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07 Oct 2021

Coin Thoughts #117 by "SUN"

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Once in a while I like to write about coins that would make a nice display, exhibit, or presentation at not much cost.

The 1776-1976-S Bicentennial 40% Silver Quarter is the only quarter struck in 40% silver composition. The prices for the quarters are reasonable. In COIN WORLD "Trends" the value in MS65 or PF65 is $10. The 3-piece Mint Set which includes a half dollar and dollar coin is around $20. (issued price $9) The 3-piece Proof Set is $25. (Issued price $15)

On July 4, 1966, the Senate Joint Resolution 162, established the American Revolution Bicentennial Committee. The committee recommended coins, medals, stamps, etc. Clifford Mishler, a committee member, recommended open competition for the coinage designs. Jack L. Ahr design was chosen for the quarter design.

Reference: Walter Breen.s Complete Encyclopedia o U.S. and Colonial Coins, 1988



Level 5

I have the proof version!


Level 4

Yes, my favorite sets of commemorative coins, probably because I was a kid when they came out and if memory serves me correctly you could still obtain proof sets from the mint into the early eighties. Thanks for sharing!


Level 6

What a great coin set! Beautiful! Thanks for the nice blog! Enjoyed it. ; )

A great design that I still love finding in change. The 40% silver coins were such a big deal back then, while today anything under 90% would be laughed at. But that's what collectors were up against in the 1970's. The Mint did not bend over backwards to please anyone, let alone collectors. I would have loved seeing the Jefferson nickel get the bicentennial treatment as well, it would have fit right in.

It's Mokie

Level 6

My favorite bicentennial design by a wide margin. Jack Ahr used the limited space available quite expertly.


Level 4


I. R. Bama

Level 5

Wasn't that a great time with wonderful designs?


Level 5

Awesome coins. I remember receiving my 5 sets of each from the mint. Mintage was high, so prices will never be great. Always liked the coins.


Level 6

Great blog. I agree with you. This is a beautiful set. It would look cool in a display anywhere. Thanks.


Level 5

Nice blog!

AC coin$

Level 6

Good to see You again. Nice post and great coins.


Level 7

Thanks for a good read. This set is underrated by a longshot. I think it just yells our history.. I mean the way it was made along with the quailty. It should be worth more. I mean I don't know of another set. Some said this set is the start of our anniversary. I agtee. With the George Washington quarter.thank you my friend.

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