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#936935 - 10/14/05 01:13 PM Quarter 1776-1976
philosophology Offline
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Do you know what is the value of this coin? and how I can get some info about it?

It is a quarter and on the front the date says 1776-1976 and on the back there is a picture of a guy with drums and and a torch with stars around it.

Thanks.
-Phil

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#936936 - 10/14/05 01:20 PM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: philosophology]
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It's a Bicentenial quarter struck in 1976 to commemorate 200 years of Independance. It's worth face value, millions were put away much like the State quarters of recent years.

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#936937 - 10/14/05 01:21 PM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: philosophology]
Becky Offline
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That's the bicentennial that the mint made for celebrating our 200 anniversary, all the quarters looked like that. Unless it is a killer mint state coin or a proof, it's worth a quarter.

And welcome to the forum


Edited by Becky (10/14/05 01:23 PM)

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#936938 - 10/14/05 01:24 PM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: Becky]
philosophology Offline
Just got here


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Thanx guys, I'm a newbie. :-p

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#936939 - 10/14/05 01:27 PM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: philosophology]
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At this point, I feel I should interject something of little importance in the midst of this very educational Q&A.

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It is the Bicentennial 25c that was minted for 1975 & 1976. Approximately 810 million were made in Philadelphia and 860 million in Denver.

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#936940 - 10/14/05 02:04 PM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: cpm9ball]
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This is an interesting coin since they've been in circulation for more than thirty years now. They went into production in mid '75 and were released to great fanfare a few months later. The masses picked up on this coin very early and saved large quantities though few inside the hobby has ever had much interest in it. Over the years the number in circulation has always been far lower than the number produced because there are so many hoarding them. This can still be seen in the high grade of the examples that are seen now that most have returned to circulation. There are still large numbers of rolls and bags of brand new coins but not nearly so many as used to exist. These coins are fairly typical of the era in that gems and better are most unusual. The Denver issue shows up as choice quite frequently but gems are much tougher. The Philly is not often seen in choice condition but is available in the millions of coins saved. Gems are tough. These appear in the '76 mint sets where gems are fairly common for both mints. The same coins are in the '75 sets but gems are tough in these. There exists a doubled die obverse for the denver issue which is quite rare and brings over $1000 in circulated grades.

This makes an interesting US type coin since superb specimens are really quite tough.

Superb Denver coins tend to have a very brilliant surface and the Phillys are more satiny like chrome. Phillys tend to be kept out of superb status by light marking and Denvers by weak strikes especially on the reverse at the top of the drum. Both coins sometimes appear as incredible PL's.
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#936941 - 10/14/05 03:37 PM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: Becky]
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Loc: St. Louis, MO
Be aware that 40% silver proofs do turn up in circulation on occasion. It would likely be mishandled, and therefore only worth, say a buck, though.

And more importantly, Welcome to our friendly little neighborhood!

James

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#936942 - 10/14/05 03:46 PM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: James_EarlyUS]
cpm9ball Offline

At this point, I feel I should interject something of little importance in the midst of this very educational Q&A.

TOTAL NEWBIE


Registered: 01/04/05
Posts: 13603
Loc: South Florida
Geez, where are my manners! Welcome to the neighborhood!

Chris
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CHOO CHOO


"THE PERSON WHO CAN LAUGH AT HIMSELF ALWAYS LAUGHS LAST!

Joseph P. Machuga, February 28, 1915 - December 12, 1997
Frances L. Machuga, January 2, 1921 - September 29, 2006
Married: December 6, 1941
I love you, both.

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#936943 - 10/15/05 12:11 AM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: philosophology]
MikeInFL Offline
I was posting here when you were in diapers.


Registered: 07/02/05
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My favorite bicentenial coin...Mike




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#936944 - 10/15/05 02:48 AM Re: Quarter 1776-1976 [Re: cladking]
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Loc: Sin City
Cladking,

As you know, the Bicentennial Ike dollar was produced in 1975 and in 1976. The two can be differentiated by the lettering on the reverse, i.e. wide, bold lettering or narrow, crisp lettering. Are there any such diagnostics for the Bicentennial quarter or half??
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