Silver 1866 'Shield' Nickel?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Topcat7, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Topcat7

    Topcat7 Still Learning

    I have two (well worn) 'Shield' nickels.
    A bronze 1882 (no rays) nickel (4,68gm, 20.5mm), and
    a 'Silver' 1866 (with rays) nickel (4.85gm, 20.4mm).
    I cannot find a refernce to an 1866 'Silver' nickel in my 2017 (Red) "A Guide Book Of United States Coins", so what do I have?

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  3. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Shield nickels are made from copper and nickel, unless you have a freak error (which I don't believe you do) they're silver and bronze in color only
  4. Topcat7

    Topcat7 Still Learning

    I guess my next question would be "Why is there such a color difference? or
    could a silver planchet have gotten mixed in with the bronze ones?" as has happened with other denominations?
  5. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    You have a normal coin (coppernickel not silver) and one that is dark from environmental damage.
  6. Topcat7

    Topcat7 Still Learning

    Thank-you. I can relate to that.
    What do you think of this date (from the 1866 nickel)? Overdated or just 'clumsy'?
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    After some cleaning

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    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  7. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Probably just clumsy. Can't really be an overdate, what would it be over? They didn't have 1865's except for some pattern pieces. Does look like it might have a die crack down through the first 6, or possibly a die chip joining it to the ball.
  8. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    both normal coins
  9. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The only ones with rays are the 66 and 67, (as well as no rays) all the others are no rays and don't need to be labeled as such. Since there are no 68-83 with rays varieties.
  10. harley bissell

    harley bissell Well-Known Member

    The silver colored one is worn and circulated with no environmental damage. The dark colored one lay in the ground for a long time before being found most likely with a metal detector. I have been accumulating dug coins by date and mint. The current nickels, dimes and half dollars also turn dark.
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