Why would someone do this?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Jeffjay, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    Found this in a can of miscellaneous us and foreign coins somebody gave me.
    Any thoughts on why somebody would cut a quarter like this?

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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Why you ask? Because there are bored and evil people who have nothing better to do. That's why.
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  4. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    "Evil"? I'd rather see people relieve their boredom with a common coin than vandalize someone else's property, or injure living creatures.
  5. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    Well that's one opinion.
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  6. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    I certainly wouldn't call anyone evil for cutting up a modern clad quarter.

    They were probably testing out a new set of cutters. You'll see many ads on TV showing a pair of shears cutting a coin (it's a familiar object, with an understandable thickness). They probably bought a set, and wanted to test the ads claim.

    Looks like they work.
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  7. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Definitely not shears. The cut is too precise and doesn't show the right type of metal displacement on the cuts. This looks like it got caught in an industrial shredder. Possibly (or most likely even) an accident.
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  8. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    Not clad. It's a 1964
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  9. Roseland3

    Roseland3 Active Member

    That is a silver quarter!
  10. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Or someone checking a mechanism, needing a test item, and turning to something non-critical that they already had on hand. Who here hasn't used a (common, circulating) coin as a makeshift screwdriver? I still have various electronic widgets with battery compartments that have a curve-bottomed slot, specifically designed to mate with a coin for opening.
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  11. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I'm sticking with EVIL! :vamp:

    May I ask.. Did you ask the person who gave you the coins where they found it?
    Maybe that person has something to do with it?
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2019
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  14. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    They were bored or trying to create a million dollar error. I think it's a disgrace.
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  15. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    It's just one of three quarters of a billion so hardly a disgrace.
  16. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    It still has silver value. Someone was just trying out some tin snips or something.
    If it shows up on YT or Etsy for $10,000 rare mint error, then the ball goes over to the evil side. Right now, I think it's just an experiment, or testing some equipment
    to see what it will cut.
    Maybe it's the rare 64-D Type C reverse. That will teach them.
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  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It is a disgrace! Do you really think one out of three quarters of a billion makes it okay to deface it? It's silver. It has value. I collect coins. I like coins. How would you feel if I defaced something that you enjoy?
  18. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    Relax. It's not like someone cut up your collection.
  19. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ Well-Known Member

    If I had 3/4 of a billion... you can do whatever you like with 2 of them. I'm hoarding the rest !!! ;)
  20. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Its one of those new experimental half waffler machine the mint is going to use on all left over 2019 'special' bullion coins :)
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  21. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    You've never spent a coin? Circulating them defaces them too.
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