Strange Nickel-Color Orange sort of brassy can’t tell the year?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by PrincessKelley, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. PrincessKelley

    PrincessKelley New Member

    I found this nickel and it’s strange to me. Totally new with Coins this is my 2nd post ever would love some feedback. I’ve attached pictures. The color is weird kind of orange or light brass not sure. I would like to know the year maybe 1980 or 1986 and mint Mark maybe a “p”? Maybe you’ve seen one like this? Thanks I love this forum!!

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Hello and Welcome ! Looks like 1986 P . It also looks like PMD ( post mint damage ). Not sure how . Do yourself a favor , lose the tweezers ( OUCH ! ) , use white gloves if anything . In fact, no need for anything , just wash hands . Thanks
  4. PrincessKelley

    PrincessKelley New Member

    Thanks for the feedback on the tweezers clearly I’m new.
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Looks to be a harsh chemical reaction to the surface. Most likely acid. Corrosion to the Cupro-Nickel.
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  6. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard The CT Train. :)
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  7. mike estes

    mike estes Well-Known Member

    hey PrincessKelley welcome to CT. really good pictures. yea i gotta go with 1986 P and your coin has seen better days. i agree with the other guys in saying Post Mint Damage. the cause for the color of the coin is anybody's guess, my guess is a harsh cleaning maybe paddyman98s answer above. good luck
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  8. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I'll go with some type of acid as well.
  9. Mkm5

    Mkm5 Well-Known Member

    Parking lot coin maybe?
  10. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    1986-P. Spender.
  11. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter’s okay to use tweezers, just not metal ones. Plastic ones will not put scratch marks on your coins. Also, wooden spudgers and toothpicks come in handy, depending on your purpose.
    I agree some acidic environment degraded the nickel. BTW, welcome to Coin Talk!…your pics are very good...Spark
  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    PMD, You're next post will be better than the first two. Three could be a magic number for you. Keep searching! Good luck
  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Afraid it damaged
  14. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Hey, welcome to the neighborhood. Hope you enjoy the ride, and the help we try to give.
    I also have to go with 1986 P and ED, environmental damage. Looks like some coins found on sandy beaches. The repeated washing against the abrasive sand can damage coins like that. JMHO.
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  15. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    It was dropped in a strong acid, poor little thing.
  16. Steve Shupe

    Steve Shupe Member

    that coin looks like a typical coin that I find buried in the sand at the beach after several years. The date looks to be 1986. Lost and found coin probably by a metal detectorist.
  17. CoinAce

    CoinAce New Member

    Any orange or brown colored Quarter, Nickel or Dime you find, has probably spent a good bit of time underground before a metal detector found it. They are only good to go to the bank or the store as a spender (unless silver).
  18. montynj3417

    montynj3417 Active Member

    Welcome to CT. Your nickel looks like one that has been heavily-corroded by a lot of years in the soil and then cleaned down to its current uncorroded surface with a wire brush; possibly a small, stainless steel brush. The pitted surface is reflective of how deeply the metal was etched during its stay in the ground. You'll see this kind of corrosion not only in nickels, but dimes and quarters, as well. Best of Luck in your new hobby! (Cited from:
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