During the minting process, many coins can be misplaced. Sometimes, they’re struck on an incorrect planchet. A misplaced quarter can have many different problems. One common error is a quarter that’s centered but has missing edges. In either case, the coin should have been discarded before leaving the mint. But how do you spot a misplaced quarter? There are some easy tips for you to keep an eye out for these errors.
Some quarters have die flaws. These errors are not so common, but when they occur, their values can skyrocket. Here are some common examples, and their approximate values:
A 1994 two-tailed quarter is an unusual coin. It’s the third known example. It was struck during the 1965-1967 period and was purchased by Fred Weinberg at a Long Beach Coin Expo. A two-headed coin has two heads, and is made by sawing two coins in half and mating matching parts. A two-headed coin is easier to spot than a double-headed one because it has different rings on each head.
The statehood quarter is perhaps the most sought-after among statehood collection items, but it is not always easy to find. The statehood quarter was produced in massive amounts, and most statehood quarters retain little value. Error quarters are real and have increased in value. They’re also harder to find, but never give up searching. They may be hidden in your wallet! You’ll never know until you look! That’s the beauty of collecting. You’ll never know what kind of error you’re going to find when you hunt for a particular coin.
The most bizarre type of error is a mule coin. It has a double-sided design due to mismatched dies. Its most famous example is the Sacagawea dollar and 50 State quarter. The Sacagawea dollar mule is struck on the same planchet as the “golden dollar” coins. Its size and golden hue make it attractive. It is a very unique coin. The Sacagawea dollar mule is one of the most sought-after coins.
Another type of error is the silver proof of a 1994 quarter. A 1994 S silver proof quarter is worth $10 in gem uncirculated or PR 65 condition. The uncirculated version of the coin has blemishes, but it has strong luster and eye appeal. The gem proofs, on the other hand, have no flaws, but a gem uncirculated is worth about twice as much.