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    us
    Feb 2012
    Panama City, Florida
    Tesoro Vaquero AT Pro
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    18 times
    Metal Detecting

    Messed up nickel. What do I have?

    Got this nickel back in change and think it is a mint error. Same blurry effect on both sides, I think it it is a grease error but hav enot seen a two sided one yet, please help.

    Thanks
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  2. #2
    us
    The Green Digger'

    May 2012
    Minnnesota
    Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
    49
    4 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Looks like a 2001 (P)
    Interesting how it looks though, almost smeared. I've seen a few coins look like this but they are usually much older.

  3. #3
    us
    May 2012
    CT
    Whites DFX or Whites Clasic Id
    73
    30 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    It looks like it was sitting in salt water at the beach I find coins like this all the time with this type of pitting metal detecting

  4. #4
    us
    Oct 2011
    penn state
    ace 150, flea market digger
    2,400
    356 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    sand blasted ?

  5. #5
    us
    May 2012
    CT
    Whites DFX or Whites Clasic Id
    73
    30 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    It looks like a combo of the sand and salt water over a long period of time

  6. #6
    us
    Apr 2007
    CA-AZ-NV-NM
    Garrett GTI 2500
    545
    16 times
    I noticed that the letters at the bottom do not seem to have the same kind/amount of wear as the rest of the nickel. I think that natural/sea wear would be more uniform. Worn die? Also less probable. The wear looks intentional/man-made to me.
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  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2012
    Tallahassee Fl
    Still researching my first detector
    36
    2 times
    Coin Roll Hunting, Metal Detecting
    What you have there is rarely seen and more rarely found. It's a true P.O.S nickel. J/k, I have no idea, really....
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  8. #8
    us
    Apr 2007
    CA-AZ-NV-NM
    Garrett GTI 2500
    545
    16 times
    Quote Originally Posted by CoinHELP! View Post
    It's not from sea water, and it's not man made wear either. The entire design is mushy and/or flattened, and that's caused by a poor die state. If this was man made it would be flat and there would be evidence of tool marks. I have several examples of this occurance and have seen many more. When a die strikes a planchet, the heat from the pressure momentarily melts the planchet metal into the recesses of the die, if the die is worn from too many uses, and has lost it's sharpness in detail, it will cause the design features to look mushy and muddled.
    Using this nickel as an example, I don't see how your statements explain the result shown in the images. In a die, Monticello would be the deepest recessed part of the die. The lettering would be one of the least recessed portions of the die. I think the lettering would suffer failure equal to (if not more than) the deepest recessed portions. YMMV

  9. #9
    us
    I love to help people learn about the coins they find or collect.

    Aug 2009
    Ohio
    Whites
    243
    16 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Bob View Post
    Using this nickel as an example, I don't see how your statements explain the result shown in the images. In a die, Monticello would be the deepest recessed part of the die. The lettering would be one of the least recessed portions of the die. I think the lettering would suffer failure equal to (if not more than) the deepest recessed portions. YMMV
    I digress in my statements. The coin is most likely a dryer coin.
    Last edited by CoinHELP!; May 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM.

  10. #10
    us
    http://obamaclock.org/

    Feb 2009
    Georgia
    BH pioneer 202 / garrett ace 250
    143
    9 times
    The coin is one of two things, (1) it's either a commercial dryer coin or (2) it's been acid dipped But most definitely did not come from the mint this way.
    I'm not an expert but thirty years of collecting error coin's tells me this.There is nothing in the minting process of a coin that can cause this but there is a million ways the coin can be damaged after the collar is released and the coin is ejected. It's "PMD" Post Mint Damage

  11. #11
    us
    Apr 2007
    CA-AZ-NV-NM
    Garrett GTI 2500
    545
    16 times
    I gotta agree with Jasper62. It's some kind of post mint hocus pocus.

  12. #12

    Mar 2012
    97
    15 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Looks like a dug coin that was cleaned to me. Looks like someone tumbled it with sand then tumbled with jewelers shot. No an error that's for sure.

  13. #13
    us
    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
    Shelbyville or any yard where the owner will let me detect!
    ace 250
    20,001
    80 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    I have a wheatie that is like that, no date and no letters either
    and always thought it was a mint error. I will post pics when I can.
    ALLEN

  14. #14
    us
    Apr 2005
    North Carolina
    White's Prizm IV
    3,329
    401 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Definitely a dryer coin.
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