Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Kathymarie3392, Nov 12, 2019.
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My best guess is to completely agree with @-jeffB's assessment. The incuse, backward lettering is the result of a Buffalo nickel having been stuck to that... whatever it is. It left a negative impression in the concretion. Did a second coin (the Buffalo nickel which left that impression) come up in the hole?
If not, I'd go back and recheck that hole, because it looks to me as though that happened as a result of the concretion forming over time in the ground, with two coins (this mystery coin and the Buffalo nickel) lying up against one another.
It would be interesting to know what's underneath that crust. Probably another nickel. Maybe it's another Buffalo. But the "backwards Buffalo" is simply a casting made of the dirt/clay the coin(s) lay buried in. A ghostly impression, in other words.
I wouldn't clean the crust off, though- it's kind of cool the way it is. Then again, on the other hand, curiosity about identity of the crusty coin would get to me...
PS- I'm guessing the non-crusty Buffalo nickel shown in the picture was not dug, but was merely included in the picture for context?
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