Copper Nickel, I'm confused. Any feedback appreciated

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Coinnion, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. Coinnion

    Coinnion New Member

    I've had this 2010 P Nickel for a couple of years now. Not sure what to make of it since it looks to be copper. It weighs 4.86 grams, not the regular 5 grams for modern nickels. It's thinner than a regular modern nickel. Any feedback appreciated.

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  3. Coinnion

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  4. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Looks like a 'ground find' with environmental damage. Might account too for the weight being a tad off........
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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Definitely environmental damage
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  6. Coinnion

    Coinnion New Member

    So it's common damage... It will also make the coin thinner than other's, even though no altered image? Thanks for feedback
  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Yes, it’s a spender
  8. Snowman

    Snowman Senior Member

    a lot of coins like yours are found with a metal detector and usually "brown" up

    being in the ground over time is sometimes acidic making coins smaller and lighter
  9. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Here are some of my metal detected examples of Nickels with environmental exposure toning..
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    Also occurs on clad coins. Clad is composed of Cupro-Nickel which is what nickels are made of.
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  10. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

    Environmental damage as all the others have said. The composition of nickels and the outer clad layers are 75% copper and 25% nickel, so leaching and copper enrichment of the surfaces can occur under certain conditions

    In addition, the tolerance spec for nickels is 5.00 gms +/- 0.194 gms, so your nickel is within the normal weight range.
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  11. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Oh.. Over the years I have dumped hundreds of my detected coins into Coinstar machines. You might have received one that went back into circulation :dead:
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  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    That’s funny but with what you’ve found over the past 7 years that I’ve been a CT member that is an understatement. :)
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