One day in 1992, an older fellow walked into our coin shop in San Rafael, California. He was carrying a very small box of coins he wished to sell. Maybe there were just a dozen copper and silver coins. He said he worked in the Bank of America coin sorting and counting room in the 1940’s.
He was responsible for receiving bags of coins from the mint and putting them into rolls (or whatever the bank needed).
He said he saved any strange coin that was found. Now we were very curious to see what he had saved!
After a few minutes most of the coins turned out to be minor errors. But among the small number of coins were two Walking Liberty Half Dollars struck on Quarter planchets!
One of these coins is very rare, but to have two of them was amazing. Both weigh exactly 6.25 grams and have the dates 1942 and 1943. The 1942 dated coin has some machine grease and a cut on the back. Maybe this coin was stuck in a counting machine back in 1942 when it was found and saved. The pair are probably “S” mint coins, but there is no way to know for sure.
I have put these two coins away in my own collection and they continue to be fun to show people. I seriously doubt that a more exciting pair of errors coins will come into our shop anytime soon.