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I saw your answer from 2010 about a 1975 state penny collection.  I found a set of 1981 state penny collection with two gold looking quarters in the framed display with the pennys.  I found a similar collection for 1976 the bicentennial on ebay with a buy it now of 11.95.  You gave a estimate value of 70 to 120 dollars back in 2010.  Does the year of the complete collection make a difference.  If so what would the 1981 complete set in the frame with the two quarters be worth today


These have no real collector value, as all are altered coins, having the stamp added outside the mint after the coin was made. They were made by private companies at a premium, most selling for fifty cents to a dollar each. They are NOT rare or valuable.

Most coin dealers would not be interested in buying your set. The quarters are likely plated. At best, it is worth face value plus a few bucks, plus the frame cost. You yourself found a similar set for sale at a very modest price on eBay. Collect them for interest and/or education, not for investment.

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Ronald Fern


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.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

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1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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