While Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," its State Quarter may be on its way to becoming the "Quarter With 10,000 Varieties!" So far, there are at least 54 different reverse variety types noted for the Philadelphia Mint's issue of the 2005 Minnesota State Quarter! In addition, at least 6 different reverse types have been found for the Denver coins, and 4 types for the San Francisco Proof coins, as collectors broaden their search for these profitable varieties. Specimens of the strongest examples of these Minnesota Extra Tree Quarters have sold in the $100 to $200 range, with a slabbed
Denver MS-67 example bringing nearly $800 on eBay recently!
As if all of these reverse varieties aren't enough, an obverse
"doubled ear" variety has recently been reported from the Philadelphia Mint, according to error and variety coin specialist Ken Potter
. Ken lists all of the known Minnesota State Quarter varieties, including his awesome close-up photos of each type, on his Web page devoted to the Minnesota Quarter
. Before checking out the exhaustive list, however, take a moment to read the article he wrote regarding the discovery of this type and what kind of variety type we have with the Minnesota Extra Tree Quarters
Photo courtesy of Ken Potter - NLG.