Finding a Colorized Quarter

I was doing laundry the other day, and as I was putting quarters into the dryers… I came across one quarter that had a colorful side.

It was a Pennsylvania state quarter, and looks like it was created in 1999. This is the first time I’ve come across a colorized quarter before, and it kind of caught me by surprise. At first glance, I thought it was some kind of a token.

What’s strange is that the coloring layer looks a little off – I’m not sure if this was a minting error, or if it simply got rubbed askew after so many years in circulation. There’s a decent amount of wear in the middle of the coin’s design.

I wasn’t able to find a ton of info in my quick searching, but did happen across a site that was selling colorized quarters. Looks like they’re worth around $3 or $4 a pop. Another site mentions these types of quarters being sold as part of a set, and only end up in circulation because someone decides to spend them (they’re technically real currency, after all). Seems kind of sad.

In case you’re wondering, I did not consign this quarter to the laundry machines. I put it in my pocket, and I’ve set it aside on the windowsill in my bedroom. I don’t know what I’ll do with this guy – keep him for a while, is my guess.

Until the day comes when I decide I’ll just spend it, like any other quarter.

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