Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1968 quarter


I've got a 1968 quarter that is lighter than a silver quarter and also sounds different than a silver quarter when dropped on a wooden surface, they didn't strike any of these in aluminum? I almost feel foolish asking that ,but there is something different about this coin

Hi Mike,

The last year for silver quarters was 1964.  So your 1968 quarter should be made from a copper core, wrapped in a copper/nickel sandwich.  Does it have a copper colored stripe running through the reeded edge?  If so, that's an indicator that it's a copper/nickel coin.

It should weigh 5.7 grams, whereas a silver quarter would weigh 6.3 grams.  So if it's lighter than a silver quarter, that's normal.

If you have access to a gram scale, you should weigh it.  If it comes up different from 5.7 grams, you might have something -- don't know what yet, but something.

I hope this helps,


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