1996 P Quarter Error

Double Die Obverse: This error occurs when the obverse (front) of the quarter displays doubling of the design elements, caused by the die striking the coin multiple times in slightly different positions. 

Off-Center Strike: An off-center strike error happens when the coin is struck off-center, resulting in part of the design being missing or distorted. 

Die Cracks or Cuds: Die cracks are small cracks in the die that can transfer onto the coin during striking, while cuds are areas where parts of the die have broken off, leaving blank spots on the coin. 

Die Clash: A die clash occurs when the obverse and reverse dies come into contact without a planchet (blank coin) between them, leaving behind raised lines or marks on the coin's surface. 

Repunched Mintmark (RPM): In some cases, the mintmark (the letter "P" indicating the Philadelphia Mint) may be punched onto the coin more than once, resulting in multiple, overlapping mintmarks. 

Machine Doubling: Machine doubling occurs when the coin is struck by the die and then shifts slightly before being struck again, resulting in a doubling effect that is different from a true double die error. 

Die Polishing Lines: These are fine lines or scratches on the surface of the coin caused by the polishing of the die prior to striking. 

Personal Sentiment: While some may collect Bicentennial quarters for potential financial gain, others value them for sentimental reasons or as keepsakes of American history and heritage.