25% Off-Center Buffalo Nickel. Full Date, Mint State, and it's a Beauty.

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by JCro57, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    I am just hoping that isn't a staple scratch on his face that goes horizontally and instead is on the holder. If so, I will have to return it. I am perfectly fine with everything else, including along the rims. Fingers crossed! MS65 by NGC.
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  3. 2manyhobbies

    2manyhobbies Well-Known Member

    That's a beauty!
  4. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    That is sweetness!
  5. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Wow. They often use a certain percentage, but it seems if you look/ measure the area affected it's more than that. I think, if this was 30-35% they use 25% because it's at least that much.
    If the staple scratch is not deep enough, sometimes it is OK.
    If it digs in and you can see shiny metal underneath, that's bad.
    This one seems very minor.
    Is there a gouge on the feather?
  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    If it was NGC would of given it a Details label
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  7. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    That's what I was thinking.

  8. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    If that is a "gouge" or an indentation from an object, I do not consider that significant. The placement of it also, again if it is an indent/gouge, is forgivable. Should it be on his nose, or the date, or his forehead...that would be a problem for me.
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  9. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    A staple scratch - light or deep - is the worst defect on a coin, in my opinion. Worse than fingerprints, hairlines from improper cleaning, discoloration. I am not forgiving in my collection. Either way, I will return it should it be a staple scratch.
  10. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    Joe, it's possible it's a die crack across
    the face, and not a scratch.

    Can't tell for sure from the photo, but I
    believe I've seen a crack like that on
    earlier Buffs in the time period.
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Cool coin! Maybe just a scuff on the plastic.

    (Assuming that's pre-prong NGC plastic. If so, it's refreshing to see a coin without those gnarly white fangs intruding into the photos.)
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  12. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Nice off-center, with a lot of planchet showing.
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Nice find. Why don't we find more off-center Buffalo nickels?
  14. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

    Wow, nice pick-up, Joe! I would love to have one like that in my herd.
  15. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    @Fred Weinberg is correct. It is a slight die crack that is only visible at the angle shown. Your knowledge and experience never ceases to amaze me!
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