1985 D quarter. Ponytail separation error? Need opinions.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by kden, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. kden

    kden Active Member

    Hello all I was looking through my first ever coin roll and I found some interesting things but this caught my attention as I’ve never read about this except one other person on coincommunity. As you can see the ponytail is a good distance away from where it should be touching the neck and it’s also skinnier. I have another coin from the same year to compare. And ideas? I know it wouldn’t be worth much but if it’s an error or rare variety I’d be happy as a rainbow.

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  3. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    There is no error, just an over-polished die. ~ Chris
  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    That is caused by an over-polished die. Nothing major nor rare.

    Worth? 25 Cents

    @cpm9ball .. you beating me to the punch.. twice so far!
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  5. cpm9ball

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    "You Beat Me To The Punch" by Mary Wells on one of the Motown labels of the 60's before you were born! ~ Chris ;););)
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  6. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    The relief reduction that you notice on your coin is caused from die wear and or die cleaning. The face of the coin die get worn away from these actions. Coin dies that are used for business strike are not polished. That action is reserved for dies that strike proof coins. Sorry no rainbow.
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  7. cpm9ball

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    Yeah, I keep saying "die polish" when I mean "die cleaning". Keep reminding me! Sooner or later, it will sink in. ~ Chris
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  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I don't care if people spell words wrong , but I do think the proper terminology should be used, as this gives folks that may be new to coin collecting a better comprehension of Numismatics.
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  9. cpm9ball

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    I agree that we should use the proper terminology. ~ Chris
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  10. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    Do you get AARP magazine? Last year they did a great story on Smokey Robinson, Barry Gordy and the whole Stax/Motown era. It was a really great piece.
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  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's neat but it's only worth face. The Die was polished a little too much creating what you see. It's common and only worth a quarter.
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  12. cpm9ball

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    No, I'm not a member of AARP, but I was a big, big fan of the Motown sound in the 60's & 70's. ~ Chris
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