25 Rare Quarters You’ll Want For Your Quarter Coin Collection

rare-quarters-photo-by-joelogon.jpg Quarters are truly the workhorse of American currency.

Used for all kinds of transactions ranging from parking and highway tolls to vending machines, there probably is no coin that’s more frequently used today than the quarter.

Quarters, like pennies, are highly popular collectible coins — and they’ve hit phenomenal heights since the introduction of the 50 States Quarters program back in 1999.

But rare quarters — those which are scarce and in demand among coin collectors — have always been held in high regard, even since before the advent of the 50 States Quarters program that drew millions of new coin collectors’ eyes to the denomination.

 

Rare Quarters

If you’re taking quarters as a denomination (and looking beyond simply the Washington quarters made since 1932), then there are several dates considered rare.

In fact, taking into consideration every design series of the quarter going back to the very first, made in 1796, there are easily 2 dozen dates that could be considered highly scarce or rare.

Let’s take a look at each of these rare quarters and see how scarce and valuable they are.

Oh, and you might want some deep pockets for some of these coins, because many will set you back far more than you probably paid for your first car!

Values & Mintages Of Rare Quarters

Though we’re going to list the mintages (the number of how many coins were made by date and mintmark), we’ve said it here often that you shouldn’t always look just at a mintage to determine how rare a coin is.

You might be surprised to learn how many millions of otherwise ‘common date’ coins have been melted down for their silver value.

So, take the mintage numbers below with a grain of salt. Between mass meltings, loss of coins due to time and circulation, and other factors, the fact that 500,000 coins of a certain date were made doesn’t mean 500,000 coins of that date still exist!

With that in mind, take a gander at what 25 of the rarest quarters are going for nowadays:

*All coin prices are for rare quarters in Good-4, unless otherwise stated

  • 1796 Draped Bust Quarter (6,146 made) $12,000
  • 1804 Draped Bust Quarter (6,738) $4,500
  • 1822 25 over 50 c Capped Bust Quarter (unknown quantity) $4,500
  • 1823 over 2 Capped Bust Quarter (estimated 30 to 40 exist) $40,000
  • 1828 25 over 50 c Capped Bust Quarter (unknown quantity) $1,250
  • 1842-O Seated Liberty Quarter with small date (unknown quantity) $800
  • 1849-O Seated Liberty Quarter (unknown quantity) $425
  • 1854-O Seated Liberty Quarter with huge ‘O’ mintmark (unknown quantity) $900
  • 1860-S Seated Liberty Quarter (56,000) $700
  • 1864-S Seated Liberty Quarter (20,000) $450
  • 1870-CC Seated Liberty Quarter (8,340) $9,500
  • 1871-CC Seated Liberty Quarter (10,890) $4,500
  • 1872-CC Seated Liberty Quarter (22,850) $1,500
  • 1873-CC Seated Liberty Quarter with motto (estimated 5 exist) $125,000 in XF-40
  • 1873-CC Seated Liberty Quarter with motto and arrows (12,462) $4,750
  • 1896-S Barber Quarter (188,039) $875
  • 1901-S Barber Quarter (72,664) $5,500
  • 1913-S Barber Quarter (40,000) $1,750
  • 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter (52,000) $3,000
  • 1918 over 7-S Standing Liberty Quarter (unknown quantity) $1,900
  • 1921 Standing Liberty Quarter (1,916,000) $190
  • 1923-S Standing Liberty Quarter (1,360,000) $390
  • 1932-D Washington Quarter (436,800) $160
  • 1932-S Washington Quarter (408,000) $160
  • 1937 Washington Quarter with double die obverse (unknown quantity) $130

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, and living green with others.

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  • Randy_oland2000

    i found a double tailed quarter what is it worth

  • Jebreelj

    i found a 1776- 1976 quater is it rare and how much does it cost?

    • Anonymous

      Jebreelj,

      1776-1976 quarters are actually very common and, unless in mint condition or silver (these have tiny S mintmarks), are only worth face value.

      • Stephanie Gooden

        i have a 1776-1976 quarter with no s or d on it i am just curious to what it is worth.

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hello, Stephanie -

          A 1776-1976 with no mintmark (so, for coins of the era, that means it was made at the Philadelphia mint) quarter is worth face value.

          • http://www.facebook.com/drexel.isbell Drexel Isbell

            I just found a SILVER 1993 s mint quarter.I was wondering what it might be worth? it matches in weight to other pre- 1960 silver quarters that I have.

          • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

            Nice find, Drexel! Your 1993-S silver quarter is worth at least $7 to $10 given current silver values.

  • Guevbryan

    i found a quater that has george washington facing the other way and the eagle has no beak is it worth much?

  • Tomtom

    How much is a 1965 washington quarter
     

    • Anonymous

      Tom,

      1965 quarters are highly common, and unless it is in mint condition, it’s worth face value (25 cents).

  • Dawsondavis88

    I found a colored 2001 Kentucky coin what is it worth

  • Cindy

    I found a 1790 Liberty quarter….worth, please

  • Mazzarisi06

    I found a 2001 New York quarter with A color picture of George H.W. Bush printed on the face over George Washington’s bust and the other markings. I can’t find anything about it anywhere. 

    • Anonymous

      These types of novelty coins are relatively common and worth $1 to $5.

  • 21wholovestotravel

    I have quarter dollar with D on right side I can’t find a date

  • Gabriel A Beckford

    I have a 1846 James Polk quarter how much is it worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Gabriel,

      Is your coin silver in color or gold in color? Thanks!

  • Yk2ron

    I have a quarter with the I filled in (In God We Trust) and doubling of letters ia this or could this have any value?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6VGMMKRG4PJLGCYHUNWZOXQVVY J S

    Joshua,

    My father passed three years ago and left his coin collection.  From sunken treasures to Morgan and Peace Dollars…he obviously had a strong love for the hobby.  I was facinated by what I found and would have a hard time selling any of them as I knew my father’s love for them.  There is one coin I cannot seem to find and I noticed a few coins my father knew he would never hold (1933 gold eagle) he bought replica’s as he wanted to see them.  However, there is a confederate half dollar with no date, no words copy or replica, is lighter weight and the design is not something I can find.  Do you feel this coin is a replica even thought it doesn’t state it on the coin?  There were four unauthorized versions of replicas. Maybe a token?  Thank you –

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      JS,

      I’m sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, but glad you have his coin collection to help remember him by. As for the Confederate coin, I feel (without seeing it) that it must be a replica or token piece, as circulating coinage is required to be struck with a date. There are several replicas of the famous and rare 1861-O Confederate half dollar on the market, and most are worth around $5.

  • SJG

    I have a standing liberty quater with the date rubbed off how would I go about determing the year and value of it (other than a professional)?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      SJG,

      There is a solution called nic-a-date used to bring up the dates on heavily worn Buffalo nickels, but as silver coins have different properties, I don’t think that would work on your piece, and I’m not aware of a silver acid. You may want to consult your nearest coin dealer and find out what they have available for silver coins. Good luck!

  • SP2201

    I have a 1977 quarter with a pea sized bump on the face side on the back of Washington’s head…the reverse side is completely normal…has anyone found anything like this? I thought I’d ask before taking it to the coin shop. Thanks

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      SP,

      there could have been a small gas bubble trapped between the copper-nickel clad layers of the coin. If this is the case with your coin, it may be worth $10 to $20.

  • HERMAN

    I am 14 and have a large us coin collection. Right know I am focusing on getting coins from the 20th century, no gold, though. Main focus on cents, nickels (III & V) (no II, too rare), Dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins. Also like bills, but not as much

  • 1776-1976 Quarter

    I have a 1776-1976 quarter with a D next to The tail of George Washingtons wig and is minted, Is it worth anything and if it is how much is it worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi,

      The “D” is the mintmark for “Denver”; unless your coin is in mint condition, it’s worth face value.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angela.tate.750 Angela Tate

    I have 2 silver quarters cant see date but yrs between 1917-1930 ,3 silver quarters 2 1941 and 1 1943, 2 silver half dollars 1941 and1943, 1 silver dollar 1885, 3 silver dollars 1 1922 and 2 1923, and a 1776-1976 dollar , are they worth anything

  • http://www.facebook.com/krista.warren.3 Krista Leigh Warren

    I have a 1776-1976 D Qaurter i have read that they are only worth there face value but mine has a defect it has a little peice on the top almost looks like when you by plastic stuff an you break it off an it still has the lil peice where you broke it off… Can you tell me what this could be from && how much it may be worth?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Krista -

      From what I can tell of the photo you so kindly provided, it looks like your coin may have a lamination error; which means that the layers of cladding used in your coin have separated from each other. Such an error is worth around $10 to $20 on average.

  • http://www.facebook.com/krista.warren.3 Krista Leigh Warren

    Here is a picture!! Hope it helps an hope someone can help me(:

  • http://www.facebook.com/krista.warren.3 Krista Leigh Warren

    I have a 1776-1976 D Qaurter i have read that they are only worth there face value but mine has a defect it has a little peice on the top almost looks like when you by plastic stuff an you break it off an it still has the lil peice where you broke it off… Can you tell me what this could be from && how much it may be worth?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandy.hanohanowright Brandy Hanohanowright

    I have a 1965 quarter that has a 5 stamped where it should say In god we trust.Is it rare? and if so what is the value?

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.obenoskey Doug Obenoskey

    hey you think could send you a pic of a quarter i have(in a email),you could help me determine wether it’s rare or not?

  • Jeremiah

    is this worth anything its1776-1976 thats both sides

    • JOHN

      No, those are not rare. They were a 1 year issue to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the United States. Wait 500 years and they might be worth something my friend!

  • JOHN

    YOOOO my hommies! I GOT ME A SHINY QUARTER THAT LOOKS LIKE ITS FROM 2007! IT GOTTA BE WORTH AT LEAST 100$ CAUSE ITS SOOOOOOOO SHINY! YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? TELL ME IF ITS WORTH ANYTHING MORE! IM GOING TO SELL THIS GEM TO MY LOCAL COIN SHOP FOR AT LEAST 200$$$$$$

  • Kerry Fisher

    Hi I have a buffalo head nickel from 1920 can you tell me if it’s worth anything thank you

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Kerry -

      A 1920 Buffalo nickel is generally worth $3 to $8 in well-worn grade.

  • Kristen

    Why are some state quaters painted one color and some another ?? I have a 2000 New Hampshire man on the mountain painted white and brown instead of the blue and brown I see all over the internet, did they just do both colors ??

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Kristen -

      The colors were actually painted on by private companies, so each private entity will have its own rhyme or reason for painting each coin certain colors.

      The United States Mint does not strike colored coins, so any that you see have been altered by a private individual.

  • Koopa Troopas

    I have a set of coins, (penny,nickel,dime,quarter,half-dollar, and dollar) how much is it worth?

    • David Gonzalez

      $1.91

  • Bonnie

    How much is a higley copper worth

  • Dave Martin

    I have a 2002 mint ohio 1803 d in which the astronaut and the state are gold is this rare or was this the productions dye

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Dave -

      What you have is a gold-plated Ohio quarter, which is worth about $1 to $2 in the novelty coin market.

  • Dave Martin

    And 3 fair 2009 Lincoln on the log, monument, and cabin worth?

  • jayson mulkey

    how much is a 1976 bicentennial quarter with a misprint or filled in mint mark worth

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Jayson,

      Is it a “D” mintmark? Sounds like it could be a die break or die cud situation. Yours could be worth about $1 to $2 to those who collect error quarters.

  • Jesse Sanchez

    I have a 1776 quarter on the back it has someone drumming and 13stars in a circle like the old American flag is this worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jesse -

      What you have is a Bicentennial quarter. These are worth face value if worn.

  • MH4JC

    I’ve seen a proof, uncirculated 1969 s nickel with no steps on the Montecello is this an error? Is valuable?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, MH -

      Are the steps absolutely absent? I will say that Jefferson nickels from the late 1960s are notorious for weak strikes with mushy-looking steps.

  • Patrick Archuleta

    I have a 1918 Stand Liberty quarter and where it says In God we Trust the word Trust is spelled Trvst. it is very distinct and the V cannot be mistaken for a U. Is this a rare coin?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Patrick – The “V” is actually a stylized “U” that echoes traditional Roman spelling. So, your coin is actually supposed to look like that! Thank you for your question.

  • Jerry Dewitte

    I have a U.S. quarter that has a buldge/air bubble in the eagle… Their is no sign of missing details. Depth of buldge(will not go into payphone)… Any idea’s… Have taken to coin dealer but will not disclose price…bank says take to a coin dealer….

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Jerry -

      Years ago, I had a quarter with a gas bubble, and my coin dealer paid me around $10 for it. Such pieces are worth $10 to $15 today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelastar Angela Castellani

    i have 2 quarters i found other day are they worth anything, one is canadian quarter and the back side wasnt even stamped properly on it, and the other quarter is usa one and it has weird colors on both sides of it.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Angela -

      Actually, what you have is a 2004 Remembrance Day Canadian quarter, which was the first colorized coin ever struck for general circulation. The red color is part of the poppy flower design. These are worth about a dollar.

      Your South Carolina quarter appears to have oxidation on it; I have seen several that appear that way, and it is usually due to immersion in some type of chemical agent (possibly even just a harsh soap and water). That piece is worth face value.

      Thank you for your questions!

      • http://www.facebook.com/angelastar Angela Castellani

        the canadian quarter on that one side is indented too, its like a circle in it its not just the red coloring on that one side its actually indented , if you look closely you can see its like the press stamped out a hole almost but it doesnt go all the way thru it

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          Hi Angela,

          As far as I can tell from the photo, that circular inset area in the middle appears to match other Remembrance Day quarters I have seen. Perhaps there is something in the photo I am missing?

          Thanks for the feedback!

  • terrie

    I have a Quarter that has the front print only,The back is slick,Would it be worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi, Terrie -

      This sounds like post-mint damage, as if the back was sanded off. Such an error is essentially impossible given current minting methods.

      Thanks for your question!

  • alex

    I have a 1988 gold color quarter is it worth anything?

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Alex -

      Gold-plated coins of any denomination usually have no additional numismatic value and are usually categorized as novelty coins. Such pieces are worth between $1 and $3 to collectors who pursue those types of pieces.

      Thanks for your question!

  • Cris Pisencer

    i have a new hampshire state quarter with a bump on the mountain the lettering is imprinted right on the bump old man anyone heard of this

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hello, Cris -

      May I see a photo of your coin to verify the nature of the bump?

      Thanks!

  • James Carleto

    Hello Joshua,
    I found this and thought it was melted or something… Someone said it was not due to the word “Liberty” not being disturbed as it should if it was melted. Any ideas? Thank you.

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Hi James,

      It’s hard to say for certain without seeing the coin in hand, but I’d almost venture to say there is some type of corrosion on that nickel, obliterating the lettering.

      Perhaps a larger scan could give me a fuller sense of the coin’s condition.

      Thanks!

  • James Carleto

    Here’s the back side of it.

  • James Carleto

    Can’t get it uploaded…sry

  • James Carleto

    Front again

    • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

      Oh, much better, James! Thank you. It is honestly hard to say for certain what happened there, but in looking at the coin more it seems like there may have been something on the die of the coin to have caused that impression. The disturbance has a well-defined border, and there appears to be some raised metal around that border toward the date.

      If this is indeed a mint-made error, it could be worth $20 or more, though to be absolute certain, it may need to be seen in-hand by a third-party coin grading and authentication firm to gather details about the disturbance that I can’t glean from the photo.

      Here’s some info on third-party coin grading: http://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/01/slabbed_coins.php

      I hope this helps.

      • James Carleto

        Thank you for your info Joshua & reply back!!! I Booked Marked this page.. ;) I will get back to you as soon as I have it looked at or graded. Just happened to run into it while looking for silver nickles in my change. I’ll be back soon!!!

        • JoshuaTheFunTimesGuide

          You’re most welcome, James! Looking forward to hearing back from you about your coin and your other questions to come!