2003 D Missouri Quarter - Off-Centered Strike with a very strange edge

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  1. Garrett28

    Garrett28 New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I was going through some of my quarters yesterday and I came across this interesting quarter and wanted to get your opinions on it.

    This coin is a 2003 D Missouri quarter
    The first thing to note is it appears to have been struck off centered, as you can see in these photos. Both on front and back of the coin.

    (Front) 20230820_094343.jpg

    (Back) 20230820_094356.jpg

    I did weigh the coin and it weighs somewhere around 5g. The scale seemed to either show 4g or 5g so I think it's right on the border of 5g, however, a normal quarter comes out to weigh 6g.

    (Coin on scale) 20230820_094255.jpg

    Now, the more interesting part about this coin is its edge. As you can see in the next couple photos, the copper is recessed in a bit. The copper has the little ridges that are normally on the edge of the coin (hopefully you can that in the photos) which makes me think, in addition to the off centered striking, it may have been a minting error?

    (Edge of coin) 20230820_094325.jpg


    The rational part of my brain is telling me either A.) What I'm seeing with the edge is post-mint damage and the "off centered" strike is wear and tear or B.) it might just be some sort of counterfeit coin.

    I'm very interested to hear what you all have to say about this and I can take more photos if needed.

    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2023
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    For anyone concerned about them, the image links appear to be safe. I saw the coin.
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  4. Garrett28

    Garrett28 New Member

    Thanks for vouching for the links. I tried to insert the photos into my post, but for whatever reason it wouldn't work.
  5. Garrett28

    Garrett28 New Member

    Updated with photos in my actual post and not using links.
  6. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    Interesting, the only thing I can think of is maybe environmental damage.
    Etched the silver and ate away copper from the rim.
    Acidic soil?
    Chlorine and muriatic in a Fountain coin?
    Then cleaned.
  7. Garrett28

    Garrett28 New Member

    Very well could've been in a fountain for some time, I received the coin as change from a purchase so who knows.
  8. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's good luck, carry it around for a year and report back :D
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    KBBPLL Well-Known Member

    I'm not seeing much of any off center strike. I've seen this "railroad wheel" rim damage posted before and I think the consensus was that it was soaked in acid. Not something that could happen at the mint, sorry.
  10. Garrett28

    Garrett28 New Member

    No worries, like I said in my post the rational part of my brain was telling me there was some sort of logical reason for why the coin is in the condition it is. I think mainly because the coin itself isn't shiny indicating some sort of wear & tear/damage post-mint.

    I think I'll take rte's advice and carry it around as a good luck charm haha
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  11. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    I see a slightly off-center coin here. I have a dime like this, and the consensus is that it was acid that ate away at the copper. :(
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  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Looks like a sandwich. Interesting but does not appear to be a mint error. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. Garrett28

    Garrett28 New Member

    It makes for quite a unique coin at least, even if there's no value in it.

    Do you think it would still be accepted as legal tender?
  14. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Yes, it would be accepted as legal tender.
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  15. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Soaking clad coins in vinegar can give that "sandwich" effect.
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  16. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Just add some oil and you almost have a salad. :hilarious:
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  17. Jersey magic man

    Jersey magic man Well-Known Member

    Not a "railroad wheel" or Railroad rim. A railroad rim has a high edge and a low edge next to each other, not high-low-high.
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  18. lardan

    lardan Supporter! Supporter

    Whatever you have there, welcome to Coin Talk.
  19. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    Soaked in acid. The copper layer dissolved faster than the CuNi layers.
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