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2020 W Reverse-Proof Nickel: "Winding Hill" Around Jefferson's Ear

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 Posted 09/17/2020  9:09 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add SwoonPoon to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
1) This nickel is still in the bag, please excuse any ugly marks; they're on the bag and not the coin
2) In real life at certain angles, the reverse field around his ear looks like it may be slightly fading into a regular proof, but at other angles it looks normal. I know the pictures may not be able to capture that so well, but that is what's happening when I look at it. I am at least able to catch some kind of metal-raising going on in that same area which is likely attributing to the "fading of the reverse-surface to a regular-proof surface" look.
3) I had to turn the coin at different angles to get the light to bounce off of the "hills" in such a way for pictures to be taken.

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09/17/2020 9:19 pm
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 Posted 09/18/2020  03:03 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's interesting. I'll have to take a closer look at mine now!
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 Posted 09/18/2020  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm sorry, what "ear"? Jefferson doesn't have an ear on that side, just a tuft of hair.

Since the frosting is done on a computer-controlled laser frosting machine, it should be uniform, so the only explanation is really die wear for a surface/frosting anomaly of this size. I've seen tiny dust or particle interruptions on the field frosting, this is a first to see the field with that much interruption of the frosting. the die should have been retired or polished and refrost the fields, if the die is otherwise fine. what happens is it gets this "wavy" look to it of uneven it wears down and the die fatiigues.

Like would be one of the couple hundred PCGS grades PR68 or lower.

that exactly where you would expect to see the first signs of wear to the frosting, the center of the die has the most pressure and contacts the coin first on each strike.
I wish I had better news or something positive to go here. I dunno, maybe, "that's a fine example of proof or reverse proof for the matter, Die Deterioration!"

Just one mans opinion here.
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 Posted 09/18/2020  3:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a Struck Through Grease in the deeper recesses of the die. Not an ear.
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