1966 Smooth Rim Quarter

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by 51Caveman, Jul 2, 2022.

  1. 51Caveman

    51Caveman Active Member

    Was searching through a "brick" of Quarters last night and ran across a few keepers. A couple super nice 2021's, a few 2009's (I keep all 2009's) and an a American Memorial Park "W" mint mark. I keep all them also. But when I opened one of these rolls I saw an edge that looked peculiar. I mean it really stood out. I've heard of "Spooned" coins before and I also have a Roosevelt Dime with such and edge and it's quite a bit smaller than a regular dime. I'll show that one in a different post. Anyway here are some pics off the 66 Quarter. Is it Spooned or an error of some type?

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Just a damaged quarter.
  4. 51Caveman

    51Caveman Active Member

    1966 Smooth Rim obverse.jpg 1966 Smooth rim reverse.jpg And it looks like the other 2 pics didn't post so here we go again...
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Looks like an early state dryer coin that didn't progress into further damage.

    It is unusual looking, but yes, you're right that it is similar to a "spooned" coin.
  6. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Looking at the edge photo you posted, I'd say it was man-made damage, based upon how sharp the edge looks. If it were a dryer coin, the edge would be a bit more rounded, IMHO.
    I think someone purposely "smoothed" the edge for whatever reason.
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  7. 51Caveman

    51Caveman Active Member

    I tend to agree. Looking at it under a 10x it is not smooth. I'm leaning to "Spooner" coin. Why anyone would "spoon" coins is beyond me though.
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  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    The old silver coins were beaten with spoons to tap them out for making silver coin rings. Why anyone would do it to a modern coin is anybody's guess, however. Usually this sort of thing happens accidentally nowadays, due to things like the "dryer coin" phenomenon.
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Could be. Maybe somebody ground down the edge to use the coin as a spacer or something mechanical. (Like to reinforce the bottom of a chair leg? But then where's the screw hole in the middle?) Who knows. It does look rather smooth for an accidental dryer coin, now that you mention it.
  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Nah, looking at the slightly raised edge alongside the RTY in Liberty, I'm sticking with early state dryer coin.
  11. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Because they are angry and bored people..

    Your Quarter is not a Mint error.
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  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Definitely damaged
  13. mikediamond

    mikediamond Coin Collector

    This is neither a dryer coin nor a spooned coin. But it is damaged. It was rolled and squeezed in the horizontal plane by a hand-cranked or motor-driven mechanical device.
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