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Buffalo Nickel Date Unknown

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 Posted 09/29/2020  11:43 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
How do I find out the date of this coin at home?
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 Posted 09/29/2020  11:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like 1918 from what I can see. Reverse?
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 Posted 09/30/2020  12:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Reverse.


Why do you think it's 1918?
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 Posted 09/30/2020  12:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
18 or possibly a 1916, based on the last, barely visible digit
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 Posted 09/30/2020  12:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SensibleSal66 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Veo tabien 1918
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 Posted 09/30/2020  12:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a 1916 to me.

You can bring the date "up" by soaking the coin in vinegar. It'll probably take a few hours to get the process completed.

Post pictures when it's done. Good luck!
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 Posted 09/30/2020  12:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SensibleSal66 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
El Vino ? si ?
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 Posted 09/30/2020  01:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ang5212 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely 1918.
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 Posted 09/30/2020  03:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
westernsky,Thank you for advice. I will publish the result as soon as I conduct this experiment.
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 Posted 09/30/2020  04:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is a product just for that,Nic-a-date https://www.ebay.com/itm/NIC-A-DATE...AOSwtZpeiKqz
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 Posted 09/30/2020  07:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SensibleSal66 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've heard of that but wasn't sure if it was any good because it is an Acid .
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 Posted 09/30/2020  08:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Because it is an acid that is why it works. However, sort of ruins the coin.
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 Posted 09/30/2020  09:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use a solution of 3 parts vinegar to one part peroxide with fairly good results .
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 Posted 09/30/2020  10:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Why do you think it's 1918?


Because I think I see an 8 at the end, but I suppose it could be a 6.
I am not into restoring dates on Buffalo nickels.
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 Posted 09/30/2020  10:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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westernsky: You can bring the date "up" by soaking the coin in vinegar. It'll probably take a few hours to get the process completed.


John1: There is a product just for that,Nic-a-date


SensibleSal66: I've heard of that but wasn't sure if it was any good because it is an Acid.


just carl: Because it is an acid that is why it works. However, sort of ruins the coin.

All the above comments are correct. All "date restoration" methods etch away at the worn date with acid. As I understand it, it works by exploiting the different reactivity of the microcrystalline structure of the transition area between the date and the field is vulnerable to acid attack.

I made a picture about it, once:


Such acid etching does indeed "damage" the coin, either in the wear-affected area (if using Nic-A-Date dropwise) or across the entire coin (if using a vinegar soak).

Whether you prefer to own a "worn coin with unknown date" or a "cleaned coin with a certain date" is entirely up to you. Many collectors would rather have an acid-restored-date coin than a hole in the album, and are certainly prepared to pay more than the dateless-slug price to obtain one. "Date restoration cleaning" is one of the few instances where "cleaning a coin" adds value, rather than subtracts it.
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 Posted 09/30/2020  11:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smokeriderdon to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Im gonna say 1918 as well. A little of the Nic a date should bring it right up.
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