1996 Quarter missing clad?

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I see now how people say it's hard to capture color in pictures, but I did my best.

The coin on the left is a normal 1996D quarter, the middle one, though darkened, is copper colored  on both sides (and the side), while the right one is one of a few that are blackened for unknown reasons - dirty or whatever.

My question is on the middle one - definitely the color of a penny in the worn spots.  Does anyone think this is a missing clad coin and is it good or not good to clean it with some polish to see what happens?  There's my noob question.

Thanks in advance.


1. Obverse (normal quarter, question coin, random blackened quarter)

2. Reverse (same three)

3. Side (question coin, normal quarter)   *and I think the apparent thickness difference is just the image




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On 9/24/2019 at 8:07 AM, Greenstang said:

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Looks like environmental damage of some sort. You can still see some nickel showing through on the high spots. Sometimes by rubbing the coin, you can get the nickel to show through.

I think that's the picture not being good.  I'm adding another one to show that everything is copper colored...nothing shows nickel - even the big scratch on the top of the head.  The edge picture above also shows it somewhat. 


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1 hour ago, ZudenSterne said:

Great, thank you.  Should I clean it myself first to remove the dark finish?

Your coin has no collectible value, since it is stained/damaged, and is not missing a clad layer. I think it would be a waste of time and money to have it graded/authenticated. Of course, it is yours to do with as you please.

There are rare instances where a coin needs to be conserved, to remove a harmful substance, but, as a general rule, you should NEVER clean your collectable coins. It ruins the value, and, usually ruins the look.

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