1965 nickel struck on silver?
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#1 Jan 29, 2009
I'm curious if anyone else has heard of a 1965 nickel struck on a 90% silver planchet? I've verified the existence of one by running a specific gravity test on the analytical balance and the measured specific gravity was 10.23 (accuracy within +/-.20). This is well above the specific gravity of copper and nickel (8.9) so I'm 100% certain it is silver. Could this have been struck on a foreign coin planchet? Does anyone know if the US was minting any foreign currencies at this size and weight in 1965? After hearing about the 2000 Maryland quarters, is it theoretically possible it could have been struck from a quarter planchet?
Since: Jan 09
#2 Jan 31, 2009
i think the nickels you are talking about are the war time nickels,, the years were from 1942 thru 1967,,,i have a book that says certain dates of circulated coins are not bought by dealers for some reason
#3 Dec 18, 2012
I memory serves the wartime nickles where 35% silver
#4 Jul 31, 2013
Could it be a transitional error?
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