Let's take last things first. The missing elbow and hair details are
undoubtedly due to a filled die. Various kinds of crud end up
getting impacted into the recess of the die, which naturally weakens
or eliminates the corresponding features on the coins.
The funny color may be due to "copper wash". It has been claimed
that copper-nickel (or in this case, Cu-Ni clad) planchets that are
left in a chemical rinse too long will pick up free copper ions from
However, state quarters have emerged over the last four years
sporting almost every color of the rainbow, plus some: copper, brown,
red, orange, yellow, gray, black, green, pewter, purple, and I've
probably left some out. Most of these colors cannot be accomodated
by the copper wash hypothesis, which leaves open the possibility that
even the copper-colored ones acquired their tint from some other
What that source is is anybody's guess.
A dull finish, sometimes tinted and sometimes normal-colored, has
also been a frequent occurrence. Again, the cause is unknown.
Whether the dull finish and odd colors are related is unclear.
Sometimes the strangely colored ones are shiny and sometimes they're
Minor filled die errors are common and do not carry much of a
premium. Likewise, oddly colored quarters are not that valuable,
although I have seem some of them reach inexplicably high prices in
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<purdy_grn_iiis@y...>" <purdy_grn_iiis@y...> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm new to this site and also new to collecting. I just
> 2 Illinois P & D $25 Mint Bags from the U.S. Mint. The P mint was
> absolutely beautiful bright shiny coins, BUT the D mint bag was
> a surprise to me. ALL and I do mean ALL of the coins were dull like
> matte finish. They also have a light coppery hue to them. $18.50 of
> the $25 have errors. On about $12 of them they ALL have the EXACT
> crack over Washingtons eye (like a scar). Most are missing elbows,
> ship...Washington is even BALD in one..ha/ha. Many, many more
> all through this bag. Any ideas as to what has happened here and if
> have anything of value? Your help would greatly be appreciated.