Price Guide and Information for 2008 Alaska State Quarters
2008 Alaska State Quarter History
The obverse of the 2008 Alaska 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 large grizzly bear appearing from the river with a salmon in its mouth. To the right of the menacing bear is the state motto, “The Great Land,” which comes from the Aleutian word “Alyeska.” Hence, this is where the state name of Alaska was derived. The United States Mint took submissions from the general public on this land, and they had over 850 submissions to grace the front of the coin. This was the 49th coin released in the Statehood Quarters program. The reverse text of the coin reads “Alaska 1959 – The Great Land – 2008 – 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 Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii
Errors on the 2008 Alaska State Quarter There are currently no known errors of this coin. If you ever run across anything that looks unusual with the Alaska 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 2008 Alaska State Quarter This coin, designed by John Flanagan and Charles Vickers was produced in a silver variety as part of proof sets. There were a total of 1,192,908 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.