I was thinking of bidding on this coin but quickly reconsidered. Aside from being harshly cleaned the S just doesn't look right. To me it appears that the area around the S was hollowed out and the S was placed on top of the hollowed out portion. Being Canadian I don't really have enough experience with US coins to say for sure one way or another. It's just a gut feeling that all is not well with this coin. Are there any diagnostics I could refer to or any opinions from the resident specialists? By the way, the seller is offering a money back guarantee but I don't want the bother of buying it just to have the hassle of sending it back again. Anyways I hope I'm wrong. Thanks. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1932-S-Wash...em4ab4dd5349
I just did some research. After comparing pictures side by side of a genuine 1932-S and the eBay quarter, I'm convinced the one on eBay is a counterfeit. Not only is the S different (serifs on the real one and none on the eBay quarter) and in a slightly different location (higher on the real one) but the second "R" in "QUARTER" is completely different. There are other differences in the lettering of "QUARTER DOLLAR" as well but to me the second R is the one that is most obvious. http://www.coinpage.com/large.php?tImageId=2655
Not to belabor the point but apparently all genuine 1932-S quarters have a die crack running horizontally through the "BUS" in "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and another die crack which runs from the back of the eagles head to the wing. Sure enough the real 1932-S had both of these die cracks while the eBay quarter had neither. http://www.cointalk.com/t50503/ Now I am 100% convinced.