Price Guide and Information for 2005 West Virginia State Quarters
2005 West Virginia State Quarter History
The obverse of the 2005 West Virginia State Quarter shows the standard Washington Quarter design with a few alterations. The Washington Quarter, that ran from 1932-1998, had the date on the obverse, as well as the word “Liberty.” This design was changed slightly with the introduction of the State Quarters, and later the Territory Quarters and National Park Quarters. The new design still shows Washington looking left, however the obverse text now reads “United States of America – Liberty – In God We Trust – Quarter Dollar.” The reverse of this coin depicts a river and a bridge that extends over it. This design takes up the entire coin. The river shown is the New River, and naturally the bridge is called the New River Gorge Bridge. This bridge was a marvel in the engineering world as it was the largest steel structure to span a gorge or river, and it is the second tallest bridge in the United States of America. Below the bridge is text telling the viewer what the river is called. West Virginia’s motto is the “Mountain State” because of its rolling hills. The Governor invited citizens to help design the coins. Once the 1,800 designs came in, the Governor had students at the school of the arts review the designs to see what they liked the most. All of the designs incorporated, in one way or another, the New River Gorge, a bridge, or some sort of extreme sport. In March of 2004, Governor Bob Wise announced that he had selected a motif of the New River Gorge and the bridge that connects the two sides. This bridge is part of the New River Gorge National River. Prior to 1977, it took a 40-mile drive to go from one side of the gorge to the other. After completion, the trip took just under one minute. This was the 35th coin released in the Statehood Quarters program. The reverse text of the coin reads “West Virginia 1863 – New River Gorge – 2005 – E Pluribus Unum.” All of the Statehood Quarters were clad, meaning that they were seventy-five to eighty percent copper, and the rest was composed of nickel. The core of the coins were solid copper. These coins, however, were produced in silver for special Silver Proof Sets. The coins minted in included California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, and West Virginia
Errors on the 2005 West Virginia State Quarter There are currently no known errors of this coin. If you ever run across anything that looks unusual with the West Virginia State Quarter, please contact one of our experts to have the error verified, or send the coin to a professional grading company for their opinion. However, the average circulation State Quarter is only worth the face value of $0.25. These coins can be spent, saved, or taken to the bank.
Varieties on the 2005 West Virginia State Quarter This coin, designed by John Flanagan and John Mercanti was produced in a silver variety as part of proof sets. There were a total of 1,678,649 silver coins produced for this series. They are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. The average price of the single silver coin ranges from $5 to $10, depending on the grade. The easy indicator to determine if your coin is silver is by the mint mark. The silver quarters will have an “S” mintmark, rather than a “P” or “D.” In addition to the silver quarters, late-night TV. began selling gold plated State Quarters in an attempt to con viewers into thinking that the coin would be worth a lot more. Unfortunately, the amount of gold that it takes to plate a quarter is very insignificant, and these gold plated quarters have no value in the collector community.