1902 Liberty Head, V Nickel - COUNTERFEIT, everything reads backwards???

SOSDIVING

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This is ODD, went out today on Main Street in Rolesville, NC and found this in a farm field. I thought I had found a V Nickel, but upon inspection everything reads backwards including the date. It has 13 stars on face, but they are all impressed versus raised. The bust faces right instead of left, and every feature is impressed versus raised. The backwards date seems to read 1902. The coin weighs in at 6.5 grams or 0.220 oz. It also appears to have lead in the coin, some parts look like lead oxide, but the rest looks like nickel plate. Any thoughts or ideas on this strange one?

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Digger RJ

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This is ODD, went out today on Main Street in Rolesville, NC and found this in a farm field. I thought I had found a V Nickel, but upon inspection everything reads backwards including the date. It has 13 stars on face, but they are all impressed versus raised. The bust faces right instead of left, and every feature is impressed versus raised. The backwards date seems to read 1902. The coin weighs in at 6.5 grams or 0.220 oz. It also appears to have lead in the coin, some parts look like lead oxide, but the rest looks like nickel plate. Any thoughts or ideas on this strange one?

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Cool!!! Congrats!!!
 

Hunk-a-lead

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Oh sure! I know this! It's that variation on a "wooden nickel" . Ya see, they heat up a blob of lead, then they take a real nickel and press it into the softened lead, then they cool it off and nickel plate it. Then...they're ready to pass it off at their local tavern where they already know the barkeep is dyslexic! And I haven't a clue of what I'm talkin' about! LOL

Dyslexics of the world!! UNTIE!
that's my kinda funny, thanks Whadifind!
 

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that's my kinda funny, thanks Whadifind!
Be here all week, (or in this case for 6 years ;) ). Try the bean dip! ;)

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VaGent

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I have a big penny made of pewter (?) and pressed the same way, using other coins as a stamping mold. Mine came from a Confederate campsite and was probably used as a poker or other gaming chip. Its on the right in the pic below. (The one on the left is a counterfeit 1858 dollar coin, maybe also used as a chip but the writing is not reversed)
 

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