The $80 million history of gems during the bicentennial quarter 

With an estimated value of around $80 million in gems alone, its creation and subsequent popularity reflect a rich tapestry of national pride and economic significance. 

In the early 1970s, as the nation prepared to celebrate its bicentennial, there was a burgeoning interest in commemorating this monumental milestone.  

While the primary focus of the bicentennial coinage was to honor American history, an unexpected layer of value was added through the incorporation of gems. 

Several limited-edition versions of the Bicentennial Quarter were created, embedded with precious stones, making them highly coveted among collectors. 


These gem-studded quarters featured a variety of precious and semi-precious stones, including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.  

The incorporation of gems was not merely a superficial enhancement but a celebration of America's natural wealth and craftsmanship. 

The decision to integrate gems into the Bicentennial Quarters created a significant economic impact.  

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