Can anyone explain this to me please

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by $char$, Jan 12, 2024.

  1. $char$

    $char$ New Member

    It is a 1980 P Jefferson nickel. I held on to it because of the black color. I have used some mild soap to see if the black washes away and it does not. I have no idea why it would be this color. I have heard of black beauties but those are all from the 40’s I think.
    I have had this coin quite a while and having insomnia tonight, going thru some of my coins I keep, I really looked at it and now I’m really perplex on wth is wrong with this thing? Idk if it’s a mint error or a circulated error.
    Monticello is a hot mess.
    I’m lost about it.
    Please help so I can get some sleep. Lol.

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Two words: Environmental damage.
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  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Three words
    Environmental Exposure Toning

    Clad coins and Nickels are composed of Cupronickel. It's a mixture of copper and nickel. The Copper will tone after long exposure to soil, sand, dirt and the elements.

    Here are many of my metal detected finds
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    There's no way to clean them once they are toned. It's permanent!
    And on your Nickel MONTICELLO has circulation wear and tear/hits.
    Now you can go to sleep!
    Rest well.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2024
  5. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Pay dirt . . . .

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  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Definitely damaged
  7. Jeepfreak81

    Jeepfreak81 Well-Known Member

    Yep I've got a bunch that look like this, pulled out of the ground metal detecting. I spend them
  8. Sting 60

    Sting 60 Well-Known Member

    Here is what a black beauty looks like. It is similar in color but shows no environmental damage like your coin.
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