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Newbie Question: The 1976 Quarter

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 Posted 11/08/2020  5:48 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
HI all, another question:

The 1976 quarter... if I have read things correctly, there is the "normal" version, proof version, and a partly silver version.

What I am not sure about is if the silver version was actually put into circulation or just issued for collectors?

AND I am having trouble telling apart the normal vs. silver versions in photos I see. As with any digital image, things vary by camera/scanner, computer monitor settings, etc.

How can I tell if I find a silver one? Will it sound different? Is it any shinier than the normal version, but less so than a proof?

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 Posted 11/08/2020  6:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Silver will weigh 5.75 grams and clad 5.67 grams. You can also do the tissue test.
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 Posted 11/08/2020  6:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
tissue test! HA!

Come on now... are you pulling my proverbial leg? If not, that is COOL!

All I have is my postal scale, so I can't do the weigh-in.
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 Posted 11/08/2020  7:48 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Also the edges of clad quarters should be a half copper and half silver color, a pure silver quarter will be a solid silver all the way around.
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 Posted 11/08/2020  7:58 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
is there actually a silver 1974 quarter? Not sure I see that they made them in silver that year. I know the last silver quarters in circulation were from 1964, and in 1974 there was a clad proof, but I don't see silver off the bat?
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 Posted 11/08/2020  8:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atticguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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is there actually a silver 1974 quarter?
NO, not in 1974, but the OP is writing about the 1976 quarter.

Nells250 Yes, the 1976 'Drummer Boy' quarter was made in silver, in both a 'circulated' finish and a 'proof' finish, though neither was actually circulated.
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 Posted 11/08/2020  8:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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All I have is my postal scale, so I can't do the weigh-in.


Best to spend the $10 or $20 and get yourself a useful digital scale.
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 Posted 11/08/2020  8:32 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, not sure why my brain saw 1974.... whoops. Dyslexic moment I guess.
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 Posted 11/09/2020  09:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cladking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are five versions not counting varieties and errors.

'76 (P) clad
'76-D clad
'76-S 40% ag
'76-S 40% ag (from high speed press)
'76-S 40% ag PRF

The clads were made for circulation and the ag was made for collectors and few circulated.
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 Posted 11/09/2020  09:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Try Amazon for a scale.
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 Posted 11/09/2020  11:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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'76-S 40% ag
'76-S 40% ag (from high speed press)
I assume strike and relief may be signs to differentiate these. Any other tells?
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 Posted 11/09/2020  4:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"AG" ?

As for the scale, I am unfortunately not in a very good financial position at the moment so I would REALLY NEED that style scale to spend the money on one. The one I have helps me ship out Ebay items, so it has "earned its keep"!

;-)

Soooooo both the silver proofs and non-proofs were sold by the mint, not put into circulation. And if a standard silver was found IN circulation, it would be because someone broke up a year set or something?

Looking at the edge is something I should have thought of

I actually have one '76 that is nicer than the rest I have kept, so I better go take a peek at it. Aren't they only part silver, too?
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"AG" ?
40% silver.


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And if a standard silver was found IN circulation, it would be because someone broke up a year set or something?
Correct. It was inherited, lost, stolen, or otherwise spent.
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 Posted 11/09/2020  4:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add captaincoffee to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These were 40% silver like the '65-'70 Kennedy halves and the silver Eisenhower dollars. 80% silver outer layers bonded to a 20.9% silver inner core. However, unlike the regular coins with a copper core, you can't really see the sandwiched layers.
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 Posted 11/09/2020  4:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How do they get "40% silver" from "AG"? You coin guys... I dunno...

CptJava - now WHY is that?
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Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, ...
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