Not Silver Wartime Nickels but Copper/Nickel

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Noel Field, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    Is there any record of anyone finding wartime nickels that were made out of copper nickel instead of silver? I believe I have to copper nickel wartime nickels. One is a 1943 p and the other is a 1944 p. Both look exactly like the silver wartime nickels, weigh the same as The Silver wartime nickels, but have no ping like a wartime silver nickel does when dropped on a table. I just have a dull thud when dropped on the table. I have about 40 of the silver war nickels, without a doubt, these two or not made out of silver. I'm just wondering if any have ever been documented, that were not made out of silver.
    Thank you.
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  3. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    Don't use sound as a diagnostic. Too unreliable.
  4. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    clear photos of both front and back ?

    I don't do the drop test too. I tried before but depending upon how I dropped it, etc I could make it sound differently.
  5. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    Yes sir I'll get you some when I get back to the house
  6. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    I've done the sound test probably a hundred times. I'll put them in the mix of the 40 silver ones, and I can pick these two out every time.
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    Noel Field New Member

  8. Sullysullinburg

    Sullysullinburg Well-Known Member

    Metal analysts would need to be done. Could proabably be done at a pawn shop or jewelry store.
  9. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    If the planchets are internally flawed it can result in what is known as a "dumb" planchet that won't "ring". The poor alloy choice for the war nickels make them have a higher percentage of dumb planchets than most other series.
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  10. ACE Mike

    ACE Mike Internet Dealer

    Color is correct for silver.
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  11. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Environmental damage IMO. I have a couple of nickels that look just like those.
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  12. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Yeah, my thoughts exactly. I first thought of Henning(?) nickels, nickels a counterfeiter made using WWII dates. However, those would not look that color and did not have the large mintmarks on the reverse.

    I think they are simply correct nickels that may sound different for some reason.

    Edit: Just looked it up and Henning's were all dated 1944 with no mintmark. So not a Henning.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
  13. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    Nice investigative work. I do like the planchet Theory. I'll I've bounced them for my parents to hear, as well as my son, and they all definitely hear the difference from 40 silver -2 non-silver coins and had no problems making out these exact two coins
  14. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    If these two coins did happened to turn out to be made up of copper/nickel, those would be two very valuable nickels, I would think.
  15. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    ....but they're not.
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  16. Wheatmaster101

    Wheatmaster101 U.S. Cent Collector

    It is obvious that you don't have what you think you have. I knew they were regular war nickels when you said that you had TWO errors. Realistically, think of the odds of that happening.
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  17. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    My thoughts exactly, Wheatmaster101. What ARE the odds of that happening?And yes, it is obvious, that I don't have a clue of what I have, or I would not be here, trying to find out.
    But, what are the odds, that stranger things HAVE happened?
    Thank you.
  18. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    If you don't like the opinions offered, I think you can find out for sure for <$100 (NGC/PCGS/ANACS).
  19. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    I think you got me all wrong, I love the opinions I have received here. I can take the good with the bad. I apologize for leading you to that conclusion.
  20. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    Looks like a silver serving set that hasn’t been polished in eons.

    By the way, I’m sure you know this, don’t polish them.:)
  21. Noel Field

    Noel Field New Member

    I'm sure you have probably already seen this, regarding the copper nickel planchets, in place of the wartime silver planchets.
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