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Imagine finding a 1968 quarter worth way more than face value in your spare change…
Now, think of what it would be like to find one of these modern quarters worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars!
The good news: Valuable 1968 quarters worth big bucks actually do exist in pocket change these days.
The bad news: They can be challenging to find.
Here’s how to identify a rare 1968 quarter with a value in the 3- or 4-figure range from one that’s worth… well, only 25 cents.
1968 Quarter Value (no mint mark)
The 1968 Washington quarter with no mint mark was struck at the Philadelphia Mint — which didn’t place mintmarks on its quarters at that time.
The Philly Mint struck a total of 220,731,500 quarters in 1968, and all of these were made with a copper-nickel clad composition.
Here’s how much a 1968 quarter with NO mint mark is worth:
- Since none of them were made with silver in them, any worn 1968 quarter you find is worth only its face value — as long as it appears normal and doesn’t have any errors or varieties.
NOTE: A 1968 quarter that has never been used as money and shows no signs of wear is considered “uncirculated.” This is worth a lot more than a “worn” 1968 quarter.
- The average value of an uncirculated 1968 Washington quarter is $1 to $2, depending on the coin’s condition.
- The record price for the most valuable 1968 quarter is an astounding $9,400 — which was paid in 2013 for an example graded MS68 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
1968-D Quarter Value
The 1968 Washington quarter with a “D” mint mark was struck at the Denver Mint.
These 1968-D quarters are a little less common than their Philadelphia-minted counterparts — with a mintage of only 101,534,000. Still, they are common enough that they can be found in pocket change with enough searching.
Here’s how much a 1968 quarter with a “D” mint mark is worth:
- A 1968-D quarter in worn condition is worth face value.
- A 1968-D quarter in uncirculated grades is typically worth $1 to $2.
- The record price for the most valuable 1968-D quarter is $8,812.50 — which was paid for an example that Professional Coin Grading Service graded MS68 in 2016.
1968-S Proof Quarter Value
The United States Mint strikes special specimens of coins just for coin collectors. These coins, known as proofs, represent the highest quality of coinage the U.S. Mint can produce. Proof coins are popular with collectors of all levels of skill and experience and are ideal for collections of all sizes and types.
The 1968-S proof Washington quarters were produced with polished blanks and intentionally struck twice by specially prepared dies on high-tonnage presses to ensure even the most minute of details was fully impressed.
The 1968-S quarters were among the first proof coins struck by the United States Mint since 1964. That’s when the government pulled back on making collector coins to focus efforts on striking circulating coinage in an effort to reduce a really bad coin shortage.
The 1968-S proof coinage also became the first regularly produced at the San Francisco Mint — which until the late ‘60s had made only a few proof coins on special occasions. (The San Francisco Mint still strikes the majority of proof coins today.)
The 1968 proof coins were packaged in special hard, plastic display cases and sold as sets to collectors for a premium. A total of 3,041,506 were assembled.
Collectors can still buy 1968 proof sets today from coin dealers.
Here’s how much a 1968 quarter with an “S” mint mark is worth:
- The 1968-S proof Washington quarters are offered for sale by many coin dealers for prices typically ranging between $1.50 and $5.
- The most valuable 1968-S proof Washington quarter was graded PR69DCAM by Professional Coin Grading Service and sold for $2,875 in 2007.
IMPORTANT: Do You Know The Grade Of Your Quarter?
To determine the true value of your quarter, you first need to know what condition (or grade) your coin is in.
Grab a coin magnifier and a copy of the U.S. Coin Grading Standards book. Then, watch this video to see how to grade coins yourself at home:
Rare 1968 Washington Quarter Error List
If you’ve been looking for 1968 error quarters worth more than face value, keep on searching… You’ll be well rewarded if you find any of these rare and valuable 1968 quarter errors:
1968 Doubled Die Quarter Error
The 1968 doubled die quarters are worth a lot of money, but they can be difficult to find.
A few notable 1968 doubled dies are known to exist — they are mostly discernable through doubling seen in the lettering of the coins.
Unlike some of the more drastic doubled dies, the 1968 doubled die quarters are a little tougher to identify, so you’ll need a good coin magnifier.
- A 1968 doubled die quarter error tends to bring between $50 and $100… sometimes more.
1968 Off-Center Quarter Error
The off-center quarter errors can be extremely valuable, depending on how much of the coin is missing its design and which features are still present.
- A 1968 quarter that’s missing 15% to 30% of its design can easily bring $50 to $100.
- If you find a 1968 quarter that’s missing about 50% of its design yet still showing its complete date, it may be able to fetch as much as $200 or even more!
1968 Broadstrike Quarter Error
A 1968 quarter with rim errors or a plain edge and no ridges can be worth a lot of money.
The problem is that a lot of quarters with plain edge and no ridges are simply showing signs of post-mint damage.
So, how can you tell a real 1968 error quarter with rim errors?
Perhaps the most notable and valuable of 1968 rim error quarters is the broadstrike — which was struck without a collar (the device that helps form the rim and create ridges on the edge of a coin). Broadstrike errors show their complete design but are wider and usually thinner than normal quarters.
- If you find a 1968 quarter with no ridges but it’s otherwise the normal diameter and thickness and has a raised rim, it’s most likely not an error but rather just a damaged coin worth its face value.
- However, if you do find a 1968 broadstrike quarter error, be sure you hang onto it! Many 1968 broadstrike error quarters are worth between $20 and $50 — depending on the condition of the coin and magnitude of the broadstrike error.
I’m the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I’m a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I’m also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I’ve contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I’ve authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!