1998-P Washington Quarter
Pre-State Quarter (Eagle Reverse)
Multi-Struck on End of Feeder Finger
NGC MS 65
In 1999 I discovered a small group of U.S. coins struck on aluminum scrap. These were unknown to the numismatic community since this was a new type of major mint error. This group contained a few State Quarters, one Kennedy Half, one SBA Dollar, several Sacagawea Dollars and one pre-state quarter (eagle reverse). After a tour of the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, it was determined that the minting process had changed to some degree. One of the changes was that "feeder fingers" were used during the striking of all denominations of U.S. coins. Coins from all modern denominations have been discovered that were struck on the tips of these feeder fingers.
Offered here is the only known pre-state quarter with the eagle on the reverse, multi-struck on the end of a feeder finger. It is larger than the diameter of a Half Dollar, twice as thick, shows two ends of the feeder finger, is fully struck and in gem mint state condition. There is one other pre-state quarter with an eagle reverse, struck on a small piece of feeder finger scrap. It is dated 1993, is very small, not dramatic and does not show any part of the feeder finger tip.
There are approximately 40-50 State Quarters struck on feeder fingers. U.S. coins struck on feeder fingers have sold in Heritage auctions for as high as $10,925 for a Sacagawea Dollar and $8,050 for a Madison Dollar. I sold the SBA Dollar feeder finger for $10,000 and two of the State Quarters for $8,000 each. This specific pre-state quarter multi-struck on a feeder finger is exciting since it is the only known full-size pre-state quarter and is many times rarer than a State Quarter struck on a feeder finger.
This unique mint error was featured in my NLG Award winning book, World's Greatest Mint Errors:
I discovered this first group of U.S. Coins struck on feeder fingers: