Washington D.C. Nov. 12, 2004
Hang on to any of the new State of West Virginia quarters. If you have any, they may be worth much more than 25 cents.
The U.S. Treasury announced today that it is recalling all of the West Virginia quarters that are part of its program featuring quarters from each state.
"We are recalling all the new West Virginia quarters that were recently issued," Treasury Undersecretary Jack Shackleford said Monday. "This action is being taken after numerous reports that new quarters will not work in parking meters, toll booths, vending machines, pay phones, or other coin-operated devices."
The quarters were issued in the order in which the various states joined the U.S. and have been a tremendous success among coin collectors worldwide.
"The problem lies in the unique design of the West Virginia quarter, which was created by a West Virginia University graduate," Shackleford said.
"Apparently, the duct tape holding the two dimes and the nickel together keeps jamming the coin-operated devices."