Found a few very nice state quarters very beautiful but odd

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Markanthony, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. Markanthony

    Markanthony New Member

    All of them have a very nice goldish color to them very odd and some of the front side looks like it was plated wrong can I get some info on this. I can send more pictures if you request them.

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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Quarters are not plated. They have cladding.
    The Clad layers begin to tone from the moment they are minted.

    The proccess of toning occurs faster depending on the environment it is found in. Yes even when wrapped.
  4. Markanthony

    Markanthony New Member

    And the goldish tint on the reverse ? Any value in these coins or. Just something to keep in the collection ?
  5. Markanthony

    Markanthony New Member

    I read that the obverse side was nickel and error made at the mint. But this is why I am here asking you because I feel confident in your knowledge. Very well spoken .
  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Clad coins such as Quarters, Dimes and Halves have a Cupro-Nickel Clad. The material is mixture of 75% Copper and 25% Nickel. Nickels are not Cladded but are solid Cupro-Nickel planchets. That is normal not any kind of mint error.
    Be careful with stuff you read. People make things up when they have no idea how coins are made.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2020
  7. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    No. Spend them. IMHO
  8. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    These all seem to be State Quarters. Some TV sales people were selling
    sets of these during the program. Gold plating was done outside of mint
    by private companies. They have no added value except as a curiosity.
    You can keep them or spend them, they will only be worth face value
    now or twenty years from now. Depends on you.
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    While there are gold plated quarters made as novelties, as mentioned by @tibor above, the ones here appear to have a normal case of light toning from environmental factors, as @paddyman98 mentioned.

    They're pretty enough, but not worth any premium over face value. Keep 'em and start an album collection with them, if you want. Or spend 'em.
  10. Markanthony

    Markanthony New Member

    So then why is the face of the coins like a matte gray color. And the back is silver but with the incredible tonnage. I’ve never seen a quarter a matte grayish color and the other side so new.
  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    One-sided toning can sometimes occur as a reaction to the environment on the upright side of the coin which was exposed. The bottom side that was not exposed might not tone as much.

    I'm not terribly knowledgeable about chemistry, but sulfur is usually one of the bigger contributors to toning, both natural and artificial. Where I live, you can leave some coins out on a windowsill, indoors, and they will tone. We have lots of sulfur in the groundwater here, and there are also several pulp and paper mills which emit it into the air, so it is all around in the atmosphere.
  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's just a form of Toning. Keep them if you like or collect but they are spenders.
  13. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    this is toning, the two sides are different because one was up while the other was down for a long period of time.

    There were all kinds of cardboard "state quarters" maps for people to fill the holes in on, this is what the coins would look like when they are popped out of the boards and cashed in 15 +years later in the cheaper, non-archival quality map boards.

    heads side grey in full contact with the cheap cardboard. Tails side rimmed or more of the surface on that side with goldish toning creeping from the edge contact with the cardboard hole, and slower toned than the heads side that had it's own little closed environment of cheap cardboard.
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