Coin collecting holds surprises and finds worth tiny fortunes. A unique Bicentennial Quarter worth approximately $45 million USD stands out. This listicle will examine this unusual quarter and four additional quarters valued at over $20,000, including its history, rarity, and prices.
Our favorite is the 1976 Bicentennial Quarter, which commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. A rare minting fault makes one Bicentennial Quarter expensive. This miscalculation caused a rare double strike by the minting press, resulting in overlapping pictures. The rare miscalculation and historical importance of the quarter raise its worth to an incredible $45 million. This quarter is a numismatic star because collectors value abnormalities.
Collectors treasure the 1932-D Washington Quarter, worth over $20,000. The Washington design, originally intended as a one-year commemoration, became the quarter's standard design this quarter. Few of these coins were struck, therefore the Denver Mint's ‘D’ mint mark makes them rare. Historical importance, superb condition, and scarcity explain its considerable value.
The San Francisco-minted 1932-S Washington Quarter, like the Denver one, is worth over $20,000. As one of the rarest Washington Quarters, its value comes from its limited mintage. This quarter is most valuable to collectors in perfect condition.
The 1943-S Silver Washington Quarter is another treasure worth over $20,000. This World War II quarter contains silver because nickel and copper were saved for war activities. The ‘S’ mint mark indicates San Francisco provenance. This quarter is unusual and desirable because collectors like uncirculated or near-perfect quarters.
We conclude with the 1950-D/S Overmintmark Quarter, a rare piece with a Denver mint mark over a San Francisco mint mark. This issue happened during a minting process transition and is unusual. If in perfect condition, collectors will pay over $20,000 for this quarter.
Rare quarters illuminate American history and minting methods. From the $45 million Bicentennial Quarter to the other four quarters worth over $20,000, these coins contain history, art, and science.
Their worth comes from their rarity, condition, and the stories they tell and the passion they inspire in collectors and enthusiasts. As we learn more about these artifacts, they remind us of our rich history and the need of conserving them.