2 variety discoveries for 1983 D Washington Quarter
I think I discovered 2 new varieties for the 1983 D Washington Quarter. I think that both coins are undiscovered varieties for this year.
The first one is what is typically considered a "Type 2" variety. It has thinner letters or typeface on the reverse of the coin. This typeface is very similar to the typeface of the proof design of that same year. The second one is a Doubled Die Reverse / DDR which I’m thinking is both an error and a variety.
I've heard of the use (or rather re-use) by the Mint of proof dies/hubs for business or circulating coins. It is known that the Mint has, in the past, re-used proof dies/hubs for business or circulating coins to "get more mileage" out of them. In particular, this occurred with the re-use of the reverse or "anvil" die/hub which supposedly undergoes more pressure/wear than the hammer die. The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 is an example of use by the Mint of proof dies/hubs. This has also occurred on the 1972 Eisenhower Dollars which resulted in the "Type 2" variety.
In the photos below, I show the differences in these two typefaces or designs.
On the word "STATES", the differences in the design are noticeable in the letters "A", “T”, "E" and the "S". All 4 are thinner.
On the words "E PLURIBUS UNUM", the differences in the design are noticeable in all 3 words. All 3 are thinner. The difference is most noticeable in "PLURIB" and "UNU".