1878 shield nickel

demano

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Found this in a farm field next to 1870's school. Had to double check it truely is an 1878 shield nickel, to bad on the condition, very thankful for the find. Also found 1902 v nickel and 2 indians 1892 and 1902. Really love this hobby. Thanks
 

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bologna321

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Nice nickel, don't see them that often
 
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demano

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If you enlarge the picture it looks to be 1873. I think the 1878 was a proof coin only. The nickel looks pretty good to me , I have dug them in a lot worse condition.
Have looked at a dozen times, am sure its an 8, going to bring it to work and magnify 200x with a boroscope to be sure, will post update. Thanks for replies.
 

iAmMike

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Very nice my friend. I'd be happy w/the nickel condition; it looks pretty good for an 144 year old coin that's probably been in ground for at least 100 years.

Of course, I'd be happy w/a V nickel or a single Indian too...
 

Lamy Lineman

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Nice coin. If you want to clean it to make it look good. Get some GOJO in orange bottle. Soak it for a day or so, then rub it with more GOJO. It will look like the one I found and did this process.
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Lenrac2

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Great find! Looks way better than the ones we've found!
 
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demano

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Thanks for all the replies, after several times examing the date of this coin with a magnification boroscope it sure is an 1878 coin, thankful to have it. And thankful for this hobbie that provides so much enjoyment.
 

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If that is indeed an 1878 Shield it is extremely rare. At first glance the date looks like 1873 to me. I sure hope it is an authentic 1878! What an awesome find.
 

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