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1968 Washington Quarter Clad Missing

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 Posted 04/08/2021  04:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Fredrocoinman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok guys so the big clue for the sceptics. Tons of foreign debris and objects cause results like this. For example in this case a ball bearing. The metal has been forced outwards and is flush flat the coin weighs correctly suggesting the metal has been displaced from original position. The cut Mark's are result of tooling prying out the foreign object. I know z
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 Posted 04/08/2021  04:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Foreign object caused it for sure, but not while it was being struck. If that was the case, there would not be a flat spot on the reverse because it will still be in the die. This can only happen if it is on a flat hard surface. If you are still convinced, please explain how the flat spot could occur?
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 Posted 04/08/2021  06:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Parnelli917 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good theory. A ball bearing could have left the impression and displaced the metal. However, I agree with lcutler, it could not have happened in the minting process. Flat spot on the reverse caused by the reverse die? No. Also, if the marks are from removing the ball bearing, what is the likelihood that it occurred in the minting process? Mint employee removes ball bearing? Somehow with giant hole, no one notices while they are inspecting for errors? Doubtful. That said, a ball bearing used with a press machine makes sense. Someone prying it out afterwards makes sense. Lots of people alter coins after they are minted for the fun of it. Keeps people like us guessing!

In finding variety coins, one of the criteria for assessment must be probability. Yes, anything can happen. But what are the most probable scenarios? Part of being a "treasure hunter" is seeking the best possible explanation. We may never know for sure, but we are getting closer.
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 Posted 04/09/2021  8:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Fredrocoinman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I read alot of replies throughout this forum and sad to say logic is a balance of open opinion and scrutiny however the replies lack positively and honestly if you are not the finder of such a coin its shut down with hatter opinions. But there are a few neutral and some positivity also.Listen let me clear the sceptics off the coin I pulled the ball out inwhich was smashed flat on a side. That said does anyone on this forum realy think your rinky vice at home can force a bearing into a coin flatten both sides and not warp or bend anything close to the hole? Not happening. Look up some coins with similar situations with junk falling into the die. Your negative thinking is blurring your geniouse minds.
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 Posted 04/09/2021  10:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm locking this topic. Send if off to a TPG, when you get it back in a slab with the error noted, use the contact link and I'll reopen it for you to post pictures.
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