The standard 1965 quarters are made of a clad composition that contains 75% copper and 25% nickel. The standard quarters are not valuable, however rare silver error coins can be found. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.
Note: None of the 1965 quarters have mint marks.
The standard 1965 clad quarters are very common so they only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition. The value is around $1 for coins in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS 63. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 are valued at around $9.
Silver Error Quarter
1965 was the year that dimes and quarters changed from being 90% silver to 0% silver. So 1965 was known as a transition year because the mint had to change their operations. Errors get made whenever there is a big change in operating procedure.
In 1965 the mint accidentally created a few 90% silver dimes and quarters. At least one 1965 90% silver quarter is known to exist and in 2014 it sold for $7,050 at an auction.
It's possible that more 1965 silver error quarters are in existence. But how would you identify one? It's simple. The easiest method is to weigh the coin on a calibrated gram scale. The standard clad quarters weigh 5.67 grams and the 90% silver quarters weigh 6.25 grams. You can also use the eye test. Silver quarters are shinier and they don't have any copper or nickel layers showing on the edge of the coin.
Most of the 1965 quarters you find are common and not worth more than then their face value. However you should still be on the lookout for the 1965 silver quarter which can sell for thousands of dollars.
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