Ugly Nickel, but is it...

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Mark1971, May 27, 2020.

  1. Mark1971

    Mark1971 Active Member

    ...a planchet defect?

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  3. toned_morgan

    toned_morgan Toning Lover

    I don't think so. Might be something like zinc rot or just erosion.
  4. Mark1971

    Mark1971 Active Member

    Zinc? Erosion?
  5. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    There's no Zinc in Jefferson Nickels. Other than War Nickels they're composed of .750 copper and .250 nickel.
    I'm no expert but I've never seen a clipped coin that looks like that. IMO it's damaged. As always, wait for more opinions.
  6. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    The coin is too worn and corroded to know for sure.
  7. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    As far as I know, clipped coins are generally pretty even along the clip. Mechanically, they MUST be perfectly crescent shaped.
  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    It looks like it was used in a electroplating experiment with all the discoloration and the uneven edge. I do not think it is a mint error coin. It really is just an ugly nickel.
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  9. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    Damaged. That much clipped would have a distinct Blakesley effect
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  10. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    as above, all damage on that nickel.
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  11. Mark1971

    Mark1971 Active Member

    Ok thanks. It just seemed odd to me, and I could not see how it could get broken like that without being bent in some way.
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  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Afraid it's just damaged.
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Maybe subjected to extremely low temperatures (liquid oxygen or some such thing) and then struck, breaking that section off? Just a thought. When I was in the Air Force, the guys refilling the aircrafts liquid oxygen (-297º) would sometimes freeze a steel tool and strike it just to watch it shatter. Bored for sure. LOL
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  14. Coinman since 1957

    Coinman since 1957 New Member

  15. juris klavins

    juris klavins Well-Known Member

    If you can spend it at face value, do it! (there's only about 4.5 cents worth of coin left) :rolleyes:
  16. Shrews1994

    Shrews1994 Collecting is my passion.

    Could it be a broken planchet?
  17. Mark1971

    Mark1971 Active Member

    Broken planchet? Ragged clip? Maybe just too ugly to tell with any certainty. Probably just damage as others have indicated. I’ll save it anyway and throw it in the “Most likely damaged, but still neat anyway” stash.
  18. gronnh20

    gronnh20 Well-Known Member

    Someone tried to use it as a fuse.
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