Estimated Value: $150-$300
In 1999 the U.S. Mint launched a program of issuing five new quarters a year, each commemorating a different U.S. state Each of the fifty designs is crafted to provide a symbolization of the individual state it represents, and the quarters introduced into the money supply in the order the states were admitted to the union.
The average Wisconsin state quarter minted in 2004 is only worth 25 cents. But mistakes in the minting process make some Wisconsin quarters worth more. The design on this coin features a cheese wheel, a cow, and an ear of corn. The corn in the regular design has just two leaves.But some versions of the quarters have an extra line below the left front leaf which looks like another leaf entirely. There are two versions of the altered design-one with a high leaf and one with a low leaf. The high leaf is worth up to $300, while the low leaf is worth up to $150.
Some believe it was a die flaw, while others have speculated that it was a deliberate act by a Denver Mint employee. In either case, there are two varieties, “low leaf” and “high leaf.”
Left Photo: This is the so-called “Low Leaf” that pierces right through a normal leaf in a most unnatural fashion and then arcs down into the wheel of cheese below.
Middle Photo: This is the so-called High Leaf. It is actually die damage nonsensically “growing” from out of the circle of cheese below and ending abruptly at the tip of a leaf from the corn.
Tight Photo: This is the normal version of the 2004-D Wisconsin quarter.