c. 1965 TWO-TAILED WASHINGTON QUARTER
1. NGC MS-63. Holder #1629685-001
Technical data on the coin:
The coin weighs 5.64 grams
or 87.10 grains and is of clad composition (75 CU, 25 NI on pure
For descriptive purposes,
the side facing up in the NGC holder is SIDE A and the side on the back of
the holder is SIDE B.
SIDE A is semi-PL in
appearance and shows signs of clash marks from Washington's head evident
on both wings. The die is a mid-die state having been lightly polished to
reduce the clash marks.
SIDE B is frosty in
appearance but from a heavily worn and polished die. A lot of the detail
is missing due to severe die polishing. Most of the feather detail is
missing and the right wing tip is virtually polished out. This is surely
the result of a clash die which is still partially evident on the right
wing. There are two prominent die cracks; one runs down the left wing and
the other is located at 2:00 running from the rim through the first A of
AMERICA. The die alignment is the correct with no rotation.
Images courtesy of Numismatic
This unique mule combines the
reverses of two "Clad" Quarter Dollars.
"This is the first time
in history that a coin with two reverse sides has been found to be a
genuine mint product. It is an amazing coin to view. You keep wanting to
flip it over and over. I'm sure that we will be getting a lot of calls
from people owning magicians coins saying that they have also found one.
This coin is not a magicians coin, but it is magic!" said David J.
Camire, NGC mint error specialist. "The coin, although it does not
bear a date, was determined to be circa 1965 based on the study of known
hubbings from the period. Magicians/Novelty coins with two heads or two
tails are normally made by splicing two halves of a coin together. Close
examination of these coins will usually reveal a seam either on or along
the edge where the coin was pieced together. Additionally, these
fabrications will usually not be of the proper weight. It is a UNIQUE item
that will be sure to draw a lot of attention."
-- David Camire, Error Specialist at NGC
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