1948 Washington Quarter "Cracked Skull"?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Mike Thornton, Feb 23, 2021 at 4:31 PM.

  1. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Well-Known Member

    Hello CT.
    I need some help here. I've done some research but am coming up empty. I checked NGC Variety Plus, PCGS Varieties and Variety Vista but they have nothing on this coin. I have this 1948 Quarter that appears to have a die crack across Washington's head. It starts just below the hairline and extends to the back of the head. It does not run into either field. It is raised above the surface of the coin is why I think it's a die crack. Also there seems to be some doubling in "IN GOD...TRUST" but I think it's likely just MD. It's a very nice coin for it's age so I'm considering sending it in. I feel it would grade above 65. I've provided close-up photos of the suspect area, plus the Obv/Rev. Opinions please. Thx in advance.

    1948 OBV Die Crack1.jpg 1948 OBV Die Crack2.jpg 1948 OBV Die Crack3.jpg 1948 OBV Die Crack4.jpg
     

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  3. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    I often see cracks that run along the top of the head, but not through it...nice. It's an attractive coin, but maybe too many dings for and elevated grade. Still, a beautiful coin!
     
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  4. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat dave700x -1883 O nut

    Yeah, I see a lot with cracks down the Eagle's right wing but not across the head like that. Cool...:)
     
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  5. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    It looks to be a lustrous one. That's just strike doubling in the motto borrowing from the letters a tad and fanning out. For those inquiring I've a Roosevelt dime with the top of his taken off very similar to this but extending into the field. As I recall, it's a deeper crack, too. FWIW...
     
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  6. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis One Decade Collecting Supporter

    Really nice pics!
     
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  7. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    You're not going to find anything in variety listings because it is considered an error, and a minor error at that. If you decide to submit it for grading, don't waste your money paying for attribution service.
     
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  8. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Finally getting better at it with my microscope. Took some time and a taller mount.
     
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  9. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice. I'll do some research under errors.
     
  10. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    You won't find anything under Errors from NGC or PCGS, either. The category is way too expansive for them to list each and every one.
     
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  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Very nice and different.
     
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