Coin collecting has many surprises and gems, some worth tiny fortunes. A unique Bicentennial Quarter version worth over $50 million stands out. This listicle will examine this unusual quarter and three others worth over $150,000, including its history, rarity, and explanations for their high valuations.
The 1976 Bicentennial Quarter, commemorating 200 years of American freedom, is rarely worth more than its face value. A uncommon quarter variation is an exception. This 40% silver quarter was part of a collectors mint collection. An accident during minting caused a double die obverse, which duplicates the coin's design components and makes it worth approximately $50 million. This mistake, its exquisite state, and historical relevance make it a collector's coveted item.
The 1932 Washington Quarter is a collector's item worth over $150,000. The Washington quarter series, originally a one-year commemorative, survived owing to its popularity. Denver mint coins (with a ‘D’ mintmark) are the most valued, especially uncirculated. Due to the Great Depression, fewer coins were minted and maintained in good condition, making them rare.
Also over $150,000 is the 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter. Since only 52,000 were minted, this coin is highly sought for. Lady Liberty carrying a shield and olive branch symbolizes peace and preparation. Collectors prize this quarter for its rarity and attractive design, which reflects a major American numismatic era. Perfect coins, especially those with complete head detail, sell for the most.
American history is preserved in the 1796 Draped Bust Quarter, worth about $150,000. Only 6,146 coins were struck for one of the first quarters by the US Mint. This quarter is treasured for its age, history, and Lady Liberty-themed ‘Draped Bust’ design. Rare coins in high-grade condition are sought after by collectors and historians.
Rare coins reveal history and minting technique. The over $50 million Bicentennial Quarter and the three other quarters totaling over $150,000 are cultural and historical relics.
They are valuable not just because of their scarcity or condition, but also because of the stories they tell and the heritage they represent.
For those who are passionate about collecting and coin collecting, these coins are more than just investments; they are treasures from a bygone past that have been preserved for future generations to adore.