Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Rachel Perez, Oct 22, 2019.
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@Rachel Perez A BB gun will do that I know as I was that knuckle head when I was a kid. I used to take really worn coins and use them as targets, mainly Lincoln’s as that was what I collected then and now. And no I don’t do that anymore.
@352sdeer when I was a kid with my crosman BB Rifle!
Someone used nic-a-date on this area.. It's a chemical that brings out the date....not a good thing.
Post Mint Damage. No mint errors.
Interesting. I have a few dateless buffalo nickels. Im familiar with iron and acid but never knew you could bring a date out like that. I can assume the nickel I have is worth a nickel and if I do that to it...it will still be worth a nickel. I suppose you find out how much it "could" have been? Damned if you do damned if you dont kind of thing???
Please see my very detailed guide on vinegar dating.
The reason this works is because I believe pressure stress on the nickel-copper alloy means that the metal with retain the density difference, even under the surface. A weak acid will eat away the surface at a uniform rate per unit density. Since the density of the date and the surroundings are not the same, the less dense areas will be eaten away first, leaving the more dense (aka dated) areas to be eaten away later.
I have sold some Buffalos usually worh $25+ in the $5-8 range. Vinegar dating brings the saleable value of the coins to LESS THAN POOR.
So, not a great option, but if you have somethiing with absolutely no date then you really can't hurt it. Worst case scenario you have a nickel worth $0.05. Best case scenario you have a key date worth $8.
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