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Canada Quarter (Small/Large Bust) 1973

 Date: 1973 
 Mint mark: not apparent 
 Size: medium 
 Description from requester: Uncirculated commemorative coin set. The dollar bears a reverse design which commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the entry of the Province of Prince Edward Island into Canadian Confederation. Replica of the Province House, Provincial Legislative Building. The 25 cent piece has the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Both Rider and horse are at the attention position. There is a penny, nickle, dime, twenty-five, fifty cent, and a dollar. What are they made of and what is there value? Thanks, Karen 
 [Request 611 received from Karen, Thursday, 11-Jun-2009, answered by Paul] 
 [Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wednesday, 15-Aug-2012] 

Canada Quarter (Small/Large Bust) 1973 | canada bust quarter large queen die woman nickel crown commemorative rider province twenty piece prince horse provincial anniversary cent building Yo, Karen --

Just about all modern government-issued coin sets are worth very little. Depending on the specifics of your 1973 set, it retails for about what you paid for it, between about $5 to $25 US dollars. A dealer who would buy it from you and sell it to someone else would pay about half of the retail value.

Your set, however, being dated 1973, carries a faint possibility of being worth hundreds of dollars. Look at the picture of the two quarters. There are very slight variations between them. These variations are somewhat noticeable in the Queen's hair. The hair on the low-value (small bust) piece shows more detail than the hair on the high-value (large bust) piece. If you have a set with a large bust quarter, it is worth between $100 and $300, maybe more.

Now if you are a dedicated collector who enjoys die varieties, it is time to get our your magnifying glass. A steady hand can count the small beads or denticles around the outside of the coin. The valuable large bust has 132 denticles. The non-valuable small bust has 120.

Thanks to mbird over at CoinTalk who gave us the idea for the 'count the dots' analysis. It works like a charm.

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