Something interesting I found in my change today...

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  1. yoshi1001

    yoshi1001 Active Member

    After I went to the grocery store this morning, I went over to Target to stop and get some blank index cards. Retail price of the cards: 47 cents-50 cents with tax. I gave the cashier a dollar and got two quarters back. After I got home, I noticed that the two quarters were jingling in my pockets. However, I also noticed that the sounds they were making didn't sound quite right, so I pulled them out and took a look at them.

    I guess it was my lucky day.

    One of the quarters was the standard, run off-the mill quarters you put into pop machines very day, but the other one was special-a 1963 quarter. You see, prior to the mid 60's, most quarters (and other small denimination non-pennies in the US) were not made of the nickel-copper combination used today. Instead, they were made out of about 90% silver, resulting in the odd sound and lack of orange coloring around the rim.

    Amazingly, after all these years one of them was still in circultion and had managed to find its way into my pocket. Even though silver hasn't been particularly valuable as of late, the coin still contains .18 oz of silver, making the coin worth about $3 for its silver.

    Not bad for 50 cents worth of index cards, huh?
  2. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    ...sounds like someone's coin collection got raided, by a family member/friend in 'need' of a few bucks =/

  3. pokemonmike

    pokemonmike Active Member

    Or a extra quarter to buy index cards themselves! XD

    Nice find though, It is definately a collectors item to keep. I myself started collecting sets of coins from the Canadian mint each year and have the sets only back to 1991. I did though find a Canadian coin set from 1971 which was my birthyear so I bought that and I do believe that set is silver.
  4. yoshi1001

    yoshi1001 Active Member

    Must have happened a while ago. The condition the coin is in pretty much negates any possible numismatic value.
  5. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    not necessarily; the coin dealers my younger son frequents have older coins in _all_ conditions for sale...

  6. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    I used to get silver coins all the time when I had payphones.
    Always nice to get.
  7. Bullet

    Bullet New Member

    sometimes you will find a quarter from 1962-64, most times its 1964 for some reason still out there in circulation. But coin collections that are stolen, raided, then spent as regular money you start seeing older coins (wheat pennies not included unless they pre 1930 or Steel Pennies), But you see Silver Kennedy halves, Eisenhower dollars, dimes and mercury dimes, the such.

    Although the most common old coin in circulation today is the nickel. Go to a bank and get $10 or more worth of nickels, look through them, you probably find many of them dating back as far as 1938, most of them though you will find is in the 1940s, thats just random nickles still in circulation, the reason why they are still in circulation is because no one gives a flying hoot about any Jefferson Nickel rather then the 1950-D one which is worth a couple dollars or if its the World War II silver ones which I have found in circulation a few times to.
  8. yoshi1001

    yoshi1001 Active Member

    According to what I've read, the amount of quater production during the period was considerably uneven, making some years much rarer than others.
  9. Bullet

    Bullet New Member

    Usually with any coin from 60-63 is kind of rare but holds hardly much of a value over say a 64 unless it was minted in San Fransisco which is indicated by an S mark.
  10. Regis_Neo

    Regis_Neo Moderator

    *digs through quarters*
  11. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    You can tell the silver ones instantly by looking at the side.
  12. mewlover777

    mewlover777 New Member

    *digs through the 3-ish quarters and 7-ish nickels I can find*

    Awww...nuttin worth good except for a 5402990 B.C. quarter...I found it while digging in m,y front yard.
  13. Bullet

    Bullet New Member

    or just remember anything before 1965 would be silver.
  14. bulbasnore

    bulbasnore Administrator Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    Found a silver dime in my change the other day, from the 50s (pre-Eisenhower figure, like Liberty). When silver went nuts in the early 80s I had friends who would go buy coin rolls to look through for the silver coins. I imagined it would be very rare to find any in circulation.
  15. Shiny Delbird

    Shiny Delbird New Member

    my bro colects coins he would love some thing like that

    also some some one coment on my topic rite underneath if you can help me

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  16. secretsof2113

    secretsof2113 Moderator Trader Feedback Mod

    Once in a while, I get the old quarters like that. My best find was a 1945 Nazi Germany ReichPfennig that was mixed in with our pennies at work. I made sure at the end of my shift, that I found a penny to swap for it.
  17. DukeFireBird

    DukeFireBird Gallery Administrator<br>Forum Moderator

    ya i have a nice little jar full of silver and steel pennies.

    My best find was a walking Liberty 1921 silver dollar somebody used to purchase something at my store through my till.

    I immeditelly got my supervisor and bought the coin out of my till.

    lucky me!
  18. Bullet

    Bullet New Member


    Talk about $80-$90 for that thing, should check the back of it, if you see a D indicating it was made in Denver then you can up that price to about $400
  19. DukeFireBird

    DukeFireBird Gallery Administrator<br>Forum Moderator

    ok just went through all my silver, and heres my breakdown

    1998 Liberty 1 oz fine silver coin
    1921 Liberty head silver dollar (cant find mint marker)
    1922 Liberty head silver dollar S mint
    1923 Liberty head silver dollar D mint
    3 1923 Liberty head silver dollar S mint
    3 1964 Kennedy Half dollars
    1944 silver quarter no mint mark
    1948 silver quarter D mint
    1961 silver quarter D mint
    1962 silver quarter no mint mark
    1962 silver quarter D mint
    1963 silver quarter D mint
    1964 silver quarter no mint mark
    unknown year silver quarter (different face designs, cant distinguish them) possibly walking liberty
    1929 Buffalo Nickel
    unknown year buffalo nickel
    1942 nickel
    1946 nickel
    1953 nickel
    1922 Canadian nickel
    2 1935 Mercury dimes
    1937 Mercury dime
    1938 Mercury dime
    9 1946 silver dimes
    8 1947 silver dimes
    5 1948 silver dimes
    4 1950 silver dimes
    7 1951 silver dimes
    2 1952 silver dimes
    3 1953 silver dimes
    3 1954 silver dimes
    1956 silver dime
    1957 silver dime
    3 1959 silver dimes
    2 1960 silver dimes
    1961 silver dime
    2 1962 silver dimes
    6 1964 silver dimes

    these arent coins, but still of interest
    1963 $5 red stamped
    1953 $2 red stamped
    1935 G Silver certificate
    1957 A Silver certificate
    3 1957 B Silver certificate

    can anybody help me with my unknown coin?

    I guess it pays to work as a cashier!!!
  20. I don't think my kids have ever seen a payphone.

    I remember when Silver went sky high and the coins were worth more for the Silver in them than the collection value. Those Hunt guys bought all the silver they could. Then the price went way down. And so did their empire.

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