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V nickel questions

The coin in pics 2-4 looks fake to me. It has a pebbled texture that is visible to the naked eye and very obvious under magnification. The coin is light weight at 4.8 g. It is thin at 1.75 mm vs. 1.95 spec. and slightly small in diameter. It looks to me like a cast from what I have read but why go to the trouble for a very low value coin. Any ideas?

The coin in pics 1-5 has dark coloring that seems common in low grade liberty head nickels. Is that just oxidation?

7 years ago

I agree on the coin you think is fake. Besides having all the technical indications of a cast copy, it has the "look" of a cast coin.

7 years ago

Coin may have just been severly cleaned. Would have to see it in person to know for sure. Most low grade coins I have seen are not dark. The ones that spent time in the ground are dark though. Some just got dirty over the last 100 years.

7 years ago

None of mine are brown just gray although they have more wear than yours

7 years ago

I agree that the photos for two through four look like the coin is a fake.  The texture is just not right.  But you raise a good point:  Why fake this coin in this condition?  Maybe it was part of a batch of coins that were destined for gift shops, etc., but without a COPY designation.

7 years ago

Pictures 1 and 5 are not fake, MANY V nickels are either struck with too much copper or discolored over time, so those are just 2 specimens of 'brownies.' I have a jefferson nickel like your V Nickel, but is so pitted that you can't read the date, and it weighs 4.3 grams.

7 years ago
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