Magnetic nickel

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Wendyru, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. Wendyru

    Wendyru New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if I could have some opinions on this nickel. The color and toning are even all over. No dark, or rusty spot's. No places that looked messed with to make it a magician coin. It weighs 4.68. it does look like maybe it has some clashing? Not that it would cause it. But why is this nickel magnetic? It sticks to a magnet, all over, and on both sides. Thanks for reading, I appreciate any help!

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  3. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Well, nickels are magnetic, but there isn't enough in a regular nickel
    (25% nickel and 75% copper) to stick to a regular magnet. Canadian dimes and nickels which have a higher % of nickel will stick to a magnet.
    Your coin is a silver war nickel which doesn't contain any magnetic metals.
    56% copper 35% silver and 9% manganese.
    Metals that are magnetic are iron, nickel and cobalt. Steel is magnetic because
    it is made of iron.
    No idea what is going on with your coin.
  4. Wendyru

    Wendyru New Member

    Thx, me either lol. I thought about a Canadian coin, but none where made in Philly until the 60s, right? And during the time this one was minted, there's weren't magnetic I didn't think. And of course weight still would be off. But thank you very much, I appreciate you reading and commenting back!
  5. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    You are correct, Canada nickels were not magnetic in 1943. They were made from Tombac 88% copper 12% zinc. They weighed only around 4.5g and weren't round that year. It is 12 sided. 1943Canada.jpg

    I have looked at my list of US minted world coins for 1943 and haven't found a magnetic one that is close to the weight of your coin. Is your coin the same diameter as a US nickel?
  6. MeowtheKitty

    MeowtheKitty Well-Known Member

    Could it be one of those fake nickels? Meow recalls reading someone made quite a few of them a long time ago.
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  7. Chuck_A

    Chuck_A Well-Known Member

    How bizarre? 1943 steel cents are magnetic however that would seem impossible for the nickel to be associated with it, maybe a counterfeit silver war nickel?
  8. TuckHard

    TuckHard Well-Known Member

    Quite interesting and I really have no idea how it could have happened. If there aren't any foreign coins produced by the US mint that are close in size then I'd have to lean towards a contemporary counterfeit I suppose. Very interesting, however.
  9. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The coin appears to be a normal circulated silver war nick.
    I would be more suspicious of the "magnet". If the magnet is not yours,
    then someone is just doing some trickery with that. If the magnet is yours,
    you can always test the nickel for metal content.
    First weigh it. If it is 5.0 it's most likely a normal war nickel.
  10. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    If you don’t have a local coin shop, a local jewelry store could weigh it if you cannot. Don’t let them test it because they will scratch the edge.
  11. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    How does it "ring" if dropped on a solid surface? Could be a magician coin, split and with a steel disc glued inside so that it will stick to a magnet glued inside a hollowed out quarter or whatever.
  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's a normal well circulated war Nickel.
  13. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    Are Henning nickels magnetic? I checked all my War Nickels and none stuck to a magnet. Allegedly there is another year of Henning nickels that hasn't been discovered yet. I don't have a Henning to check if it is magnetic or not. Will be interested to see the weight of OP's Nickel.

    Another thought is that the OP's Magnet could be a Neodynium (sp?) magnet.....much stronger type of magnet.
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  14. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Scratching the edge of this coin is not going to damage it any further.
    I am not sure of the Henning composition. It probably was some kind of inexpensive pot metal. Posters here will know if they are magnetic or not.
  15. Chip Kirkpatrick

    Chip Kirkpatrick Well-Known Member

    It’s haunted.
    When my wife and I married in’76 smoke detectors were a novelty and we received one as a wedding gift and I hung it in our kitchen. Before long it began to beep all the time and I replaced the batteries several times before taking it down and removed the batteries from the unit. Obviously it was defective and I planned to return it for a new one.
    BUT IT KEPT BEEPING!!! God’s truth! It was in the trunk of my car for a couple of weeks and every 2-3 minutes it went off. when we returned it store owner kept telling me what happened was impossible. He was holding it with the battery hatch removed when it went off. He threw it down and jumped back. He looked like he had seen a ghost. He told us to go get another one and we never had another issue. But it sure was strange
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  16. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    That's a weird one, all right.

    When people want to plate coins with another metal, they'll often start by plating on a layer of nickel. That pure nickel is attracted to magnets. But yours looks like it's the standard war-nickel color; it doesn't appear to be plated with anything.
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  17. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Shouldn't matter. But now I need to remember when I get home to experiment with war nickels and some old hard-drive magnets I've got, which are a good deal stronger than any retrieve-lost-screws magnet on a stick.
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  18. Wendyru

    Wendyru New Member

    Yes. I don't have any fancy equipment to measure or anything, but when I bought it, it was in one of the little round plastic containers.kointainers or whatever you wanna call them. But it was the nickel sized one, it's fits and no extra room or anything
  19. Wendyru

    Wendyru New Member

    I thought those were from 1944 with no mint mark?
  20. Wendyru

    Wendyru New Member

    I've tried several magnets, it sticks to them all. It weighs 4.68. thank you for you time!
  21. Wendyru

    Wendyru New Member

    I weighed it, it's 4.68
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