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2004 P Nickel 1803 Louisiana Purchase

Was wondering what would cause the coloring on this coin? I don't know the terms yet. I only found one coin on Ebay that looked like this but it was a quarter for $450. or so.


  • Shane6596Shane6596 Posts: 759 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 8, 2023 6:23AM

    Im no expert, but it looks like it was a coin on the end of a roll of coins. They are exposed to the air and oxidation occurs which causes toning.

    Toning gives it that color, sometimes it can be a rainbow effect of many colors.

    I think the rolled paper reacts with the metal, thats why the reverse has that darker brown ring on it.

    Thats my best guess, those with more knowledge will chime in

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Environmental damage (dark tarnish), caused by circulation/storage conditions. Cheers, RickO

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,930 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It probably spent some time buried and then was found and partially cleaned up. It has no numismatic premium. Don't pay attention to such eBay listings.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • 2 strikes in a row. LOL...thanks for the new information. I did not know that about coins. It does look kind of cool. But I will throw it in a coin jar. I will be throwing coins up on the board and will document them based on responses so I don't make the mistake again. You guys are cool for helping out a newbie. I am sure to find something that is a winner. LOL

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