Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Oct. 30 Rarities Night auction held during
the Whitman Baltimore Expo was led by the 1853 Collection, but also
included a variety of other numismatic items with fascinating stories.
Here is one of three coins from the auction we're profiling in this
week's Market Analysis.
1965 Washington quarter dollar, wrong planchet
error, About Uncirculated 53
The period between 1964 and 1965 was a busy time at the U.S. Mint as it
transitioned away from 90 percent silver dimes, quarter dollars and
half dollars, moving the first two to a copper-nickel clad composition
and the half dollar to a silver-copper clad composition (40 percent
silver). As a result, a few 1965 coins struck on planchets intended
for the pre-1965 90 percent silver issues are known. These are coveted
by collectors. The error type is also sometimes called a “wrong metal” error.
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This 1965 Washington quarter dollar is struck on a 90 percent silver
planchet and graded About Uncirculated 53 by Professional Coin Grading
Service. The lot description notes, “Brilliant silver surfaces with a
bit of light wear from a short time in circulation prior to it being
noticed as something special and saved.” A different example, graded
Extremely Fine 45, brought $5,462.50 at a September 2010 Heritage
Possibly the most noteworthy examples of wrong
metal/planchet errors are with the 1943 Lincoln cents struck on copper
alloy planchets rather than the zinc-plated steel planchets that were
used that year.
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Roach's Whitman Expo Market Analysis: