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 Posted 03/11/2012  6:19 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I've only found a couple this color. Most on ebay have a pinkish tint. Is this the result of a science project to get it this tone?

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 Posted 03/11/2012  6:58 pm  Show Profile Check coop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They turn red when left outside for a time. Looks like someone may have dipped it?
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 Posted 03/12/2012  8:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SteveCaruso to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It has either been:

1) Plated; or
2) Exposed to something that ate the nickel away from the surface, but left the copper.

It can be hard to tell which, as if you scratch the surface of either deep enough, it should show "silver" cupronickel underneath (although the former tends to be smoother under the loupe than the latter).

I have several of these in my unusual PMD collection.
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 Posted 03/12/2012  8:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jasper62 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I metal detect on weekends and specifically nickels that I find have a wide range of colors all the way from black to brown to pink.Yours falls into the category of environmental damage.I found a few that were almost as pink as my daughter hair ribbon
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