2020 Quarter sells for over $3K! How cool is this!
It's the lower graded of the 2020-W Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Discovery quarters. I wonder what the top graded one would go for!
Here's some info on these from PCGS:
2020-W Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Quarter - Discovery Specimen - PCGS MS65 POP 0/1/1 - Karl P. Maryland Specimen
This quarter was sold for $3,299 as a BIN.
Karl didn’t know what he was going to find searching through bank rolls, but he kept his eyes on the prize – that being a 2020-W Quarter. “It has been a crazy year for coin roll hunting!” he says. “COVID-19 regulations here in Maryland have resulted in most bank lobbies being closed and therefore [it’s] impossible to obtain quarter boxes. In addition, the Federal Reserve declaring a coin shortage a few months ago throughout the U.S.A. has made it difficult to pay cash for purchases making it extremely difficult to obtain any coins let alone the coveted 2020-W Quarters.”
However, there was one bank near him that kept its lobby open, allowing Karl to purchase and swap boxes of quarters. “Most of the boxes are old quarters, which still yield an occasional 2019-W quarter, and to date I haven't gotten any 2020 [American Samoa] ‘Bat’ or [Connecticut] ‘Weir’ Quarters. However, recently I have gotten a total of six 2020 Salt River Bay [National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve] Quarter boxes, but none of them had any W Quarters.” He adds, “I was getting extremely discouraged; however, I kept at it and never gave up the search.”
Fortunately, Karl struck it rich – ironically, not via a roll of quarters. “Luckily, I was able to find a 2020-W Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller [National Historical Park] Quarter last week, and it came from a local convenience store! I couldn't believe it, and I submitted the quarter expecting to be just a little late for it to qualify as a First Discovery Quarter. I figured the worst-case scenario was that I would get the First Week of Discovery label. Imagine my surprise when I was informed that, in fact, I was one of two lucky winners!”
“I really appreciate PCGS offering this contest for everyone to participate. As a two-time winner, I can tell you that I began my coin collecting hobby just last year because of the Quarter Quest, and it has been a blast!” says the cowinner of the 2019 PCGS Quarter Quest, when he submitted the First Discovery 2019-W Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter. “I have been hooked ever since my first find, which was a 2019-W Northern Mariana American Memorial National Park Quarter.”
Karl attended his first coin show last year, and he says the highlight of that experience – visiting the Whitman Expo in Baltimore – was attending the PCGS Luncheon. “PCGS is a first-class company with a tremendous reputation and offers collectors the best value for graded coins.”
2020-W Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Quarter - Discovery Specimen - PCGS MS66 POP 1/1/0 - John B. Southern United States Specimen
This is the higher graded specimen. It looks a bit more fully struck to me.
“I felt like a fish out of water,” says John of the excitement he felt in finding the 2020-W Vermont Quarter. “The adrenaline, excitement, the wait, the rush, the anxiety, anticipation, the joy and disbelief – all at the same time!” He was a long time waiting for the moment, as he is a long-time collector. A fan of Standing Liberty Quarters, error coins, and other pieces, works in the food industry, though his job affords him much time to travel and also search through rolls. “Whenever I visit my banks, I always ask for rolls and boxes to take back home and search.” He picked up three boxes of quarters during a 72-hour span in Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama the weekend before his discovery.
“They say, things happen when you aren't looking, and in this case I wasn't looking for the [2020-W] Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Quarter – I was still looking for the elusive Salt River Bay Quarter and everything in between, especially with the [PCGS] countdown for the Early Find Label submission. When I got home I didn't really open the boxes until Monday, and when I opened the second box and [it] was full of new  Marsh-Billing-Rockefeller Quarters and saw a ‘W’ ender [a W-mint marked specimen at the end of one of the rolls], that’s when everything turned upside down.”
His next thoughts? “How many are there? What to do now? And then it was ‘ohhh, I need to send them…” And send one he did – to PCGS as a 2020 Quarter Quest submission. “One little detail in the commotion was that I never marked the quarter boxes, and thus I believe the box I got in Florida was the one with the 2020 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarters.” The Tom Hanks fan who loves the widely acclaimed 1994 movie Forrest Gump in which the actor stars sums up his numismatic experience this way: “The hobby is like a box of chocolates… You never know what you are going to get – and that’s all I have to say about that!”