Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Barber Quarter die clash


QUESTION: I have a 1901 Barber quarter in VG condition with a misaligned die clash on the obverse showing two stars and the U of United quite clearly. I am wondering about the scarcity and value of this coin. I hope I have correctly uploaded the image. If not, I can email a copy to you.



Got the photo okay. Downloaded it and looked at image magnified. Can't see the "U", is it under the chin? If so, doesn't look like the normal letter from obverse of coin. It may be a dropped letter. Clashes are reversed images of the opposite die. As such, a star clash from the reverse doesn't exist. The star may be a double stuck, but there should be more evidence than what is apparent from the image you supplied. You may want to ask the same question to the yahoo error group, where a number of collector/dealers can respond with their ideas.

Can't answer to value or scarcity. Not aware of any existing, but in order for it to be of significant value, the clash would have to be dramatic. Check these sites out: and

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QUESTION: Thanks for your answer. I'm a bit embarrassed to say I missed the fact that the stars are from the obverse. The U is right in front of the ear. How does something like this happen?


I see the "U". The combination of the fact that both the "U" and star appear to be raised indicates the possibility of an off centered double strike. If you take the last star before the "IN" and the first star after "UNUM", and take a second image of your coin, rotate it off center so that the last star before "IN" falls just above the first and second stars to the right of the date, the "U" of "UNUM" would likely fall in front of the ear on your coin.

Examine you coin closely, as you may find more evidence of doubling. Is there anything on the reverse? Is the coin out of round or have a partial collar?

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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.


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