Nic-A-Date Test

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by WoodenSpoon Boy, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. WoodenSpoon Boy

    WoodenSpoon Boy New Member

    I decided to go to the coin shop today and picked up a bottle of this stuff. I decided to experiment on a buffalo nickel I found in a roll a few weeks back.I was pretty impressed with the results. I put tape on the parts where I didn't want the date restorer to hit. I would recommend this product to whomever has a pile of these nickels sitting around. Why not make a nic-a-date collection? Its kind of fun to see what sort of date pops up.

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  3. Philly Dog

    Philly Dog Coin Collector

    Any Date is better then no date:eek:
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  4. hontonai

    hontonai Registered Contrarian

    What an astonishing reduction in overall eye appeal!
  5. WoodenSpoon Boy

    WoodenSpoon Boy New Member

    Was there any in the first place? I see others carving these things with Mohawks and hats . Whats wrong with bringing out the date
  6. LSM

    LSM Collector

    There's nothing wrong with bringing out the date. Dateless buffalo are only good for jewelry in my opinion. I have a friend that's been restoring dates on Buffalo's and using them as fillers in his collection.

  7. hamman88

    hamman88 Spare some change, sir?

    I use it all the time, I only put the smallest of drop on the last 2 digits to avoid the blotch.
  8. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    i've heard if you put those in vingar, it dosn't have the acid ring around it. i have a 189? v nickel i want to do the test to. i had a friend look at it and he thought it said 1894! i'll do the test to see if it is.:hammer:
  9. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    I have seen them where the entire coin, obv & rev is done.
    Nice details then
  10. WoodenSpoon Boy

    WoodenSpoon Boy New Member

    I guess i like keeping as much of the original coin intact:D
  11. modest9797

    modest9797 Member

    I tipically dont buy dateless coins, though I do have some sitting around. Where can I buy this, and how much will it cost?
  12. Ryan625

    Ryan625 Senior Member

    Does anyone know what the active ingredient is that makes the date appear? I would also like to know how much this costs.
  13. shortstack

    shortstack Senior Member

  14. nickelman

    nickelman Coin Hoarder

    Never have used Nic-a-date but I personnally think a dated coin has to be worth more than a dateless coin anyday. Although the coin is forever damaged but again if it ain't got a date what difference does it make that it has no damage??
  15. Coinlover

    Coinlover The Coin Collector

    i have a dateless buffalo soaking right now in vingar. i've had it in there for 4 days know and the oval shaped thing that the date is on is starting to appear a little bit to the right. i can't wait to see what date it is! it also has an s mintmark. i agree, if you show someone a dateless coin, they don't think as it as being an old coin. if it has a date they will know and think it is cool. i'd rather have a date on a old worn buffalo than a no date any day. thats why i soak them in acid.:smile
  16. Shortgapbob

    Shortgapbob Emerging Numismatist

    I agree. If you put the entire coin in the stuff, then it will look even and bring out details on the reverse, like the horn.
  17. Ryan625

    Ryan625 Senior Member

    does anyone know what the name of the acid is that makes it work?
  18. WoodenSpoon Boy

    WoodenSpoon Boy New Member

    the bottle says it contains "ferric-chloride"
  19. rotobeast

    rotobeast Old Newbie

    I would do this, as well.

    I think it would be fun doing this to dateless Buffs.
  20. Arizona Jack

    Arizona Jack The Lincoln-ator

    Hey, don't knock my mohawk nickels, lol, I make them at work when bored.

    I have a cpl rolls of dateless buffalos I bought on ebay I plan on nic-a-dating just out of curiosity. Then I will mohawk them. You'll see them on Ebay soon enough.
  21. happycobra

    happycobra Senior Member

    Also called iron chloride. It’s an acid and oxidizer. I’ve used it to bring out the patterns in Damascus or folded steel knife blades.
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