Coin and Paper Money Collecting/quarters


I got a quarter the size of about a nickle in change the other day and was curious about it.
   It is definitely a quarter but it has Liberty (D) for mint with no date on the front and on the back is 2 trees in a scene, is it real or what? can you answer my question?

2005 five cents
2005 five cents  

Without a photo or more specifics, it is hard to say what you may have. Weight is the key. Compare your coin to a normal quarter (with a regular eagle reverse). Does it weight the same? How about looking at the edge (side). Can you see a copper middle band round the diameter of the coin? Does it have edge reeding all around the coin?

You could have a quarter struck on a 5 cent blank. A normal quarter weighs 5.67 grams, while the Jefferson nickel weighs 5.0 grams. The nickel is softer, thicker metal , and a little smaller (21.21 mm versus 24.26 mm), but can fill up the quarter die chamber when struck almost to the same size.

The 2005 Five Cent design has different obverses and reverse from the normal coin. The reverse has two trees and is called "Ocean View". You may just have a five cent coin. Compare it to another nickel.

If it is truly struck on a nickel blank, and a quarter it could be worth several hundred dollars.

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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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