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  1. #1
    Apr 2019
    Forestville, California
    Old Maps, Dowsing, Borrowed detecting equipment from friends.
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    Relic Hunting

    Missing Clad 1986 Washington Copper Quarter

    I found this in today in my shop. It is a 1986 D Washington Quarter missing the clad on both sides, resulting in a copper quarter.

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    It also has a mint defect -- a nick taken out on the edge of the obverse at upper left. It is not a "worn" place but a gash made by a machine, a weird cut into the rim. The whole edge of the rim goes inward and even turns a little corner at each side of the cut. The reverse does not have this defect.

    It did not come in change, oddly enough. We have a little magic shop, and we have a sort of "good luck altar" where people put foreign coins, Mardi Gras Doubloons, and lots of pennies -- like a wishing well.

    It was Easter today and all the staff but one woman was off. I'm Jewish, so i work on Christian holidays. To my surprise, we had a run of customers all day long. By late afternoon, i realized that i was out of pennies in the till -- but it was Easter Sunday, so i could not go to the bank for more. I decided to raid the "good luck altar," so i scooped up a half a handful of coins, threw the foreigns and Mardi Gras Doubloons, and anything silver-looking back on the altar, walked over to the till to check the pennies for early dates, and there it was -- a freaking copper quarter!

    I had never seen one before and did not know they existed, but the moment i saw it, i knew what it had to be.

    I looked on eBay and saw a few of these missing clad Washington Quarters for sale at values from about $100.00 to about $300.00 for comparable years. (The missing clad State Quarters go for much more, presumably because of the difficulty of making up a complete set of unclad ones.)

    I apologize for the quality of the photos -- i'm just using my phone.

    Well, anyway, this qualifies as my best find of the year so far, and i literally did nothing but pick it up!
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  2. #2
    Apr 2017
    East Coast
    Whites 6000D, 6000Di, Eagle, & PI 1000
    478 times
    Metal Detecting
    Interesting find. Also, interesting terminology for such a coin; "unclad". This is a perfect opportunity for the TreasureNet community to "coin" a new
    term that can become the norm when mentioning such a coin among detectorists & coin collectors. I propose that from this day forward, until the day we die,
    such coins that are "unclad" be referred to as "naked coins".
    Unclad definition:
    adjective: unclad

    unclothed; naked.
    not provided with cladding.
    "unclad girders"
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  3. #3
    Dec 2006
    Tejon, Cibola, T2
    1233 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    What does it weigh? If it is truly missing both clad layers it would be extremely light.
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  4. #4
    Oct 2010
    U.P. Michigan
    Garrett AT Pro
    124 times
    Metal Detecting
    Looks like a Quarter that was cleaned with copper penny's using salt and vinegar.
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  5. #5
    Apr 2019
    Forestville, California
    Old Maps, Dowsing, Borrowed detecting equipment from friends.
    87 times
    Relic Hunting
    Thanks for the helpful comments.

    I compared it against two regular clad quarters and it is definitely thinner.

    The reeding is weak. The strike is weak overall.

    I have been reading up and looking at "copper quarters" --

    Some have been found which have been marked with vibro-engraved letters (E or F or G) and little or no reeding. They seem to be someone's "game." This looks similar, but without the engraving.

    I looked up the red-hot-quarter-in-methananol copper plating trick but this doesn't look like one of those.

    The colour in my photos is far too red-orange and bright -- it is actually the colour of a medium brownish copper penny.

    How would "cleaning it with copper pennies using salt and vinegar" remove the cladding?

    I looked up the weight of a regular quarter (5.670 grams) and i will get it weighed tomorrow.

    Whether it is a genuine missing clad, a spoof, a counterfeit, a plating job, or a clad-removal job, i love it.

    Thanks, all, for your kind tips.
    Last edited by catyron; Apr 22, 2019 at 05:33 AM.
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  6. #6
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    Nov 2018
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    100 to 300 for copper state quarters.... dang i better get my tumbler going.... lemon juice with the clad in the tumbler will have same effect.... not sure why though...
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  7. #7
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    Ann Arbor
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    Cool find
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