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02 Oct 2021

The Case Of The Missing 1975 Quarter

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Here's some shocking (or maybe not shocking) news: you will never find a 1975 quarter in pocket change because they don't exist. The quarters that were made in 1975 are dated 1976. Those were minted in 1975 and 1976 because the mint wanted lots of them. But the 1976 dated quarters didn't begin production until July 4th, 1975, so couldn't the mint just make the 1975 dated quarters earlier in the year? It's not that easy.


The main reason was because the mint had nothing better to worry about than us coin collectors. Whoever was in charge decided that if they made the quarters, because of the low mintage due to the fact that they could only be struck until July, we would pull out all of the 75' dated quarters out of circulation as if they never existed. The mint was trying to increase the number of quarters in circulation, so that wouldn't have made logical cents (lol).


Is there a way to find out if your 1976 dated quarter was made in 1975? No. The mint made over 1.6 billion quarters bearing the 1976 date, and the die didn't go under any changes between the years, so there is no way to tell the difference.


Is it worth saving the 76' quarters? Not really. Besides the uncirculated ones that are worth about $1.25, these quarters have no significant value. I feel like I should also mention the San Francisco mint marked ones here as well. These are rare in circulation, but do fetch a few dollars more than face value if you are lucky enough to find one. Pictures will come as soon as the tech issue is solved.

Comments

"SUN"

Level 6

You will not find a half or dollar either

Haney

Level 4

Yes and a great way to see this is looking at a 1975 proof set as only the cent, nickle, and dime will be dated 1975 whereas the quarter, half, and dollar are dated 1776-1976. As for saving Bicentennial quarters, I still do though they are becoming about as rare as wheat cents in circulation these days. I know they really have no numismatic value and with that non-existent inflation even their buying power continues to shrink, but it was my favorite design out of the trio of commemorative coins issued for the bicentennial.

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Agree with that last part.

Kepi

Level 6

Didn't really know about this... Great information! ; )

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Thanks!

Mike

Level 7

There are many medals made with 1975. I would put up pictures but why try. I would of put them in fourm.

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Lol.

Longstrider

Level 6

I forgot all about this. Great design. Thanks

Mike

Level 7

The bill was submitted two years before striking. That's when it was decided. They had the contest and it was done. I also believe it's one of the best designs. It's true American History. Thanks for a good bloog. Enjoyed it.

It's Mokie

Level 6

I think this is one of the forgotten facts of the clad era. Thanks for reminding us. By far my favorite design of the bicentennial series.

AC coin$

Level 6

Isn't such dating mystery an attraction to collectors...? Thanks for your information regarding that specific year. By the way, it'll make the 1976 S quarters chased.

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Lol. Yeah, now they will probably be even harder to find!

Golfer

Level 5

Forgot all about no 1975 quarters. You see 1976 quarters in circulation. I know plenty of people have saved them. 1976 quarters will be around until we stop using change. Nice topic.

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