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    Unusual Washington Quarter, Struck From Two Reverse Dies With Indent

    Undated 25C Washington Quarter--Double Struck With Two Reverse Dies and Indent--MS66 NGC. This unbelievable modern error is extremely important, a coin that was thought to be impossible until a similar specimen was discovered and authenticated a few years ago. This coin has been struck from two reverse dies, and authenticated both by the Secret Service and NGC. The nickel-gray fields are fully lustrous and lightly reflective. The first reverse (face-forward reverse in the NGC encapsulation) is well struck, but a bit flat at the centers of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and showing minor distortion atop QUARTER DOLLAR. The other reverse was apparently struck normally once. It was then struck a second time by a blank planchet on top, resulting in swelling and distortion. The arc-shaped outline of the second planchet is most visible at ER DOLLAR. There are no abrasions on this fascinating and clearly Uncirculated piece.
    This coin was found in a California safe deposit box in about the year 2000, with many other errors struck in the mid to late 1960s at the San Francisco Mint. This piece was once paired with another clad quarter with two reverses. Fred Weinberg sold that coin by private treaty at the 2001 ANA show for $80,000. The pieces, thought be experimental, were coined at a time in San Francisco when many other unusual and provocative pieces were produced. Many of them came onto the market from the same hoard, which the State of California auctioned.
    This piece is similar to another special coin struck from two dies that were not intended to be used together, the famous 1999 cent/dime mule that Heritage recently sold for $138,000. While this piece is not unique, it is equally special and would be the highlight of any advanced error or rarity collection.
    Ex: Lake Michigan & Springdale Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/06), lot 1913.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 662500)

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2006
    13th-14th Sunday-Monday
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