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    Dateless Buffalo Nickels - what do you do with them?

    I think I have 25 or so dateless buffalo nickels, and I am wondering what to do with them. With the exception of one, they are all minted in Philadelphia - so none of them are particularly rare. Most have LIBERTY on the front partially worn off, and on the reverse, the mottos are merged into the rim. So these coins don't have any numismatic value. I haven't nic-a-dated them because 1) I don't have any nic-a-date and 2) even by doing so, it damages the coin to where there is no value.

    I am thinking of re-rolling them as I dump so someone else (collector or not) can pick up a novelty. Maybe it will get some local shop owner into collecting coins when they open the roll and see it.
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    I use nic-a-date and see what years they are. It works absolute wonders. they are not worth much anyway, so I'm not worried about ruining the coins by using this.
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    Toss 'em in a bag with my stack and forget about 'em.

    Same with steelies.
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    My 12 y.o. son and I love to nic-a-date them. We've started a book of "date restored" Buffalo nickels, kind of like how people create a collection of low grade coins. We've actually found some rarer date/mm nickles, and although they are obviously damaged by the chemical, it does make a good hole filler, and they do have some value, albeit not nearly as much as a clean dated example. Basically, we've taken what is only worth .05, and added some value to it. Plus it's really cool to see the date reappear.

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    They’re worth 5c to me. I’ve spent dozens or more so others can get a cheap thrill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fistfulladirt View Post
    They’re worth 5c to me. I’ve spent dozens or more so others can get a cheap thrill.
    Thanks. This is exactly what I was thinking - they are worth 5c to me also. I just put all 20 of them that I have into a roll of nickels to be dumped. Someone around here will get that cheap thrill.
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    I keep them and pass them on to young kids to get them interested in coin collecting. You'll rarely ever see them ever again in circulation.



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    Maybe someone can make jewelry items from them, don't know what.

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    Drill holes in them and make them into buttons, dress up a shirt or jacket. Or solder a hook on the back and again use them as a button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayne1956 View Post
    Drill holes in them and make them into buttons, dress up a shirt or jacket. Or solder a hook on the back and again use them as a button.
    They are already gone. I put all 20 of them in a roll and turned them into a bank the other day. Found another dateless buffalo today in a CWR and just rolled it back up.
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    I used to do custom leatherwork for living history shows, from Renaissance era to Black powder and Pirate days. I would make buttons and toggles out of them for the vests and pouches. I would also make jewelry such as simple necklaces and pendants. Now I save them for the scout troops working on coin collecting.
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    I just leave them around in funny spots in public so people will find them. Gone through 3-4 full rolls. Park benches, library shelves, wherever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch View Post
    I just leave them around in funny spots in public so people will find them. Gone through 3-4 full rolls. Park benches, library shelves, wherever.
    This is actually a good idea. I am going to begin doing this.

 

 
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