1966 silver quarter

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Tami, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. Tami

    Tami New Member

    I have found a 1966 silver quarter. 1964 was the last year silver quarters were allowed. Accidentally there was a batch done in 1966, and stamped 1966. Does anyone know what this is worth?
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  3. satootoko

    satootoko Retired

    Hi Tami, and [​IMG] to the forum.

    Where did you get that bit of information?

    The mint acknowledges that it made some silver quarters in '66, but clearly says that they were dated '64.
    • The Redbook makes no mention of 1966 silver quarters.
    • The Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2006 33rd Ed., makes no mention of 1966 silver quarters.
    Admittedly I'm not a specialist in U.S. coins, but I can't believe that I wouldn't have heard of the "accident" you describe, or that it would never have been mentioned on this forum, if it were generally known to collectors of U.S. coinage. :confused:
  4. zaneman

    zaneman Former Moderator

    Could you post pictures? I have some dimes from 65 and 66 that appear to be silver, however I am 100% sure they must be dipped in silver. I think yours is probably the same.
  5. Tami

    Tami New Member

    1966 Washington silver quarter

    Roy,I know the difference between the clad coins and the silver.My 1966 quarter is definitely silver.Do you know where I can get validated and appraised? Thanks :)
    Tami :)
  6. zaneman

    zaneman Former Moderator


    I'd send it to ANACS, they will tell you if your coin is real or not.
  7. satootoko

    satootoko Retired

    If you're willing to take the risk of getting it back in a body bag as plated or altered, send it to PCGS, NGC, ANACS, or ICG for authentication.

    If and when it is certified by a top-level third party grader, will be plenty of time to seek a valuation.
  8. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    While I have read of a very few quarters dated 1965 that were silver - I have not heard of any bearing the '66 date. But since the one date does exist, I must acknowledge that is possible, albeit unlikely, that the other may as well.

    I suggest that rather than rely on your judgement of what is silver and what isn't - that you weigh the coin. This would help determine, but not prove that you are correct in your assessment.

    It should be noted that these were not deliberate strikings and it is thought that they came to be as the result of a few silver planchets that had been stuck in the hopper.
  9. knowtracks

    knowtracks Senior Member

    Hi Tami, Welcome to the forum.
    Before you get mad or send your quarter off somewhere see what it weighs.
    Silver quarter should weigh 6.25 grams
    Clad should weigh 5.67 grams
    Hope this helps
  10. Bergermeister99

    Bergermeister99 New Member

    I might also have a 1966 silver quarter though it looks to be only partial silver

    "I got a 1966 quarter today and I dropped it on the table and it sounded different than a normal quarter. It sounded much more like a silver quarter from 1964 than the copper clad quarters of 1965+. When I looked at the side of the quarter it only had the copper looking band around about 80% of it with 20% of it looking like the 1964 sides. I don't know if this is the type you have, but I am going to keep this quarter until I can find out more about it. My guess is that it was made from a silver covering with copper in the middle so it would not be 90% silver but some smaller percentage and that it did not use a nickel face. If that is true then I think I have a really rare coin indeed. Of course I could be just hearing things and it is a normal quarter :D
  11. jhinton

    jhinton Active Member

    Bergermeister99,
    I would also weigh your coin. It is very common for a circulated coin to not have a copper "band" showing all the way around the coin.
  12. prolawn_care

    prolawn_care New Member

    Did you weigh it? If it's .900 silver it should weigh 6.25 grams and if it's a regular copper-nickel quarter it should weigh 5.67 grams. If you get something different i would suspect a dippin...
  13. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    Welcome to the neighborhood, Tami!

    Once you've weighed the coin, and you still believe it to be silver, I would send it to NGC for certification. NGC can perform a metallurgical analysis to determine the composition. I don't know if PCGS or ANACS can provide this service.

    Good luck!

    Chris
  14. kenjac73

    kenjac73 New Member

    Does the 1966 clad coin have any value?
    Thank you - KJ
  15. Yes, $.25. It's a circulation coin that anyone can find with little-to-no trouble in his or her pocket change.
  16. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    $.25
  17. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    How about posting some photos.

    Also, I wouldn't spend money sending it to ANY of the TPGs until I had a local dealer look at it first and see what their opinion is.
  18. vdbpenny1995

    vdbpenny1995 Well-Known Member

    im calling this now, this si gunna be like the person who claimed they had a silver dime from 1965 or whatever.... Just you watch
  19. KoinJester

    KoinJester Well-Known Member

    Depends upon condition! If it uncirculated it may be worth a couple of dollars. If its worn no value over face
  20. CoinAmateur

    CoinAmateur New Member

    Possible 1966 quarter

    I've read the threads, and I do agree that the coin in question should be weighed to see if it's close to either the Silver or Clad weight.

    With that being said...

    I believe that when I was younger I actually had a 1965 quarter that was silver. For years I had kept it, and I believe that it's probably somewhere at my parents' house yet. Bothers me that I don't have it now. It was clearly evident that it was not like a clad quarter, and I knew that they had stopped minting silver quarters in 1964, supposedly. I never had it weighed, but like another person mentioned, when dropped on a table it clearly made a sound not like that of a clad quarter. I had an actual silver quarter from prior to 1964, and the two coins sounded identical when dropped on a table. There was no evident clad mark on the edge, and it even smelled a little different (silver has a distinct smell...actually the tarnish has the smell). I'm convinced to this day that it was silver. I may try to find it to see if it's truly silver, or silver plated. May be a rare gem, who knows!
  21. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    This is another revival of a six year old thread. Don't expect pics from the Op.

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