(Pelham, AL) — The United States Mint is randomly issuing rare and valuable quarter dollars into circulation this year. The coins are found in regular pocket change and can be worth hundreds of dollars each, according to the senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins, the best-selling price guide on American coinage.
Only two million of each of the five 2019 quarter dollars will feature the “W” mintmark of the famous West Point Mint, known as the “Fort Knox of Silver” because of its precious-metal vaults. Although this might seem like a lot of coins, it represents only one out of every 200 or so 2019 quarters. They are being distributed to banks and financial institutions through the Federal Reserve system, mixed in with their more common Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint counterparts.
“If the Guide Book went to press today, we would list the coins around $25 each in average Mint State condition, based on feedback from coin dealers around the country,” said Jeff Garrett, senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins. “Higher-grade ‘gem’ examples have sold for hundreds of dollars.” Garrett estimates that demand for the coins will rise as more and more collectors need them to complete their collections.
The 2019-W quarters will be featured in next year’s edition of the Guide Book. By that time their market prices should be well established, according to Garrett.
“These are the first and only modern rarities deliberately placed into circulation by the Mint,” said Q. David Bowers, the Guide Book’s research editor. “Most 2019 quarters struck for day-to-day commerce will be made at the Philadelphia and Denver mints. Last year nearly two billion quarters were struck in total. The West Point mintages are truly small in comparison.”
In total, a maximum of only 10 million West Point Mint quarters will reach circulation, or about one coin for every 33 U.S. citizens. They include two million each of the Lowell National Historical Park quarter, the American Memorial Park quarter, the War in the Pacific National Historical Park quarter, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter, and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness quarter. All are dated 2019, and the rare West Point coins have a distinct “W” mintmark below the legend IN GOD WE TRUST.
The Guide Book of United States Coins, popularly known as the “Red Book” for its cover color, has been published since 1946, with more than 24 million copies in print. Coin collectors consider it “the Bible of the hobby.” The 73rd edition is available now online and at booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, in formats including hardcover, softcover, spiralbound, and Large Print.
About the Guide Book of United States Coins
A Guide Book of United States Coins is the world’s most popular annual retail price guide for U.S. coins, tokens, and other numismatic items. 24 million copies have been purchased since 1946, making it one of the best-selling nonfiction titles in the history of U.S. publishing.
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NCM Collector says
Don’t confuse rare with difficult to find in pocket change. 2 million is not rare.
Aren’t the business strike “S” mintages only in the 1 millions? Seems that they would be more scarce. Higher quality examples would survive since they never reached circulation….
Silver Savior says
I get a lot of change but never can seem to get anything good except that 1962 silver quarter I got from Starbucks.
Some of the business strike “S” mintages are below 900,000, which is less than half the mintage of the “W” quarters. Yet the “S” quarters are available from the Mint for as little as 35 cents each in bags of 100, or slightly more by the roll of 40. Most of these rolls and bags are likely to remain intact, which means fewer coins will be available to fill the demand for “S” singles. By contrast, there will be no “original” rolls of the “W” quarters; most of them will trade as singles. Considering these facts, I think the “S” quarters at 35 cents are a much better value than the “W” quarters at around $20.
How can a w quarter be uncirculated when they can only be had in circulation? I suppose if I acquire a roll, they can be in mint state…..however they ARE circulated!
Mike Nuccio says
2018 – 1.8 Billion quarter’s were minted. 2019 – Only ten million West Point quarter’s were produced, Two million each of the five varieties. And yes, they are hard to find, and very rare especially if in great condition.
Bryon Jacobus says
Did they do the complete set with the w in the the cast? I have one but I’m trying to find all 5. Would that make it worth more in a set?
Ralph slater says
I have a national park Marianas island quarter that looks to be copper on the front and silver or nickel on the reverse any value to coin?
Diane Harden says
I have 3 different West Point mint mark Quarters, 2 2019 and 1 2020. One looks like it’s been around and one looks good and one looks like near mint. Collected them from tip money. They are neat to have. Wonder if value will go up or down over time?
I doubt you will find many in change. Collectors/dealers are hoarding rolls at banks, picking out the Ws and selling them on eBay for $20-30.
You have to figure that half of the 2 million are probably still in circulation. And half of that again are sitting peoples change jars never to be found . And then was left out of that should be held onto in a few years people are going to need them to finish their collection and they will be much more valuable
I have now 213 W quarters. Approximately 90% were in new rolls when I discovered them. I think I will keep them till the price goes up.
I didn’t start collecting the West Points until May of 2021. Each box i sort through from the back I can usually find 1 or 2. The most i have found from a box is 5. I now have 71 but sorting from 10 to 16 thousand quarters a week is getting old and about to give up. For each 2019w I find I find two 2020w. What’s the most anyone on here has found in one $500 box or a $1,000 bag?
My name is Michael McCormick and I am a 57 year old resident of the Chicago area. Each week I search through between 16 to 20 thousand quarters and last week came upon a 2019 West Point War in the Pacific quarter which has a huge error on the backside of it. I have sent the coin out to be graded etc and upon its return I have been suggested to try and get it sold on Heritage Auctions. I have shown the pictures of the coin to coin collectors which all get interested right away asking me to sell it to them. I am afraid to sell the coin in fear its much more valuable then I understand it to be.
My contact information is or 616-886-6337.
I am hoping to hear back from you if you would like to post pictures of the coin.
I’ve found a total of ten “W” quarters since I began searching for these in early 2020. I love The Great American Coin Hunt and was so happy I got the memo!
Natividad Cantu says
I have a bunch of coins, some with errors and so forth. I want to sell them but don’t know how to go about it. Can you please point me in the right direction. Thank you
Michael Smith says
I have never quarter hunted but this has got me itching to.
I got one in change yesturday. The 2019 w Lowell quarter. So their out .
I have a 2019,mint mark P,
San Antonio Missions,is it worth anything
Brenda Himburg says
I have a 2019,mint mark P,
San Antonio Missions,is it worth anything
I’ve got 10 of the 2019 N. Mariana island quarters from 1 roll.
I’ve got 10 of the 2019 N. Mariana island quarters with a “W” mint mark from 1 roll.
bill koerner says
i have 2019 W quarter
Cynthia Murray says
Change was 2019 w lowell. Would it be considered as a high sought after coun?