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1974 Error Cinco Centavos

 
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 Posted 01/17/2022  1:17 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CandyAss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
1974 cinco centavos coin is supposed to be brown in color but I found this silver colored coin...so I was wondering Is this an error coin? And if so is it worth anything?
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 Posted 01/17/2022  1:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@can, what is the weight of this piece? Also, can you please check to see if it a magnet is attracted to it all? It could be an off-metal strike, but much more likely is that it was plated by someone after leaving the mint. The answers to those two questions should help us figure it out for you. Thx.
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 Posted 01/17/2022  1:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Difficult to tell from the one photo posted, but it does have the appearance of a plated coin.
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It weighs 2.5 grams and it's not magnetic.
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 Posted 01/17/2022  1:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My guess would be that it was plated after it left the mint.
Not an error.
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Ok good to know on the weight and magnetic attraction. It seems to be a bit light, at least compared with what is posted on numista:

https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces3152.html

I think that aftermarket plating is still the most likely reason, but you could save in a 2x2 until you get a good enough scale to perform a specific gravity test.

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Examine both sides, and the rim, carefully. Look for a small brown spot where the plating is missing. Most "home-made" electroplated coins have a small gap in the plating, where the wire was attached to the coin. It's possible to plate a coin in such a way as to not leave a gap, but it's not easy.

Since all modern Mexican coins have the eagle-on-cactus national symbol on them, I suspect someone plated this coin to try to make it look like a newer coin from the post-1992 new peso era.
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