When the government began issuing quarters with designs representing each state, many people started gathering them up in the hopes that they’d eventually be able to sell the whole lot for way more than 25 cents each. That probably won’t be the case for at least a few more generations, but there is one particular state coin that could earn you a very pretty penny.
Sometimes the minting process doesn't go exactly as planned, and coins with mistakes end up being circulated out into the public. What seemed like a mistake then, though, can end up being someone's big break.
All the tail sides of Wisconsin quarters feature images of a dairy cow, a big hunk of cheese, and an ear of corn. Usually you will see one leaf on each side of the partially shucked veg, but a minting mistake added an extra line either above or below the left leaf, which makes it seem like there’s a third leave above or below it.
According to CoinTrackers, the higher “extra leaf” can be worth up to $300, while the lower one is worth up to $250. They don't explain why there’s a $50 difference, but there’s no denying both of those amounts are still a sweet chunk of change. They also don’t specify exactly how many of these coins were released into circulation, just “many,” so there could be a real chance you’ve got one sitting in your purse, wallet, or coin jar.
Imagine how many people have let one of these quarters go in a vending machine or at the laundromat? Yet another reason we should all give our coins an extra close look before using them. Who knows, your jar might be full of these messed up Wisconsin designs and you’ll find yourself sitting on a small fortune.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.