1944-P NICKEL THAT LOOKS LIKE A PROOF AND STICKS TO A MAGNET - PLATED? WITH WHAT?

I was hoping someone could tell me what happened to my five cent piece. It weighs 5.0 grams and looks like a proof, so I assume it is plated with something, but what?
It sticks to a magnet.

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  • jmski52jmski52 Posts: 19,166 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nickel plating would be magnetic, wouldn't it?

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  • Rooster1Rooster1 Posts: 254 ✭✭

    I think you are correct. it is probably plated in nickel. Does plating add weight? It weighs 5.0 grams

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 36,021 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Unless the plating is excessively thick I doubt it would be enough to attract a magnet. The US Mint has struck coins for other countries at various times, Is it possible that this coin was struck on a steel planchet intended for some foreign coin?

  • Rooster1Rooster1 Posts: 254 ✭✭

    Perryhall, The magnet will pick up the coin, but the attraction is not as strong as if it was pure steel.

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  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 6,679 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The coin is not very attractive but it does have a certain animal magnetism to it.

    Will it stick to an animal?

  • Bronco, it will stick to an animal, but only if you pull its tongue out and put the coin on it.

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  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 6,679 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Rooster1 said:
    Bronco, it will stick to an animal, but only if you pull its tongue out and put the coin on it.

    you were thinking heads but I guess I was thinking tails :D

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 26,127 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A chrome plating will make it magnetic enough that if you lay it on a smooth surface and put a magnet next too it you can drag the coin sideways.

    An error coin expert I used to work with told me that he once talked with a guy that replated chrome bumpers (back when cars had real metal bumpers you could push another car with) and the guy told him that when he was mixing up a batch of plating solution he would just take a coin out of his pocket and use that to test the solution, and then just put the coin back in his pocket and spend it.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 63,688 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It does appear to be plated.... Or it could be a wrong material planchet....Interesting piece... If you do further analysis, let us know what you find. Cheers, RickO

  • Rooster1Rooster1 Posts: 254 ✭✭

    CaptHenway, I can pick the coin up completely with a magnet. The coin is a bright chrome color. The picture I took was with my android phone and did not turn out well. As it turns out I found a 1943-p that looks the same as this one, but the 43 can be moved with a magnet, but can not be picked up completely.

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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 20,588 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My neodymium magnets do not move my war nickels. NON magnetic.

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  • jmski52jmski52 Posts: 19,166 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Struck on a Canadian planchet?

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  • Rooster1Rooster1 Posts: 254 ✭✭

    These coins must be plated with nickel since this is about the only metal besides steel that will stick to a magnet. After reading about what mercury feels like (slippery) on coins I thought that might be it, but mercury is not magnetic. Here are some more bad pics I took with my phone. I put both the 43 and 44 together and a regular nickel beside them.

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