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Why Do Quarters From The 80's Typically Look So Beaten Up Or Worn Down?

 
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 Posted 11/29/2019  10:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add USSID18 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Because they are 30 years old, beaten-up and abused in circulation?
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I'm saying that when you typically come upon a quarter from the 70's and late 60's, you commonly don't see them in conditions like these from the 80's
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 Posted 11/29/2019  11:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My hypothesis has usually been vending machines when this question is asked.

To elaborate, vending machines and pay phones often damaged nickel coins.
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I'm saying that when you typically come upon a quarter from the 70's and late 60's, you commonly don't see them in conditions like these from the 80's


Maybe. I think it's completely random. Some are good, some not so good. It's all junk clad, who really cares?
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 Posted 11/30/2019  10:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree. Over a large statistical sample, the '80s quarters would show no more wear than consistent with their age.
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Many casinos opened during that period, and coins of that era often went fresh from the mint to a casino, where they remained sort of trapped, to be repeatedly dropped upon each other when slot machines dispensed winnings. Coins that stayed there too long have their reeding all but worn off.
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Arcades were huge in the 80's and of course vending machines, laundromats, etc. You could even buy cigarettes out of vending machines in those good ole days. I think that is why the 1982 & 83 quarters are so collectible in good condition. I remember sitting in the arcade back in those days running pocket fulls of quarters through the games while Coop sat over there filing the silver off the ridges from every pre-65 Quarter I got in my change....ahhh the good ole days.
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 Posted 12/03/2019  08:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pretty much agree with all comments above. In my experience, quarters from '65-late 70s are quite worn and dinged too--at least the many tens of thousands that I've waded through. Finding an AU58 or better is total joy. Mostly.
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Coop, what did you ever do with that trash can full of silver shavings you had?
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Just throwing this out there ..... Is there any possibility to some change in the minting process or possibly composition or a change in supplier? The only reason I bring this up that while I was recently going through a box of nickels. I got to the point where I was able to spot 1990's and early 2000's. I don't know if it was a strike issue or a similar issue to the quarters, but there seemed to be something different about them that set them apart. Of course, I could be completely off my rocker.
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It's easy to tell the difference between 70's & 90's Kennedy halves too. I think it's just evolution of dies
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