1979 Quarter Error or damage?

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Jacqueline Najera, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. Jacqueline Najera

    Jacqueline Najera New Member

    Hello, I was sorting through my jar of change and found a 1979 Quarter that looked odd to me maybe an error or just damaged. The mint mark I cannot tell what letter it is it just looks like a dot. The Y in liberty is almost missing and the left eagles wing is raised almost like it bubbled up but it doesn’t have any flame markings. I know nothing about coins and don’t even know where to start with this thing. I’m thinking it might be just damage but was super curious because if it is damaged how could the other side not show any type of damage to the left wing?

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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Definitely damaged. Spend it and don’t bat an eye doing it.
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  4. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    It probably spent some time in a parking lot...
  5. Snowman

    Snowman Senior Member

    Looks like heat damage - clad coins sometimes bubble up when they are heated up like leaving a quarter on a hot stove. This quarter looks like it got some kind of heat and then cleaned with a a wire wheel or brush.
  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    First, welcome to the neighborhood, Jacqueline!

    Being new to numismatics, searching for Mint errors is probably the worst facet of the hobby to start with. There are "gazillions" of ways that coins can be damaged, both intentionally and unintentionally, while in circulation. The problem you will encounter is that very, very, very few are given names, so the likelihood of finding anything about them in an internet search is pretty much futile.

    However, if your desire is to learn more about Mint errors, then I'd suggest that you acquire a book on the subject to help get you started. Good luck!
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  7. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Here's supposed to be another Awesome Book ! 51h1aXjl2tL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
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  9. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    DEFDAM - Definitely Damaged
    Not a mint error of any kind.

    Suggestion.. There is a Error Coins forum here on CoinTalk. Use that forum instead of the What's it Worth forum.. It's more important to find out what you may have first than anything else.
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