1975.
Is There A Way To Tell 1776-1976 Quarters Struck In 1975 Apart From Those Made In 1976?
The short answer is NO.There is no way to tell 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarters produced in 1975 apart from those that were struck in 1976.In all, the U.S. Mint made more than 1.6 billion Bicentennial quarters between the Philadelphia and Denver Mints — and beyond the “D” mintmark on the quarters hailing from Denver, these smashville247.net are virtually indistinguishable in any other way.In other words, the only quarters you need to fill the gap between those bearing the 1974 date and 1977 date are Bicentennial quarters.
How Much Is A 1976 Bicentennial Quarter Worth?A lot of people get excited when they find a 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter in circulation.
At first, some folks think they’ve found a really old 1776 quarter. But this is impossible — because the U.S. Mint didn’t even begin making quarters until a generation later, in 1796. And those early U.S. quarters look nothing like the Washington quarters of today.So, should you keep every 1976 Bicentennial quarter you find? Are they worth keeping at all?How much is a Bicentennial quarter worth? Is a 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter worth anything above face value?Here’s the scoop on today’s 1976 Bicentennial quarter value…If you find a 1976 Bicentennial quarter in loose change with any wear at all and it has either no mintmark (from the Philadelphia Mint) or a “D” mintmark (from the Denver Mint), it’s worth only face value — 25 cents, nothing more.
Only Bicentennial quarters that come from the San Francisco Mint (with an “S” mintmark) OR are uncirculated are worth more than face value:A typical uncirculated 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter with either no mintmark or the “D” mintmark is worth between 40 cents to $1.25.A proof 1976-S Bicentennial quarter with copper-nickel clad composition (these have an orange stripe around the edge of the coin) are usually worth $1.25 to $2.50.And a 40% silver 1976-S Bicentennial quarter (these don’t have any orange stripe around the edge) are generally worth $3 to $5 in uncirculated or proof condition.
Yes, Old Washington Quarters Are Still Worth Collecting!While you can’t find any Washington quarters with the 1975 date and you probably won’t get rich saving 1976 Bicentennial quarters, this doesn’t mean building a collection of U.S. quarters from pocket change isn’t worth the effort.If you like collecting old Washington quarters from circulation, you are likely to find many interesting things in your loose change:Washington quarters have been made since 1932. For the first 3 decades, they were made from a 90% silver composition.Since 1965, U.S. quarters have been made from a copper-nickel clad format.With the exception of the colonial drummer boy design in 1975 and 1976, the heraldic eagle design was used on the reverse of all U.S. quarters from 1932 through 1998.Since 1999, the U.S. Mint has been striking the Washington quarter with various commemorative designs honoring different states, landmarks, people, places, and things.Here’s a good summary of the value of U.S. quarters:Several dates are getting tough to find (even among the clad quarters) — which makes their value increase.All Washington quarters made before 1965 contain a 90% silver composition and are worth much more than their face value.Washington quarters from 1982 and 1983 are becoming more valuable — especially in really nice condition.Also, there are many U.S. quarter errors to look for — including the 1965 silver Washington quarter worth thousands of dollars and the rare 1970 Washington quarter error struck on a Canadian quarter!The key takeaway here?…
Washington quarters are worth collecting, and many have values worth a lot more than just 25 cents. If you know what to look for, you can score big bucks. Good luck!
May 12, 2021 at 1:01 pm
Hi Joshua I have a Bicentennial D quarter, on the Reverse it looks like there is something going on with his eyes. It looks like he has a extra set of eyes above his eyes. I am not sure if this is just damage or an actual error. Also on the obverse if this is some sort of Doubling or again damage. I sure could use your opinion once again. Thank you. Ps it also looks like there is a pupil in the eye error https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ad17a2d1eda79f9a5317736a7d5c9d82bc4519e0ace839b988605aa98826ac6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05c89f8c71496c94c12c998db5f274e47ce4676b2922e214e76847e468ce253c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4674812ab3283e35619075cfa62bb0be20d667f75105e605529c9fbf5fed39c0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fc54f0a6898af9a1e61d6e127bbab542828e9558489de07ed3219d5bbb396e1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49bc607f8226e4ba06798cf7cc73bfa23642689e24901bf081975091e70a4f1f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/95acdc2b15639852480229e617efd112d2815f4b9692d752eafdb4dcca072be3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8850b08e338c0443b111aac7dc197d7b9bc884695f620f48c5ba3543351c0721.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/23162638c7697b1fe832a874420a286c5880d3895b7ab27a9b32e910f102ad7a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c0fbb906de1d30147270b36807c47a4ca47371d0a3dce96f637c889198992820.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e54b6b60f17820b83918da62387e57c74e42e3518da106dc53ca3c0743d17372.jpg
May 13, 2021 at 10:08 am
Hi, Kim —Thanks for the images; I see indications of environmental damage (discoloration) and heavy wear, the latter having flattened and misshapen lettering and other details. But there are unfortunately no errors or varieties visible here.Best wishes,Josh
May 14, 2021 at 3:29 am
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f5d5fa34598a16e330361e9c24e47fc325f1200a6530f9758849b083e23d6d6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2b570ea673795cd15dd1cbf686dde535a27c02d267310d878c5cb9d54a8179b.jpg Can you tell me anything about this?
May 14, 2021 at 9:32 am
Hi, Dallas —You have a circulated 1943 steel penny. You’ll find more info about its value here: https://smashville247.net/1943-penny-value/Best,Josh
May 16, 2021 at 7:35 am
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c49cf197162f78d861129489feed4049b145bf08007e50da02f21c3adbfda24e.jpg I found a 1994 quarter and the A in America isn’t punched out right. Could this be worth anything or is it common?
May 17, 2021 at 9:59 am
Hi, Dallas —It looks like your quarter was struck with a deteriorating die, which can create mushiness on the lettering and other design details. While this may give a coin an unusual appearance it is common and does not add any value.Best wishes,Josh
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