What happened to this 1873 nickel?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by stairstars, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. stairstars

    stairstars Active Member

    The surface looks terrible; not sure the cause - old lacquer?

    But, the lack of letters on the obverse is strange. A die failure? Tampering?

    Your thoughts?

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  3. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Sometimes it's "struck through grease".
     
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  4. stairstars

    stairstars Active Member

    Thanks, I just looked at an example on the NGC site, and that certainly fits the bill. The Washington quarter shown was just a ghost image.
     
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