Mint launched a program of issuing five new quarters a year, each commemorating a different U. Collecting fever ran high for the first few issues of these new coins, but as the years passed the demand for the annual offering of five new states quarters has dropped off. However, a 2005 event has served to spur interest in at least one of these coins, if not the entire series. An aberration has been noted on some of the Wisconsin quarters struck at the Denver Mint: some of these coins sport an extra leaf on the ear of corn displayed on its flip side.
Wisconsins design depicts an agricultural theme featuring a cows head, a hunk of cheese, and an ear of corn. Among the 453 million Wisconsin quarters minted over a two-week period near the end of 2004, a few thousand bearing a cornstalk peculiarity have surfaced. On some of the variant coins, an extra leaf on the ear is turned up; on others, the leaf is noticeably fatter than its siblings and points downward. Therefore, while a decidedly pleasant and somewhat monetarily enriching experience, happening upon one of these unusual coins in your pocket change will not be a life-altering event of the just won the lottery magnitude.
You are also unlikely to encounter one of these finds unless you live in Tucson, where it is estimated about 5,000 of them have turned up. Another fifty have been found in San Antonio. As to how the extra-leafed coins came to bear images different from the official die the Wisconsin quarters were to be struck from, this altered artwork appears to have been a deliberate act on the part of an unknown employee of the U. Numismatic experts believe the additional leaves were not the result of misstrikes of the official die, but of strikes made with altered dies. What prompted the alteration is as yet unexplained.
One theory speculates a Mint employee intent upon making his fortune from the sale of these unusual coins was responsible, yet that hypothesis seems to fly in the face of how coins are handled subsequent to manufacture. Another theory again assigns blame to an unknown Mint employee but removes the profit-seeking angle: it asserts the mystery engraver was a worker with a grudge.
Or he was someone bored with his day who looked to liven things up. Or he just wanted to see if he could do it, with the it being either producing an altered MInt-quality die or sneaking defective quarters past the system. Of this incident, the U.
Mint Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D. Said in a press release: The United States Mint is looking into the matter to determine possible causes in the manufacturing process. Any product you return must be in the same condition you received it and in the original packaging. Anyway, even though those dispelling internet articles are still out there, this has long been resolved, see the Snopes article below...
BACKGROUND SNOPES: Cornstalked Do some Wisconsin quarters contain a printing error that makes them especially valuable? CLAIM: Some new Wisconsin quarters contain a printing error that makes them especially valuable. TRUE ORIGINS: In 1999 the U. Among the 453 million Wisconsin quarters minted over a two-week period near the end of 2004, a few thousand bearing a cornstalk peculiarity have surfaced.
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