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1989 P Nickel Copper Color

 
 
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 Posted 09/21/2019  10:26 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Ea333525 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am new to coin collecting. I found a 1989 P nickel
that has a distinct copper color. I searched online and found that most think it's just discoloration. The scratches in the coin seem to be a shiny copper color. Does anyone have an opinion on what would cause this or if it is a particular minted coin? I will try to post pictures. Thanks!




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To CCF! It's not an error coin unfortunately. It's Environmentally Damaged from something. PSD.
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
Machine Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
Split Plate Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/357614
2000 P LMC With Retained Struck Through error. http://goccf.com/t/357080
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and to CCF...keep asking and posting on any coins in question...good luck on future finds,have fun and happy hunting
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The metal composition of the US nickel is very similar to the UK 6d, 1/-, 2/- and 2/6d coins issued from 1947 to 1967 and the decimal 50p (plus the 5p and 10p up to 2010). I've often found long-buried cupro-nickel coins with my metal detector, and despite using various methods to clean them (so I can spend them), it can be very difficult to get rid of the pinkish colour. This looks as though it could be a detector find that's been put back into circulation.
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So, if you were to scratch the top layer of the nickel, it should be silver underneath? I'm just curious. I like the different look of the coin. It really looks like it's copper so it's a good conversation piece although it isn't valuable. Thanks for the replies!
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