Another Mint Set Find - 1972 Washington Quarter Error

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  1. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    Pulled this from a nice 1972 Mint Set - thankfully it's not anywhere near as beat up as my last find - "Fun Mint Set find...with a catch" - but it does have something interesting going on. I'm thinking....lamination?

    Coin while still inside the original mint cello:

    1972 Washington Quarter - Cello Obverse.jpg

    Some closeups of the area in question:

    1972 Washington Quarter - Closeups.jpg

    Two sets of images of the entire coin:

    1972 Washington Quarter 2.jpg

    1972 Washington Quarter 1.jpg

    EDIT: New image of the area under IGWT

    1972 Washington Quarter - IGWT 4.jpg

    What do you think? Mint Error, or yet another example of sealing machine damage?
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2021
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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Damage it was caused when it was sealed into the plastic still a nice coin.
     
  4. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I don't know whether that's a lamination or damage, but I have to point out that those are freaking FANTASTIC photos.
     
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  5. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    I'm not so sure, as there appears to be more than just the damage to the rim. Looks to me like the sliver of metal under IGWT is separated from the rest of the coin.
     
  6. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis 2 years on CT! Supporter

    I thought the same. Very nice light. Better than a trueview to me.
     
  7. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis 2 years on CT! Supporter

    I agree with you. Not like I'm an expert or anything though.
     
  8. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    Ha ha, thank you but let's not get carried away here. I'm not anywhere near their level yet. But I appreciate the kind words.

    I added a new closeup of the damage from a different angle. See if it helps.
     
  9. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis 2 years on CT! Supporter

    I'm looking at collar errors now. I'm curious.
    It has the look of lamination but I don't think it is with that much of the edge disturbed.
     
  10. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Still it looks like %100 damage to me.
     
  11. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Look like some kind of rim burr that got folded over the face of the coin.
    The bit of copper under the T is why.
    The damage could have occurred before it was struck.
     
  12. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

  13. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    I'd just like to stress (maybe my images aren't quite showing it well enough) that the irregularly shaped bit outlined by the dark gray (which looks like a sheared off section of the metal) appears to be another chunk of metal sitting on top of the rest of the surface of the coin. I feel like @alurid's suggestion is the closest to what I'm seeing.

    Here are some additional shots, I think they provide some new information:

    1972 Washington Quarter - IGWT 5.jpg 1972 Washington Quarter - IGWT 6.jpg 1972 Washington Quarter - IGWT 7.jpg
     
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  14. Danomite

    Danomite What do you say uh-huh Supporter

    Maybe a damaged planchet? Damaged during or after the upset.
     
  15. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    This is a rim burr caused by a dull blanking punch or die, and a subsequent rolling fold into the planchet before striking it into the coin.
     
  16. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

  17. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    Considering I had just posted a couple examples of sealing damage coins, I was pretty sure it wasn’t that.

    i felt like @alurid - and then @ToughCOINS - posted the correct answer first (but it didn’t really make sense to me completely) but the link @physics-fan3.14 provided helped elaborate enough that I’m fairly confident that’s what it is.

    As usual, thank you all for contributing to my education/knowledge! Checks are in the mail ;)
     
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