Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Edsmoney, Aug 19, 2011.
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@Warren Pruitt ...you’re new, this is a 8 and a half yo thread. Get in the habit of looking at the thread dates before you post.
Why? Because a new thread will get you better and more responses. You need to post pictures, too.
So, ...pictures?…in a new thread?…Spark
Because.... Sometimes you feel like a nut... And sometimes you don't.
Paddyman must be a Brazilianaire! (Goes with the previous "Waxing" thread.
Just Environmental toning damage.
Warren, Paddy basically answered everyone's confusion about this in post #13,
by showing most are environmentally damaged, and a true copper nickel which was accidentally minted on a copper cent planchet.
Now on to your nickel. You say it weighs 5 grams. Does it stack with other nickels?
Are the rims full and complete? Here is why. Foreign coins are specifically designed to have different weight and circumferences from US coins. If your coin was struck on a foreign planchet, it would have to be SMALLER than a US nickel, as there shouldn't be any foreign coins the same size and weight (possible but unlikely)
and only the same size coin or SMALLER will fit into the nickel coining press.
So, it's around 100% that you only have a nickel. Try and do some research, and see if the US mint was minting 5 gram copper coins for any countries that year.
And which mint it came from. (Denver, Philly etc.) There are lists for what foreign coins the US mint was contracted to produce. If they didn't make any that year,
or if there aren't any of that size, how did the 5g copper planchet get there?
It didn't and couldn't.
US nickels are 75% copper and 25% nickel. (Except war nickels.)
This alloy is melted together and it is the nickel that gives it the whiter color.
Copper is reactive to air, water, soil, chemicals, pollutants, etc. Often these coins are dug up metal detecting finds. When they become environmentally damaged, toned, rusted, they can take on the appearance of a coppery color. That's all.
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