When was the last time you really sifted through the spare change in your purse or in that random jar on your countertop? While it may seem like a futile exercise to pay attention to individual cents, there could be a few rare coins lurking in your midst that may make you some easy money. One example? A Washington quarter with a bizarre error recently made someone several hundred bucks.
They’re the norm nowadays, but 25-cent coins with President George Washington’s bust on them didn’t always exist. Originally released in 1932, the Washington quarter was created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first president’s birthday. It was soon the dominant 25-cent mint in circulation around the entire country, as it is today.
However, not every coin turns out perfectly when it’s produced. While that may seem like a bad thing, it’s those imperfections that often make it worth a lot of money! For example, a seller on eBay recently posted a listing for a 1969 Washington quarter that had two major flaws: The mint itself was misshapen and not a flawless circle, and the bust of George Washington is off-center. Whoops! This could’ve happened during any part of the original minting process, but guess what? Twenty-eight different people bid on the 25-cent piece, and it went for almost $600! That’s a serious price markup we can get behind. And while there isn’t necessarily a specific number of 1969 mints with the exact same errors, there are plenty of quarters in general that could have similar issues and be worth just as much.
Not sure if there’s an error-ridden Washington quarter in your midst? There could still be plenty of ultra-valuable coins that may be hiding in plain sight, from dollar coins going for $10,000 to $35,000 25-cent pieces. With a little extra care and time, you might be sitting on a goldmine and not even know it. Get ready to watch that cash come in without a ton of effort on your part!