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OnastoneOnastone Posts: 3,678 ✭✭✭✭✭

Just got some Maya Angelou quarters and while most of them look pretty nice, I've found over a dozen with these scratches under Georges hair and just below his ear. Is it a planchet problem or something loose during the pressing/minting process??
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  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Feeder finger gouges.

  • WQuarterFreddieWQuarterFreddie Posts: 2,432 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have found over a dozen of these quarters with an apparent grease filled die which makes the I and T in the motto appear VERY faint much like the In God We Rust Kansas quarters.

    I am kinda surprised more people haven't been talking about this issue 🤔

  • OnastoneOnastone Posts: 3,678 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ifthevamzarockin said:
    Feeder finger gouges.

    Thanks! I looked that up and see those feeder fingers causing die scrapes to which some say it's just damage and good to know, while others are selling on Ebay for a premium calling them rare coin errors. Good grief. I didn't think they were coin errors, but was curious as to what would create those scrapes.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As minted condition but does not command a premium... except on ebay and from inexperienced collectors. Cheers, RickO

  • 1Bufffan1Bufffan Posts: 603 ✭✭✭

    Maybe they gave George a haircut the five-dollar gold has just a little more of a "Bump" of hair right where these scratches seem to be. maybe the Mint had to adjust to fit the words in on the Quarter Series. my quarters have the same lines.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,723 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Insignificant nonsense. Collectors need to get back to real collecting and forget about this type of minor "error" or "variety"

    As I have said before, I believe this collecting trend is fueled by a significant percentage of ordinary collectors being priced out of the market for nice coins.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • WQuarterFreddieWQuarterFreddie Posts: 2,432 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Oldhoopster said:

    @WQuarterFreddie said:
    I have found over a dozen of these quarters with an apparent grease filled die which makes the I and T in the motto appear VERY faint much like the In God We Rust Kansas quarters.

    I am kinda surprised more people haven't been talking about this issue 🤔

    I believe the weakness is due to poor metal flow worn dies, not debris filled. Also notice who the rim didn't fill in that well. You'll see light weakness due to metal flow in IGWT on lots of dimes and quarters

    Even if it were due to debris, The reason nobody is talking about the issue, is it would only be a PARTIAL debris filled die. A minor, minor error at best. As you probably know from CRHing, debris filled die errors are one of the more common finds.

    The only reason the Kansas IN GOD WE RUST filled dies have recognition is they've been over hyper by unscrupulous sellers preying on new collectors, who don't understand the minting process, nothing more. Spitting eagles, spitting horses, etc fall into the same catagory. Only true die varieties like the Wisconsin extra leaf, command a real premium from error collectors.

    I really hate sellers who take advantage of new collectors. They are they lowest in the hobby, IMO

    Thank you for the explanation. I fall in to the "new collector" category and I thought these were valuable because of the Kansas quarter. 🤔

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