The Wisconsin Quarter is the Last of the 50 States Commemorative Quarters released by the U.S. Mint in the year 2004, and the 30th of the entire series.
The Wisconsin design depicts an agricultural theme featuring the head of a cow, a round of cheese and an ear of corn.
However, was there a Wisconsin Quarter Error during the minting process at the Denver Mint.
Some say it was a die flaw, while others say it was a deliberate act by a Denver Mint employee.
What ever the case may be, there has been a collecting frenzy in the Statehood Quarters Program that has collectors hunting these varieties.
The correct Wisconsin quarter has the head of a cow, a circle of cheese and a corn stalk. There are two mistakes in circulation for the infamous Wisconsin Quarter Error coin. One is called "extra leaf low" and contains a second shadow leaf on the left of the corn stalk pointing down. The other is called "extra leaf high" and has a second shadow leaf on the left side of the corn stalk pointing up. Mint errors are usually caught by the U.S. Mint before they get into circulation, but as history has showed us, error coins seem to somehow slip through the tough cracks at the US MINT. The lower display is what you are looking for in each of the coins. Notice the extra leaf.Left image is an example of the Low Leaf variety - Right image is an example of the High Leaf varietyBelow is the same area of a normal 2004-D Wisconsin quarter
So how the extra-leafed Wisconsin Quarter Error coins came to bear images different from the official die of the Wisconsin quarters were to be struck from is still being looked into, and this altered artwork appears to have been a deliberate act on the part of an unknown employee of the U.S. Mint. Numismatic experts believe the additional leaves were not the result of miss-strikes of the official die, but of strikes made with altered dies. The coins with errors were minted in Denver and circulated mostly in Arizona and Texas.
So what is the coin worth if you find one? Well there are reports of people selling them on Ebay for over 1000 dollars, and others have been a little more realistic at selling a three coin set of the normal quarter and the two Wisconsin Quarter Error for about 300 dollars. While single error coins have been going for around 100 dollars a piece, the coins despite there popularity with collectors, and the preliminary reports from the US Mint of what actually happened, have put the Wisconsin Quarter Error coins in high demand.
So the next time you go shopping, check your change for a Wisconsin Quarter Error.
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