Coin and Paper Money Collecting/us quater not struck


I have found what appears to be a US quarter w/ no markins/stampings on either side. If you look at the edge you can see the bi-metallic lines from the quater. What do i have?


Your description indicates that you may have an unstruck coin called a blank planchet. The key to the answer is the weight 5.670 g (0.182 troy oz), diameter 24.26 mm (0.955 in) and thickness 1.75 mm (0.069 in) of your piece. The edge reeding is part of the striking process.

If it appears as a flat disk. with no rounded edge, the same size as the struck coin, it would be classified as type one. A type two blank, the final stage prior to striking, has the disk go through an upset mill, putting a raised rim around the edge, and making it slightly smaller in diameter. This allows the finished blank to enter the die chamber for striking.

These sell for between $5 to $10 to an interested collector. Check ebay listings in the coin category to find similar items and see what they bring.

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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