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What Causes A 1989 D Nickel To Have A Copper Tint?

 
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 Posted 10/15/2020  2:04 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Beachbabi to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi,
I found this 1989 D nickel that has a very copper tint. The obverse is nearly all copper color, while the reverse is only tinted around the edge. What caused this?

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 Posted 10/15/2020  2:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Either plated or an outdoor find that toned the color. In circulation the higher devices would wear off to the normal color. But if the coin is 5 grams, then it is not a cent plancet. It would have to be a zinc planchet with that date and weigh 2.5 grams. (exactly half the weight of a nickel. The devices on a nickel struck onto a cent planchet would not be centered with the rims showing. It would look like this:

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Thank you. It does not appear to be on a one cent planchet. I will weigh it though just to see.
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It is probably some sort of environmental damage/staining.

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I agree, either an older copper plating that has worn off, or more likely, environmental toning/staining.

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more likely, environmental toning/staining


Reminds me of a post-1947 two-shilling piece I found on the beach as a teenager. It was dark brown. 10p was a lot of money to me in those days. I remember rubbing it in the sand on the beach, trying to clean it in the sink and then polishing it with the cloth my Mom used for her silver. (I wouldn't treat a collectible coin that way, but I just wanted to spend it). I could never quite get rid of the copper color, and it looked rather like Beachbabi's nickel when I'd finished it, but at least the bus driver accepted it, although he did comment that it was a funny color!
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