Black beauty quarter

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Jacob doe, Jan 2, 2021.


Is it just a quarter

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  1. Jacob doe

    Jacob doe New Member

    What you think

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  3. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    The nickname Black Beauty was given to Nickels
  4. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    Looks like your quarter has been in a fire.
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  5. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    It spent Time in a fire .
  6. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    A Black Beauty is a coin that spent too much time in the annealing furnace. Which caused them to come out looking darker than a normal nickel clad planchet. The black on your coin happened in circulation, and not pre strike. This is easily told by the bubble seen on your coin. When this coin was subjected to a massive amount of heat, it caused a separation between the clad layers, and the bubble formed.
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  7. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Good conversation piece. My opinion, keep it.
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    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    ED, Environmental Damage. An added explanation to a PMD, Post Mint Damaged coin. That would make a fun coin to experiment with cleaning, in my opinion.
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  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    I would call it "asphalt plated" . . . . .

  11. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    DEFDAM - Definitely Damaged :yack:

    This is a Black Beauty from my collection
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  12. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Not a black beauty.
    The quarter is a sandwich coin. With an inner core of copper sandwiched by outer layers of nickel/copper.
    As explained the nickels can be black beauties as they are an alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel. The planchets are annealed before being rolled out. If they cook too long, they can have a black beauty appearance. 1958 and 1959 are common years for that.
    Your coin is either environmentally damaged (rusty) black is one of the ED colors.
    Or as mentioned, heat was applied either accidentally or on purpose.
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  13. enamel7

    enamel7 Junior Member

    Welcome. What do you think is nice?
  14. TonkawaBill

    TonkawaBill Well-Known Member

    Now ... is a Black Beauty quarter.. No sense letting nickels hog all the glory
  15. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    No. Just Improperly Annealed. Which the Quarter in question is definitely not.
  16. Jacob doe

    Jacob doe New Member

    Thanks for the info
  17. Jacob doe

    Jacob doe New Member

    I tried it by letting it sit in vinegar
    Wiped it down with silk cloth
  18. enamel7

    enamel7 Junior Member

    Don't use vinegar, it's an acid. Also, never wipe or scrub a coin.
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  19. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

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