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1973 Quarter - Wrong Weight

 
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 Posted 06/14/2021  08:21 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Freedom77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi Everyone,

I put a side by side comparison, though there is not much difference in the way these two coins look, I think.

However, the 1973 weighs 5.9 grams, which is too heavy for a quarter... (the 1972 weighs 5.6 grams)

Any ideas as to why? Wrong Planchet? If so, should I have it authenticated?

Thank you.



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 Posted 06/14/2021  08:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You really should weigh coins to two decimal points.
The weight of a quarter is 5.70g with a variation of 1.90g so depending on what it actually weighs,
it is probably pretty close to tolerance and not out enough to spend the money to get it authenticated.




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06/14/2021 08:35 am
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 Posted 06/14/2021  08:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Freedom77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh, I see. Thank you so much for your input. :)

I asked because all the other quarters are consistent at either 5.6 or 5.7 grams.

This one keeps reading 5.9 grams.

I actually found another one that is reading 5.5 grams, so
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 Posted 06/14/2021  08:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Given what we know, I'd say the 'heavy' coin is on the higher end of tolerance, but still legit.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  08:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Freedom77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry, I forgot to say.

My scale, it is a silver AWS brand, does not shoe two decimal points...just one.

I will see if I could change that though...
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 Posted 06/14/2021  09:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A reading of two decimal points can make a difference. In your case, a reading of 5.9g could actually be 5.88g which
would make it within the tolerance 0f 5.89g.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  09:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Gotta own a two decimal scale if you're a serious coin collector.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  10:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A serious collector or if you only want to buy one scale in your lifetime needs to get one that goes to 0.001.Only cost a bit more than 0.01.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  10:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Freedom77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Again. Am already looking for a 0.001 grams scale. Didn't know the one I currently own is insufficient.

Thank you all for the input. I truly appreciate it.
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 Posted 06/23/2021  4:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Freedom77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I got a scale that has 2 decimal points. The weight is 5.96 grams.

Is that something to investigate further?

Picture attached.
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 Posted 06/23/2021  6:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is only .07g over maximum. Possibly struck from a slightly thick planchet
which is not considered an error. Not really out enough to warrant any premium.
Put it in a 2x2 if you like and add it to your collection
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 Posted 06/23/2021  6:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
But they don't weight planchets on the clad coins. Only on Gold do they actually weigh the differences. That's where they do measure the tolerance. (because if does make a difference on the gold coins)
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 Posted 06/24/2021  11:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Freedom77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Aaaahhh. So it does not matter if the weight is off a little, when it come to clad coins?

It is not an issue that should be investigated then, when found?
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 Posted 06/24/2021  3:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The mint don't care.
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Agree with JimmyD above. Considering the astronomical volume of coins minted yearly, it's a wonder that wider weight differences aren't more common.
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Aaaahhh. So it does not matter if the weight is off a little, when it come to clad coins?

It does not matter on any composition coin as long as it is within mint tolerance.
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