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What are state quarter errors?

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State quarter errors are mistakes made on coins from the U.S. Mint's state quarter series, which was launched in 1999. Types of state quarter errors include missing design features, improper coatings, wrongly sized coins, off-center strikes, blank coins and die cracks and rotation errors.

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Some Wisconsin state quarters produced by the Denver mint in 2004 carry an extra leaf in their design, an error that increases their value to collectors. Some coins with this error sold for over $1,500. As of 2014, off-center strike errors increase the collectible value of a state coin to over $100. Coins missing their outer layer only have a copper coating on one side and may be worth between $200 and $2,000 to collectors.

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    Where can I buy coins?

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    Collectors can buy coins from coin dealers, the U.S. Mint, and auction sites such as eBay. When buying coins, knowing how to spot fakes and understanding the wholesale values of different coins will help ensure that collectors get the best value for their money.

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    When was the last pure silver quarter made?

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    Although quarters were never made entirely of silver, the U.S. Mint completely stopped using silver in quarters in 1965, producing the last actual silver quarters in 1964. Prior to 1965, the Mint made quarters out of 10 percent copper and 90 percent silver.

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    When did the U.S. Mint stop making pure silver coins?

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    The U.S. Mint never made "pure" silver coins because 99.9 percent silver is too soft to use in circulation. Dimes, quarters and half dollars were minted with 90 percent silver content through 1964.

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    What quarters are worth more than their face value?

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    Several types of quarters carry more value than their face value of 25 cents, as of 2014, including Washington quarters minted earlier than 1964, particular state quarters — minted between 1998 and 2009 — that bear errors and quarters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, according to About.com. The top value for a 20th century quarter, in 2014, is the Barber quarter valued at $49,000, states Coin Trackers.

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