- A close examination of the mintmark reveals this coin's true nature.Read More: Counterfeit Detection Series
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.Read the Entire Article