I’m looking for pictures of the “Extra Leaf” 2004-D Wisconsin
quarter dollars. How can I see photos of this variety online?
Mount Laurel, NJ
Typing “2004-D Wisconsin quarter,” “Extra Leaf High,” “Extra Leaf
Low” or a combination thereof into an Internet search engine (such as
Google or Yahoo) should provide a great number of results for anyone
seeking images of the Wisconsin quarter dollar variations.
This Coin World’s “Readers Ask” column illustrates the
two variations of the 2004-D Wisconsin quarter dollar (and a normal
coin) both in print version (shown above) and in the online version of
this article at the Coin World website www.CoinWorld.com.
Coin World first reported on the discovery of the Extra
Leaf High and Extra Leaf Low variations in its Jan. 10, 2005, issue.
Naturally, the appearance of the two leaf-like anomalies left
hobbyists wondering if it was an intentional design change on the part
of the Mint or an error.
Two weeks later, Coin World ran an article that quoted a
U.S. Mint representative as saying the extra leaves did not represent
a design change, but were “deep gouges in the blanks that did not
fully coin out.”
Over time, many numismatic researchers have offered varying
opinions as to the origin of the variants.
Regardless of how it happened, the coins continue to remain
popular with State quarter collectors.
I have an eighth edition “Red Book” with the name “John R Slusher”
imprinted on the lower right portion of the cover with matching gold
letters. What can you tell me about this?
West Milton, Ohio
Coin World contacted Kenneth Bressett, editor of Whitman
Publishing’s A Guide Book of United States Coins (otherwise
known in hobby circles as the “Red Book”) who said:
“To the best of my knowledge Whitman never made any personalized
imprints like the one described in this letter. Although the 8th
edition (1955) was slightly before my employment at Whitman (1959), I
think that I would have heard about such a practice if it ever happened.
“Furthermore, I do not think that they had equipment that would be
needed to imprint books in that fashion. My guess is that the Slusher
name was added by someone with a small hot-stamping press, as a
Readers who wish to provide further information on this particular
“Red Book” or others like it are welcome to contact “Readers Ask.”
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