Re: [Error Coin Information Exchange] Re: Shield Nickel Question
Thank you for your quick response to my question. I purchased the coin as a curiosity and fortunately only spent a few dollars on it. I didn't think the diagnosis would be a good one.
From: Mike Diamond <mdia1@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2013 9:56 PM
Subject: [Error Coin Information Exchange] Re: Shield Nickel Question
Bright areas are never a good sign. A bright area means that metal has recently been lost from the surface or the metal was originally covered by a foreign substance that was recently removed. These don't look look lamination errors. It's possibly that the affected areas were covered by contaminants that had a corrosive effect on the underlying metal.
--- In email@example.com, Rev Paul Bulgerin <bulgerin@...> wrote:
> I just purchased this 1868 Shield Nickel. It is high grade and deeply toned, but has one spot on the obverse and two on the reverse where the surfaces are bright and rough. I'm looking on opinions on what happened to this coin. Is is a defective planchet, a coin with corrosion, damaged in some way . . . or??? There are minor encrustations on both sides.
> Thanks for any help!
> Paul Bulgerin