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Jefferson Nickel Made From Lead

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 Posted 05/30/2021  10:28 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Westwood Arms to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I highjacked someone else's thread with this post.




Has any one seen something like this? 6.52 gms. Somehow I thought the date is 1960.
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 Posted 05/30/2021  10:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Please tell us more, including the weight!
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 Posted 05/30/2021  10:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I highly doubt it is lead. Just looks like an extreme dryer coin. Damage.
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 Posted 05/30/2021  10:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Westwood Arms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It weighs 6.2 gms. The reason I think it is lead is that is that a light push on the edge with an exacto knife leaves a mark. It could be some other heavy soft metal, but certainly not nickel.
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 Posted 05/30/2021  11:05 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting.
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 Posted 05/30/2021  11:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Westwood Arms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Correction, it weighs 6.52 gms.
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 Posted 05/31/2021  08:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chase007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most likely a dryer coin and a victim of elements.The white balance in the picture is way too over exposed and making it look more whitish than it is.Not a chance to be a Lead.
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 Posted 05/31/2021  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it is lead you should be able to bend it with your
fingers .

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 Posted 05/31/2021  10:13 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
People seem to be overlooking that this would be 1.5 grams overweight for a normal nickel and dryer coin doesn't explain that.
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 Posted 05/31/2021  10:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add keith12 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a beach find to me.
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 Posted 05/31/2021  10:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As T-BOP asks, can you bend it? No harm in trying, there's no value here anyway.
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 Posted 05/31/2021  11:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Or bite into it like a pirate testing a Gold or Silver Doubloon .

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 Posted 05/31/2021  12:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Tunnioc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it is lead, you should be able to draw a line on a piece of paper.
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 Posted 05/31/2021  1:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Westwood Arms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great idea Tonnioc.



I think we can rule out numismatic forgery.
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 Posted 05/31/2021  1:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Westwood Arms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know where this came from, hadn't looked the US coins in years. Pretty sure it was cast, but who and why?
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 Posted 05/31/2021  3:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A specific gravity test would be conclusive for composition. A U.S. nickel coin (75% Cu, 25% Ni) is 8.92. Pure lead would be 11.34.

If it is lead, my best guess would be a souvenir from a summer camp craft program experiment in sand casting, using scrap lead, such as fishing line sinkers.
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