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When the New York quarter was released in 2001, it drew great attention for its beautiful design of the Statue of Liberty superimposed over an outline of the state’s geographical border.
New York quarters may be one of the most advertised coins in the 50 state quarters program.
Coincidentally, the 9/11 attacks occurred the same year as the release of the New York quarters — the first of the 2001-dated quarters.
So, what’s the value of New York quarters today?
New York Quarter Values
New York quarters are common in uncirculated grades.
Uncirculated pieces from either the Philadelphia or Denver mints are worth less than a dollar each in typical uncirculated condition.
While proof versions of New York quarters are considered common, 2001 proof 50 State Quarters are currently among the most expensive in the series.
Copper nickel versions of 2001 proof New York quarters run for between $10 to $15 each.
Silver proofs can be found for between $20 to $25.
Are There Any New York Quarter Errors?
In addition to the typical mint errors that are likely to be found on New York Quarters, Rocky Mountain Coin says you should look for the 2001-P Double Struck New York Quarter. It has an estimated value of $400.
This quarter has an obvious flaw. The coin design of George Washington’s head was struck not once, but twice. The result is a double design with two “United States of America” letterings and two partial Washington heads. The reverse side has 2 castings of the Statue of Liberty and outline of the state of New York. Source
How The New York Quarter Came To Be
Then-Governor George E. Pataki oversaw a statewide design effort which yielded hundreds of designs from state residents for the New York quarter.
On June 19, 2000 Governor Pataki selected 5 of these designs, which were then voted on by state residents.
These 5 designs included renderings of:
- The Statue of Liberty
- The New York Federal Building
- A depiction of the painting “Battle of Saratoga”
- Henry Hudson and the “Half Moon” ship.
Governor Pataki approved of the public’s vote, of which 76% chose the Statue of Liberty design.
Governor Pataki requested that a line be drawn to represent the Erie Canal.
Alfred Maletsky was the engraver of the New York state quarter, which was officially released on January 2, 2001.
Some New York Quarters Are Novelty Coins
Many private mints and novelty coin producers colorized 2001 New York quarters with patriotic red, white, and blue hues.
Several New York quarters received images of the World Trade Center’s famous twin towers.
While beautiful and emotionally evocative coins, these special 9/11, World Trade Center, and United States of America tribute New York quarters are not official products of the United States Mint.
Therefore, they are valuable only to novelty coin collectors and those who collect such memorabilia.
More About New York Quarters
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