Among the more unusual consignments at Heritage’s auctions held
before and during the 2017 Florida United Numismatists convention in
Fort Lauderdale was the Blue Angel Collection of error 1976
Bicentennial Washington quarter dollars, Kennedy half dollars and
These were struck in 1975 and 1976 and each carries the dual-date of
1776-1976. The distinct reverse designs make them popular as type
coins and the collection’s three dozen error coins represent a variety
of examples of how things can go wrong in the minting process.
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Here is one of three we profile in this Market Analysis series:
1976 Washington quarter dollar, obverse struck
through cloth, MS-66
While the Blue Angel Collection of Bicentennial Errors contained
several very expensive pieces — including a 1976-D Kennedy half dollar
with a deep die cap and brockage that realized $5,170 — there were
many more accessible, but still dramatic errors.
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A 1976 Washington quarter dollar struck through cloth on the
obverse, graded MS-66 by NGC, realized $881.25.
quarter: The Washington quarter dollar, which has been
circulating since 1932, was born out of the Treasury Department's
desire to produce a coin to mark the bicentennial of the birth of
the first president of the United States. How much
are Washington quarters worth?
The struck-through error type occurs when something comes between a
die and a planchet during the striking process. In this case a
polishing cloth was the likely culprit, but sometimes the intruder is
wire or even wood. While struck through errors can be common when the
intrusion is minor, this one was severe, with the cloth veiling more
than half of the obverse, resulting in a textured, ghostly impression
of Washington’s head.
More Bicentennial Error Coin Analysis:
What a double-struck
Kennedy half dollar with an obliterated bottom half sold for:
Error coins with off-center multiple strikes are popular because
they’re impressive and easy to understand.
This recently sold 1976
Eisenhower dollar error is weird but desirable:
This is what happens when a planchet intended for a Washington
quarter dollar gets mixed in with Eisenhower copper-nickel dollar