Forget if the quarter is heads up or not. The important thing to look for is the fine print on the back.

Thanks to a ghostly date on the tail side, one batch of quarters struck in 1970 can fetch a fortune at auction.

One of these rare coins has been bid up to $35,000 on eBay, according to ABC affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

The quarter is part of a batch struck over Canadian coins with the date 1941, according to Good Housekeeping. What makes the quarter valuable to collectors is an error: A “1941” persisted just above the word “dollar” on the back of the coin. It takes a very close inspection to see the date. The quarter on eBay is displayed in a case with a label reading “1970 S 25C struck on 1941 Canada 25C 5.63 GR mint error PF 65.”

I searched my jar of loose change looking for one of these, and while I didn’t find this rare quarter, I did find this interesting Kennedy Half. It looked odd to me so I took it apart and found this inside….



  1. Hmeyers says:

    Trivial manufacturing defect makes common 1970 Quarter worth $35,000.

    I don’t know.

    I understand some coin collectors are into that kind of thing.

    I always thought the value of something was determined by what someone is willing to pay.

    I suspect a lot of these kinds of things go unsold because few people actually think a 1970s quarter with a small defect is worth $35K.

    Hence it is news.

  2. Willie Wonka says:

    That half dollar will get you free admission into my chocolate factory.

  3. JK says:

    The half dollar you found is a “Scotch and Soda” gimmick.


    Back when I worked in a magic shop, we would go to the bank and buy rolls of half-dollars, then re-sell any S&S that we found. It averaged about one every two rolls. They’re easy to identify if you drop them on a glass surface… they sound different than an ordinary half.

  4. Peppeddu says:

    I don’t see it.

  5. Scary Larry says:

    The half dollar is completely a fake. The half dollar face on the left has nothing changed on the bend since removing this ‘supposed’ Mexican currency. In addition, the circumference of the coin from Mexico is much smaller than the half dollar… so, what else was stuffed inside? What a fake and hype just to get online. Even if you took that coin out, there would be scuffs and dent from the insertion to the extraction. Remember, ladies and gentlemen, the US Mint’s press operates at such a high level of pressure that the Mexican coin would have been severely damaged upon strike. Think in terms of the 1970 Copper compressed between a layer of nickel..

    McCullough’s portion of the post needs to be removed as it is an insult to dvorak.org. Seriously, John… is this stuff even vetted? Common guys, get with the program!

  6. McCullough says:

    Hmmm, 6 Bucks on eBay…that’s like a 12X return on investment….that’s better than gold!

  7. Bob Reed says:

    I don’t understand why an American coin would be struck over a Canadian coin. Two different countries, two different mints. Doesn’t make sense to me.


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