Friday, May 24, 2013

Holographic Quarter

Have a holographic quarter and want to know its value?

Found this rainbow hologram quarter in my change and at first I thought it was laser etched. On closer inspection I saw it was flaking and realized it was enameled. This is a fake collectible sold outside the U.S. mint.

 Every angle shines like the rainbow giving it a false hologram look. Reminds me of the rainbow seen in oil slicks.

Notice the peeling enamel coating on the highest points of the design.

 The front is normal and unaltered.

The technique used to make these is simple. A thin layer of clear enamel, like nail polish, is applied to the design of the coin. Like most iridescent or opalescent nail polish the initial look is spectaular in hand but begins to chip after a while.

Currently you can get these from third party collectible sites for about $4.00 each, the more you buy the cheaper they become. Of course I strongly advise against it. They have no value and are considered damage even if the paint is removed. The chemicals tends to leave microscopic damage on the coins surface that will reveal over time.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Cents-Olympic / United States
Year: 2011-D
Mintage: 30,600,000
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel
Value: $0.25 in F-12

Do you have a coin from America 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.

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

Man said...

And 4 years later to the day more of these aftermarket collectable coins are still being found...Reddit: I got a holographic quarter in my change!.