1974 US Quarter with worn out rim (or no rim)

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Nikki83, May 12, 2011.

  1. Nikki83

    Nikki83 New Member

    Here are some pictures of this neat quarter I found in my daughter's piggy bank. The pictures aren't very good after I cropped them but the rim is smooth and it looks like the edges of the quarter are just worn out. No other quarter I have looks like this. Is there something special about this year? Even if there's no value, it's still a neat quarter to keep.

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  3. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    Just looks heavily circulated to me...
  4. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector

    It's hard to tell from th picture but I'd guess the obverse and reverse rims have been removed and then the coin got substantial circulation. The smooth rim is not entirely consistent with this so I don't have a great deal of confidence.
  5. USS656

    USS656 Here to Learn Supporter

    Maybe stuck in a washer for some period of time?
  6. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

    Looks heavily circulated to me. Maybe it was used in a casino for many years or somebody kept it in their pocket for a long time
  7. lkeigwin

    lkeigwin Well-Known Member

    Probably spooned or tumbled in a dryer.
  8. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Not spooned or a dryer piece, that's a pocket piece. Those odd worn rims withhigher grade centers are commonly seen on pocket piece coins.
  9. Nikki83

    Nikki83 New Member

    You know what's funny? I brought it to my father in law and he told me "It looks like it's seen a slot machine or two." Hee hee. Just a worn out Washington-the poor guy.
  10. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector

    I believe the reason most coins get their rims removed is so they can be carried as a pocket pice and wear down much more rapidly. The rim protects a coin from wear and when it's removed the coin wears very rapidly and will eventualy hide the signs of the tooling. It don't believe this one is worn nearly so much yet since it still looks filed.

    To prove it set it on a flat surface with the reverse down and push at a point just inside of the rim with a sharp object. If it's natural wear the coin will move slightly because coins wear into a lens shape. But if the rim is filed as I believe the reverse will still be nearly flat and the coin won't move until you press near the rim.

    The obverse on these was made convex at the mint and it will wobble and it will wobble a great deal because the rims are gone.

    Another twenty or thirty years in circulation and the tooling would be invisible.
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