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Coin Grading: NGC Recognizes “Spitting Eagle” 1983-P Quarters

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that it will now attribute the “Spitting Eagle” variety of 1983-P Washington Quarters. The variety is identified by a die clash—a raised line caused by the two dies coming in contact without a planchet—near the mouth of the eagle on the reverse. Its location makes it appear that the eagle is spitting.

This variety is reminiscent of the famous 1891-CC VAM-4 Spitting Eagle Morgan Dollar, which features a small die defect near the eagle’s mouth. The 1891-CC Spitting Eagle is listed in the Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties.

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Die clashes are seldom seen on modern US coins because improved production practices have led to greater uniformity of coins from a particular date and mint. These varieties are popular with many modern coin collectors who seek examples of these anomalies. The similar “Speared Bison” 2005-D Jefferson Nickel, for example, is ranked 80 in the 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins.

The 1983-P Spitting Eagle Washington Quarter will appear in the online NGC Census and VarietyPlus® attribution catalog beginning on July 23.

Numismatic Guaranty Company
Numismatic Guaranty Companyhttps://www.ngccoin.com/
NGC was founded in 1987 and has become one of the largest third-party grading services. Their parent company is the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG).

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  1. I have a 1983 p quarter and they said that they r worth more information on this matter issue , what other information do you have just the spitting image of the eagle I was told that it was off print please let me know about the status thanks

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