Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1964 Aluminum? quarter


I got change from a store with this seemingly aluminum 1964 quarter.  Its edges are pristine and it is very light in weight and seems brand new.  It is also a little less than a millimeter larger than other quarters and I assume it is a counterfeit coin.  I just want to be sure before I alert the authorities.  I do not think it is silver as it is much lighter in weight and has no visible copper core.


Without a photo, and the weight, diameter and thickness of your coin, it is hard to give you an accurate answer. A silver quarter weighs 6.25 grams, (0.20 troy oz), compared to a clad quarter (1965+) weight of 5.67 grams, (0.182 troy oz). The diameter of both is 24.26 mm, (0.955 in), with a thickness of 1.75 mm, (0.069 in).

What does the edge look like compared to a normal quarter? You should be able keep the coin as a conversation piece, as long as you do not try to resell it.

If you live close to a local shop, they should offer an opinion as to their value at no charge. Should you decide to sell your item to a dealer (if it is real), they will offer about 50% to 60% of the retail value. Always try and get at least two opinions and try and deal with PNG dealers if possible. Here's a link to find one in your area:

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

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1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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