Valuable Quarters In Your Pocket Change: Here Are 8 Circulated Clad Washington Quarters Worth More Than Face Value (Yes, Really!)

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Would you believe some clad Washington quarters are worth more than face value, even in circulated condition?

Clad Washington Quarters

It’s a statement that would surprise garden variety silver stackers, raise the eyebrows of many old-time coin collectors, and excite those who are looking to make an extra buck or two from their common pocket change.

Yes, it’s true that most circulated clad Washington quarters aren’t worth much, if anything, more than 25 cents. But there are always exceptions to the rule, right?


What Are Clad Quarters?

Oh, before we go much further, you should probably know what a “clad” quarter is — just in case you’re curious.

It’s the type of clad Washington quarters the United States Mint has made for circulation since 1965.

Clad simply describes the copper-nickel sandwich coin technique, which you can see if you look at the edge of a typical quarter you’ll find in spare change.

Clad Quarters

See the copper band between the nickel-colored outer layers? That’s what “clad” refers to.

While most worn clad quarters are worth only face value, there are several circulated clad Washington quarters that should definitely rank high on your pocket change watch list.

See more photos and info about clad coins.


8 Clad Washington Quarter Values

Here’s a list of 8 valuable clad quarters you’ll want to save:


1982-P Washington Quarter

In 1982, the U.S. Mint made the numismatically unpopular move to stop offering uncirculated mint sets due to budgetary constraints.

Also, the nation (along with much of the rest of the world) was experiencing an economic recession that caused widespread unemployment, inflation, and other financial and social woes.

Relatively few people had the extra money, let alone the numismatic forethought, to hold aside rolls and bag quantities of uncirculated Washington quarters and other high-denomination coins.

Though uncirculated sets were off the product roster, the U.S. Mint still offered proof sets and souvenir sets.

While 1982 proof sets contain San Francisco (S mint) proof coinage, the U.S. Mint souvenir sets contain uncirculated versions of Philadelphia and Denver coins from that year.

Souvenir sets include only the coins made at a single mint (Philadelphia or Denver) and were sold only at the respective mint’s gift store. In other words, you could’ve bought the 1982 Philadelphia souvenir set at only the Philadelphia Mint gift shop, and the Denver souvenir set was available only at the Denver Mint gift shop.

1982 souvenir sets are coveted by collectors today because they contain the scarce uncirculated quarters and other 1982 coins that collectors have a difficult time finding in pristine condition these days.

1982 souvenir sets are relatively scarce, and many have been broken up by coin collectors who want Mint State examples of the 1982 clad Washington quarters.

While you’ll need to turn to souvenir sets or rolls to find uncirculated 1982 quarters, circulated specimens are common in pocket change — which isn’t surprising given that 500,931,000 were made.

So, what are 1982-P quarters worth?

In a grade of Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated, 1982-P quarters are worth as much as $1 to $2, while Mint State 1982 quarters are worth $10 and up.


1982-D Washington Quarter

1982 QuarterJust as 1982-P are hard to find in better states of preservation, so, too, are 1982-D quarters.

They are common coins to say the least — 480,042,788 were made. But they are tough to locate in lightly circulated grades, such as Extremely Fine or About Uncirculated, and they’re very challenging to locate in uncirculated condition.

Again, no official Mint uncirculated sets were issued in 1982. Therefore, coin collectors who want uncirculated specimens need to scavenge for them among the relatively few existing 1982 Denver souvenir sets or surviving rolls.

1982-D Washington quarters are worth 75 cents to $1.50 in circulated condition and $4 and up in Mint State grades.


1983-P Washington Quarter

The same situation that beset 1982 quarters and other U.S. coins from that year also affected 1983 coinage — no official uncirculated sets were issued by the U.S. Mint in 1983, and they were available only in souvenir sets, original rolls, and mint bags.

In fact, 1983 was a far tougher year on the Washington quarter. The effects of the early 1980s recession of rippled throughout the United States. In the spring of 1983, some 30 states had double-digit unemployment.

Lots of people were out of work and literally and figuratively scrapping for pennies, so the last thing on their minds was saving rolls or bags of 1983 quarters.

A total of 673,535,000 quarters were made at the Philadelphia Mint in 1983, and most saw extensive use in circulation — where they were widely used in parking meters, vending machines, arcade games, and mass-transit redemption devices.

Today, a 1983-P Washington quarter is the most valuable coin among all regular-issue, non die variety circulated clad quarters.

1983 Quarter

1983-P Washington clad quarters in grades of Very Fine-20 or better carry a small numismatic premium, and they are worth $5 or more in circulated grades of Extremely Fine-40 or higher. Uncirculated 1983-P Washington quarters are generally worth $15 and up.


1983-D Washington Quarter

High-grade 1983-D Washington quarters are scarce, but there are significantly more available today in uncirculated grades than is the case for their Philadelphia-mint siblings.

Uncirculated 1983-D Washington quarters are available in 1983 Denver souvenir sets and are also available from the relatively few surviving mint rolls.

The Denver mint struck 617,806,446 quarters in 1983, and the vast majority entered circulation, so well-circulated specimens are common.

If you find a 1983-D quarter with only light wear, be sure to hang on to it — lightly circulated 1983-D quarters are worth $2 to $3. Meanwhile, uncirculated 1983-D quarters are worth $7 and up.

By the way, this is a good time to mention that there are aftermarket 1982 and 1983 uncirculated sets. However, these are made by private individuals and they are not official U.S. Mint products.


1986-D Washington Quarter

It may seem totally random that 1986-D clad Washington quarters are worth slightly more than face value — especially considering that 1986-P quarters aren’t anything numismatically special, nor are any other regular-issue U.S. coins from 1986 worth anything extra.

Interestingly, uncirculated set sales were relatively low in 1986. Only 1,153,536 were sold that year, which is the lowest distribution of mint sets for any year in the 1980s when the U.S. Mint offered the annual set.

Also, the U.S. Mint was really ramping up its commemorative coin program in the mid 1980s, and many people simply paid more attention to buying those than, say, saving rolls or bags of 1986-D Washington quarters.

No matter, the 1986-D quarter is considered one of the scarcer clad coins — even though more than a half billion were made, or 504,298,660, to be exact.

Circulated 1986-D clad Washington quarters have been sold for 50 cents or more in grades of Extremely Fine-40 and are worth $4 and up in uncirculated condition.


2004-D Wisconsin Extra High Leaf Quarter

The 50 States Quarters were one of the most popular coin series of all time, inspiring more than 125 million Americans to collect coins.

During their run from 1999 through 2008, several interesting die varieties and errors were made, but perhaps few attracted as much attention as the 2004-D Wisconsin state extra leaf error quarters.

The 2004-D Wisconsin quarter errors aren’t really errors from the numismatic perspective — they are what we call die varieties.

Whether you call the 2004-D extra leaf quarter an error or die variety probably doesn’t really matter, because at the end of the day the Wisconsin error quarters are still worth more than “regular” 50 States Quarters.

The 2004-D Wisconsin Extra High Leaf quarter is distinguished by a thin leaf that pops up just to the left of the corn stalk — it looks like it grows out from the top of the cheese wheel and is bent under the larger curved corn husk on the left side of the corn stalk.

So, why’s the extra leaf there? Actually, it wasn’t supposed to be there at all. It’s die damage — die dents or die gouges that just so happen to look like extra leaves.

Nevertheless, coin collectors eat up these extra corn leaf errors, or die varieties.

Circulated 2004-D Wisconsin Extra High Leaf quarters are worth $25 to $50 in lightly circulated condition and $100 or more in uncirculated grades.


2004-D Wisconsin Extra Leaf Low Quarter

Like the 2004 Extra High Leaf quarter, the 2004-D Wisconsin Extra Low Leaf quarter was born not from intent but incident.

Die damage in the area just to the left of the corn stalk and above the cheese wheel caused a design anomaly that numismatists call an “extra low leaf.”

The extra low leaf error is different from the extra high leaf error in that the leaf on this variety is arched under the large left-most corn husk, with the tip touching the edge of the cheese wheel.

Circulated 2004 -D Extra Low Leaf quarters are worth $25 to $50, whereas uncirculated specimens are worth $80 and up.


2005 Minnesota Quarter Extra Tree Error

There are more than 60 different reverse varieties concerning the 2005 Minnesota quarter extra tree error, and they come from the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints.

The extra tree on the Minnesota quarter can be seen floating in the background near the 4th evergreen tree to the right of the Minnesota state boundaries.

The extra tree may look like little blobs of metal oriented in a vertical fashion. You may need a magnifying glass to see the extra tree…

How did the extra tree wind up on the Minnesota quarter? It’s a doubled die error, caused when the master hub slipped upon impressing the design in the die.

The Mint’s mistake can mean a pay day for you. Depending on the strength and clarity of the error, your circulated 2005 Minnesota Extra Leaf quarter could be worth anywhere from $10 to $100 or more!


Other Clad Washington Quarter Values

Here are some circulated clad quarters that are generally NOT worth more than face value:

As always, if you’re curious what your clad Washington quarters are worth and don’t see the info you’re looking for here, please post your coin photos below in the comments section. I’ll do my best to help answer your questions!


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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!

54 thoughts on “Valuable Quarters In Your Pocket Change: Here Are 8 Circulated Clad Washington Quarters Worth More Than Face Value (Yes, Really!)

  1. Where in the southeast can one sell 1982-1983 Washington quarters. I have approximately 40 of each date and mint mark? Thanks

    1. Hi, Al —

      Depending on the grade of your coins, they are worth anywhere from 75 cents to $5 or more if worn. I suggest you check out the dealers in this nationwide searchable list:

      And here are 5 tips for finding good coin dealers:

      Good luck!

      1. hey josh,
        1965 Washington quarter that has doubling IN GOD WE TRUST & on back of his hair Also bottom of his neck (pic below) could sure would appreciate your thoughts.
        Its been a minute since I’ve sent you pic of coins to help fill in story line for grand babies. I found this

        1. Hi, Lonna —

          Unfortunately this type of doubling isn’t a doubled die but rather machine doubling, which is caused by shifting of the coin on the press as it was being struck. While this form of doubling is pretty obvious —and I can see why it caught your eye(!) — it doesn’t really add any extra value to the coin.

          Thank you for reaching out,

        2. You might want to scroll up and you will see a Double Strike… I have plenty of coinage and the one I posted on top – is Double Strike (in a strange way) with a Off-set…

  2. I was wondering if you could help me with a quarter I found in circulation 1967 it looks as though it may have been minted over another currency, it is slightly thinner than a US quarter and the diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter

    1. Hi, Brooke —

      Can you please tell me what the coin weighs, in hundredths of a gram? It should come in around 5.67 grams, more or less…

      The quarter appears normal to me, but you can tell things about the coin I can’t see in the photo, so any info you might have on the weight or, for that matter, its diameter (it should measure 24.3 millimeters in diameter) would be very helpful.

      Thank you so much!

  3. I also have a dime with doubling on it or so it looks like can you look at it and explain the error or doubling if you will? The T at the end of trust seems to be more of a t than a T.

    1. Hi, Brooke —

      From what I can tell in the photos, this looks to be a die-alignment error and/or a late-stage die (meaning the die that strikes the blank coins was becoming very worn and near the end of its operating life, thus causing doubling, etc.) This, unfortunately, isn’t the same as a doubled die error, in which the hub that imprints the image on the die accidentally reveals doubling.

      I would still hang on to this coin because it is unusual, but it is also a fairly common example of late-stage die strike and thus isn’t really worth much, if anything, above face value.

      Thank you for your great question and photos of the coin, too!

      Best wishes,

  4. Can someone tell me if this coin is worth anything?

  5. I found this 2015 Quarter that has about 3/4 of the face faded. The unfaded portion is very shiny. The other side of the quarter seems to be slightly tarnished just in the shield (center area). Thanks.

    1. Hi, Paul —

      This coin exhibits post-Mint environmental damage; in this case. As just one side shows the discoloration, it suggests the coin was partly overlain by a material containing a caustic chemical agent. The coin is worth face value and is safe to spend if you wish.

      Thank you for your question,

  6. I have a 25 cent quarter 1998 i think.. it is much thinner than usual and the face side is copper not silver. Is it worth anything?

    1. Hi, Tin Man —

      Without seeing a photo of the coin (but given the description of the thickness and copper color), I think this coin may have been dipped in acid. If so, it’s worth face value.

      Best wishes,

  7. Hello, curious whether or not this quarter is worth taking a longer look into. It sounds pingy when it touches other change, (originally what got my attention). In taking a closer look at it, there is very clearly a letter R in between the B & E of liberty. The color is clearly not right, not sure if it’s because someone tried to clean it, but I haven’t. Looking at it with my flashlight on my phone it seems there may be more lettering between the other letters too, but I won’t dare try to clean it myself to see closer. It weighs 5.7 grams. Kinda looks like a burnt red and or purple depending on the way you angle the light. The R is clear as day though. I also noticed no mint marking.. I cannot find ANYTHING like it, be so I’m hoping someone can shed some light for me. Thanks so much!!

    1. Hello, Sarah —

      The weight is spot on for it being a copper-nickel composition, which is correct for a 1974 Washington quarter. The color is indeed off, though I have seen darkly hued quarters like this before and they are usually discolored due to chemical exposure. The lettering is hard to see, but I do note the “R”-shaped anomaly. It does not appear to be raised, but I can’t tell for sure in the photo. I think we might need to have that aspect of the coin checked by the folks at coin error/variety organization CONECA for further assistance, but I’m 99% positive the issues noted here are all post-Mint. Here’s CONECA’s info if you’re interested:

      Based on this photo-based analysis being correct, this coin is worth face value.

      Best wishes, and thank you for stopping by!

      1. Hi Josh,
        Thank you so much for your reply. Forgive me because I’m not at all versed in coin knowledge, so just so I’m sure, the r wouldn’t be considered something that would enhance the value making it a rare coin, right? Also how do I go about having it checked into to see if it has any sort of greater value? What in your opinion would have done that imprint? Would it just have been the coin press maybe slipping slightly? I’m sorry for all the questions, I’ve just never seen anything like it first hand before, and it’s intriguing to say the least. Thank you again.

        1. Hey, Sarah!

          No worries — I’m happy you’re so interested in learning more about your quarter and am glad to help however I can. As for the “R” artifact on your quarter, can you please tell me if it’s raised or flat? That will help me in determining what’s going on with your coin. If it’s flat, it’s merely an area of the coin where the its original color is showing through an the coin is all but certainly worth face value. If it’s raised, it could be a mint error, such as a raised glob called a die break, and worth a small bit more.

          I look forward to your reply!

      2. Owners like Bars, Videos, Laundromats – they paint or alter the face so they keep the quarters within their system – unfortunately they do leak out!

  8. Hi i have a USA 1985 P quarter that has a 6 between the 8 and the 5 in the year of 1985… Im curious to know if its worth anything and how much? You can email me at: [email protected]

    1. Hi, Adriana,

      I’m afraid the disturbance in the metal crafting that image of what looks like the numeral 6 is just some post-Mint surface porosity. I also see signs of this elsewhere on the surface, too. This coin is safe to spend…

      Thank you for reaching out!

    1. Hi, Rose —

      I’m afraid I don’t see any accompanying images that will allow me to assist you. Would you please re-upload these?

      Thank you!


    1. Hi, Mark —

      Unfortunately your quarter has some heavy post-Mint damage, the cause of the heavy nicks, bumps, and other surface issues with coin. It is worth face value in this condition.

      Best wishes,

  10. Hi again every one and Josh, Question what would you say the shape of this coin is in? good fine or bad?

    1. Hi, Gold Eagle —

      I don’t really do grading on here because I can’t see the necessary details, which involve lighting and looking at the coin at different angles). There does appear to be some light to moderate wear on the high points, but I wouldn’t call it a “bad” coin from the looks of it here! Not at all!

      Best wishes,

    2. The Condition is worn… There’s a guidebook in the Red Book (Coin) that expounds what to look for… every year they come up with a new publication but standards remains same, if you don’t want to shell out big bucks for a new one, by a used one at a Book Store or Thrift store (keep in mind the prices would be out of date)

  11. Clad quarter

    1. Hi,

      Your 2001-P North Carolina quarter has no evident errors or varieties and is worth face value in this condition…

      Thank you for reaching out,

  12. Clad quarter

  13. Clad quarter


    1. Hi, Karen —

      If you click the little rectangle near the comment box it will allow you to select photos stored on your computer or mobile device to upload here in the comment section. You may upload 3-5 photos of a 3-5 coins total here and I’ll be happy to assist. My only other general advice to you would be to not type with the Caps Lock button on…

      Thank you for reaching out,

  15. Hi, I have read that Washington quarters made from 1965-1974 are 40% silver, not the nickel copper mixture that we are all familiar with today.. I have read many of your articles and they do not reference this fact, and actually seem to state the opposite (that they are also copper nickel clad)…? Just wondering…

    1. Hi, Amy —

      I do not know where you read this (source?), but the U.S. Mint did not strike any 40% silver quarters dated 1965-1974. There were 40% silver half dollars made from 1965-1970 and 40% silver Eisenhower dollars from 1971-1976, but no 40% silver quarters during the 1965-1974 timeframe.

      The U.S. Mint DID start prototyping the 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter in 1974 with 40% silver patterns, but this does not seem to be what you’re addressing.

      If you could kindly provide the source that suggested the U.S. Mint made 40% silver quarters from 1965-1974 I would love to see it.

      Best wishes,

    2006 -D Nebraska Quarter – condition is brilliant
    semi-(un)circulated (I believe that this was a proof reject) – there’s
    ZERO copper clad in it, looks like it is 100% Silver but it is too light). Acquired this
    from the Bank when the Head Teller cracked open a just delivered Fed Res
    delivery. If you ask me about the grade (I would put it as MS-63, the
    reason why I said SEMI-(UN)Circulated is that the wrappers had US MINT
    (Federal direct from Mint) [After seeing this I did make every attempt
    to acquire at least $500 worth but the bank was very restricted on
    qualities. I didn’t say a word, but the other change appeared normal
    (clad).] You can tell it is an error coin as that particular quarter is
    just millimeters smaller and is much lighter (due to missing copper).
    Would this be worth the money to send this off to be encased and graded?
    From the looks of everything, it may be worth over $1,500 – $2000? Or
    were these common place?

    It was difficult to take images because of the mirror front (see image) and yes, it has a “weak spot” on obverse, there is ZERO (click on image) clad. The Reverse is Satin finish… I had to use filters to show image better… tried it on a black background and EEK! Attempted on Red Background and it worked…

    THE ANGLE SHOTS will give you the idea of other errors on the face (obverse) especially true where LIBERTY and QUARTER and opposite end AMERICA is a strange “diagonal” “Weak Strike” (why I have multiple images at various angles) flip it over to REVERSE – you can see it on the Sun Rays and Chimney Rock.


    1. Hi, Native American —

      For a variety of reasons we don’t provide grading opinions here, but your coin does appear to be uncirculated. There were no 100% silver planchets made or used by the U.S. Mint in the 2000s, so I’m doubtful this is anything unusual from that standpoint. And while this piece does not appear to be a doubled die based on the images you provided, if you feel this coin is a superior specimen I suggest submitting it to a third-party coin grading service for authentication and grading.

      Good luck!

  17. Hello everyone, I’m new to coin collecting and roll hunting. I came across a quarter that is odd looking. Can someone tell me what’s going on with this 2020 Tallgrass Prairie coin? I dont know if its scratched or it’s an error? The first picture you can’t see any lines and in the second picture tilted you can see lines, sorry second picture is bad. The third picture is under a microscope.

    1. Hi, Keith —

      It appears to be streaking caused by impurities in the copper-nickel plating on the obverse. While a looker, this wouldn’t really add any value to the coin.

      Best wishes,

      1. Thank you for Clarifying that.
        I have 2 bicentennial quarters with the mint looks like it’s more branded than anything? Can you help me out with this please?
        Its only letting me upload 1 picture sorry
        Thanks again

        1. Hi, Jim!

          What I see here in this photo is a “D” mintmark that appears to have excessive wear, filling in the D and thus mostly obliterating its detail.

          Best wishes,

          1. Ok thanks again, so I have 2 of the 2008 Alaska state quarters with the extra claw. I know they’re not worth much but if I wanted to sell them what’s the best way of doing that? And when quarter roll hunting besides silver what would you and I be on the lookout for?
            Thanks for everything

          2. Hi, Jim —

            If you’re looking to sell any of your coins you might consider going through a coin dealer. Here’s more info on how to do that:

            Looking for more good starter roll finds? Here’s a rundown on quarters worth more than face value:

            Good luck!

          3. Thanks Josh, you’ve been a big help. Of course I have another question. I’m only looking thru circulated quarter rolls, can I buy uncirculated quarters some where? and if I can is that a better option? Sorry I’m very new to this and been studying up when o get the extra time. Thanks again for all your help.

          4. No worries, Jimmy! Yes, you can buy uncirculated quarters from a coin dealer.

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