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1982 Philadelphia American quarter rim?

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Poor quality control was the rule, not the exception, at the Philly Mint in 1981-83. Try to find yourself a well-made, problem-free 1982-P quarter, and that will be worth saving.

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   As I understand it, the obverse ("heads" side) die was slightly slanted in the coinage press, causing the impression of a doubled rim on the left side of coins it struck.  The outer rim was created by the "collar", the metal ring that surrounds the blank as it is being struck, and the inner rim by the edge of the die hitting the blank at an angle. (It also appears that the extra stress on the die caused a small piece to break out of the die between "B" and "E".) These are minor and fairly common errors on coins of that period (due to the quality control issues mentioned by Mr. Lange), and the coin is not valuable.  If you find it interesting, however, you should keep it.

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