Is this a 1912-S Nickel

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by serdogthehound, Jan 25, 2022.

  1. serdogthehound

    serdogthehound Well-Known Member

    So a few years back I bought 100 junk V nickels just for fun.

    The lot had most dates, no keys or so I thought. I turned over this 1912 and found a mint mark. Now even a Denver minted coin is cool so I put to the side. The more I looked at the mint mark the more it looked like a S.

    I've compared it to similar graded examples on Heritage and other sites the the mint mark seems to match.

    San Francisco or not it as been a fun coin to deal with but the mint mark could be added or a D maybe?

    1912-S 1.jpg 1912-S 2.jpg I am thinking of submitting it to PCCG or NGC but thought I would ask here first since I don't have collectors locally to ask and I know no one bites here ;). I am always think in must be a denver because that is just so much more likely
     
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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Looks more like a D to me I suggest not sending it in.Even if it is an S in that condition value wise you would basically be breaking even.Just keep the coin the way it is,sure did serve its time well.
     
  4. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I’m thinking it’s a D.
     
  5. GH#75

    GH#75 Trying to get 8 hours of sleep in 4. . .

    I think it might be an S because you can kind of see in-between the space that appears to be the curvatures on an S. And on a closer look, I can almost see the S. I don't see a D though. Try looking at it at an angle, or soaking it in acetone or using MS70 (coin cleaner) to remove the bit of dirt in that area. But if you chose to use MS70, use a Q-tip and just dab the area so it doesn't scratch it. It should be able to get it off pretty easily.
    Good luck.
     
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  6. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I am leaning towards an S MM. Although searching thru some G-04. I could see it as a tossup with the grader. All the MM placements are pretty well placed in the same location
     
  7. UncleScroge

    UncleScroge Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, it looks like an S to me.
     
  8. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    I vote for S.
     
  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Upon first glance, I'd say an S.
     
  10. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    A nice clear close-up of just the MM would help us all. I am leaning toward S.
     
  11. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Really hard to say. That lower left tail looks long even for an S, but it does look like there's an indentation on the right side. I think it looks a little more like an S than a D, but I'd want to put all the magnification on it that I can. Also oblique lighting, to highlight relief and make it easier to distinguish from the blotchy toning.
     
  12. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    From a couple of PCGS pictures...

    12S.jpg 12D.jpg

    With OP's...

    1912-S 2.jpg
     
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  13. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    I say S. There is some curvature at the bottom of the OP's MM and the D MM is flat/straight.
     
  14. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Looks to me like it resembles the S ever so slightly more than the D. I wouldn't put my own money on it, though, at least not from these photos.

    I sure wish the Mint had taken a little more care to design mintmarks that would remain distinguishable when worn.
     
  15. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald Well-Known Member

  16. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    My gut feeling, honestly, is that it's a Denver mint mark that's taken a hit (either unintentional or otherwise.)
     
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  17. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht/Longacre Enthusiast

    I'm feeling D. Right side of the mintmark looks too round to be an S.
     
  18. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Yes, to S. No, I would not send it in. Thanks for sharing
     
  19. Stevearino

    Stevearino Well-Known Member

    I'm going to flip a coin, because I've waffled back and forth between S and D ever since it was first posted. It came up tails, S. (But I really think it's a D).

    Steve
     
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  20. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Glad to somebody's got some backbone!
     
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  21. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Hoping it’s a S
     
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