Double Denomination & Dual Date
By Mike Byers for Mint Error News ……
This is the only known Proof Bicentennial quarter struck over a Roosevelt dime. In addition, it is a “dual date” since the dime is dated 1967, an amazing nine years apart!
1976 Proof Bicentennial quarters were struck at the San Francisco Mint. The 1967 dimes do not have a mint mark since they were struck at several United States branch mints. Struck as circulating coinage in 1967 at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, and struck as special specimen coins (SMS) to be included in the Special Mint Sets in San Francisco at the Mint.
Since no mint mark designates which U.S. Mint struck the 1967 U.S. dimes, the only way to determine if this 1967 dime was struck in San Francisco would be the special surface and strike on the SMS dimes. Since this dime was overstruck by Proof quarter dies for the 1976 Bicentennial quarter, no determination can be made.
1976 Bicentennial off-metal mint errors are very rare in every denomination struck for circulation. In Proof, they are prohibitively rare with only three Proof Bicentennial off-metal double denominations known on any denomination. There are two Bicentennial Proof quarters struck over struck cents known and now this just discovered and unique 1976-S Bicentennial quarter struck over a struck 1967 dime.
For comparison purposes, in a Heritage auction, an NGC Mint State 64 Bicentennial quarter on a dime blank sold for $6,900 USD. Also in a Heritage auction, a Bicentennial quarter struck on a struck dime in PCGS Mint State 62, sold for $9,200. Jon Sullivan, a coin dealer specializing in mint errors, sold the only known Bicentennial quarter struck on a dime blank in PCGS Proof 67 in the low five-figure range.
Proof coins are struck by technicians who hand feed the blanks into special presses. They are produced, examined and packaged using extreme quality control. It is very unusual to find major Proof errors. A few broadstrikes, off-centers, double strikes (in collar) and off-metals have been known to be found in sealed proof sets. Proof errors are aggressively sought after by many error collectors.
A very small group of Proof errors recently came from a collection that was auctioned by the State of California. The U.S. Secret Service inspected and released this collection to the State of California determining that it was legal to own. The State of California then auctioned the collection and it has been dispersed since the sale.
This unique mint error offered here was just discovered and was authenticated and certified Proof 67 by NGC. It is unique and is a significant discovery for several important reasons. It is the only known Bicentennial quarter struck over a struck dime in proof. It is also a “dual date” Bicentennial 1976-S quarter overstruck on a 1967 dime, nine years apart. It was either struck in Philadelphia or Denver for circulation or San Francisco on a specially prepared SMS planchet.
It was preserved in amazing condition with considerable detail remaining on both the obverse and reverse. The obverse design of the dime is mostly visible underneath the design of the obverse design of the quarter. The full date 1967 is clearly visible giving it a remarkable and dramatic look of the dual date 1976-S and 1967.
This discovery mint error is fascinating since it combines rarity (unique), quality (Proof 67), history (Bicentennial one-year-only design), intrigue (either struck in Philadelphia or Denver for circulation or in San Francisco as SMS) and mystery (nine years apart). This enigmatic and unique U.S. Proof mint error belongs in a major collection of the finest error coins or in a collection of Bicentennial coins.
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