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I got this quarter in a roll with regular quarters for laundry and thought at first it was a Sacajawea dollar.  Upon closer inspection, I realized it was just a quarter, but it's not the usual color for a quarter!  Seems to be the same weight as a regular quarter, although I don't have a digital scale handy so I cannot be positive.  I'm hoping you might be able to tell me if it's worth anything?  It has the gold-coloring on both sides and appears to be all the way through, as it also appears on the sides as well. I've attached a picture of the quarter in question along with the regular quarters it was in the roll with.  Any help you can provide is much appreciated!  Thank you for your time!

Likely "golden-washed" Clad quarter planchet. These errors occur when coin blanks are left for an extended period in the annealing furnace. This give time for the dust of previous coins (golden $1 blanks) to settle on the quarter blanks, causing a golden appearance. As a golden-washed or sintered planchet error, likely worth $5 to $10 to an interested collector.

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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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