How Valuable are 1976 BICENTENNIAL QUARTERS?

Did your dad ever give you one of these and say hold on to it it’s gonna be worth a lot of money someday or maybe you got one of these bad boys back in change well if you’ve got one of these then you definitely want to watch the rest of this video because your quarter might be worth a heck of a lot more than 25 cents.

i’m going to be telling you how to determine which of these 1976 bicentennial quarters are worth the big bucks and which ones you’d be better off just buying a gumball with first off while bicentennial quarters are definitely cool with the dual date on the obverse and the drummer boy design on

the reverse they’re not actually as rare as you might think in fact they were produced not for one year but for two years in both 1975 and 1976 to Celebrate the 200th anniversary of america’s independence and the united states produced 1.6 billion of them that’s right billion with a b and like i said these were produced in both 1975 and 1976 but there’s no version that actually says 1975.

they both say 1776 to 1976. so it’s almost like producing two years worth of coins but with one design making these coins even less rare to make matters worse because these coins were so cool looking and just sort Of felt collectible everyone and their mother pulled these coins out of circulation and saved them thus preserving these coins in a sock drawer or up on a shelf in pristine condition making even superb examples of these coins really quite common so that’s the bad news most bicentennial quarters are just worth 25 cents but there’s also good news there are two main attributes that can dramatically increase the value of your bicentennial quarter and those Are mint mark and condition.

1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 ~ 40% Silver Kennedy Half of-Dollar, Practically Uncirculatedthere’s also a third factor that can dramatically increase the value of your bicentennial quarter and i’ll get to that later in the video so be sure to stick around until the end so mint mark what is that well it’s the little symbol or a lack thereof on the obverse of the coin that designates which u.s mint facility the coin was produced at coins minted that the denver or san francisco mint will have a little d or a little s next to Washington’s head and coins meant that the philadelphia mint will have no mint mark whatsoever given that over 800 million bicentennial quarters were minted at both the denver and philadelphia mints but only 22 million were minted at the san francisco mint on average s mint mark bicentennial quarters will be worth a little bit more than their p or d counterparts and within the s mint mark coins there are actually three types.

there are silver Proofs clad or not silver proofs and uncirculated silver examples now all of these coins were produced specifically for collectors even at that time and were never intended to make it into circulation but on occasion you still can find some of these in circulation if you’re lucky if some ding dong used granddaddy’s coin collection to buy gumballs but even so even with the s mint mark coins we’re not talking about tremendous amounts of money ungraded a Silver 76s proof is worth about eight bucks a silver uncirculated 76 s is worth about five bucks and a clad 76 s proof is worth about three bucks so great if you get it in pocket change but nothing really to write home about condition is the metric that is going to make the difference between whether your quarter is worth 25 cents or almost 20 grand and yes spoiler alert we are going to take a look at a 1976 bicentennial quarter that you could find in pocket Change that literally sold at auction for almost 20 thousand dollars.

condition a coin’s condition is typically graded on a scale from 1 to 70 with one being like an absolute trash coin and 70 being the perfect pristine example of that coin now for most coins getting anything above a 60 which is considered mint state or ms as we say in the biz is absolutely spectacular but because like i said people hoarded these coins in massive quantities right out of circulation These are really really common even in high grades so in order for these coins to be worth a ton they have to be super high mint state coins want to see how crazy the difference is these three 1976 d coins were graded ns66 ns67 and ms68 respectively the one graded ms66 which again is a tremendous grade because it’s out of 70 not out of a hundred sold on ebay for fifteen dollars and fifty cents again great if you find it in pocket change but if you get it graded and all That and then sell it on ebay you probably lose money after ebay and grading fees the one graded ms 67 however did a lot better that one sold at heritage auctions for 91 now again there are auction fees and there are grading fees but still hey if you had that quarter sitting in a drawer somewhere and you got it graded and sold it for 91 bucks that’s pretty darn good but this is where things get really crazy this 1976 d bicentennial quarter.

ERROR Coin; 1956-D/D Jefferson Nickel–Reverse Doubling!!!      (JN-013)That graded at ms 68 sold for a whopping 6462.50 for a quarter now i want to be clear it is definitely not an easy task to find any of these coins in such high grades out in circulation or even sitting in your granddaddy’s collection but it’s not impossible and that’s what’s key now if you’re sitting there scratching your head and wondering why the difference between ms-67 and ms-68 is so freaking huge well that’s because ms68 is the Highest grade so far so if you do find one ever that has a higher grade than ms-68 it’ll likely sell in the five or six figures which is absolutely insane and if you stick around to the end of the video i am going to share with you a resource that will help you determine whether the coin that you have in your possession is a high-grade coin that said when it comes to s mint mark coins there are coins that graded higher than ms68 in fact this one that graded ms69 Sold for six thousand six hundred dollars so there’s still tons of value in the s mint mark coins as well but there is one other important piece of information to remember there is a difference between proof coins and non-proof coins this one that sold for six thousand six hundred dollars is from the uncirculated variety.

you know that because it has a mint state grade proof coins are graded on a different scale like this one over here which is a Proof 70 right proof 70 not ms70 so it’s a perfect proof coin and these typically sell for a maximum of like and eighty bucks still an amazing amazing coin but not six thousand six hundred dollars amazing but what about that bicentennial quarter that i told you about that sold for almost twenty thousand dollars well i’m going to show you that in a minute but first let’s talk about that third factor that can influence the value of Bicentennial quarters dramatically and that is whether the coin is an error or a variety now error coins are coins that were damaged at some point during the minting process so no that coin you ran over with your lawnmower doesn’t count it has to have been damaged in some unusual event during the actual production process now a variety is similar to an error except that it doesn’t happen to just one coin it happens to all the coins that were Produced with a particular die that was somehow damaged during the die making process now there are lots of different types of errors that can happen to a coin and the bicentennial quarter is no exception so we’re going to do a whole separate video on errors and varieties of bicentennial coins.

i’ll give you one example of each this error coin which is an off-center error and is a pretty extreme example sold on ebay for 575 dollars that is absolutely insane Right now you can find error coins out in the wild but really extreme examples like this one the odds of you finding one are pretty slim because even non-collectors will pull these out of circulation the second they see them however varieties are much much more subtle and to the naked eye to the common person they just look like regular coins so your odds of finding them are much much better and you can find them in circulation one of the most Common varieties to look for among bicentennial quarters is the 1976 d fs 101 ddo now that is quite a mouthful but it’s actually pretty simple what it means 1976 d means the 1976 denver mint quarter ddo means double die obverse which means that there is some doubling of a particular feature on the obverse or head side of the coin and fs101 is just sort of the id number that’s been assigned to that particular variety now the coin you see here is both a variety.

And a super high grade it’s an ms65 of the 1976 fs101 ddo and it sold at auction for 3246 so again this is an ms65 which is lower than any of the other coins we looked at but because of the variety designation it gets premium sale prices now speaking of premium prices i promise to share with you a ridiculously premium priced coin and this is it this 1976 s uncirculated coin in mint state 69 condition sold at auction for an absurd 19 200 now it is beyond me why that one sold for nineteen thousand two hundred dollars when we looked at a very very similar coin an ms-6976s that sold for sixty six hundred dollars so it’s kind of a mystery to me why this one sold for almost three times as much and if any of you guys out in the audience can figure out why please let me know in the comments below i’m sure we’d all be curious to find out now if.

i’m going to share with you the resource that you can use to determine whether or not your coin is a high enough grade that makes it worth getting graded and potentially selling for a huge profit and that resource is pcgs photograde pcgs is one of the top two coin grading companies in the world And on their website they have a free resource that shows you images high resolution images of each coin in each grade now they don’t have a specific one for the bicentennial quarter but you can just look at the washington quarter and i’ll link it below so you can have easy access but basically you can compare your coin against the coin on the screen and see whether it’s an ms64 and probably not worth getting graded even though it’s a nice coin or an ms68 that Could sell for thousands of dollars now one caveat grading coins is a skill that takes years and years of practice so don’t think that you’re gonna be able to get it exactly right just by looking at it after two seconds but it will give you a sense of whether or not you’re in the right ballpark now what do you do if you did find one that you think is worth getting graded well you’re already ahead of the curve because you have me you can send me a high-resolution image of your Coin.