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But did you know some Colorado quarters have errors that are worth a lot more than just 25 cents?
It’s true. In fact, some are worth $10 to $50 — or more!
Here’s a list of Colorado state quarter errors that you should be looking for…
2006 Colorado Errors To Look For
There are several kinds of Colorado quarter errors and varieties. But the most well-known of these are so-called cud errors — they’re worth a lot of money.
What is a die cud? And why is this unusual-looking error coin worth so much?
A die cud occurs when a dent forms near the rim on the coin’s die — which strikes the design on the planchet (the blank piece of metal that becomes a coin).
That die crack creates a raised, flat blob of metal that extends from the rim inward toward the center of the design:
- Small die cuds may look like a little tag of metal attached to (and the same height as) the coin’s rim.
- Large die cuds may eclipse a significant chunk of the design.
The most famous and valuable die cud on the 2006-P Colorado quarter formed near the 3 o’clock position (or center right side) on the coin’s reverse (tails side) as seen here:
As revealed in this next video, there are other types of 2006 Colorado quarter die break errors to look for, too:
How Much Are Colorado State Quarter Errors Worth?
The value of these Colorado error coins depends on the size and location of the error.
Generally speaking, the larger the cud or die break and the more of the design either obscures, the more the coin is worth.
Many of the 2006 Colorado quarter cud and die break errors are worth $10 to $20.
Some have even higher values and are trading for $25 to $50… or more!
The Value Of Other 2006 Colorado Quarters
The 2006 Colorado quarter was part of the very popular 50 State Quarters program.
More than a half billion Colorado state quarters were made among the various United States Mint facilities.
Here’s how many Colorado quarters were made at each of the U.S. Mint facilities:
- 2006-P Colorado quarter (Philadelphia mint) — 294,200,000 minted
- 2006-D Colorado quarter (Denver mint) — 274,800,000 minted
- 2006-S copper-nickel clad proof Colorado quarter (San Francisco mint) — 2,882,428 minted
- 2006-S 90% silver proof Colorado quarter (San Francisco mint) — 1,585,008 minted
While these state quarters might be fun to collect, most Colorado quarters that you find in pocket change will have some degree of wear and, therefore, be worth only face value (25 cents).
However, if you happen to have any uncirculated Colorado quarters, proof Colorado quarters that were struck for collectors, or Colorado quarters that have some type of error or other oddity, then they will be worth much more!
Here’s the value of uncirculated and proof Colorado quarters:
- 2006-P Colorado quarter in uncirculated condition — 50+ cents
- 2006-D Colorado quarters in uncirculated condition — 50+ cents
- 2006-S Colorado copper-nickel quarter proofs — $1 to $2.50
- 2006-S Colorado 90% silver quarter proofs — $4 to $7
As stated earlier, Colorado quarters with errors are worth anywhere from $10 to $50… or more.
Fun Facts About The Colorado Quarter & The State It Honors
- The obverse of the Colorado quarter features George Washington. This design is seen on the obverse (heads side) of all 50 State Quarters struck from 1999 through 2008. John Flanagan originally designed the Washington quarter in 1932. In 1999, the portrait of the first president was updated for the 50 State Quarters — with modifications by William Cousins.
- The reverse of the Colorado quarter depicts the Rocky Mountains and evergreen trees with the motto “Colorful Colorado” across the bottom of the design. The reverse (tails side) was designed by Norman E. Nemeth.
- Colorado became a state on August 1, 1876 and is named for the Colorado River — or Rio Colorado, as so named by Spanish explorers.
- The state’s nickname is “The Centennial State” because Colorado was founded a century after the Declaration of Independence was chartered in 1776.
- The Denver Mint in Colorado was established in 1897 and struck its first coin in 1906.
- Colorado Springs, a city about 60 miles south of Denver, serves as the headquarters of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) — one of the world’s largest coin clubs!
- The Colorado silver boom of the late 19th century fueled a huge increase in the production of Morgan silver dollars during the last decades of the 1800s.
More About U.S. Quarter Errors
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some of our other articles about U.S. quarters with errors:
- See How Much The 1999 Delaware Quarter Error Is Worth
- 50+ Minnesota Quarter Errors That Can Be Found In Pocket Change
- Wisconsin Error Quarters — Look For The Extra Leaf
- 3 Rare Kansas Quarter Errors To Look For
- 50 State Quarters Values, Errors, And Little-Known Facts
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 CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), 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 also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!