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Something strange in your change? US Mint releases unique quarters

The US Mint has announced that limited mintage 2019-W quarters are being released directly into circulation starting in April 2019. These are the first quarters to feature the ‘W’ mint mark of the West Point Mint and have prompted a

Huynh-Duc, Melanie A

The US Mint has announced that limited mintage 2019-W quarters are being released directly into circulation starting in April 2019. These are the first quarters to feature the ‘W’ mint mark of the West Point Mint and have prompted a "quarter hunt" among coin collectors.

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The United States Mint recently launched “America the Beautiful” quarters with a “W” mint mark for the first time ever. While quarters are typically produced in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Denver, West Point has produced fewer than 1 percent of this year’s quarters.

These 2019-W quarters have prompted a “Quarter Quest” by the Professional Coin Grading Service (also known as PCGS). People who are first to submit 2019-W quarters can win money and prizes.

The first two bounties have already been claimed– respectably, a $5,000 and $2,500 prize– however, there are still three more bounties left unclaimed. One can stay informed of the ongoing hunt by visiting the PCGS website.

If you find and submit a valid quarter within 45 days, you could have it marked with as an “Early Find,” which is sure to bring in some money in the future.

However, not many Northwest students find coin collecting interesting.

“That’s pretty lame,” sophomore Rhianna Collins said.

Nevertheless, the numismatic community is excited for the hunt. Local coin dealers hope that this event will get new generations interested in coin collecting.  Other groups have even added other coins into the circulation worth up to $1,000.

So while not everyone will find a West Point quarter, you might be lucky to find something worthwhile by keeping your eyes open.

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