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1920 "3 Leg" Buffalo Nickel struck on a Foreign or copper Planchet

 
 
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 Posted 09/14/2018  4:06 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add kyleg02247 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey Guys,
So I was going through my collection and came across this 1920 Buffalo nickel. It caught my eye at first because of its strange color/Hue. At further inspection I noticed it has only 3 Legs or 3 1/2 hard to tell. The coin appears to be either scrubbed or similar to an example I found online of a 1936 Buffalo nickel Struck on a Nicaragua Cent Planchet. I am wondering if this is another variety of a 3 leg Buffalo nickel similar to that of the popular 1937-D and the 1913 3 leg. I know the error to be the result of a over-polished die so I would Imagine this would be similar. I was unable to find any such examples online nor one that has a similar appearance in color. Definitely need a little help on this one before spending the money sending into NGC, thanks guys. More importantly however, I would like to know about its metal content, and or if it has been struck on a foreign planchet . The weight is within range of a normal nickel, and its diameter as well. I will search if the US was striking any coins for foreign countries in 1920.
https://coins.ha.com/itm/errors/193...a/434-2718.s




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 Posted 09/14/2018  4:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm guessing the discoloration is due to some environmental issue - perhaps it was buried, for example.
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 Posted 09/14/2018  5:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My guess is similar...I was thinking it was in a fire long ago and/or a metal detectorist's find having spent some of its life in the ground. But then again I see some lamination and what looks (remembering its a picture) like a mixed alloy making it look similar to a woody.

As to the three-legs, I see all four represented in the pic.
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 Posted 09/14/2018  6:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep - 4 legs. Maybe some kind of coating on it as you see on the reverse it is peeling off in a few small areas
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 Posted 09/14/2018  6:42 pm  Show Profile   Check 52Raymo's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 52Raymo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey at the very least it's a cool looking coin.
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 Posted 09/14/2018  7:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a further test, weight the coin. The Nicaragua 1 centavo weighs 3.9 grams vs 5 grams for the US 5 cents.
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 Posted 09/14/2018  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Yep - 4 legs.


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 Posted 09/14/2018  8:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Reiteratio ad echo e para ti?


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Content:75% copper 25% nickel
Weight:5 grams
Diameter:21.2 millimeters Edge:Plain
Designer:James Earle Fraser


Being that the ally is a bit of copper, it will react when exposed as both copper and nickel would, copper oxides and contact with iron and salt (southern soils) will do just this. Give it up Kyle, there just aren't that many "mint assisted" coin on wrong planchet errors that haven't been discovered byn now.
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I'm agreeing with Earle42 on all counts .
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