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1964 Quarter With Washington On The Front, But The Back Has Kennedy

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 Posted 02/21/2021  4:16 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Estros1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a 1964 quarter with Washington on the front, but the back has only Kennedy's head with no letters or date. I believe it is an error coin and was supposed to be Kennedy on a half dollar. Trying to upload pics. Anyone ever seen one?

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 Posted 02/21/2021  4:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Possible novelty coin of dubious origin, or Magician's coin. Looking forward to the photos.
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 Posted 02/21/2021  4:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A photo of the edge would also help.

Expect we will see the Kennedy has been machined down to the size of a quarter to make the Magician's coin mentioned by @ijn
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 Posted 02/21/2021  5:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Much larger images, please.



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Hopefully this is better, I'm starting to think you're right tho, pretty amazing machining skills!
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 Posted 02/21/2021  6:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is there a fine seam around the middle of the edge? If not, if you tap it sharply, does the Kennedy side fall out?
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 Posted 02/21/2021  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is not a mint error. The wide rim on the Kennedy side precludes it from being a "mule" of a Kennedy half and Washington quarter. It was manufactured from two separate coins, long after both coins left the mint.

What you have is a variation on the classic Magicians coin or "two headed coin". It would have been made by taking a normal silver quarter (silver is easier to work with than the clad coinage), and hollowing it out on a lathe to make a shallow dish. You then take a normal silver half dollar, and grind the reverse side away, grind it completely flat. You'd then need to lathe the disc down to quarter-size. Then, push the disc from the half dollar down into the dish that remains of the quarter dollar, and presto! a two-headed coin.

The seam that joins the two half-coins together is on the Kennedy side, just inside the rim.
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 Posted 02/21/2021  6:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jgfindring to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A very cool Magician's coin. They typically sell for around $10, but I would guess yours to be worth more than that due to both it being silver, older and cooler than most.
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 Posted 02/21/2021  6:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add td5173 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is very neat never seen one great pick up keeper.
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 Posted 02/21/2021  7:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dsrn1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
awesome coin! did you find that in change or from some sort of shop or dealer?
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 Posted 02/21/2021  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's similar to a Magician's coin. I've never seen one like that, but it's pretty cool!
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 Posted 02/21/2021  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few magicians' coins. This is a nice variation which I would have picked up had I seen it.
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 Posted 02/21/2021  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Rothery to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hoping the Kennedy is silver too.....
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It was passed down to me from relatives, it is pretty cool, I can now see the tiny lip on the Kennedy side. Thank you all for your input! Someone definitely took there time making it, it's very precise fit.
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