Jaime Hernandez: The "2004-D Wisconsin Extra Leaf Quarters" are the only major varieties in the entire Statehood Quarters Program.
There were two different varieties discovered for the "Wisconsin Extra Leaf Quarters." One of them being the "Low Leaf" variety, which is the most common of the two. The second variety is the "High Leaf" variety, which is the scarcer of the two. Each variety has an extra husks on the left side of the corn, which are not visible on regular Wisconsin quarters.
This variety was discovered late in December 2004 by Robert Ford. Immediately, the coins broke the news and people all over the country were out searching for them. There were reports of people finding up to hundreds of them from bank wrapped rolls, making it seem as if they were abundant.
In fact, I recall my wife, two sons’ ages three and five and my one year old daughter at the time, getting on the family car and traveling for about 75 miles. We were calling and stopping at numerous banks obtaining rolls of Wisconsin quarters for an entire weekend. Later, it was confirmed that most coins were being found only in the Tucson and San Antonio areas.
Many times I don't remember what I had for lunch or dinner the day before. But, I do remember that weekend as if it was just yesterday, even if it was about five years ago. In the end, my family and I did not find any of these varieties but the memories of the great time my family and I had while searching for these varieties, are priceless!
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