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03 Jan 2023

1913 TYPE 2 BUFFALO NICKEL LAMINATION ERROR

Coins-United States | Longstrider

First off I want to say I do not own this coin, yet, at coin store for sale.. I have always been intrigued by lamination problem coins. This one, at my coin dealer's store, is the best example I have ever seen. It happens to be a 1913 Buffalo Nickel Type 2 in an NGC holder. Even the slab is cool.

Lamination errors can occur when impurities or contaminates are in the alloys that make up a planchet. Another way this can happen is when air or gasses enter the metal as it is rolled out into a strip in the coining process. When this happens the coin can crack or even flake at this weak area. It can happen before or after the strike. This event is actual a delamination of the metal but we use the lamination error term. Sometimes the crack can simply lift up.

In this case the coin delaminated completely. One weak part separated completely from the rest of the coin. Somehow this two part coin was noticed and saved. It may even have been sent into NGC as a complete coin and separated during the grading or slabbing process. In a display of genius, NGC took the two pieces of coin and slabbed them in a two opening slab. It makes for a brilliant display.

On one side of the slab is the large part of the buffalo. The other side holds the delaminated piece. One is able to see the entire coin at a glance and flip it over to see the other surfaces. It is amazing to see how far the strike went into the coin. This is possible to look into the body of the coin since it split off. I am left wondering when this coin came apart. Either way I thought it is amazing and wanted to share with the readers. PCGS links

https://www.pcgs.com/cert/35728569

https://www.pcgs.com/cert/35728568

Please check out the photos. Feel free to comment. Thanks for reading.

SOURCES:

Cointalk.com

Error-ref.com

Coneceonline.org

Unique Coin and Currency, Palm Springs, CA

PCGS

Comments

Speeding Arrow

Level 4

This coin really confused me!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

How much did you pay for it?

Longstrider

Level 6

I didn't. It's for sale at $1,000.00 I'm saving it for you. Welcome back.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Wow! Cool coin. Thanks for showing us!

AC coin$

Level 6

Great blog. I wonder now, if it is an error in lamination, is reimbursement in order?? Best regards.

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Now that is cool. I bet it looks amazing in person.

It's Mokie

Level 6

I have begun the process of scaling down my collection to focus on just a few real rarities but this one would tempt me no end. Maybe it fits the bill (rarity-wise)? (: Thanks for sharing and let us know if it ends up in Casa Cava.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I just gotta ask.... how much was it?

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I just gotta ask.... how much was it?

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I've never seen anything like this, coin or slab! Very cool! I'm with golfer!

Mike

Level 7

Great blog. I never knew what caused this. Still learning after 30 years. Great explanation of how it happens. Haven't seen to many if these. Thanks for your work. I enjoyed it!!

"SUN"

Level 6

It was nice of the shop to let you take photos.

Doug S.

Level 4

That is awesome!! Buy it now!!LOL Regards Doug

Kepi

Level 6

This is a once in a lifetime find! Cool holder indeed! Really enjoyed your blog... This is the craziest Error coin. It's interesting that someone would have kept the two pieces together. Is this going in your collection Longstrider? haha ; )

Long Beard

Level 5

And I'm still searching for a normal full date type 2. What a find, or in this case to see and hold one! As for lamination, and correct me if I'm wrong, the Peace dollar series has the most. I see these quite regularly.

user_30405

Level 4

Wow!!! What a nice error, I think for the holder, they charge normal fees, plus the price of an oversize holder per coin. You should get it.

Golfer

Level 5

Nice coin to own. Better buy this one ! How many slabs are out there like this one.

AC coin$

Level 6

Great coin even though the owner is someone else* , and wonderful preservation status. Type 2 has become rare. Thanks much for the blog. Best regards!!

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