The Great American Coin Hunt will make treasure-hunting for coins in circulation a national challenge. Along the way, the program should inspire many people to collect Statehood and America the Beautiful coins as well. I hope that the bags find their way to many different banks so that they will be distributed widely. I can also imagine bank tellers joining in the chase and intercepting many before they go into the hands of the general public. I will guess that they will have a market value between $5 and $20 and that some of the first found and certified will sell for far more, after which the prices of those particular pieces will fall back to the level of others.
While I have the microphone, another real-life treasure hunt is for 2000-P Sacagawea dollars put in Cheerios boxes and later found to have a tail feather design that was changed before the coins went into mass production. Many have sold for $5,000 to $10,000. In recent times, bankrolls of Sacagawea dollars have revealed over 100 more being found—coins that were turned in by those who had Cheerios for breakfast. Today a typical Mint State coin is worth several thousand dollars.