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Often people think they found a special quarter that lacks the reeded edge. They think this is an error and the mint forgot to add the ridges on the edge. Unfortunately in 99% of the cases this is just normal wear.
Pictured above is a mix of state quarters, 1990s quarters, and two 1970s quarters. Can you tell which Washington quarters are from 1972 and 1973?
That is right the ones with almost no ridges are the oldest. They also have slightly thicker edges and a bit of a raised rim. All of this is natural. Quarters are heavy and the edge gets banged around a lot and over time this spreads the edge. As a result of the thickening edge the face of the coin stays on a lower level and is less worn given the illusion that that it was specially made this way.
Despite being made of copper and nickel these metals are very easily altered. It does not take a lot of pressure to move the metal and thousand of small hits a year for 40 years makes a naturally smooth edge.
So this is not an error or a variety but just how some quarters end up. So what about the 1% of coins that are not worn? Well they are a mix of fakes, purposefully altered, or a out of collar strike. The out of collar strike has other telling signs like be larger not smaller in diameter.
No extra value.
Since this is not an error and alters the coin it will only cause a coin to lose value. Face value will stay but occasionally the edge becomes so thick it cannot be used in vending machines.
Sidenote: Found a 1973 Canadian dime but since I got one three months ago it does not need to be re-posted.
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