Magic prop quarter? Or mint error?

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Wuestenblitz, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Wuestenblitz

    Wuestenblitz New Member


    So my son has recently taken an interest in coins and found this quarter. I am assuming it is a magic prop or something along those lines. As I can't think of a reason why this would be a mint error.

    The back of the quarter is gone and slightly hollowed out. Leaving a spiral engraved pattern and a copper look to the hollowed out recess.

    So what am I looking at and is it a mint error?

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  3. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to CT!

    Your assumption is extremely accurate! :happy:
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  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Magician's coin.
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  5. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Welcome to the neighborhood!

    Yes, it appears that someone was attempting to create a "magician's coin" but was caught in the process by his boss at the machine shop and was promptly fired. As a result he never got a chance to finish the other quarter.

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  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Definitely an altered quarter. Not a mint error at all.

    Suggestion.. There is a Mint Errors forum on CoinTalk.. Create any future threads there instead of the What's it Worth forum. Worry about what you have first. Damaged coins have no premium. And minor mint errors have very little or no premium at all.
    Again.. Just a suggestion. I'm not trying to be bossy.
  7. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Mr. P. have you ever considered changing your custom title to "Traffic Control Monitor"?

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  8. Bambam8778

    Bambam8778 Well-Known Member

    Did you just find this piece of the quarter or did you get the other half with it as well?
  9. Wuestenblitz

    Wuestenblitz New Member

    No worries! Good suggestion. Didn't know to follow that information path!
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  10. Wuestenblitz

    Wuestenblitz New Member

    Just this half. I thought maybe it had been carved out to hide a dime but the dime was too thick to fit flush inside the cavity.
  11. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    usually it would be to marry a completely different coin to it, or to put two heads or two tails together, or as a spy coin type thing for a small hiding spot inside.
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  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's a magicians coin as previously stated. There are usually two pieces to this type of coin. That creates a two headed coin or a coin with two reverses. Glad he's taking an interest in coins and welcome to CT.
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