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Buffalo Nickel No Date And No E Pluribus Unum ?

 
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 Posted 05/08/2021  3:53 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Zereshk to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello, I am an absolute novice here, and am only posting because I came upon a few coins while digging in the garden and was wondering about the Buffalo nickel I found. I washed the dirt off with water, and the color is quite reddish. My main question is why doesn't it have E Pluribus Unum on the buffalo side? My cursory internet search tells me that it should have that. Also, it seems undated. Just curious if there's an expert out there who might tell me its rough age for fun. Many thanks!

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 Posted 05/08/2021  4:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can definitely see E PLURIBUS UNUM just over the bison's back. The date wore badly on these, and the corrosion on yours only made matters worse. Nickels take on this reddish color when buried in the ground. Closest I can come in dating it is late 1913 to 1938.
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 Posted 05/08/2021  4:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My guess is it was just eaten away by the corrosion. You can be sure it was there to start with.



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 Posted 05/08/2021  6:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Rothery to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Seeing the coin is only worth 5 soak it in vinegar for awhile - maybe the date will reappear? Kinda like "Poorman's Nic-A-Date"
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 Posted 05/08/2021  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First,

I played with your photos a bit, and was able to narrow the search a bit. I cannot see any evidence of a mint mark, so your coin was minted in Philadelphia. Even without a readable date, the design of the left ribbon narrows the possibilities to 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1934, 1936, or 1937. All are common dates, and any could be possible.

If your house was built in one of those years, you may have an answer.

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