People of a certain age may recall the 1976 year-long bicentennial celebration, when the United States celebrated its 200th birthday and the country was nearly swamped with souvenirs,
memorabilia, trinkets, and other pricey stuff to buy. To commemorate the anniversary, the United States Mint issued a series of bicentennial quarters,
many of which are now extremely valuable as the country approaches its 250th birthday.
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According to the Chronicle Collectibles website, the special edition bicentennial coins were manufactured by the Mint between 1975 and 1976
They were the first American quarters with a distinctive reverse design in over 50 years.The most valued of the coins,
A 1976-S Bicentennial Silver Quarter with an exceedingly good grade, sold for $19,200 at auction a few years ago,
According to the Chronicle Collectibles website. Other bicentennial quarters, on the other hand, attract astronomical rates. Many more have followed suit.