Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Bentley carpenter, Jun 21, 2021.
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I have at least five Buffalo nickels with no date showing so I feel your pain Bentley! I had no idea there was a product out there that could help reveal dates on nickels...good to know.
The only problem is, if @Bentley carpenter lives outside the United States, they won't ship to him from www.thecoinsupplystore. Perhaps other places might, I don't know because I always use the coin supply store for my supplies. They have the best prices.
Or you can just use vinegar. A little slower, but a LOT cheaper. If you want to stay with faster but cheaper don't pay for that "name brand" tiny bottle and do a search for Ferric Chloride, used to etch PC boards. You can get a quart for about 70 cents an oz. that little bottle of Nic-a-Date is $2.50 or more per oz.
But anything you do to restore the date will result in a DETAILS coin.
you can use nic-a-date or any other method, it's going to damage the surfaces of the coins, it's not going to help the value even if it's a key date, it's a dateless buffalo. the mintmarks are usually gone or mostly gone also.
Chemically etching the coin isn't going to hep it's value any, regardless of what you uncover is all I'm saying.
As it stands dateless buffalo's are worth 10-20 cents to people that want to use them in jewelry, or buttons, or for arts and crafts like hobo nickel carving.
Even if the chemical reveals a key date, your nickel will be worth five cents, because the original coin was unidentifiable by date and the treated coin has no collector value - catch 22
There are certain Buffalo nickels that you can tell the year by other indicators. Do some research and you'll find them. A dateless three-legged Buffalo is still worth a small premium to some.
Vinegar. Less damage. I’ve done 4 whole rolls. Only a few didn’t work. PM Me and I’ll help ya
Yes but now you have a nickel with a date. Was 5 cent and still is five cents. I give them to kids
so much fun to restore. the dates. Afterward I plunk 'em in Tarn-X to clean up the no-longer-collectible-for-most-people nickels. Just sayin'.
Depends on what date is revealed. Some of the key dates DO have a premium value even with a restored date. Yes it's not going to be anywhere close to what a non-details coin would be, but it's going to be a lot more than 5 cents.
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