Coin and Paper Money Collecting/No Washington!!


I have just bought a lot on Trade Me (NZ) that contains 100 US quarters.

While checking for dates and mints I found a real peculiarity.

It has no date, no In God We Trust, no Liberty nor any Wahington!!  Both sides are the Eagle, United States of America, E Pluribus Unum and Quarter Dollar.

The weight feels right, the edge shows the usual brown ring and it is very shiny.

I have not added an image as it would just be a "normal" Eagle side!!

I would like any comments you would care to make.

Thanks for any time you spend on this.



My best guess is that it is a trick coin, where two normal quarters were cut in half to make one with two tails. Check the weight. A normal clad quarter weighs 5.670 g (0.182 troy oz). It's not possible for a coin to be struck with two reverse dies. The dies have different alignment and seating features for the obverse and reverse die. It's almost a 100% probability it's an altered coin. It is an interesting conversation piece, and they usually sell for a few dollars. It has no added numismatic value.

If you have a magnifying glass, look closely at either the inside of the rim on one side of the coin, or the edge. The "magic pieces" are parts of two separate coins that have been cut up and glued or bonded together.

You coin will make a different sound when dropped on a glass surface (table top). A true coin will have a "ring" to it, where the magic coin, being two pieces, will make a dull sound.

You may want to check Ebay listings under US coins in the error category (where they are sometimes listed) to see what these two-tailed coins are going for. You may also want to check out these links on error coin values:

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Thank You and Good Luck in your collecting.  

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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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