1836-2003 d arkansas quarter-- appears copper - error?? Or special??

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  1. Dcerius1

    Dcerius1 New Member

    I have an 1836-2003 D ARKANSAS STATE QUARTER that appears to be a COPPER QUARTER????

    It is not shiny light reddish like a new penny.

    It is not Dark Brown like a really old penny.

    It is brown like an older penny --- on both sides

    It does not stick to a magnet.

    If you look at the EDGE it is copper color all the way around
    EXCEPT you can see a very thin edge (appears to be rim only)
    on the obverse side that is not copper colour.

    That rim colour difference is ONLY on the OBVERSE side

    Is this an error from the D mint???

    If so, what type of error??

    Or, is this a Special Quarter from the D Mint?

    Approx how much would this be worth??

    Please advise
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  3. JJK78

    JJK78 Member

    Could be special, could be post mint damage. Need pictures to tell you for sure...
  4. Dcerius1

    Dcerius1 New Member

    sorry, I am new to this...

    Is there a certain way to take these pictures so
    they are true to the colour?? eg... would flash lighten or
    obscure detail??

    If so, please advise

    I have a 14 MP fuji underwater camera...

    no special lenses or anything
  5. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    We've often seen coins posted here that may appear to have a copper color, but turn out to be merely an effect of environmental damage. It's possible that the clad layers may have separated from the copper core, but without photos we won't know for sure. What does it weigh? A normal quarter should weigh 5.67 gms. Again, we couldn't give you an estimate of the value without seeing the condition of the coin.

    With that said, a little lesson in terminology would be appropriate:
    1) The date on the obverse is the year it was issued by the Mint.
    2) The date on the reverse is the year that the state was admitted to the Union. Therefore, it wouldn't be an 1836-2003 AR SQ. It is simply a 2003 AR SQ.
    3) The mintmarks that are now or have been used by the Mint are a) P or no mintmark - Philadelphia, b) D - Denver, c) S - San Francisco, d) W - West Point, e) O - New Orleans, f) CC - Carson City, g) D - Dahlonega (19th Century gold) and h) C - Charlotte (19th Century gold).

  6. Dcerius1

    Dcerius1 New Member

    photo of 1836-2003 D ARKANSAS COPPER QUARTER -- please excuse he poor quality -- I am new -- reverse and side to post below
    arkansas copper quarter obverse.jpg
  7. Dcerius1

    Dcerius1 New Member

    please excuse the lighting problems with these -- the coin is actually much darker than the image.

    but at least you see the point

    the QUARTER is BROWN LIKE A PENNY with Brown on both sides -- and a very slight rim that is lighter on the reverse rim EDGE with the rest of the EDGE colour brown like a penny
  8. Dcerius1

    Dcerius1 New Member

    Thank You --

    No date on the Obverse -- Just the D - Denver

    the first photo is more indicative of the proper colour -- the obverse is same colour but photo is lighter because of lighting in the room and I couldn't get back to the same position .....

    arkansas copper quarter obverse.jpg Reverse -- difficulty with lighting -- coin darker brown than image.jpg Rim of coin shinier - rest copper -- light hit so looks wider in this photo.jpg
  9. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    Sorry! My mind was paying more attention to the friend on the phone than what I was writing.

    CORRECTION! The date on the reverse on the bottom is the date of issue. The date on the reverse at the top is the date of admittance into the Union.

    From your photos, I'm not entirely sure that it is missing the clad layers. What does it weigh? The thickness appears almost normal. If it were missing both clad layers it would be thinner and weigh less than a normal quarter.

    No offense, but you're getting bits and pieces of information because you have posted this in three separate threads.

  10. Dcerius1

    Dcerius1 New Member

    I have no idea what the weight is -- I am not a collector.

    do you weigh it at the Post - office???

    or where to you get a scale that weighs that minute amount for a reasonable price???
  11. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    If there is a jeweler's store nearby, they would have a scale that would be suitable.

  12. Dcerius1

    Dcerius1 New Member

    Thank you for your help --- will check the weight later today when I get scale
  13. eric0911

    eric0911 SMS-71

    The front looks like environmental damage.
  14. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    One thread is enough for your question.
  15. CAL

    CAL Member

    Could it be toning? I've found dimes that look like that. After rubbing it with an eraser, it normally has the correct color.

    I'm guessing the OP is Canadian, based on the reference to the coin not being attracted to magnets. No U.S. coins stick to magnets, as Canadian coins mostly do.
  16. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    I merged the 2 threads and deleted duplicate posts.

    Welcome to the forum Dcerius1. Limit a discussion to just 1 thread, as it is very difficult for people to keep a line of inquiry.

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