Washington quarter with no reeding

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by dabbler, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. dabbler

    dabbler New Member

    I'm not an error or variety collector (in fact, as my user name implies, I'm not much of a collector in general), so I humbly request help from those who know more than me. Recently I found a 1995 quarter with virtually no reeding: there's only the faintest hint of it on a small portion of the edge. The rim of the coin appears intact and the diameter of the coin is right, so I don't think the reeding has simply worn off or been grinded off. I've Googled for 'filled collar die errors' and similar phrases, but they didn't turn up anything. Assuming I successfully attached the picture, you can see the edge of the coin, sandwiched between two normal quarters for contrast. Is this an error of interest or should I just use it as a down payment on a Coke?

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    Not being an error collector myself I can't help much with the value. I do know this type of error does occur from time to time. From what I know of it - it is usually attributed to low striking pressure thus the planchet not being forced fully into the collar.

    That being said - does the strike appear to be weak on the obverse & reverse ?
  4. dabbler

    dabbler New Member

    The strike looks okay, but since the coin has been in circulation (I found it in my change), it's hard to say whether some detail has been lost due to wear or weak strike. See attached pics (yeah, it's no MS65). :)

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    It does appear a bit weak in some areas. I could easy be wrong - but I'll stick with my first guess of a weak strike. The collar was obviously there since a faint impression of reeding is there :confused:
  6. jody526

    jody526 New Member

    I believe coins used in casino slot machines, are often without reeding because of being constantly rolled down the machine's mechanism.

    I have no way of knowing that this quarter was ever used in a casino, but it's something to think about.
  7. JBK

    JBK Coin Collector

    Could well be a weak strike or other such error, but the Vegas explanation also intrigues me. I have a bunch of Ike dollars, and some have no reeding left, and these are a little more beat up than the others in the group. It did occur to me that maybe they did their time in Vegas.

    I would say to very carefully look at the edge of your coin. If it appears "sharp" or clearly defined, maybe it is an error. If it looks soft like it lost it's reeding through a thousand trips through the slot machine, then that might be an explanation as well.
  8. Pennycase

    Pennycase New Member

    I find those types of quarters in my register all the time, I doubt any of them are actual mint errors that I come across, because I see at least 20 a day that are like that.
  9. dabbler

    dabbler New Member

    Hmm, both possibilities sound reasonable. The coin is pretty scruffy like it's been dropped in a bucket of quarters a few thousand times and there is a hint of reeding to support the weak strike theory, but I guess either way I won't be leaving my day job just yet. :) Thanks all!
  10. van2001ko

    van2001ko New Member

    hmm i have a half dallar with no reading what are the chances for that to be worth something? No photos my scanner was broke a few weeks ago but the sides of the half dallar is smooth and it is a 70's half dallar coin..

    Is there anything special about this coin or should I just spend it on 2 bugs of chips?
  11. errorist

    errorist Member

    Jody 256,
    Hit it on the head with this one. Below are some SBAs from vegas.They are commonly mistaken for broadstruck coins that are out of collar.


  12. van2001ko

    van2001ko New Member

    so is it a mint error? or just wear or tear?
  13. errorist

    errorist Member

    99% wear, and tear for sure!

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