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 Posted 07/11/2021  09:51 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add polarboy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I know pretty much nothing about US coins but like the look of the State Quarters. I have seen about the place coloured versions but I can't tell are these real things issued by the mint or just something people do them selves for fun?
Which actually raises an interesting point if thats the case because I know in my country (Australia) it's technically a federal offence to deface legal tender.
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 Posted 07/11/2021  09:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am pretty sure the mint did not make any. All colored ones were made by private companies. Just a note, they are considered PMD by true coin collectors.
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 Posted 07/11/2021  09:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Any colorized State Quarters you find were produced by third party companies, the US Mint did not produce them. Here in the states you can do just about anything you like to our money. Counterfeiting is illegal but that's about it.
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 Posted 07/11/2021  09:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, just after-market gimmicks.
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 Posted 07/11/2021  09:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
None of the State Quarters were ever colored by the US Mint or sold in such a version. In addition, the Mint never made/sold: silver-plated, gold-plated or platinum-plated versions of the quarters either - all plating was done by third parties after the coins left the Mint. The coins sold by the Mint were unadorned.

As the coloring/plating was/is not meant to defraud, it was/is not illegal to make or sell these "enhanced" versions of US coins.



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 Posted 07/11/2021  3:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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As the coloring/plating was/is not meant to defraud, it was/is not illegal to make or sell these "enhanced" versions of US coins.

Right. You might get some funny looks but you could spend colorized quarters at face value if you wanted.
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 Posted 07/12/2021  8:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only colorized coins the US Mint has produced (and the colorization was done by a 3rd party but FOR the mint) are the basketball Hall Of Fame coins.

Everything else is PMD.
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 Posted 07/12/2021  9:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Everything else is PMD.

Adding color to a coin is not post mint damage. You may not be a fan of it - neither am I - but such enhancements do not fit the definition of damage - these pieces can often be quite attractive. I believe we need to be careful not to denigrate what others choose to collect!

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 Posted 07/12/2021  10:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like colorized coins. They are not illegal. I would not say it is damage just a modification. Like putting a aftermarket bumper on a Jeep. They are not made by the mint. Mostly by Littleton Coin Company and others of that sort.
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 Posted 07/12/2021  10:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Collect these if you will, but you will never recoup your investment.
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 Posted 07/12/2021  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't collect them but I just started I like them. If I find them for face then that's a whole different story.
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 Posted 07/12/2021  11:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Collect these if you will, but you will never recoup your investment.

Some of us aren't in this game for the investment.

If I happen to be gifted one or find one in circulation, I keep it. At this point in my life I don't go out of my way to seek them out though.

I think to chafemasterj's counterstamped Lincoln collection and I can see how an album of colorized or otherwise modified quarters could be quite fun to look through and collect.
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 Posted 07/12/2021  11:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atticguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Although I don't collect or have any of them, I do like most of the colored US quarters I see. I catch them a lot at coin shows and they intrigue me, but I'm not willing to pay more than 2x-face for them.
I DO have a huge collection of Canadian coloured coins, but that's a different story.
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 Posted 07/13/2021  11:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Collect these if you will, but you will never recoup your investment.
Some of us aren't in this game for the investment.


I do not expect to recoup anything, ever. Coins for me are closer to a consumable than an investment.
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 Posted 07/22/2021  12:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carlp007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coloring on the quarters or painted coins can be removed by soaking them in acetone. It may take a month of soaking to remove the paint, but I will come off. Unless the applications of paint caused damage, I don't know if it is PMD. I too do not collect painted coins; however, I do have a few painted coins.
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 Posted 07/22/2021  08:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The coloring on the quarters or painted coins can be removed by soaking them in acetone. It may take a month of soaking to remove the paint, but I will come off.

True, but why spend the time and effort for a net yield of $0.25?

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