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1978 Jefferson Nickel - Proof without mint mark?

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 Posted 08/09/2013  6:28 pm Show Profile Check solotime's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add solotime to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I found this nickel in my change. It caught my eyes once I saw the strange look it has. The nickel looks like a proof but not the DEEP CAM ones though. It looks like it might have met the mint marking progress but they must of not hit it hard enough to make it show. I don't know if it still counts as an error. Perhaps, the coin does show lots of circulation.

So does anyone know what it is?





I know if this is a real proof without mint-mark, it can be worth something


Bonus photo's:


Please keep in mind, these two photo's were under a light so lighting was changed on them.

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08/09/2013 6:30 pm
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 Posted 08/09/2013  7:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think it is or was a proof. Maybe someone buffed it to look extra shiny?
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 Posted 08/09/2013  7:31 pm  Show Profile Check solotime's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add solotime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@John ,that's one thing I'm afraid it can just be.

But, I not so sure if it is buffed though. If you ever saw a circulated proof, they kind of look the same as this one. I will let some other people share there thoughts.

Perhaps, John your very good at errors so I can't say your wrong. lol
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 Posted 08/09/2013  7:36 pm  Show Profile Check jay4202472000's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jay4202472000 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would say it is just a nice nickel. It doesn't look like a proof planchet. The rims have a squared off look to them. Nice circulation find. Most mid '80's down I find in circulation have had a hard life.
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 Posted 08/09/2013  8:36 pm  Show Profile Check 52Raymo's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 52Raymo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I hear the term "proof like" being bandied about with the Jeffersons. Maybe it's just a nice Jeff.
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 Posted 08/09/2013  9:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jack jeckel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The first coin looks circulated with wear.

My guess would be the first coin was struck with a new die but circulated for a while.

The second coin later die state.

I'll leave it to the experts.
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 Posted 08/10/2013  05:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
solotime,

Quote:
If you ever saw a circulated proof
I have found about five or so "impaired proofs" (circulated proof coins) so I do know what a circulated proof coin looks like. I may be wrong but your coin just does not strike me as ever being a proof strike.
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 Posted 08/10/2013  08:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
jeckel, both coins are the same coin, note the cut in the field below the chin on both.

Looks like a lightly polished, well struck coin from moderate to heavily worn dies. No chance at being a proof, or even proof-like.
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 Posted 08/10/2013  11:36 am  Show Profile Check solotime's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add solotime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Alright everyone I understand now.

Thanks for all your comments. Sometimes things aren't what they just might seem like. But if you read carefully, I only thought it might have been. I didn't get out of my way with the coin. In hands it looks different though.

@John, I hope you didn't get offended on that comment, I wasn't sure how to say did you ever find a proof that was circulated.

@Conder, I will just throw the nickel away then. Cleaned ones are worthless.
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solotime,
No offence at all,just wanted to let you know that I have found proofs in circulation and that I knew what I was talking about (at least in this case,lol)
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 Posted 08/10/2013  5:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jack jeckel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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jeckel, both coins are the same coin, note the cut in the field below the chin on both.


OK I see it now. I thought there were 2 different coins: the first with smooth fields and the second with rough / porous fields which made the OP think the first coin was a proof.
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 Posted 08/12/2013  6:01 pm  Show Profile Check solotime's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add solotime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I been wondering, was it a good idea to post this coin? Or was it a wait of your times? (I mean everyone who posted)
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 Posted 08/12/2013  6:19 pm  Show Profile Check 52Raymo's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 52Raymo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not a waste, good learning experience.
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 Posted 08/12/2013  8:27 pm  Show Profile Check jay4202472000's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jay4202472000 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 08/12/2013  8:53 pm  Show Profile Check SsuperDdave's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SsuperDdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Think about it this way, solotime. Although there were only 13 posts in the thread (before this one), it had 212 reads. The overwhelming majority of them were people who chose not to post; many probably lurkers who aren't even registered. You could have just educated a dozen different people holding a similar coin.
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 Posted 08/12/2013  9:52 pm  Show Profile Check solotime's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add solotime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks a lot guys! I just wanted to make sure because sometimes I get those thoughts of waiting peoples time.

Just and update, the nickel is back into circulation.
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