Seeing Double - PCGS - Two Tails Washington Quarter Error

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) certified two extremely rare and unusual Washington Quarter errors in 2017.

The first is the third-known example of a two-tailed quarter likely struck in the 1965-1967 period. This piece, now graded PCGS MS62, was purchased by noted error specialist Fred Weinberg at the September 2017 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.

Keep in mind that while there are many two-headed or two-tailed coins in existence, nearly all are man-made “magician’s coins” made by sawing two coins in half and mating the matching parts. They will have a very different “ring” to them if dropped on a hard surface such as wood, metal or glass.

PCGS Certified Two-Tailed Washington Quarter“It’s always an honor to grade a great rarity and this genuine two-tailed quarter is certainly one of the rarest of all U.S. Mint errors,” stated David Hall, former President of Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT), parent company of PCGS.

The second piece is a 1968-S Proof Quarter, struck on a 90% silver planchet (Type 2, with upset rims) left over from 1964. While a few 1965 Silver Quarters are known (and a 1966 is rumored), it is the only known post-1964 Proof Silver Quarter.

1968-S .900 Silver Quarter ProofThis coin, now graded PCGS PR64, was also purchased by Mr. Weinberg at the September 2017 Long Beach Expo, and is accompanied by a July 1969 letter containing a spectrograph analysis confirming it is a 90% silver / 10% copper composition. Originally owned by well-known dealer Lyle Clark of California, this coin was purchased from Mr. Clark’s son.

Former PCGS President Don Willis noted at the time that the submission of these nearly unique and extremely valuable pieces underscores the high degree of confidence the market places in PCGS’s authenticity and grading opinions.

For information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.


 

32 COMMENTS

  1. Ive a 1996d washington quarter that only reads god we rust and opposite side united missing completely also rubbed smooth

      • The missing letters may be due to wear on the coin, wear on the die that was used to strike it, or a “filled die” error due to grease/crud that filled the indentations on the die.

        Circulation wear adds no value, die wear may or may not add any value, and filled dies may bring a slight premium depending on demand. In any case the coin would have to be examined in person by a numismatic expert.

  2. I have a 1965 Dollar I looked at the reverse side and noticed the left wing it has a strike from the smaller feathers all the way to the to of the wing as well as one of the smaller leaves are missing under the eagle. I don’t know if its something special or if its normal for it to look like that.

    • From what country? There are no 1965 US $1 coins. In fact there were no $1 coins struck from 1936 to 1970 inclusive.

  3. I have a 1998 washington quarter with a raised blotch on the left wing, left when looking at coin, the round blotch resembles a face, something similar to a pumpkin, I need help identifying what this anomaly is please

  4. 1967 quarter. Under the eagles right wing us a line or strike that extends from the chest area of the body to what I can see, to the top of the branch. Not shown on the quarters you have on this page. I would like to send you a picture of it.

  5. Hi I have a 1965 quarter that looks like error coin it has copper in the middle dye struck color and inverted coin for the side view as you look at it I think the coin looks like 3 pieces but it has a grove ridge middle look on the copper inside the coin I just found it also the side of the coin as a different ridge on the edge its different sizes but I have not drop it on the floor to test.

  6. i have a 1967 quarter that has like a extra leaf or something on the right wing curious about it any body no anything about this

  7. I HAVE A 1995 QUARTER THAT MISSING WASHINGTONS FACE COMPLETELY….I NEED HELP IN IDENTIFYING THIS RARITY IF THERE IS ONE…

  8. HELLO , I JUST FOUND A 1988 D QUARTER THAT HAS NO RIDGES ON THE DIAMETER AND HAS OBVIOUS DOUBLE STAMP FLAWS. ANY IDEA OF VALUE AS I PLAN ON SELLING IT A.S.A.P.
    I’M NEW, PLEASE BEAR WITH ME , THANK YOU FOR ANY AND ALL INPUT

    • No ridges is nothing but wear. It’s called post mint damage. Look for press and Westpoints in quarters. 2021 D die clashes etc

  9. I have a 1967 Quarter that looks like it has a D below the branches but above the R in quarter on the back side, but the D is real small. Is this a known error? I can take a picture of it and send it to you, so you can see what it looks like.

  10. Found a 1978 d Washington quarter with 3 images of George Washington’s face multiple other doubled and triple errors as well any ideas

    • It could be a multiple-strike error. This occurs when a blank sticks in the coin press and is struck more than once by the die. Regardless, it would have to be examined in person by someone with expertise in error coins.

  11. I HAVE A RHODE ISLAND QUARTER 2001, THAT HAS DISTINCT BUMP OUT OF SILVER ON EITHER SIDE OF THE COIN, SHINY SILVER BUMP OUT ON SAIL, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE HAS A SHINY SILVER BUMP OUT ON PRESIDENT’S FOREHEAD. IS THAT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE CONSIDERED AN ERROR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

    • It’s possible the proper terminology I believe you are looking for is a C.U.D it is the opposite of say an indentation,pardon me I cannot remember the proper term of the indentation but the Cud I believe,it comes from die cast with an error I believe ,I’m not expert but I suppose it can be from a planchet errors as well ,I’m a neophyte numismatist .Any one of the seasoned Veteran can easily tell you where and how they are made

  12. I have a 1966 quarter that looks like a sandwich looks like there is no copper color.. any ideas? The grooves on the sides are perfect but middle of coin is missing.

    • Check its weight. If it’s around 5.7 gm it’s a standard clad quarter. The most likely possibility is that when the coin was struck the press squashed a thin layer of the cupronickel cladding over the coin’s edge, covering the copper core. I’ve found a few of these; unfortunately they’re not considered to be special.

      There’s a VERY remote chance the coin is an off-metal error; i.e. struck on a planchet for a different coin in a different composition. If the weight is significantly different from 5.7 gm you should have it examined in person by a numismatic expert as it can’t be accurately evaluated from a posting.

    • From the article’s third paragraph:

      /* Keep in mind that while there are many two-headed or two-tailed coins in existence, nearly all are man-made “magician’s coins” made by sawing two coins in half and mating the matching parts. They will have a very different “ring” to them if dropped on a hard surface such as wood, metal or glass. */

  13. I just found a 1996 quarter that has what looks like a small bird in flight, wings wide open, located between the bottom of washingtons hair, and the y of liberty. I washed it in jewelry cleaner, brushed it real good. its still there.??????

  14. I found a 1967 quarter with no mint mark the y in liberty is big separation and on the back the on the right wing has a 7 struck on it has another 2 errors I was wondering if anyone would know what it is worth.

  15. I found a 1967 quarter that is flat surface was the end of Liberty is that. In more minor markings on the

  16. My uncle has a 1953 Penny that looks like a silver planchet Has been stamped Around it. Have you ever seen any of these?

  17. I got a 1956 D wheat cent,the back that says “E Pluribus Unum” ,on mine the s is a 3,E Pluribu3 Unum.has any1 ever heard or seen this type error on type/year coin???

  18. I have a 1964 double headed Washington silver quarter. Has the tell tale sign of the type 2 upset rim. No seam’s seen under microscopic magnification. I don’t have the funds to pay for the certification price grade premium PCGS wants. Therefore I hold the only know example of this coin. It was a Cherry pic from a coin shop.

  19. 1993 D with a die crack, and barely tell its a “1” in front of the 1993 also no “in god we trust”. Wondering if it would be worth having it graded??

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