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Quarter not a gold strike
February 22, 2010

Remember the gold-plated state quarters that were being sold on cable television? Not everybody does.

I had an e-mail inquiry about one that turned up in circulation.

“I recently found in my pocket change a 1999-D Georgia state quarter that is gold in color rather than silver. It resembles the color seen in a Sacagawea dollar, or the new Presidential dollar coins. Is this a common finding or a fake or ... ?”

This is a logical question, especially since it could be a wrong metal error. I was able to tell the writer what it is he had.

The surprise to me, I guess, is not so much that one of these coins made it into circulation, because I have had inquiries of this kind a few times before. What is surprising to me is that so few of these gold-plated quarters have been spent and then found by collectors and others.

As people scramble to find money to pay bills, more of these novelty coins are likely to find their way into circulation.

Will the trickle become a flood?

Let me know if you have seen any.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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