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Do I have a 1939 Henning Nickel?

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 Posted 05/13/2012  02:15 am Show Profile Check wheatiefan's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add wheatiefan to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I've saved all my pre-60s for a while now and just went through them. I thought before I returned them to the wild I'd look for Hennings. I found this nice previous thread to know what to look for.

I set aside the coins from 39, 46, 47, and 53 to look at. A total of only 50-60 coins. I think one of my coins is a match.

1. The hole in the leg of the 'R'. Not too dramatic in the pictures but easy to see when compared to the others and seems to be in the right spot.
2. The bottoms of 'God' and '1939' are not crisp like my other 1939s. The 'Five Cents' is also very mushy along with lack of detail of the building and other areas.
3. The coin weighs 5.33 grams. All of my other coins from those years weighed 4.82-5.03 grams, with most weighing 4.86-5.00. So this was well out of the normal range.

I don't have a scope or a good magnifying glass so am not sure I can take any better pictures. For now I'm calling it a Henning unless someone here can talk me out of it.

-wheatiefan



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 Posted 05/13/2012  08:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pyrbob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like it to me. Could you get a better photo of the R in PLURIBUS?
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 Posted 05/13/2012  08:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chris12018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From what I see w/ the hole in the leg of the R in PLURIBUS & the rough surface on the coin, I would say yes. The experts will chime in.
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 Posted 05/13/2012  09:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
pyrbob is the CCF expert on these coins ... and contributed greatly to the discussion in the thread you referenced.

I'm going with yes and congatulations to you ... unless pyrbob advises otherwise.

Great find ... I'm still looking for one.

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 Posted 05/13/2012  3:00 pm  Show Profile Check coop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is an example of a Henning Nickel that someone found. I'm more into cents, but saved this image for this discussion.

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 Posted 05/13/2012  3:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SteveCaruso to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats on your Henning find! It looks like the real deal to me.


Mind if I borrow these pictures (will full attribution, of course) for a section on Henning Nickels on The Black Cabinet?
-Steve (GSNA R-2306)
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 Posted 05/13/2012  4:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats--I hope it proves to be one! Isn't it a little amazing these are still found in circulation, given how Henning circulated just 100,000?
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 Posted 05/13/2012  10:59 pm  Show Profile Check wheatiefan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add wheatiefan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This has been one time consuming coin! I spent hours reading about it last night, then photographing it and getting the photos online and such. Today I borrowed a camera to try to get better pics and struck out. Then I tried the flatbed scanner and I think that's as good as we're going to get. Now I've made some composite pictures showing the suspect coin alongside a genuine nickel for comparison.

If I only noticed the wear and spot in the 'R' I would have my suspicions and set it aside until later. What clinches the idea for me is that the weight was significantly higher than 100% of the other nickels.

In all pictures the suspect counterfeit is on the left or the top, with a 1939 from circulation for comparison on the bottom or right.













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 Posted 05/13/2012  11:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chzman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
there were allot more than 100,000 made, he dumped many in a few rivers around NJ from what I researched.
Happy Hunting!
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 Posted 05/14/2012  06:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pyrbob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Much better pics. Thank you. This is a Henning. My only reason for asking for a better pic of the R was because on the original pic the Hole in the R seemed to be open on the left side instead of closed all around. I had never seen this before and wanted a closer look. Congrats on a great find.
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