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Did you know that some 1973 quarters are worth more than $5,700?
You’ve just got to know what to look for on your 1973 quarter to see if it’s the one worth big money.
It’s true that most 1973 quarters are worth only their face value. But… if you’ve got the right one it could have a value well into the thousands of dollars!
Today I’m going to show you exactly which 1973 quarters are rare and valuable. Find out exactly what you should be looking for.
Are you one of the lucky ones in possession of a 1973 quarter worth four figures?
Let’s find out…
Fun Facts About The 1973 U.S. Quarter
The 1973 quarter features a portrait of first U.S. president George Washington on the obverse (“heads side”) of the coin, while the reverse (“tails side”) depicts a heraldic eagle. This design first appeared on the quarter in 1932 and was engraved by John Flanagan.
Are 1973 Quarters Made Of Silver?
No, there were no 1973 silver quarters issued by the United States Mint.
There aren’t even any 1973 silver quarter errors that are known to exist.
All 1973 quarters are made from copper-nickel clad.
Is The 1973 Quarter Rare?
Generally speaking, no — 1973 quarters are not rare. More than half a billion (yes, that’s a half billion, with a B!) were struck, making the 1973 quarter a very common coin.
However, there are some 1973 quarters that are rare from the standpoint of being in top condition or containing errors. Those 1973 quarters are rare. (More info below.)
How Much Does A 1973 Quarter Weigh?
The 1973 quarter was struck in a copper-nickel clad composition that is lighter than silver.
The standard weight of 1973 quarters is 5.67 grams.
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Where Is The Mintmark On A 1973 Quarter?
Trying to find the mint letter stamp on your 1973 quarters?
If you’ve been searching all over your 1973 quarter and don’t happen to see a little individual letter (or mintmark), then you may be thinking you’ve found a rare and valuable 1973 quarter error worth tons of money. Unfortunately, it’s totally normal to find a 1973 no mintmark quarter. No mintmark on a 1973 quarter means that it was struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
The Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint did place mintmarks on their 1973 quarters. The Denver Mint uses a “D” mintmark and the San Francisco Mint is represented by an “S.” You will find the “D” or “S” on the lower-right side of the obverse of the quarter, just behind the bowtie in Washington’s ponytail.
A List Of All 1973 Quarter Values
1973 No Mintmark Quarter Value
The 1973 quarter without a mintmark is considered a common coin, as the Philadelphia Mint struck 346,924,000 of them.
With a mintage of over 346 million coins, the 1973 no mintmark quarter is still frequently encountered in circulation and is plentiful enough that collectors who want an example for their collections can usually find one.
- All worn 1973 no mintmark quarters that don’t contain any errors or varieties are worth their face value of 25 cents. (This is pretty much the case for any 1973 quarter you find in pocket change.)
- However, uncirculated 1973 quarters without a mintmark that are in mint condition (have no signs of wear) are worth more than face value — about $1 to $5.
- The most valuable 1973 no mintmark quarter was graded MS67 by Professional Coin Grading Service and sold for $1,486 in 2013.
1973-D Quarter Value
The 1973-D quarter from the Denver Mint was struck to the tune of 232,977,400 pieces and is widely considered a common coin. These 1973 quarters from Denver are still easily found in circulation today.
- Given how many were made and their lack of precious-metal content, 1973-D quarters are usually worth only face value of 25 cents if worn.
- Uncirculated 1973-D quarters are typically worth $1 to $5.
- The most valuable 1973-D quarter was graded MS68 by Numismatic Guaranty Company and fetched $2,750 in 2022.
1973-S Quarter Value
Trying to find a 1973-S quarter in your spare change? Good luck!
The San Francisco Mint didn’t make any quarters for circulation in 1973. However, they did strike 2,760,339 specimens for coin collectors.
These 1973-S quarters don’t look like ordinary quarters though. They were struck using polished blanks and specially prepared dies and were made as proofs. Most modern proof coins show super-shiny, mirrorlike fields (the flat, background surfaces of a coin), and sometimes have frosted designs and inscriptions. These coins have needle-like detail.
While proof coins aren’t designed for use in circulation, they are still legal tender and sometimes turn up in commerce when a non-collector unwittingly spends them as change. This is most often the case when the non-collector has no idea as to the value of proof coins. Thus, you may come across a 1973-S proof quarter in circulation that was spent as regular money.
You can also buy 1973-S quarters from coin shops for $3 to $5 apiece, normally.
The most valuable 1973-S quarter was graded PR70DCAM by Professional Coin Grading Service and commanded $5,875 in a 2017 auction.
A List Of Rare 1973 Quarter Errors
Even if you didn’t find a 1973 quarter in nearly perfect condition, it could still be worth hundreds of dollars — or at least significantly more than its face value — if it has a unique error.
These are some of the most valuable errors and varieties you might find on your 1973 quarters and what they’re worth:
- 1973 Doubled Die Quarter Error — Doubled die quarters can be worth a lot of money, though some are quite rare and elusive, scarcely ever showing up at auction. There aren’t too many 1973 doubled die quarters out there, but if you find one it could be worth $25 to $50 and potentially much, much more.
- 1973 Off-Center Quarter Error — When a coin is struck outside of its retaining collar or the dies aren’t properly aligned, an off-center error may result. Depending on how much off-center the coin is and whether or not a complete date is visible, a 1973 off-center quarter could be worth anywhere from $20 to $30 on the low end to more than $200.
- 1973 Quarter Smooth Edge No Ridges Error — Most 1973 quarters with no edge reeding (or a smooth edge with no lines or ridges) has simply experienced extensive wear and is usually worth only face value. However, there is a type of error known as a broadstrike, in which the edge of a quarter is smooth and the coin is wider than normal. These can often be worth $20 to $30.
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!