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What Is The World's Largest And Heaviest Pure Nickel Coin?

 
 
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 Posted 11/07/2019  11:04 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have about 100 PURE nickel coins in a sort of 'stash', but I am thinking what may be the biggest?
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 Posted 11/08/2019  03:49 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know about any large pure nickel coins, but if I wanted to hoard it, I might go for Canadian nickels. They may be worth slightly more than face.
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 Posted 11/08/2019  06:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Singapore $10 from the 1980s are the largest. Belgium 20 Franks from the 1930s are second.
the smallest are the Netherlands 10 cent from 1948 to 2001.

The oldest are Switzerland 20 rappen from 1881, and I believe Canada and the Netherlands issued the last in 2001.
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 Posted 11/08/2019  07:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
oriole:
Thanks for that.
After looking at Krause world Coins,
it seems that the Singapore pure nickel $10 coins may have been Non Circulating Legal Tender, alongside the silver versions.

It also seems that the Belgian pure nickel 20 Francs may have been intended for general circulation.
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 Posted 11/08/2019  07:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The French Pacific territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia still use (though no longer produce) pure nickel coins in circulation; the 50 francs is largest, at 33mm, and was last issued in nickel in 2005, when they switched to cupronickel. The price of nickel spiked in 2006, finally making these French colonial coins uneconomic to produce in pure nickel, before the price collapsed once again in 2009.

Nickel is New Caledonia's primary export with some of the largest nickel mines in the world, so I guess it makes sense to make nickel coins for there.
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 Posted 11/08/2019  08:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have two examples each of the pure nickel 50 Francs of French Polynesia and New Caledonia Territories. They are the largest pure nickel coins that I have.
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As an aside, I also have an example each of the 100 Francs of French Polynesia and New Caledonia Territories in piedfort proof, gold colored nickel bronze. Their designs, both sides, are very similar to the 50 Francs coins.
I was lucky enough the cherry pick them out of a dealer's junk box at a coin show, for AU $12 each. (unimpaired)
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 Posted 11/16/2019  10:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Never had the 50 francs, but have had this one since I collected it as a kid, shortly after issue:

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