1986 nickel weird colouring.

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1986 nickel weird colouring.

Post by SurlyLung » Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:55 pm

A friend asked me about this coin and I told them I would look into it. I cannot find any info other then it was most likely buried in dirt. I’m not believing this and was hoping I could get more info on it.

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Re: 1986 nickel weird colouring.

Post by coinguy » Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:43 am

It looks like environmental toning. Being buried in dirt could be one of
the causes. In any case, it didn’t look like that when it left the mint.

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Re: 1986 nickel weird colouring.

Post by TBH » Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:52 am

1986 nickels are made of cupro-nickel, which is 75% copper and 25% nickel.
Weird toning like yours on cupro-nickel coins is not uncommon, especially if the coin has spent some time in the ground.

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Re: 1986 nickel weird colouring.

Post by Bond632 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:48 am

An acetone bath should show you if you have a dirty coin or a foreign planchet.

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