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What is the value of a fairly recent quarter if it is gold not silver?



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Well, there were no gold quarters minted, but there are gold colored dollars that are very close to the same size. If you have one it may have been plated by someone like the Franklin Mint. As soon as the statehood quarters were issued, telemarketers started gold-plating them and selling them as something special. 3 cents worth of gold + a 25 cent coin = $3.95 or more. Someone tried to sell their "valueable collectible" and found out it is really only worth face value, so they spent it.