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Posted 6 years ago

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I found this quarter because I always watch for pre '64 quarters when I am given change. I have never seen one like it. Something happened in the layering or sandwich process, it's center or 'copper' layer is recessed. Very close to the profile of an Oreo cookie. It looks fake, almost like the layers could be pulled apart, still I have a hard time believing anyone would counterfeit a quarter! Has anybody out there ever seen a minting error like this before? If so what would you call this kind of minting anomaly? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Any idea on rarity and value? Thanks!

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  1. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    I wonder if someone was trying to 'spoon' this quarter and didn't get very far? I don't remember how quickly the ridges were flattened with this method, but here's a link to an earlier post. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/48783-error-dime?in=solved-mysteries
    On the other hand, it might be a mint error, or some other defacement.
  2. Fishysnacks, 6 years ago
    Hello, thanks for the reply. I don't think someone was trying to 'spoon' it...if that is where one pounds and rounds the edges over to make a ring. The 'copper' portion on the side of the coin is recessed in approx. 1/64" and yet still bears the ridges you see on any other quarter. Held beside any other quarter they match ridge spacing. The outer 'silver' portion of the coin on the edeges do not have the ridges. Some other kind of defacement you could be right, I'm not familiar with the minting process in 1992 and what could have gone wrong to cause this anomaly. Conversely the technical skill involved to acheive this as a 'defacement' and then let it go out into circulation is beyond me...I'm gonna keep it! If anyone wants better pictures let me know. Thanks.
  3. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 6 years ago
    Just two days ago , on ebay, a seller was offering a 1973 quarter with the back of the coin still in the copper alloy. The front was clad in the nickle-aluminum? alloy of a regular minted piece.
  4. Fishysnacks, 6 years ago
    Rob, the coin isn't de-laminating. It seems more along the lines of having been rolled and pressed in along the center around the whole coin. I do appreciate everyones input! Thank you and keep it coming, we should be able to get to the bottom of this....unless it was magic...in which case it is woth lotsa money!!
  5. mrcolorz mrcolorz, 6 years ago
    Thanks ROBinHawaii, I have seen and had the same exp. with coins like these, you are correct, and it also makes them worthless, just 25 cents
  6. locoboi, 4 years ago
    I don't think this coin is a fake I also have one I believe is just like it. if you'd like you can view it on my profile and tell me what you think.
  7. sandwichquart73, 4 years ago
    I have found a quarter exactly the same but its a 1973 has anyone found how this happened
  8. bobby131313, 3 years ago
    It's acid damage, the copper core is affected way before the cladding. Eats it form the inside out. We've seen it a hundred times on our forum.
  9. j_schanzenbach, 1 year ago
    If its acid damage than how is it that the reed of the quarter still exists?? I also have a quarter with recessed reed?? I would think that has to b some kind of a miss print??!! I have never observed another coin to be like this one. Does anyone besides the person that says its acid damage have any knowledge on this.
  10. wizardof7, 9 months ago
    I just found one of these today . Its a 1978 quarter with the copper core recessed approximately 1/64th of an inch I do have photos of it . It does also appear to have the ridges still intact as well
  11. wizardof7, 9 months ago
    I would also think that due to the way acid works it would not be such an exact measurement all the way around the coin . And I believe the ridges would be eaten off the copper if that was the case .
  12. Sandwichquarter73, 6 months ago
    I have a 1965 and has the same sandwich look

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