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Error?

A friend of mine found this quarter in his change and showed it to me wondering whether it was an error or if it's just PMD. I hope the pictures come out clear, but if not the coin seems to have some letters on the obverse that seem to fade into the field especially the mint mark seems to be missing altogether although when i looked closely under magnification it was visible. The reverse is pretty much the same with the bottom of the word Shenandoah especially faint. also that secondary rim seems to have kind of bled into the main field.       

6 years ago

Too hard to tell from the pictures.  Sorry!

6 years ago

Looks like a very late die state.

6 years ago

It could have been struck on a really thick planchet

6 years ago

It looks like it's circulated heavily, but in such a short time? This would lead me to believe that this coin found its way into a casino slot machine, but who knows. This overall look could be from slightly filled dies - looks like it could've been struck through grease, hence some of the missing/shallow details in some places; relatively common error. The reverse looks like it could have a die break near the last H in Shenandoah, but hard to tell from these pics. I'd show it to folks at a local coin club and/or a local dealer to see what insight they can provide.  I'd hang on to it either way until you can find a definitive answer. (At any rate, I don't think your friend will be able to make a fortune off this one. If it is a true, filled die error, it isn't 'drastic' enough to warrant a big pay day. If it turns out it's due to PMD, then of course, it'll only be worth face value.)  


6 years ago

Yup, Numinerd, you were right! I brought it down to a show today and it turns out that it was struck through grease although not drastically enough to warrant a significant change in it's value. (on the other hand, an off-centered state quarter I brought turned out to be worth about $150. Yay!!) 

6 years ago
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