24 Rarest and Most Valuable State Quarters Worth Money

Collecting state quarters is a fun hobby for many people. After collecting state quarters from 1999 to 2009, I have discovered that the most valuable state quarters you can find in your change are the ones that are the rarest and least common. Below, you’ll find a list of the 24 rarest state quarters with their value and which year they were minted.

The value of State Quarters can vary greatly, and some are rarer than others. But have you ever wondered which coins are the rarest? Are they worth money? It’s hard to find an answer to these questions. So we’ve put together this guide to help you quickly know which ones have sold for the highest over time.  

24 Rarest And Most Valuable State Quarters: List

No
State Quarters
Grade
Price Sold
1
1999 P Connecticut State Quarter
MS68
$1,150
2
2002 P Tennessee State Quarter
MS69
$270.25
3
1999 D Delaware State Quarter
MS68
$223.25
4
1999 P New Jersey State Quarter
MS69
$646.25
5
1999 D Connecticut State Quarter
MS69
$646.25
6
2000 D Maryland State Quarter
MS69
$126
7
2001 P Rhode Island State Quarter
MS68
$86
8
1999 P Georgia State Quarter
MS68
$282
9
2000 D Massachusetts State Quarter
MS68
$281
10
2000 D Virginia State Quarter
MS68
$940
11
2004 D Wisconsin Extra Leaf High State Quarter
MS67
$552
12
2004 D Wisconsin State Quarter: Extra Leaf Low
MS67
$6,000
13
2005 P California State Quarter
MS68
$528
14
2000 P Maryland State Quarter
MS68
$62
15
 2000 P New Hampshire State Quarter
MS68
$129.25
16
 2000 P South Carolina State Quarter
MS69
$3,525
17
2001 P North Carolina State Quarter
MS69
$1,527.50
18
2003 P Maine State Quarter
MS68
$600
19
2003 D Maine State Quarter
MS68
$1,998
20
2003 P Arkansas State Quarter
MS68
$312
21
1999-P State Quarter. Delaware–Triple Struck, Second and Third Strikes 40% Off Center
MS64
$1,140
22
1999-P State Quarter. Delaware. Struck on an Experimental Planchet
MS68
$6,000
23
1999-P State Quarter. Pennsylvania: Struck on an Experimental Planchet
MS64
$1,560
24
1999-P State Quarter Connecticut: Struck on the End of a Feeder Finger
MS65
$2,640

1. 1999 P Connecticut State Quarter

Price: $1,150

Grade: MS68

1999 P Connecticut State Quarter

The 1999-P Connecticut 50 States and Territories Quarter in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition is worth $0.85 to $3.30 or more. The 1999 Connecticut Quarter is the fifth design in the 50 States Quarter Program, which ran from 1999 to 2009. It was also the final State Quarter design of the 20th century.

The Connecticut State Quarter was issued on October 12, 1999, to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the state’s admission into the Union on January 9, 1788. The reverse design of the Connecticut quarter shows a Charter Oak Tree, which is symbolic of the state as it was the hiding place for its original constitution.

2. 2002 P Tennessee State Quarter

Price: $270.25

Grade: MS69

2002 P Tennessee State Quarter

Here’s yet another valuable and rare state quarter. The 2002-P Tennessee 50 States and Territories Quarter is worth $0.85 to $2.28 or more in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition. It was sold at auction in 2016 for $270,25.

The obverse features a portrait of George Washington, facing left, with the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and QUARTER DOLLAR on the periphery. The word LIBERTY appears left of Washington’s neck, and IN GOD WE TRUST appears right behind his neck. The mint mark is below the ribbon behind the motto.

3. 1999 D Delaware State Quarter

Price: $223.25

Grade: MS68

1999 D Delaware State Quarter

This is the first year for which the U.S. Mint has issued quarters honoring each of the 50 States. From 1999 to 2008, it issued five different designs every year to honor each State. The first design was the Delaware design. The Mint struck examples from Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco for circulation. It also struck Proof examples in San Francisco.

The 1999-D Delaware 50 States and Territories Quarter is valued at $0.85 to $3.30 in Uncirculated (MS+) Mint Condition. 1999-D Delaware Quarters are easy to find in circulation, though examples in MS66 condition are scarce but obtainable through searching original bags or rolls.

In Mint State 67, they are very scarce with possibly hundreds if not several thousand examples still being out there. In Mint State 68, it is really scarce and none are known in better condition.

4. 1999 P New Jersey State Quarter

Price: $646.25

Grade: MS69

1999 P New Jersey State Quarter

New Jersey’s quarter is the third design issued in the 50 States Quarter Program. The design was introduced to honor New Jersey’s place in history as the third state to ratify the Constitution. The obverse features the former president of the United States, George Washington.

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The reverse of this coin depicts George Washington accompanied by members of the Colonial Army crossing the Delaware River to victory over the British at Trenton and Princeton. On average the 1999-P New Jersey 50 States and Territories Quarter is worth $0.85 to $3.30 or more in uncirculated mint condition.

5. 1999 D Connecticut State Quarter

Price: $646.25

Grade: MS69

1999 D Connecticut State Quarter

The U.S. government authorized the 1999-D Connecticut State Quarter in Public Law 105-124.

The 1999 Connecticut State Quarter is the fifth design in the 50 States Quarter Program. It is also the final design of the 20th century. The 1999-D Connecticut State Quarter carries the same Washington bust design used on all State Quarters from 1999 to 2008.

The reverse design of this coin depicts a Charter Oak Tree, which was the hiding place for Connecticut’s original Constitution. On average, the 1999-D Connecticut 50 States and Territories Quarter is worth $0.85 to $3.30 or more in uncirculated mint condition.

6. 2000 D Maryland State Quarter

Price: $126

Grade: MS69

2000 D Maryland State Quarter

The 2000-D Maryland state quarter design is the 7th design issued in the 50 State Quarters program. It also happens to be the second quarter released in 2000. The design of the Maryland circulation strike quarter was unveiled on March 13, 2000.

A 2000-D Maryland 50 States and Territories Quarter in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition is worth between $0.67 and $2.28 according to the USA coin book. The coin was sold in 2018 at an auction for $126.

7. 2001 P Rhode Island State Quarter

Price: $86

Grade: MS68

2001 P Rhode Island State Quarter

The Rhode Island 2001-P quarter was first released on May 21, 2001. It features the same George Washington portrait used in previous quarters. The reverse shows a boat sailing through Narragansett Bay.

Most Rhode Island Quarter examples were well-struck; however, examples in Mint State 68 appear to be scarce but possibly thousands still exist in rolls and bags. In MS69, they are rare to find and almost never seen in this condition or higher.

A 2001-P Rhode Island 50 States and Territories Quarter in Uncirculated (MS+) Mint Condition could be worth $0.67 to $1.43 or more.

8. 1999 P Georgia State Quarter

Price: $282

Grade: MS68

1999 P Georgia State Quarter

The 1999-P Georgia 50 States and Territories quarter is worth $0.85 to $3.30 or more in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition. This coin is fairly available in mint state 66 with above 26 coins graded by PCGS. However, it is rare in grades higher than MS66, such as MS67 and above.

On December 25th, 2016, a 1999-P Georgia 50 States and Territories quarter was sold on heritage auction for $282 which is so far the highest amount realized. This value goes way beyond the initial value of the coin which is 25 cents.

9. 2000 D Massachusetts State Quarter

Price: $281

Grade: MS68

2000 D Massachusetts State Quarter

The Massachusetts state Quarter design is the fifth issue in the 50 State Quarters program. It was also the first state Quarter to be issued in the year 2000. The Massachusetts circulation strike quarters were released into circulation on January 03, 2000.

On average, The 2000-D Massachusetts 50 States and Territories quarter in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition is worth $0.67 to $2.28, or more. This coin might be easy to come by in lower grades, however, higher grades such as MS67, and MS68 are considered a rarity.

10. 2000 D Virginia State Quarter

Price: $940

Grade: MS68

2000 D Virginia State Quarter

The 2000-D Virginia 50 States and Territories Quarter is valued at $0.67 to $2.28 or more in Uncirculated (MS+) Mint Condition. It was sold for $940 at auction due to the high grade of the coin.

The 2000-D Virginia State Quarter was released by the U.S. Mint on October 16, 2000, and was the tenth coin issued in the State Quarters Program. Examples in MS66 condition or lower were fairly easy to find or buy at that time.

In MS67 condition, they are more scarce and harder to find, but hundreds if not thousands of examples exist, so prices are very reasonable and nearly anyone can afford them in this condition. In mint state 68 condition, they are rare because few examples have been found in that condition or higher.

11. 2004 D Wisconsin Extra Leaf High State Quarter

Price: $552

Grade: MS67

2004 D Wisconsin Extra Leaf High State Quarter

In 2004 the Wisconsin quarter released by the United States Mint had a major error, in which an extra leaf was added to the corn cob on the reverse. Two varieties of “Wisconsin Extra Leaf Quarters” have been discovered, one of which is more common than the other: the “Low Leaf” variety.

The second variety is the “High Leaf” variety, which is much rarer than the normal “Stalk” variety. On each coin, there is an extra husk on the left side of the corn, which is not visible on regular Wisconsin quarters.

The estimated value of a 2004-D Wisconsin State Quarter (Extra Leaf High Variety) in average condition is $51, but it can be worth $121 to $177 or more in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition.

12. 2004 D Wisconsin State Quarter: Extra Leaf Low

Price: $6,000

Grade: MS67

2004 D Wisconsin State Quarter

The Wisconsin Extra Leaf Quarter variety, of which two were discovered, has a “Low Leaf” variety. This is the most common of the two. The 2004-D Wisconsin 50 State Quarter (Extra Leaf Low Variety) is worth an estimated $39 in average condition and can be worth $102 to $148 or more in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition.

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This variety was discovered late in December 2004 by Robert Ford. Within days of its discovery, the coin broke news stories and people all over the country began searching for it. Reports of people finding up to hundreds of them from bank-wrapped rolls have led to an impression that they are common.

13. 2005 P California State Quarter

Price: $528

Grade: MS68

2005 P California State Quarter

The 2005-P Mint State California Quarters were officially released on January 31, 2005. They were the first of five quarters to be released in the year 2005. The reverse of the coin features the same George Washington image used on all State Quarters from 1999 to 2008.

On the reverse of the coin, John Muir is depicted admiring Yosemite National Park. Muir was instrumental in saving and preserving several historical parks and sites. The 2005-P California 50 States and Territories Quarter is worth $0.45 to $1.13 in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition.

14. 2000 P Maryland State Quarter

Price: $62

Grade: MS68

2000 P Maryland State Quarter

The Maryland state quarter design is the second design issued in the year 2000 and the sixth design issued in the 50 State Quarters program. The Maryland circulation strike quarter series was officially released by the United States Mint on March 13, 2000.

The 50 States Quarter Program spanned from 1999 to 2009. Every year from 1999 to 2009, the U.S. Mint released five different state quarter designs to honor each of the 50 states. The average estimated value of a 2000-P Maryland 50 States and Territories Quarter in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition is $0.67 to $2.28. However, the coin can still sell for a premium at auctions.

15. 2000 P New Hampshire State Quarter

Price: $129.25

Grade: MS68

2000 P New Hampshire State Quarter

The 2000-P New Hampshire State Quarter was officially released by the U.S. Mint on August 07, 2000. New Hampshire became a state on July 21, 1788. As a result, it was the ninth design issued in the State Quarters program.

The Mint produced over 673 million 2009-P New Hampshire Quarters. They are, therefore, extremely common and can be found in circulation with relative ease. Higher examples of the 2000-P New Hampshire Quarter are found mostly in original unsearched rolls or bags. The coin is considered scarce in Mint State 68 condition. Any example grading higher than Mint State 68 is rare.

16. 2000 P South Carolina State Quarter

Price: $3,525

Grade: MS69

2000 P South Carolina State Quarter

The 2000-P South Carolina State Quarter represents the eighth design issued in the United States Mint’s popular State Quarter Program. Coins in circulated grades are very common and can still be found in circulation in mint state grades up to MS63. MS65 and MS67 examples cost more because they are harder to find.

In mint-state 68 condition, they are on the rare side, with less than 500 known to exist. In MS69, this coin is rare. PCGS has graded fewer than a handful in this condition, none of which are finer.

17. 2001 P North Carolina State Quarter

Price: $1,527.50

Grade: MS69

2001 P North Carolina State Quarter

Most coin collectors will be able to find a 2001-P North Carolina Quarter with little difficulty. The U.S. Mint produced 627 million examples of the coin for circulation. The typical example of this coin will show some signs of wear but still be in uncirculated grades. Mint-state examples of the coin are rare, with most examples still having luster. Only in MS69 grade or higher are they difficult to find.

On average, the USA coin book values 2001 P North Carolina 50 States and Territories Quarter in Uncirculated (MS+) mint condition at $0.67 to $1.43 or more.

18. 2003 P Maine State Quarter

Price: $600

Grade: MS68

2003 P Maine State Quarter

The United States Mint began releasing the 2003-P Maine Quarters on June 2, 2003. Examples of the coins struck well enough to be graded at least MS65 and even MS66 have been found in circulation. While examples in MS67 are rarer than those in MS66, with enough searching, they can be found.

In MS68 condition or higher, they are very scarce and rarely encountered in circulation. The value of a 2003-P Maine 50 States and Territories Quarter in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition is estimated at $0.67 to $1.43 or more.

19. 2003 D Maine State Quarter

Price: $1,998

Grade: MS68

2003 D Maine State Quarter

On average, The 2003-D Maine 50 States and Territories Quarter is worth $0.67 to $1.43 in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition.

The 2003-D Maine State Quarter was released by the United States Mint on June 02, 2003. The quarter was also the 23rd issued in the U.S. State Quarters Program. It is relatively easy to find examples of this coin in MS66 condition or higher. MS67 is the minimum grade that collectors consider to have value, and anything above MS67 is scarce to rare.

20. 2003 P Arkansas State Quarter

Price: $312

Grade: MS68

2003 P Arkansas State Quarter

The twenty-fifth design to be issued in the State Quarters program was the 2003 Arkansas Quarter. The Dortha Scott design was chosen from 9,320 submitted designs to be printed on the new currency. The majority of 2003-P Arkansas quarters were well-struck. Only in MS67 condition or higher are they scarce.

In Mint State 68 or higher, these coins are hard to find and you can expect to pay a significant premium for them in this condition or higher.

21. 1999-P State Quarter. Delaware–Triple Struck, Second and Third Strikes 40% Off Center

Price: $1,140

Grade: MS64

1999-P State Quarter. Delaware--Triple Struck, Second and Third Strikes 40% Off Center

On January 4, 1999, the Delaware State Quarters entered into circulation. The design representing Ceaser Rodney’s historic horseback journey in 1776 was chosen by the State of Delaware, which also happens to be the second-smallest state in the Union.

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Quarters for the Delaware circulation strike were made in Denver and Philadelphia. Coins struck in Philadelphia will have a P mint mark, whereas coins struck in Denver will have a D mint mark.

The U.S. Mint also created Silver Proof and Delaware Clad Quarters. Due to the fact that they were created at the San Francisco Mint, both Clad and Silver Proof Quarters will have an S mint mark. The reeded edge of Proof Clad Quarters will show copper. Silver quarters will have an edge that looks silver.

22. 1999-P State Quarter. Delaware. Struck on an Experimental Planchet

Price: $6,000

Grade: MS68

1999-P State Quarter. Delaware. Struck on an Experimental Planchet

The manganese alloy used in the Sacagawea dollar’s planchets was developed in 1999 and tested using dies for State quarters with a diameter that was identical to the Sacagawea dollar’s. The Sacagawea dollar was initially printed in early 2000.

A few examples of each of the five 1999-dated State quarter varieties were produced at the Philadelphia Mint using a manganese alloy, as seen above. Although these coins are technically patterns, PCGS has labeled them as “Mint Errors” because they are not included in the tenth edition of the Judd reference.

23. 1999-P State Quarter. Pennsylvania: Struck on an Experimental Planchet

Price: $1,560

Grade: MS64

1999-P State Quarter. Pennsylvania

This charming sample, is satiny and generally dazzling, with wisps of iridescent golden-apricot tone that seem to wander toward the edges. The strike is flush with the lower left obverse and upper left reverse borders, with some design elements extending off the planchet in the opposite periphery areas.

However, the elements that are there, including the date and P mintmark, are clearly defined. A rare coin that will interest advanced State quarter collectors as well as Mint mistake experts.

24. 1999-P State Quarter Connecticut: Struck on the End of a Feeder Finger

Price: $2,640

Grade: MS65

1999-P State Quarter Connecticut

Given the nature of this defect, the design is surprisingly complete on both sides despite the absence of the lower and upper reverse borders. In the cores, which are otherwise dazzling silver, there are swirls and streaks of warmer olive charcoal.

This is a very rare and sought-after mistake type from the first year of the well-known State quarter series.

Uncirculated State Quarters & Identification

These are state quarters that were not part of the ones given out for public use. They are well preserved and worth a premium depending on the type of quarter. In numismatics, the term “uncirculated” refers to the condition of a coin that indicates that it has never been in regular use.

A newly minted coin has a luster that can only be produced by the minting process. When holding a coin under a single light source and tilting it from side to side and top to bottom, the light will appear to dance around the coin’s surface. The cartwheel effect is caused by the movement of light on a coin’s surface.


All uncirculated coins show this effect. However, it can be seen clearly on larger coins than on smaller coins. If a coin fails to show a “cartwheel effect,” this simply means it has been circulated and cannot be graded as uncirculated.

How Much Are Uncirculated State Quarters Worth

On average, uncirculated state quarters aren’t worth millions of dollars, especially if your coin is anything less than MS68 or MS67. Coin collectors would pay higher for uncirculated coins than circulated coins.

If you want to know how much are uncirculated state quarters worth, here are some checklists to get started with;

  • Is the coin graded?
  • Is it uncirculated or circulated?
  • Is the coin valuable on average?
  • How old is the coin?

There are many factors to consider as each coin would have a unique value based on its grade, age, or type. Uncirculated State Quarters could be worth anywhere between $3-$6000.

Is The 50 State Quarter Collection Worth Anything?

Many people—including new collectors and non-numismatists—believe that 50 State Quarters are rare and valuable. However, most coins are worth only face value in circulated condition unless they exhibit errors or are very old, rare, and in pristine condition.

Not all 50 State Quarter coins are valuable, but some are actually worth 1000x their face value. Our list shows you some of these coins that have sold higher than their face value at auctions.

Final Words

The State Quarters program was a wonderful addition to the U.S Coinage. These coins are worth money and could be sold off to the highest bidder. The list is in no particular order from rarest to least rare. Although some of these rare coins would be tough to find, there is a good chance that most of these coins are hiding in your pocket change.

All collectors have a special reason for collecting one or more series. To some, it may be the memories of their childhood, or family members who continue to collect with them after all these years. For others, it may be the challenge of finding coins that might be valued at more than face value. Whatever your reason may be, you could still find rare state quarters in circulation today!

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