Saturday, August 18, 2012

Smooth Edge Quarters

Have a damaged coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment

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.

The Value
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. 

Do you have damaged coins and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

77 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Sam Solak said...

I have a 2002 Indiana quarter that does not have the ridges on the edge. it is not from wear or vending machines, it was just manufactured without the ridges on the sides. The sides are just completely smooth and they never once had the ridges on them. How much do you think this quarter is worth?

Man said...

2002 Indiana quarter that does not have the ridges on the edge. it is not from wear or vending machines, it was just manufactured without the ridges on the sides.

If it is the same size has other quarters it is damaged.

If bigger or smaller an out of collar strike error about $15.00.

Frank Perry said...

I have a 2002 Ohio quarter and a 2006 north Dakota quarter both same size with no ridges.

Man said...

2002 Ohio quarter and a 2006 north Dakota quarter both same size with no ridges.

Common weak strike or damage, no extra value.

Chyna Pearson said...

I have 1981 U.S quarter without ridge im just curious.

Man said...

1981 U.S quarter without ridge

Worn or damaged, no extra value.

Alex Robinson said...

I have a 1991 with completely smooth edges and a slightly raised rim. It's pretty clear that it is not worn and it was made this way

Man said...

1991 with completely smooth edges and a slightly raised rim

Possible Finned Rim error, they stat at $50.00.

Unfortunately this can be faked, known as spooning.

Tam Guest said...

I found a wheat back penny and the AME is missing from AMERICA on the back it just says THE UNITED STATES OF RICA can you tell me anything about this coin?

Man said...

wheat back penny and the AME is missing from AMERICA on the back it just says THE UNITED STATES OF RICA

Struck through Grease error, no extra value.

Chris Lively said...

I have a 1988 p quarter smooth on edges also struck on collar so its missing partial collar and half of the R please email me chris2phere@gmail.com

Man said...

1988 p quarter smooth on edges also struck on collar so its missing partial collar and half of the R

About $50.00

Jonathan Delphia said...

I have a 2007 Montana quarter that's has no ridges it is smooth not worn down

Man said...

2007 Montana quarter that's has no ridges it is smooth not worn down

Damage, no extra value.

Ralphysierra116@gmail.com said...

1994 quarter with no ridges

Man said...

1994 quarter with no ridges

Damage no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I found a 1968 quarter. It is super shiny raise rim, but the edges are absolutely smooth. I can see the 3 layers on the edge, nickel, copper, nickel color. Sorry I don't really know what quarters are made from. I doesn't appear to be damaged. The quarter looks to be in great condition. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

1988 P quarter has ridges but also has an indented groove all the way around. no copper .
thx

Man said...

1968 quarter. It is super shiny raise rim, but the edges are absolutely smooth. I can see the 3 layers on the edge, nickel, copper, nickel color. Sorry I don't really know what quarters are made from. I doesn't appear to be damaged. The quarter looks to be in great condition.

Classic spooning damage. Someone polished it to make jewelry but stopped.
Damage no extra value.

Man said...

1988 P quarter has ridges but also has an indented groove all the way around. no copper

Plated, damage no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1999 new jersey D quarter with no ridges. the ridges are not worn off and the quarter is also thicker that other quarters.

Anonymous said...

I have a 2005 Kansas State quarter. The rim is raised on both sides. It appears that no ridges were in printed. Where the ridges should have been you can see that the scoring is half copper colored and half steel colored. Any idea on worth?

Man said...

1999 new jersey D quarter with no ridges. the ridges are not worn off and the quarter is also thicker that other quarters.

Spooned, damage no extra value.

Man said...

2005 Kansas State quarter. The rim is raised on both sides. It appears that no ridges were in printed. Where the ridges should have been you can see that the scoring is half copper colored and half steel colored.

Spooned, damage no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have a raised 2002 Mississippi State quarter . The sides are smooth Looks like a collar , smaller then a regular size state .25. The outside lip of coin is raised up. On the raised up side there is 2 solid lines one of copper and one of nickle or silver. The Washington side around the lip is slightly golden, and the back Half is slightly discolored but slightly Yellow-ish won't a center more sliver or what can be said As a regular silver color center , any ideas, I can send pics too thanks

Anonymous said...

Side are smooth .. Like a ring. No ridges

Felicia White said...

I have a 1985 quarter that half of the rim looks copper and the copper part is smooth. The silver part is rigged. Is it worth anything? Thank you

Man said...

2002 Mississippi State quarter . The sides are smooth Looks like a collar , smaller then a regular size state .25. The outside lip of coin is raised up.

Could be a damaged or spooned coin which is done intentionally and has no extra value.

It may be a Die Cap error, these are worth extra but must be verified in hand.

Man said...

1985 quarter that half of the rim looks copper and the copper part is smooth. The silver part is rigged. Is it worth anything?

No, just worn.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1992 quarter completely smoothed edges. No signs of any edges were there.

Anonymous said...

I mean ridges and it's the same size as a normal quarter.

GILAD ZUCKERMAN said...

1 CENT 1980D NICKEL OR COPPER-NICKEL , IS NOT LISTED IN ANY CATALOG

1 CENT 1980D NICKEL OR COPPER-NICKEL REVERSE PHOTOGRAPH

1 CENT 1980D NICKEL OR COPPER-NICKEL OBVERSE PHOTOGRAPH

claude elmer said...

I have a 1984 D quarter it has several errors a upside down y for the L in liberty the right wing covers the Q in Quarter it says U TED States and a nick in front of his nose and smooth edge. Just curious to any clue?

Daniel Roden said...

I have a 2013 Mount Rushmore Quarter that has a smooth rim. Cant seem to find anything about it anywhere. It is definitely a DD error. The words Mount Rushmore have a line thru them as well. Nice coin to.

shawna sampson said...

1975 quarter
Completely smooth edges, can see layers.of metals
All of the letters are against the rim
Thanks!

Haley Box said...

I have a 1997 D quarter that is thicker than normal, no ridges on rim, and slightly raise around perimeter (like a little lip). Not worth anything? Just want to be sure before I throw it back in with the cash bag where I work!!

Anonymous said...

2004 Wisconsin quarter, smooth edge and raised rim on both sides?

Jstars stash said...

I have a 2000 dollar coin with a smooth edge, what would be the value of this dollar coin?

Man said...

1992 quarter completely smoothed edges. No signs of any edges were there

I mean ridges and it's the same size as a normal quarter.


Many reasons like wear and Grease Filled dies are possible but a smooth edge quarter holds no extra value.

Any coin struck out of collar(with no edges) would be deformed.

Man said...


1 CENT 1980D NICKEL OR COPPER-NICKEL , IS NOT LISTED IN ANY CATALOG


Must be weighed to know what type of error it could be.

Man said...

1984 D quarter it has several errors a upside down y for the L in liberty the right wing covers the Q in Quarter it says U TED States and a nick in front of his nose and smooth edge.

Sounds like damage and a Struck Through Grease error, no extra value.

Man said...

2013 Mount Rushmore Quarter that has a smooth rim. Cant seem to find anything about it anywhere. It is definitely a DD error. The words Mount Rushmore have a line thru them as well.

Sounds like this may have been struck out of collar, it needs to be verified but starts at $100.00

Man said...

1975 quarter
Completely smooth edges, can see layers.of metals
All of the letters are against the rim


Damaged, no extra value.

Man said...

1997 D quarter that is thicker than normal, no ridges on rim, and slightly raise around perimeter (like a little lip).

Damage, likely spooned or flatten around the edge in attempt to make a ring.
No extra value.

Man said...

2004 Wisconsin quarter, smooth edge and raised rim on both sides?

Damage, likely spooned or flatten around the edge in attempt to make a ring.
No extra value.

Man said...

2000 dollar coin with a smooth edge just $1.00

Michael Benavidez said...

2000 Virginia quater larger then a normal quarter.

Michael Benavidez said...

And smooth on sides

Michael Benavidez said...

It is larger on the sides and smooth also it is smaller in diameter then a normal quarter.

Man said...

2000 Virginia quater larger then a normal quarter...
...And smooth on sides...
...It is larger on the sides and smooth also it is smaller in diameter then a normal quarter.


Damage, likely spooned or flatten around the edge in attempt to make a ring.
No extra value.

Michael Benavidez said...

Its smaller than a normal quarter and larger in width.

Michael Benavidez said...

Its not damaged on the face where its indented on the circle by the indent press.

Man said...

Its smaller than a normal quarter and larger in width...Its not damaged on the face where its indented on the circle by the indent press.


An error where one side is blank is not possible.

The fact that the coin is smaller in diameter proves that it was altered.

Michael Benavidez said...

How could it be altered.

Man said...

How could it be altered.

When a coin is turned into a pendant one side is shaved or polished flat, this can be done by hand or a machine. To fit in a jewelers pendant the edge is pounded smooth.
This makes the coins diameter smaller but the width of the coin bigger.

At the mint this is never possible because the press is fixed at an exact width, depth, and diameter. A true error can only make the coin thinner and larger, called an Out of Collar Strike.

Coin metal is relatively soft an altered coin can be reshaped into anything yet look like it is brand new.
Hobo Nickels

Unknown said...

I have a 1991D and 1979D quarter with smooth edges just wanting to know

Man said...

1991D and 1979D quarter with smooth edges just wanting to

Damage or wear, no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have the same coin with the same issue

Man said...

I have the same coin with the same issue

Same cause natural wear, no extra value.

Unknown said...

I've got a quarter with smooth edges no riddges at all Rhode Island coin 2001 is it worth anything?

Man said...

a quarter with smooth edges no riddges at all Rhode Island coin 2001

Unless the coins is distorted or warped in some way this sounds like common damage, no extra value.

Anonymous said...

I have a 2015 quarter it's not damage it's even smaller then other quarters cause it hasn't been flattened to make the rim is there any value

Man said...

2015 quarter it's not damage it's even smaller then other quarters cause it hasn't been flattened to make the rim

No damaged, no extra value.

Unknown said...

I have a 1981 quarter that has smooth edges as if it were never reeded. There is no sign of wear around the edge and the two colors are very noticeable. Also the liberty runs up the side of the run as well as the year. Curious to know if you may have any info on this

Unknown said...

I also have a 97 D that is flat on both sides so no spooning, but the Washington side has no rim and it's perfectly even all the way around with a rounded edge the letters and numbers are fine so I don't believe it wear either.

Man said...

1981 quarter that has smooth edges as if it were never reeded. There is no sign of wear around the edge and the two colors are very noticeable. Also the liberty runs up the side of the run as well as the year.

Possible minor Off-Collar strike it adds little value, if the condition is mint state or higher maybe a few dollars.

Man said...

97 D that is flat on both sides so no spooning, but the Washington side has no rim and it's perfectly even all the way around with a rounded edge the letters and numbers are fine so I don't believe it wear either.

Possible Broadstrike Error, that said only an expert can judge in hand but it would affect both sides.
Partial Collar Strike is also possible.

Unknown said...

1980 Quarter, no ridges

Man said...

1980 Quarter, no ridges

Just like above, damage no extra value.

Unknown said...

I have a 1980 smooth edges p quarter is it worth anything


Unknown said...

2003 Illinois U.S. Quarter, D, without reeded edge. Any value beyond face?

John Miller said...

2006 nebraska quarter the back side is deep you can only see two layers the copper wraps around and hangs over the back just a little weight is dead nuts

John Miller said...

2006 nebraska quarter the back side is deep you can only see two layers the copper wraps around and hangs over the back just a little weight is dead nuts

Anonymous said...

I have a 1998 p quarter, on the reverse on the right wing of the eagle I noticed it has 7 feathers or wing tips, I looked at other quarters of that same year and mint mark and they all have 6 feathers or wing tips, is this an error?

Vickie Cummings said...

I have a quarter that I can't make out the year or any info on the outer rim of the head side. The last number of the year is a 6. The entire outer edge is flat.

Ron Woods said...

Hello. I have a 1998 p Jefferson Nickel that looks like an error to me. The edge has partial reeding, strange for a nickel. On the front and back, it is flat on the right side. 3 o'clock. I was told it was flattened in a vice.

Anonymous said...

I have a 2004 florida quarter with what feels like a lip with smooth ridges... Striking is very light... What is it worth?