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Post  roddie on Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:05 pm

I keep a zip-seal bag of coins in the car for misc. needs, like tolls or coin-operated tire inflators. The latter was the case today. I usually notice when the edge of US minted quarters/dimes are solid silver.. and save them because they're old. I usually check the year right away. This one was 1960... on one side (my birth-year..) To my surprise.. George is also on the opposite side with a 1964 year.






A few minutes research on the internet proved that this is a novelty-coin.. albeit an old one. It's apparently impossible for U.S. minted coins to be produced this way because of how the die-halves mate together. I read that they're made by; one of two coins being hollowed-out.. and the other is shaved thin to fit inside it.

I like it though.. and will keep it as a memorial to my cousin. He was born in 1964.. and died in 1996. We were the 1st two grandchildren on my mom's family's side.
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Post  KariFS on Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:23 pm

That's a cool piece.

Just remember always to call heads when you flip it Wink
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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:50 pm

Cool, I wonder how long that has been floating around in circulation?
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Post  pkrankow on Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:52 pm

That is awesome! Novelty or not that is still pretty darn cool.

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Post  RknRusty on Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:03 pm

Yeah, interesting too.

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Post  getback on Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:41 am

Nice!! Hey man when you were looking did they say a penny was ever made that way ? I had a penny one time that was only 1/2 like the other was never put on (together) had a lip as you mentioned >> Thanks to some friends that stold my coin collection I no longer have it > I was a teen when I found it < Eric Babe Bee
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Post  roddie on Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:32 am

getback wrote:Nice!! Hey man when you were looking did they say a penny was ever made that way ? I had a penny one time that was only 1/2 like the other was never put on (together) had a lip as you mentioned >> Thanks to some friends that stold my coin collection I no longer have it > I was a teen when I found it < Eric Babe Bee

Hi Eric, I don't know much about minting or novelty coins.. What I know now; I mostly learned yesterday on the web. The quarter-dollar I found, could have been made much later than the dates appearing on it. If you search eBay, they're fairly common.. and don't sell for much more than $10 (U.S.)

At some point in time, the U.S. Treasury started to add a copper core to .10, .25, .50 and $1.00 coins.. because of the cost of silver. I don't think any are made with precious metals anymore. Pennies are now copper-anodized aluminum. A roll of old (solid-copper) pennies is worth a lot more than .50 in copper weight these days. I wouldn't doubt that all U.S. minted coins are probably made of aluminum.. unless they're a special commemorative/collector-series release, where the metal's purity is stated in a certificate.
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Post  getback on Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:38 am

Thanks Roddie , iwas just wondering as you had done some reading on it and I didn't want to look for it since I don't have it lol Eric
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