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1999 Caribou Quarter in Circulation?

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 Posted 03/22/2009  4:48 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add thecanadianian to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I just found a 1999 p caribou quarter in my change. I'm pretty sure these were not released in circulation and were only part of mint sets.

I'm not sure what to do with the it. I don't collect mint sets so this is a new coin to my collection; but at the same time my quarter album doesn't have a spot for 1999 caribou. If it is from a mint sent, but it has been circulated, does it become a circulated coin? Also, because it has been circulated (it's EF40-ish) it's distractingly less attractive than my other modern quarters.

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03/22/2009 4:53 pm
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 Posted 03/22/2009  6:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dollar1948 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Id keep it.
Stick it in a 2x2, and hang on to it.I'm assuming your using a Whitman or Dansco album? Your right tho, trend values and the Charlton are only providing values of grade MS64 as indeed they were never released during normal circulation. You may want to sell it as well. Im sure there are lots of collectors like me out there that try to collect an example of every variety of every year.
Who knows whats in store for value down the road, if you hang on to it for 50 yrs..
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 Posted 03/22/2009  6:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add thecanadianian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thanks for the suggestion.

I put it in a 2x2 for now, but it actually raises an interesting question for me because I only collect circulation coins. It did circulate, but does it fit with the rest of my collection?

maybe I'll be able to trade it for something I need down the road :)
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 Posted 03/22/2009  11:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chadcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I myself found a 1999P 25ct/quarter in circulation.Its not the best of shape with rolling machine marks but never the less.I put it in my collection as circulated.The 1999P set were the first P coins made.
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 Posted 03/24/2009  2:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chadcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Heres a picture.

Image: 1999P.JPG
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 Posted 03/25/2009  06:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Brissyboy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could it be also possible the RCM tossed their excess of struck 99 quarters that were over the number of sets required, into circulation, rather than melt them down?
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 Posted 03/25/2009  09:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1945V to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The story I heard is that these "P" plated coins (1999P quarters, 2001P pennies, etc) were sent to vendor machine manufacturers and were to be returned to the RCM when the manufacturers finished testing and calibrating their machines. However, many were not returned and were sold to collectors or simply tossed into circulation.

When the mint found out about this, they decided to issue mint sets with "P" coins to cash in on the demand.
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 Posted 03/26/2009  01:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MrCanada to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's an interesting story but I would be very skeptical. The mint usually produces test tokens of the same composition, weight and size. I have several in my collection. I think you are right that the mint decided to cash in on the interest and there are about 7 pages of them listed in Charlton.I was in the Vending industry and could have requested test tokens, sometimes I'm just not to sharp.I have one, 99 caribou, as well but I bought it as a single. I heard a good argument for having them as they complete a caribou set for those that like that series, I do.
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 Posted 04/02/2009  12:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add WpgLwr to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Found one today, too!
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