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I need help with this one I’m new to all this while at work someone handed me this quarter as change i didn’t really have time to look at it just noticed it was different so I put it away. When I got home I looked at it and to me it looks to be a copper quarter? Can anyone confirm it or tell me about it I can’t find anything online. Thanks in advance!


  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 31,837 ✭✭✭✭✭

    if it were all copper, it wouldn't have those light spots on the reverse.

    look at the pitting and the dark spots.

    this is a quarter that has been environmentally damaged.


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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,349 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Today's quarters have a copper core. Not unusual. Yours appears to have the "silver" plating removed by some process that happened after it left the US Mint. Most likely environmental damage (like being in the ground for a while). This kind of coinage is called "clad" as in the copper core is wearing a jacket of nickel. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are all clad since 1965. Prior to 1965 our dimes and quarters and halves were 90% silver (10% copper). Today it is 75% copper and 25% nickel.
    Compare it to one in your pocket and I think you'll see the similarities. Proof coinage (not regular circulating coins) can be clad or silver as both have been issued.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @mel2love.... Welcome aboard... Your quarter has environmental damage. Looks as if it has spent time in the ground... or other unfavorable surroundings. Cheers, RickO

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The coin was buried, found and placed back into circulation. It is strictly environmental damage and has no numismatic value or interest. Spend it.

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  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 30,358 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Weigh it. I'm betting it's light. I used to do that in lab when I was just screwing around. If you throw any clad coin in nitric acid, it will dissolve. If you time it right, you can make "copper" coins.

    Another fun acid game is to put a small scratch on the edge of a zinc cent. Throw it in a less oxidizing acid and you can actually create a hollow copper cent.

  • joeykoinsjoeykoins Posts: 14,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 13, 2020 8:55AM

    Hi and Welcome to the Forum. Good advise above. One important lesson. That is the perfect example on how NOT to hold a coin. Hold only by it's rim. ;)

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  • vplite99vplite99 Posts: 1,143 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for posting.

  • HydrantHydrant Posts: 7,773 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 13, 2020 10:36AM

    @joeykoins said:
    Hi and Welcome to the Forum. Good advise above. One important lesson. That is the perfect example on how NOT to hold a coin. Hold only by it's rim. ;)

    I was thinking the same thing. Just the slightest hint of a fingerprint on that quarter would stick out like a sore thumb and really just destroy it's eye appeal.

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,057 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have one that looks like a copper cent. I just leave it alone when I roll up the quarters, but I don’t think it’s anything special.

  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,262 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Post Mint Damage, sorry.

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