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Counterfeit Detection: 1926-D Buffalo Nickel - Altered

 
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 Posted 09/29/2020  10:09 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
NGC - A close examination of the mintmark reveals this coin's true nature.

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In 1926, the Denver Mint struck some 5.6 million Buffalo nickels, which is nearly 6 times the San Francisco Mint's output of 970,000 that year; the lowest in the series. While clearly this is not a terribly low mintage on its own, the coins were often very poorly struck. This, plus the fact that many of them went directly into circulation, means that the 1926-D Buffalo nickel is quite rare today in Mint State.

Recently, the NGC grading team saw this example, which was submitted by a collector.



At first glance, nothing really seems amiss with this coin. It seems like an average-quality Mint State Buffalo nickel. It even has a weak strike reminiscent of a Denver issue. However, a closer look at the mintmark reveals this particular coin is an altered piece.

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 Posted 09/29/2020  11:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fplagge to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting. Thank you.
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 Posted 09/29/2020  11:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinHunter00 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That awkward moment when you make a post asking whether your Buffalo nickel is real or not and it was concluded real and that they usually aren't faked ahhhhh
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Not much of a worry for the common dates in this series, it's the key dates and generally the varieties you have to worry about!!

Thanks for the article!
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Great link, thanks.
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