Price Guide and Information for 2005 Oregon State Quarters
2005 Oregon State Quarter History
The obverse of the 2005 Oregon 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 the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake. The lake happens to be about 1,949 feet deep at its lowest point, and it has an island in the middle called Wizard Island. The peaks surrounding the lake are called Watchman Peak and Hillman Peak. Crater Lake is the sixth oldest National Park in the United States as it was established in 1906. In the center of the coin is the island. Surrounding the island is the lake and large hills. When the Governor began the commissioning process for the quarter, he received every idea from a beaver and mountain, all the way to a salmon and Sacagawea. The commission was made up of “more normal” people than most states commissions. The commission included a teacher, student, numismatist, Indian tribe member, historian, Republican, Democrat, several other members, and the Governor. Once the ideas were narrowed down, the committee took a vote on the final design. Crater Lake beat our Mount Hood by a vote of 10-8. This coin design is highly regarded as one of the finest coins in the state quarter series. Numismatists and citizens alike both appreciated the artistic rendering of a very wide-known symbol of Oregon. This was the 33rd coin released in the Statehood Quarters program. The reverse text of the coin reads “Oregon 1859 – Crater Lake – 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 Oregon State Quarter There are currently no known errors of this coin. If you ever run across anything that looks unusual with the Oregon 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 Oregon State Quarter This coin, designed by John Flanagan and Don Everhart 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.