1972 Oversized Nickel

Alphadiver
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1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby Alphadiver » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:47 am

So, searching through my coins I ran across what I thought was a quarter. It was too small to be a quarter, so I thought it might be foreign. Upon further review, I noticed it was a 1972 candian nickel. I noticed immediatley that it was bigger than every other nickel. I measured it beside other nickels and sure enough it is bigger - not quite as big as a quarter, but bigger than a regular nickel.

Can anyone tell me why I have a nickel that is bigger than every other nickel I can find and why there is no info anywhere on the internet?

coinguy
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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby coinguy » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:39 pm

We will have to see full pictures of obverse and reverse to be of any help.
If you can take a picture beside a regular nickel, that would be great.
It could be anything but I'm fairly certain it didn't leave the mint that way.
A nickel is not too much smaller than a quarter to start with, so
it can't be a drastic change but interested to see what you have.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby Alphadiver » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:07 pm

I'll try to post pictures tonight, but I assure you it's obvious.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby henrysmedford » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:31 am

It could be a STRUCK ON PLANCHETS INTENDED FOR FOREIGN COINAGE see --http://www.coinscan.com/mintingvariety/wrongplanchet/onforeign.html Can you pick it up with a magnet . Here the Technical specifications on what it should be.

1955 - 1981
Composition: 99.9% nickel
Weight (g): 4.54
Diameter (mm): 21.21
Thickness (mm): 1.7

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby coinguy » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:54 am

A wrong planchet was my first thought too but then I realised the OP
said that it was larger than a regular Nickel.
This eliminates a wrong planchet because it would have to be smaller or
same size as a regular size Nickel planchet or it would not fit in the collar.
Guess we will have to wait for photos to solve what this mysterious coin is.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby henrysmedford » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:35 pm

coinguy wrote:A wrong planchet was my first thought too but then I realised the OP
said that it was larger than a regular Nickel.
This eliminates a wrong planchet because it would have to be smaller or
same size as a regular size Nickel planchet or it would not fit in the collar.
Guess we will have to wait for photos to solve what this mysterious coin is.


Could it be this --http://www.error-ref.com/intentional-and-assisted-mint-made-errors/

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby Alphadiver » Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:58 am

I can't seem to find a way of uploading a photo, any help for that?

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby Alphadiver » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:07 am

Yeah, I'm gonna have to find a way of uploading a photo, but anyhow, It's not like the intentional error thing, and it's not simply punched onto a wrong planchette as far as I can tell because the images and writing also seem bigger. It doesn't look distorted as if crushed, it looks exactly right in every way - except bigger.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby henrysmedford » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:52 am

Thanks for letting me help you post your photos. Can you post a weight of the coin and can you pick it up with a magnet? Is it round looks like it could be oval.

Imagefullsizeoutput_18f3 by Karen, on Flickr

Imagefullsizeoutput_18f7 by Karen, on Flickr

coinguy
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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby coinguy » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:41 pm

I take it that all the coins are nickel coloured and that is lighting
that causes two of them to look gold?
Also, what is the significance of the third coin on the picture of the Obverses.
It looks too be the same size as the centre coin.
Just trying to eliminate possibilities.

Thanks

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby Shylo » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:55 pm

My guess is from left to right... normal nickel .... "enlarged nickel" then a quarter...

The beaver doesn't have much detail on it anymore but that could just be the photo or wear... But looking at the "D" in Canada and the S in Cents I can definitely say there is some level of distortion in the font compared to a normal nickel.

There is no way this happens in the mint... a nickel hub and die with a quarter collar.... and it doesn't look like a broad strike to me...

My only guess is that this nickel was between two pieces of wood and then given a really good sized force was applied pushing or "squishing" the coin outwards.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby henrysmedford » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:33 pm

Shylo wrote:
My only guess is that this nickel was between two pieces of wood and then given a really good sized force was applied pushing or "squishing" the coin outwards.


Just got off work in Oregon and got to blocks of wood a sledge hammer and a 1972 Canadian nickel and a good swing and no change to the coin.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby coinguy » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:17 pm

It doesn't reall y matter how it was done. There are a lot enterprising people out
there that do many strange things to coins.
The main thing is that, as shylo stated and I agree, it couldn't have been done at
the Mint so that makes the coin PMD.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby Alphadiver » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:12 pm

Ok, so the coloring is obviously the lighting. The coin is absolutely round. I never looked closely at the "s" and "c", and don't have the coin to look at right now. With check that out and see it ifs distortion or simply photo angles. I've also tried squishing one (with a vice) and it didn't work. Possibly someone with a press could try to recreate it. Honestly, I don't think it has any real value, I'm just curious.

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Re: 1972 Oversized Nickel

Postby henrysmedford » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:08 pm

Alphadiver wrote:Possibly someone with a press could try to recreate it. Honestly, I don't think it has any real value, I'm just curious.

If it was pressed out it would be thinner is yours.


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