State Quarters - Uncommon and Common Mintages
At the end of the 20th century, coin collecting in the United States was declining and mainly secluded to elderly generations, but that changed quickly with the release of the comenmativee State Quarters. Over a span of 10 years, from 1999-2008, fifty new quarter designs were released for circulation. These quarters also brought along thousands of new collectors, young and old. By now a complete State Quarter Map or a collection of coins most likely exists in your home collection, but the question still remains: Are there more uncommon states than others and could their rarity affect future values?
Common State Quarter Mintages:
Generally speaking, the State Quarters, with mintage numbers of at least 400 million, are a pretty common coin, but yes, there are some that tend to show up more than others. The main reason is that their totals produced are over 1 Billion per state design. I've heard that these coins show up in change some 10-15 times more than other designs. Below is a State Quarters list of the eight most common designs:
8 Most Common State Quarters
1. Virginia - 1,594,616,000
- Features the colonial ships the Godspeed, Susan Constant and the Discovery. Also depicts the text, "Jamestown 1607-2007".
- Released for Circulation on October 16, 2000.
2. Connecticut - 1,346,624,000
- Connecticut is one of the more simple designs, featuring the Charter Oak Tree.
- Released for Circulation on October 12, 1999.
3. South Carolina - 1,308,784,000
- Features the text, "The Palmetto State", along with the state bird, flower and tree. They are the Carolina Wren, Yellow Jessamine and the Cabbage Palmetto respectively.
- Released for Circulation on May 22, 2000.
4. New York - 1,275,040,000
- Features an outline of the state highlighting the Hudson River and the Erie Canal. Also depicts the Statue of Liberty.
- Released for Circulation on January 2, 2001.
5. Maryland - 1,234,732,000
- Features the Maryland State House with White Oak branches on either side of the illustration.
- Released for Circulation on March 13, 2000.
6. New Hampshire - 1,169,016,000
- Features a depiction of the rock formation that looks like a face, "Old Man of the Mountain". In 2003, the rock formation collapsed and no longer exists.
- Released for Circulation on August 7, 2000
7. Massachusetts - 1,163,784,000
- Features the text "The Bay State" and an outline of the State with the Minuteman Statue.
- Released for Circulation on January 3, 2000.
8. North Carolina - 1,055,476,000
- Features John T. Daniels's photograph of the Wright Brothers. Pictured is the Wright Flyer and the text, "First Flight".
- Released for Circulation on March 12, 2001.
Uncommon State Quarters:
With mintage numbers of less than a third of the Virginia State Quarter, there are many quarters that are considered harder to find. I've heard through the grapevine that some of these quarters are actually very hard to find in circulation in many states nationwide. This could be a good sign for the future values of these coins. Below is the State Quarter list for the top eight uncommon quarters:
8 Uncommon State Quarters
1. Oklahoma - 416,600,000
- Features the state's bird and flower. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Indian Blankets respectively.
- Released for Circulation on January 28, 2008.
2. Maine - 448,800,000
- Features a depiction of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and the historical boat, the Schooner Wind Chimes.
- Released for Circulation on June 2, 2003.
3. Missouri - 453,200,000
- Prominently features "Corps of Discover", and features an illustration of Lewis and Clark returning down the Missouri River. Also pictured is the Gateway Arch.
- Released for Circulation on August 4, 2003.
4. Wisconsin - 453,200,000
- Shares the same mintage numbers as Wisconsin. Features a Cow, Round of Cheese and an Ear of Corn. Design is known to contain valuable errors on the ear of corn.
- Released for Circulation on October 25, 2004.
5. Alabama - 457,400,000
- Features a branch from the Longleaf Pine and Magnolia Flowers. The famous Helen Keller also is featured with her name minted in standard text and braille.
- Released for Circulation on March 17, 2003.
6. Arkansas - 457,800,000
- Design depicts the State Gem, the Diamond, along with Rice Stalks and a Mallard Duck flying over a lake.
- Released for Circulation on October 20, 2003.
7. Michigan - 459,600,000
- Features the text "Great Lakes State". Shows Michigan outlined by the Great Lakes.
- Released for Circulation on January 26, 2004.
8. Illinois - 463,200,000
- Features a portrait of the young Abraham Lincoln surrounded by the state outline. Also shown is an illustration of a farm and the Chicago Skyline.
- Released for Circulation on January 2, 2003.
For a complete list of State Design Images, please refer to the US Mint.
State Quarter Values - Future Predictions:
My forecast for the State Quarter Collection is that it will remain rather low in value for years to come. Even though some are becoming hard to find, the fact of the matter is that there were hundreds of millions produced. The market will simply be flooded, and stay that way probably till I'm an old guy. There is good news though, as times get tough, people will pull these coins from collections and spend them. Collector's value should go up as more and more quarters slip out of the Mint State grade into circulation. I think that over the next ten years, the uncommon State Quarters shown above may have the chance to reach a few dollars for an Uncirculated Specimen, but nowhere near the value that most people expect them to raise to.
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Jararuse on July 26, 2019:
I need more advance for my liberty “in god we trust” quarters
And where would be the best to sell my quarters
I keep seeing they are worth money but I don’t know where I could sell them
Roy on April 06, 2019:
I have all of the common and uncommon quarters
email@example.com on October 16, 2018:
I have a it say 2008 northern mariana islands smooth around the edges not much on the neck nothing under the head and the wrong picture on the back
Person on March 03, 2018:
I have all the uncommon quarters
Brandon Spiegel from North Texas on July 14, 2016:
This is an awesome article! Thank you so much for the great information!
Zach (author) from Colorado on September 11, 2015:
Ernie - Blank planchets are a cool find. They're not worth a whole lot of money, but are something that would be very cool to pass down.
Ernie Ritchie on August 14, 2015:
I have all blank quarter and have no idea what it's worth or should I keep it and just pass it on to my kids. Thanks for your time
Zach (author) from Colorado on July 18, 2015:
Lynn- The quarter that you're speaking of definitely sounds interesting. Unfortunately, I believe that the quarter could have been painted and then released back into circulation. As it continued to be used, the paint would have worn off the high points of the quarter, leaving the features you see now. Thanks for posting and good luck!
Lynn Cox on June 20, 2015:
I have 2006 North Dakota quarter is black except the Buffalo on one side and black except the presidential head on the other side.? Can you tell me anything about the his quarter?
Zach (author) from Colorado on January 27, 2015:
Frankie O - There are errors associated with the South Dakota quarter, but none that are well known or that have a unique name. Broadstrikes, over polished quarters and sometimes rotated dies have been found.
Frankie O on January 22, 2015:
Hi, can u please tell me if there are any errors or mistakes with the South Dakota State Quarter, that u saw or heard anything about ? Thank You, hope n to HEAR from u to see if what i got is RARE ?
Blackspaniel1 on October 11, 2014:
It is amazing how vast the changes in number minted wa from one quarter to another quarter.
dchildress312@ gmail.com on April 03, 2014:
I have a South Dakota quarter with one face. Could this be a error?
Zach (author) from Colorado on January 17, 2014:
The Colorado State quarter you speak of could be missing the clad layer on one side. This would be a sought after error, and depending on its condition could be worth $50 or more! The best course of action is to take the coin to a reputable coin store and see if they can verify its authenticity. Nice find.
Carla on January 16, 2014:
I HAVE A2006 COLORADO QUARTER THAT IS ONE SIDE SILVER ON SIDE GOLD IS IT WORTH ANYTHING?