If You Have One Of THESE Quarters, You Can Swap Small Change For Big Bucks
If you’re one of the many people who buys a cup of coffee and tosses your change in a tip jar, you could be losing out. According to AmericanOverlook.com, if you get a quarterback with your macchiato, you might have two bits worth $300. Rare and collectible coins continually change hands, and if you know what to look for, you can swap small change for big bucks.
The hot $300 coin that people have been scouting is a 2004-D Wisconsin Quarter, a.k.a. the “Extra Leaf” quarter. The coin is stamped with a friendly-looking cow, a circle of cheese and an ear of corn. Extra-leaf quarters have an extra husk on the corn, and there are two variations. Low-leaf quarters have a husk that reaches down and pokes the cheese while high-leaf quarters have a husk that rises up from the cheddar.
Although some collectors believe the extra leaf was an intentional design element, most think it was processing error. For most of us who would love to make a little cash with our money, it doesn’t matter. Mistakes from the mint are prized treasures and typically sell for high prices.
The State Quarter Series was launched in 1999 to interest people in coin collecting, and it work. According to 50statequarters.org, the government picked up $4 billion thanks to numismatic newcomers who collected sets. But the mints rushed to pound out the coins, and mistakes were made. Coinguide.org lists the Minnesota quarter with extra trees, the Hawaiian quarter with extra islands and the state quarter with a Sacagawea dollar front as collectible mistakes. The U.S. Mint is releasing a new set of America the Beautiful quarters in time for the holidays so more profitable errors may soon be circulating.
Besides state quarters, you may want to watch out for quarters minted before 1964 which are worth about $65 because of their high silver content. Franklin half dollars minted before 1963 sell for about $125. But coins are about more than money. American Overlook has a video about noted coin collector George Walton and his famed 1913 Liberty Head nickel. Collectors believed the coin was lost with Walton who died in a car crash in 1962. But the Waltons discovered they had the coin all along. In 2013, they sold the nickel for nearly $3 million, but the real value was finding their family legacy to the history of coins.