How and why would someone do this to a coin

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Jeffjay, Dec 5, 2021.

  1. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    Found this mangled 1964 Washington quarter in a bunch of miscellaneous coins foreign and domestic I purchased. Wonder if somebody did this just for the fun of it or was there some kind of purpose. IMG_20211204_225636182.jpg IMG_20211204_225645177.jpg
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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    :banghead: A 1964D Quarter too!! Why not a stinking Penny?o_O
  4. mrweaseluv

    mrweaseluv Supporter! Supporter

    that was put into a shredder... from the looks of it the quarter won :D
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  5. NLL

    NLL Well-Known Member

    Probably someone who was bored and wanted to see if they could cut through a coin.
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  6. Kashmir Pulaski

    Kashmir Pulaski Well-Known Member


    I used to cut coins when I was a much younger person selling “Cutco” cutlery. I’t looked cool and was a great sales-pitch tool. I’m not all so proud of that action now.
  7. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Maybe it was used as a book mark ? It was some kind of tool. It held something in place from the vertical lines by the eye and 9
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  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I'm not sure we'll ever know what kind of machinery did that, but as far as badly damaged coins go, that one is kinda neat.
  9. Marsden

    Marsden Active Member

    Agree, the cuts are too regular (perfectly parallel) to have been made by hand. But if it was a shredder, it was the Shredder of Death. (Not to be confused with the Grim Reaper.)
  10. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    I use these to add weight to my trains Nscale weights.jpg
  11. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    As a matter of fact , I put 2 dimes in the tender of this one.
    Why because it was so light the tender wouldn't stay on the track. N tender western & atlantic.jpg
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  12. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Hey @dwhiz ! Have you ever put a coin on your tracks? :jawdrop:
    It would probably cause a crash,huh?:(
  13. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Yeah…. That little demo cost me $500.00. I bought the scissors!
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  14. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    The OP coin was cut with shears made for heat and air work. The tools have three blades that make cuts exactly like this. Some of the best are made by a company called I use them all the time for circle cuts in sheet medal.
  15. Vertigo

    Vertigo Did someone say bust?

    I used to work in a junkyard. A safe came in once with some coins in it. I didn't have a way into the safe except for the 500 ton shear machine in the yard that we use to shear large pieces of iron with. So I set the safe under the shear head and popped it open. Inside was a bunch of coins. There was a 68 mint set and the Kennedy half (of course) got under the shear and was literally bent in half all mangled. I still have it but I took and beat it back flat with a hammer to put it in a 2x2 lol. So that's how things like this happen to coins! Haha
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  16. Vertigo

    Vertigo Did someone say bust?

    You could flatten it in a vise and put it in a 2x2 lol instead of the hammer
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  17. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Ah, but why? It’s much more interesting in its present state. It will remain a damaged coin, regardless, so might as well leave it as a coin with interesting damage rather than an interestingly damaged and then re-flattened coin.

    @dwhiz - if you cut up that dime for your railroad, hopefully it’s a clad.

    At least the quarter in the OP retains most of its bullion value, meaning it’s really not worth a whole lot less than an undamaged 1964-D circ quarter would be.
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  18. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Rob, the dime is a 1985.
  19. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Ah, there is so much I overlook when squinting at my phone screen. :watching::rolleyes:
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  20. Vertigo

    Vertigo Did someone say bust?

    Here it is. There was also this walker. For being beat with a hammer it don't look too bad lol
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  21. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Why would someone do this to a coin ?

    "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men" - or women, or kids ?

    "The Shadow knows !" - but sadly nobody else.
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