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ATB p,d,s quarter pricing

ɹoʇɔǝlloɔɹoʇɔǝlloɔ Posts: 1,436 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited January 23, 2021 11:14PM in U.S. Coin Forum

can anyone add more clarity to the us mint's pricing strategy for ATB p, d and s quarters rolls and bags? and/or for that matter, your purchasing strategy?

it's a little confusing to me, as several members have mentioned overall surface quality [dings, nicks, scratches, etc] is similar between any given coin from a bag and the same coin from a roll, yet the rolls overall are more expensive per-quarter

also assuming s quarter rolls are just made in vastly fewer quantities to justify almost 50¢ per coin in the roll whereas the same s qtr is 37¢ in a bag - I dont get it ...

100 p or d or s bag [$25 face value] $36.75 [37¢ per]

40 p roll & 40 d roll [$20 face value] $34.50 [43¢ per]

40 s roll [$10 face value] $19.75 [49¢ per]

40 p roll & 40 d roll & 40 s roll [$30 face value] $49.25 [41¢ per]


  • Batman23Batman23 Posts: 4,991 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There sure is not much discussion on the S mint quarters. I was looking to buy a couple bags of the Samoa Bat quarter and looked several times during Nov., Dec. and Jan. but they were never available. Then they went to Sold out. I figured that the bag was going to be the best rate. I had also assumed that rolls were the best way to buy for quality but I had read in another post recently that the bags are packaged tightly so there is little movement in transit. I never did get to order a bag to find out. My question is where do all those S mint bags end up?

  • edgaredgar Posts: 886 ✭✭✭✭

    i disagree (roll v bags). 100 coins in a small canvass bag that could hold 250, placed in a carton, mailed in a box, you could shake it and listen to the ring of the coins. A machine wrapped mint roll in a fitted plastic tray, in a carton, mailed in a box, the only thing you hear is the carton moving in the box. I never opened a mint bag (100 coins) to compare.


  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would opt for the rolls over the bags... just natural that there would be more movement in the bags.... vibration and shock from the time they are bagged, through packing, shipping, receipt. Cheers, RickO

  • SnapsSnaps Posts: 187 ✭✭✭✭

    There is no difference in quality between bags or rolls for the S minted quarters. I have bought plenty of both. The S mint quarters are all going to be bundled up in the MS65-67 grades. The MS68 grade is going to be the key to the payout on the S minted ATB quarters. Or some random error coin. The P and D ATB quarters in MS68 grades can be had through the mint sets. Look through the PCGS census or price guide. S minted coins in MS68 are non-existent for some states. The price guide on a 2014-S Shenandoah in MS67 is $100usd. Even that quarter struggled to reach the MS67 level for a collector item.

    There was a period of time when I was getting bags of S ATB quarters and 25% of the coins had a collar clash. Didn't matter which state, there would be a slew of coins with a collar clash. Then it stopped. Effigy Mounds and the Teddy Roosevelt coins were the worst in quality, I received. Both coins had devices that would not strike up to full relief. There was another S ATB quarter, recently, that the die had grease and dirt on it and formed some weird strike though patterns. I got a Fredrick Douglass coin that something happened to it at the Mint. Most of the coins were uneventful.

  • ɹoʇɔǝlloɔɹoʇɔǝlloɔ Posts: 1,436 ✭✭✭✭✭

    thanks for the insight and sharing your experiences with these, @Snaps

  • scooter25scooter25 Posts: 769 ✭✭✭✭

    Wait, aren’t the s mint marks all proof ?

  • SnapsSnaps Posts: 187 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 19, 2021 10:57AM

    @scooter25 said:
    Wait, aren’t the s mint marks all proof ?

    In 2012, the San Fran Mint started making business strike ATB collector coins. A collector could only get these coins in rolls or bags. There were no other options to get these ATB business strike S minted coins.

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