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Coin and Paper Money Collecting/2000 Maryland state quarter


QUESTION: I found this in my change today,and put a magnet to it and it stuck to it.The mint mark is a D but have checked on-line, and from what I have read, this mint mark says there is  no silver content in it.Can you explain why this is??? Thanx so much and look forward to hearing from you.

ANSWER: James:

Only certain kinds of metal are attracted to magnets (common examples are iron, steel, nickel, and cobalt). US quarters don't have enough of any of these. Weigh your coin and compare it to the below. It is likely a copy. Another explanation is it may have been buried in magnetic soil. You don't give the condition of the piece.

From Wikipedia: "The current clad version is two layers of cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel) on a core of pure copper[2] giving a total composition of 8.33% Ni with the remainder Cu, weighs 5.670 grams (0.2000 avoirdupois oz, 1/80th of a pound, 0.1823 troy oz), diameter 0.955 inches (24.26 mm), width 1.75 millimeters (0.069 in) with a reeded edge."

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QUESTION: Have no scale to weigh it but it has that distinctive sound of silver when dropped on a hard surface compared to other quarters.How could this be a copy?Thanx


You're asking for the impossible. No weight, diameter or thickness, no photo. I don't know. How can it be real? The U.S. mint is not striking coins for world countries, and they do not use any coin planchet material attracted by a magnet. Silver, if that is what you have, is not one of these metals. Maybe somebody plated it with a magnet attracting metal.

You may want to check Ebay listings in the error coin category to see of coins like yours are listed, and what they may bring.

If you live close to a local shop, they should offer an opinion as to the value at no charge. Always try and get at least two opinions and try and deal with PNG dealers if possible. If you should decide to sell your items to a dealer, remember they will offer about 50% to 60% of the retail value. Here's a link to find one in your area:

Thank You and Good Luck in your collecting.

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I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


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