Did you know it’s possible to find valuable quarters in circulation?
Of course, it will take some effort to track them down, but there are actually several quarters worth money out there just waiting to be found.
So what old and rare quarters should you be looking for?
Each of the quarters listed below is worth $1 or more.
Old & Rare Silver Barber Quarters
U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber designed the Liberty Head quarter in 1892. The design soon became known by the engraver’s last name, and the Barber quarter is what this coin came to be called by coin collectors.
Barber quarters were made until 1916.
While most of these silver quarters are considered relatively common (in terms of how many were actually made), they really haven’t been seen in pocket change since the early 1960s.
However, Barber silver quarters, do still turn up on very rare occasions — and some people have even better luck finding them while searching coin rolls.
Most Barber quarters that still get around today are common, and they’re worth about $5 to $10 in well-worn grades.
Old & Rare Silver Standing Liberty Quarters
After the Barber quarter was last minted, next up was the Standing Liberty quarter.
This design was created by Hermon A. MacNeil. It was minted from 1916 through 1930.
- Type 1 Standing Liberty quarters (1916 and 1917) show Miss Liberty’s exposed right breast — worth $15 and up
- Type 2 Standing Liberty Quarters (1917 to 1930) feature a more modest depiction of Miss Liberty — worth $5 to $15 and up
While it’s certainly possible to find Standing Liberty silver quarters in spare change, the ones you’re most likely to find will have a date from 1925 or after.
Another common type of Standing Liberty quarter you may find actually has no date at all. These were most likely made before 1925 — when the date was raised much more prominently on the coin than it was after 1924, thus causing the date to wear off the coin fairly quickly.
Many dateless Standing Liberty quarters and most Standing Liberty quarters made from 1925 through 1930 are worth around $5 and up.
Old & Rare Silver Washington Quarters
What began as a temporary commemorative quarter honoring the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth became the nucleus of a permanent coin series.
All silver George Washington quarters made from 1932 through 1964 have a minimal value of around $4 and up — so they’re definitely worth hanging on to, if you happen to find any in your loose change.
There are also several other silver George Washington quarters that you may find if you’re really lucky. Here are the rare Washington quarters to watch for:
- 1932-D — $115 and up
- 1932-S — $125 and up
- 1934 doubled die obverse — $75 and up
- 1937 doubled die obverse — $75 and up
- 1943-S doubled die obverse — $30 and up
- 1950-D/S — $30 and up
- 1950-S/D — $32 and up
Old & Rare Copper-Nickel Washington Quarters
These are the most valuable copper-nickel quarters you should look for:
- 1982-P — $3 and up (values for this quarter and the next 3 quarters are for specimens in circulated grades)
- 1982-D — $1.50 and up
- 1983-P — $5 and up
- 1983-D — $3.50 and up
- 2004-D Wisconsin quarter, extra leaf low — $130 and up
You’ll notice I didn’t mention anything about those 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarters, most of the 50 State quarters, or any of the America the Beautiful quarters. That’s because, while these coins are definitely fun to collect, the copper-nickel versions that usually pop up in pocket change are worth only face value if they have been worn.
More About Rare & Valuable Quarters
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you find the most valuable quarters in circulation and in collections:
- The 25 Most Valuable Quarters
- How To Spot the Most Rare 1970 Quarter
- 8 Circulated Washington Quarters Worth Money
- Wisconsin Error Quarters To Look For
- Here’s How To Recognize Rare Washington Quarters
- Barber Coin Collectors’ Society
- U.S. Standing Liberty Quarters Guide
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