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Salt river bay "weak letters"

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  • Salt river bay "weak letters"

    In a roll of new Salt river bay P quarters I found a few that have weak lettering in the word "STATES". The abnormalities were not consistent and I attached photos of 2 examples here. Is this an example of a filled die? If this coin were to be graded would it suffer in the strike category of the grading scale?
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    This very much looks like it was struck through grease. Since grease is somewhat viscous, and also may have tiny particles of contaminants in it, it can move a bit between strikes. That could account for the inconsistencies you mention. I personally couldn't think of any reason for a coin like this to be graded. It would be a waste of money. If it were, that area could result in a hit in the striking category.
    Bob Piazza
    Lincoln Cent Attributer


    • #3
      Thanks Bob! I just rejoined for year 2 of my membership and thanks to you and other members help, things are starting to come into focus for understanding coin defects.


      • #4
        Loving to hear that things are coming into better focus to you. That is one of our primary purposes here and it actually does our hearts good to see someone learning from all this. Thanks for the kind words.
        Bob Piazza
        Lincoln Cent Attributer