Do you notice anything different about this quarter? Believe it or not, this quarter sold on eBay for $35,000.
When we think of rare coins, usually we think of coins minted hundreds of years ago. However, that’s not the case with a few quarters from the 1970s. We’ve all got some spare change rattling around the couch or stored in a jar on top of the fridge, so how can we tell if we have a rare coin? Keep reading to find out!
In 2016, a 1970 quarter was listed on eBay for $35,000. At first glance, it might seem like one of those quirky things people do sometimes – list a random item online for a ridiculous amount of money just to see if anyone will actually buy it. After all, worth is determined by what someone will pay for something, right?
However, the coin had 20 interested bidders and sold for the asking price of $35,000. The big question is… why? And are there more quarters out there worth far more than they seem?
According to an article published in Women’s World, there are a limited number of coins minted in 1970 that were accidentally printed over 1941 Canadian quarters! Once you know what to look for, you can actually see the printed mistake.
For reference, here’s a 1941 Canadian quarter:
Now, looking back to the 1970 quarter, you can see subtle markings of the original Canadian coin. For example, printed letters next to “Liberty,” or “1941” printed underneath “Dollar.”
Now that you know the signs to look for, it’s time to go digging up some loose change and see if you have a fortune waiting to be discovered!
The Rarest Coins in the World Fetch a Pretty Penny
Rare coins, from doubloons to silver dollars, are often worth much more than their face value or the material from which they are made. For instance, the rare 1943 bronze wheat penny fetched $1 million in 2012, reports the Huffington Post. Read on to learn more about some of the most valuable change in existence!
10) 1849 Double Eagle
As of 2015, the 1849 Double Eagle is one of the rarest, most valuable coins in the world. Minted in Philadelphia as a $20 piece for only one year in limited numbers, the coin alone is worth $20 million, explains The Richest.
9) 1877 Half Union
The 1877 Half Union coin comes in at number two in value. This $50 coin is Proof 67, meaning that it is not only rare, but barely touched. An 1877 Double Eagle in the Smithsonian has been estimated in to be worth a cool $15 million.
8) 1907 Saint Gaudens
Only a few of the 1907 Saint Gaudens $20 coins were minted and remain almost completely untouched. With a Proof 69 grade, this coin fetches $8.5 million.
7) 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar
The 1794 Silver Dollar is not only valued at nearly $8 million for its rarity, but also as a historical relic. It is one of the first silver dollars minted in the United States. the absolute rarest version of this coin was made in copper as a test piece and there is only one!
6) 1933 Double Eagle
Although thousands of these coins were minted, none were circulated, increasing its value for collectors. Moreover, the government melted the majority down. Very few exist, making this coin worth $7.5 million.
5) 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Million Dollar Coin
The 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Million Dollar Coin is a large, 21-inch diameter, 220-pound coin struck from the most refined gold available. This one-of-a-kind coin sold for $4 million.
The original remains with the Canadian Mint, but 5 others were made and sold around the world. In 2017 one of the copies was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany.
4) 1804 Silver Dollar
The 1804 Silver Dollar was actually minted in 1834, but post-dated to 1804 when the last silver dollars were made, explains Live Science. Only a few were ever struck and only eight remain. One of the rare coins sold in 2017 for $3.3 million!
3) 1822 Half Eagle
Nearly 18,000 1822 Half Eagle coins were made, but only three remain. This $5 piece can fetch as much as $6 million.
2) 1913 Liberty Head
This 5-cent piece is insured at $2.5 million, states ABC News, but can fetch as much as $4.5 million. Very few coins were ever struck and only five remain.
1) 1787 Brasher Doubloon
The 1787 Brasher Doubloon EB on Wing coin is the oldest of the coins on the top 10 list, and struck not by a mint, but by goldsmith Ephraim Brasher. The rarest of these coins, with the EB on the breast of the eagle, is estimated to be worth a whopping $5 million!