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    Buffalo nickel proof?

    A few months back I bought a friends coin collection. And there were a ton of buffalo nickels with it. One of them confuses me though. It's a 1936. And as shiny as a brand new quarter and very well defined. Could this be a proof? From what I read the proofs aren't marked?

    Here are pics of the front and back. And with a normal buffalo nickel







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    Your nickel has been chrome plated. It actually shows more wear than the sample buff.
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    Yes, look at the high points. There's not as much detail, but it's shinier. Definitely plated.

    The one that bugs me is the Steel Cents. Someone went and plated a bunch of them so they didn't look all 'zinc'y and now some really nice detail lincolns are coated.
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    One quick way to tell a proof coin is to look at the rim. If there are beveled edges on the rim, it is most likely a circulation strike. Perfect 90degree edges are an indicator of Proof striking. I agree on the chrome plating... The coin also shows wear prior to the plating.

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    Thanks guys for the help. Figured something was off with the coin. There were 4 or 5 of the plated coins in the collection. The pennies are easy to tell when they are plated but the nickel had me thinking. Now I need to sort through the 50 or 60 buffs to check the edges lol

 

 

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