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Quarters Worth Money List 2021-2022 (Up to $60,500!) Rare & Value Charts

Updated 27 Jun, 2022 •reading-time 6-8'
EXTERNAL SOURCES: pcgs.com ngccoin.com coins.ha.com
INDEPENDENT SOURCES: usmint.gov money.org

Ed. note: This article is periodically updated to reflect the current price of most valuable coins.

U.S. Quarters dollars are one of the most collected United States coins (Coins worth money list 2022). They are usually very affordable pieces for collectors, and nowadays, it is a very easy to follow and cheap series to complete year by year. In this list, you will find what quarters you should look for in your pocket change. If you find one of them, we assure you that the reward is assured. Most of these valuable quarters are not in circulation today. But, who knows? 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much is a Quarter worth? Most Quarters are worth only their face value (worth 25 cents), especially if they are worn out. Evaluating the amount of wear of your Quarter is usually the key to determining the coin’s market value. In some cases, rarities or errors may raise their very face value.
  • What 2022 quarters are rare? Selling your valuable or rare quarters by their melt value should always be the last option. A better idea would be to find out all the information about your coin so you can determine the real and updated value.
  • What quarters are valuable right now? In some cases the price trend is clearly upward, so it can be a very good investment if you want to sell it after a few years.
In this post you will know...
  • What year of quarters are worth keeping
  • Most valuable quarters: List of most valuable quarters in 2022
  • What makes a quarter rare?

The more you go into these series, the more interesting they become. Coin collectors of these series will find this post very insightful as a way of deepening the study of these highly collected coins.

Rare quarters to look for – Value chart 2022

Here is our list of checked and recent auction records. Some of them reach sky-high prices!

2022 Quarters worth money list

What year of quarters are valuable? See our list of the most relevant years, and pay attention to date column.

Most valuable quarter dollars
Type Year United States Mint Auction Record (MS60)
Seated Liberty 1872 Carson City $60,500
Barber 1901 San Francisco $39,500
Seated Liberty 1858 San Francisco  $21,800
Standing Liberty 1918/7 San Francisco $19,000
Seated Liberty 1849 New Orleans $18,200
Seated Liberty 1872 San Francisco $17,500
Barber 1896 San Francisco $17,000

For the price list, and to compare some references with others, we will always give the estimated price of a coin encapsulated by NGC or by PCGS in MS60 status. As the degree of conservation increases, the price also increases exponentially, especially for the more expensive coins. 

Which rare quarters are worth money?

Factors such as the series, the conservation, the coin’s year of mintage or its rarity (avoid collecting workhorse coin) determine the price. In numismatics, small factors can make the price vary greatly.

The U.S. quarter was established by the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, along with other silver coin denominations not so precise: silver dollars, half dimes, or half dollars. These coins were gradually rolled out, with dimes and quarters first appearing in 1796. Because of low demand, United States Mint did not produce quarters again until 1804. From this year until today, there are periods in its history when it has operated as a workhorse coin.

What silver quarters are worth keeping? As a general rule, those coins that were minted in an important year and have a fairly good state of preservation.  Look for these dates: 1872, 1901 and pay close attention to whether your coin was minted in Carson City.

So the question is obvious: How do you know if a 25-cent is worth money? Below is a list of the most important currencies and the characteristics you should look for in each of them. It may be difficult, but… what if you have one of them and you still don’t know?

What Seated Liberty Quarters are valuable quarters?

Approximately halfway through 1840, drapery was added to extend below her arm. Thus, there are two varieties of the Liberty Seated silver quarters.

1872 CC Liberty Seated – $60,500, the most valuable Seated Liberty Quarter

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Source: NGC

With a circulation of only 22850 units, this coin struck in Carson city mint is extremely rare in high conservation. Only two coins of with an MS graduation have survived to this day, and they reach enormous prices in the market. It is only accessible to the most elite collections. Click here to know more about coins worth money in 2022. Don’t forget other important coins coined in Carson City mint, such as the 1871 cc liberty seated, pretty rare too. This variety has reached top price records, in fact was sold years ago for $115,000 according different sources, but we have not been able to verify it. .

1858 S Liberty Seated – $21,800

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Source: NGC

The 25-cent struck in 1958 San Francisco mint can reach incredible prices if any are MS60 graduated coins. The truth is that this value is a guide because the population the surviving population today is so scarce that there is no known coin without circulation.

1849 O Liberty Seated – $18,200

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Source: NGC

1849 is one of the rarest dates on 25-cent coins. There is no official record of their circulation, but it is believed that they are all included in a surrender of 16000 copies made in 1850, so there would be less than 16000 units. It reaches a price in MS60 of about $18,000.

1872 S Liberty Seated – $17,500

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Source: NGC

The case of this piece is most curious. It has a relatively high print run compared to the other examples on this list, but it coincided with a change in the minting standard in 1873, so that almost all the coins were destroyed. You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of well-preserved units that managed to survive to our time.

1852 O Liberty Seated – $17,000

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The 25-cent coin minted in New Orleans in 1852 has a similar story to the previous one. Despite the relatively high circulation of almost 100,000 units, most of the production was melted down, so only a handful of units remain in good condition – which are highly sought after by wealthy 25-c coin collectors.

1864 S Liberty Seated – $14,500

This type of currency, coined in San Francisco mint, has a circulation of only 20,000. This very short print run explains the exorbitant prices reached in the coin collector’s market by the few highly preserved units that survived the Civil War.

1867 S Liberty Seated – $14,000

Although this coin has a higher circulation than the other coins on the list, it is in high demand in terms of conservation. It is not easy to find, as the obverse of the coin was treated very aggressively, so almost all the specimens we know of have been discovered with a very poor minting quality. For this reason, the existing coins with good quality coinage cost more than $14,000 according to Numismatic literary Guild.

Barber Silver Quarters Series & Big Three Quarter Dollars: Some quarters worth a lot of money

Some Barber Silver Quarters belong to the select group of the most valuable quarters. Going from good to excellent conditions can cause their price to go from low to high.

1901 S Barber Silver Quarter– $39,500, the most valuable Barber Silver Quarter

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Source: Heritage Auctions

Apparently there is no reason to explain the rarity of this highly preserved piece. It is by far the most difficult barber coin to come by in any collection, and one of the rarest coins in all of 20th century American numismatics. The small quantity of units of 1901-s barbers  that have remained in good conservation today, makes its prices in the numismatic market disproportionate to its initial print run of 72,664 pieces.

1896 S Barber Silver Quarter – $17,000

1896-S-Barber-valuable
Source: Heritage Auctions

The piece minted in San Francisco in 1896 has a greater number minted than other years – in total 188,039 units were produced. Due to the rarity of the well-preserved coins, they have been brought into the present in one of the key dates of the series. Together with the 1901 and 1913 issues they are called the Big Three Quarter Dollars.

1913 S Barber Silver Quarter – $16,000

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Source: PCGS

However, it should be noted for the last component of the Big Three, that the reason for its shortage is known. Only 40,000 copies have been minted. Yet, despite consisting of the fewest units, the fact that in the 1930s boom of coin collecting, it was only 20 years old, has meant that more coins have been preserved in coin collections than its two older sisters.

1909 O Barber Silver Quarter – $4,000

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Source: PCGS

The price of this 25-cent coin has more to do with the poor quality of the New Orleans Mint than with its circulation, as 712,000 units were produced according . However, the specimens in conservation and of high quality are in great demand due to their scarcity.

1897 S Barber Silver Quarter – $1,900

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Source: PCGS

Another example of the scarce production levels of the San Francisco Mint in the 20th century’s inaugural years . Only 542,000 were produced, the fifth smallest print run of this serie.

1901 O Barber  – $1,900

The rarity of the 1901’s issue in New Orleans also has more to do with the scarcity of good coins that have survived the 20th century than with its circulation. 1,612,000 pieces were produced, a considerable number, and by far the largest in the series according to American Numismatic Association.

1914 S Barber – $1,800

Only 264,000 units were minted of this 25-cent coin, one of the most valuable in the series.

Collectible quarters list: Standing Liberty Quarters

1918 S and 1917 S Standing Liberty – $19,000, the most valuable Standing Liberty Quarter

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Source: NGC

In this issue of 1918 over 1917, we will make an exception in our policy of not reporting variants because of their numismatic importance. An undated stamp from this currency was first stamped with the year 1917 and then the last digit was corrected with an 8.

Silver Standing Liberty Quarters with errors:  It is not yet clear why neither the San Francisco nor the Philadelphia mint detected this error, which would have led to the use of a new stamp. However, thanks to this ruling, we have one of the most valuable and prized 25-cent for coin collecting.

1916 Standing Liberty – $13,800

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Source: NGC

The premiere of the new design, with the motif of freedom personified, caused a real stir in its day. There were many collectors and outsiders who wanted to have an example of the new design, meaning that even a few months after its launch, it already sold for more than a dollar.

1927 S Standing Liberty – $5,300

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Source: NGC

The 1929 crash in the US economy meant that this year’s issues were heavily treasured by private individuals, since, as they are made up of silver, they will always have quite a lot of intrinsic value. This accumulation of precious metal led to a shortage of specimens in high conservation status, and this is why the 1927 25-cent coin ranks third on our list of most valuable coins.

1923 S Standing Liberty –$2,650

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Source: NGC

There is a small imbalance in this list. We compared prices of coins in the same condition, MS60. However, to a lesser degree, this issue is even scarcer than its precedent in the list, the 1927-S piece.

1919 D Standing Liberty – $2,050

At the end of World War I, one of the most affected sectors of the American economy was agriculture. The demand and prices of agricultural products suffered a significant recession, which also affected the production of 25-cent coins. This reference, struck in Denver mint, has a much lower circulation than its previous years, which resulted in a shortage of pieces for coin collecting until today.

1921 Standing Liberty – $1,560

Most valuable quarter dollars
Type Year United States Mint Auction Record (MS60)
Seated Liberty 1872 Carson City $60,500
Barber 1901 San Francisco $39,500
Seated Liberty 1858 San Francisco  $21,800
Standing Liberty 1918/7 San Francisco $19,000
Seated Liberty 1849 New Orleans $18,200
Seated Liberty 1872 San Francisco $17,500
Barber 1896 San Francisco $17,000
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As with the 1919 Denver 25-cent coin, the 1921 Philadelphia mint issue was strongly affected by the American post-war economy. It is the only 25 cent coin with a circulation of less than two million, which affects its scarcity.

Varieties in Modern Quarters to look for in your pocket change

Several types of valuable quarters generate quite a bit of interest among U.S. coin collectors. In this case, the prices are not exorbitant, but they may be worth knowing if you find one in your home.

Washington Quarters (25 cents) – 1932-D & 1932-S

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With a weight of 6.25 grams and an identical composition to the Mercury Dime (90-10), this coin was minted in 1932 and circulated in the period from 1934 to 1964 (in the year 1933 they were not minted). On the obverse, it features a bust of the First President of the United States, George Washington, and beneath the word ‘LIBERTY’. Embossed in the space in front of the bust is the phrase ‘IN GOD WE TRUST‘, and below, the date.

Of all the series, the most collectable date is 1932, but only those minted in Denver and San Francisco since they were the ones with the shortest print run. The approximate values of this date, according to PCGS and eBay, are:

Date Mint Coinage G VG E Uncirculated
1932-D Denver 436,800 units $55-$70 $90-$110 $150-200 $750-$85,000
1932-S S. Francisco 408,000 units $60-$65 $100-$110 $125-145 $350-$47,500

How much are the extra leaf quarters worth? 

The 2004 D Wisconsin commemorative quarters from Denver mint have a high value in the coin market. They are in the 50 Statehood Quarters Program. United States Mint added the extra leaf on the Wisconsin State Quarter to honor the original 13 colonies that became part of the United States. Its designer, Robert Weinman (who won multiple awards before) created its design after winning a contest to design the coin’s reverse. Most of these error quarters involve errors precisely on the coin’s reverse side, which could be interesting for coin collecting.

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There is no definitive answer to this question. The collector market determines the value of the extra leaf quarter. Coin collectors assign different values for each commemorative quarter, depending on its condition and rarity. Thus, an extra leaf quarter in perfect condition might be worth around $230 (reference). 

Die crack type errors are usually not very valuable, so you could list it for $12 with best offer and probably get $6. The “spitting Horse” is a “nickname” given to a coincidentally placed die break to make the coins more marketable. Typically die breaks this small do not bring in added value. The 1999 P Delaware state quarter struck by United States Mint displays this die variety. It’s important to determine if it’s a die crack or a die scratch at the horse’s mouth. 

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Source: coleccionistasdemonedas.com
 

Here’s a quick recap of the 7 most valuable quarters 2022:

Most valuable quarter dollars
Type Year United States Mint Auction Record (MS60)
Seated Liberty 1872 Carson City $60,500
Barber 1901 San Francisco $39,500
Seated Liberty 1858 San Francisco  $21,800
Standing Liberty 1918/7 San Francisco $19,000
Seated Liberty 1849 New Orleans $18,200
Seated Liberty 1872 San Francisco $17,500
Barber 1896 San Francisco $17,000
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