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Weak Tail Feathers On The Washington Quarters? Why?

 
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My brain is always questioning why, why, why on subjects. I knew that the type 'C' Denver quarters had a difference in strength of the tail feathers. So I decided to check into the first year these quarters came out to see how strong there were back then. The 1932-1936 examples showed the issue that I noticed on the 1964 quarters. Even the proof quarter that year (which is a type 'A' proof) and all the business strikes pretty much showed the same issues on all the way till 1964. Wondering what was going on, so I found that the 1937 proof reverse is a type 'B' reverse. So the type 'B' started that year. But looking forwards on the proof coins, they were strong sometimes and even on the 1940 proofs I found weak and strong proof examples. Also through the years you would find weak/medium/strong tail feathers up till 1964. So looking at the feathers, I noticed the at they were not the only thing affected. The leaves on that area was also affected on the weak examples and not affected on the strong tail feathers. So I figured out that the issue was die polishing must weaken that design first as it is the most shallow part of that design. So now I know what happened. (but that is how you figure things out) Shake the tree and see if the apples will fall down. Now I know.



So now when you are looking for the Type 'C' 1964-D quarter reverses, you will know what to look for on these.

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Philosophically, the reason for the weak tail feathers is due to the need to produce lots of coins as cheaply as possible. Before the War, there was less public consciousness for the need for the best quality dies.
Much of that Public consciousness is driven by coin collectors. Proportionately, there were fewer of them during the 1930s than there is now.
Hence, amount of work needed to produce high quality master dies was lacking.

These days, it is collectors like us that tend to make Mint administrators be more aware of the Public they are supposed to serve. These officials have also seen the need to (mostly) produce high quality collector coins, for their commercial benefit, and that extra quality control also shows up in better quality control for business strike coinage.
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Also some PCGS listings for die events on the proof quarters:
Richard S. Cooper
Some have asked about my images I use and I'm glad to say, you can now you can see the DVD in sections on youtube:
1. Intro, older coins, toned coins 2. Doubled dies 3. Die events, One of a kind errors 4. So called errors, Coin information 5. Coin information Types and Varieties, Overlays
Jefferson nickel doubled dies Wexler/Rebar complete listings

trail dies:http://www.traildies.com/
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