I need some help. My father bought all of the 50 State quarter
dollar spoons. But the Tennessee spoon has an Ohio quarter instead
of a Tennessee quarter. I’m the only one who has owned it and I was
wondering if the Mint made a mistake.
Cindy Garner / Address Withheld
What you have is an assembly mistake of a product produced during
the 50 State Quarters Program.
What its value is today is what somebody is willing to pay for it
beyond the original $7.95 it cost when purchased directly from the Mint.
As part of the promotion of the 50 State Quarters Program from 1999
through 2008, the U.S. Mint issued for direct sale several licensed
products containing the 50 State quarter dollars, including spoons.
The spoons were made and assembled by an outside contractor.
The Tennessee quarter dollar was the first of five State quarter
dollars to be released during calendar year 2002. The Ohio quarter
dollar was the third that year.
An unknown number of Tennessee spoons were fabricated by a U.S. Mint
contractor with Ohio quarter dollars.
Some of the earliest coin spoons had sales numbers totaling 20,000
or more, but the numbers dropped for successive issues. The Mint
recorded selling roughly 5,000 of the 2002 Ohio quarter dollar spoons.
In a previous Coin World article, Editor-in-Chief Steve Roach
reported that some of the earliest spoons can be acquired for well
below issue price but some later issues cost in the $10 to $20 range.
Complete sets were offered in January 2015 on eBay for prices
ranging from $250 up to $6,000, with no bidders.
An example of the 2001 spoon with Kentucky spelled KENTUCKEY on the
spoon handle sold for $325 in a January 2015 eBay sale.
Coins, an online numismatic firm, currently offers the North
Carolina spoons retail for $399.95 and the KENTUCKEY spoon for $199.95.
A firm spokesman said both spoons were among those issues that were
only offered by the United States Mint for a short period.
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