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1866/1866 Shield Nickel

Hello Again Everyone,
I checked my Fletcher reference book on shield nickels though none of the varieties match up.
The loops on the 6’s are clearly defined so not machine doubling.
Anyone see this one before?
Thanks!

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    Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,449 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 12, 2023 1:51PM
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    yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,599 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 12, 2023 3:17PM


    It could still be machine doubling.
    The upper parts of the 6 loops are very thin, and could have been scraped upwards,
    with nothing but air underneath them.

    If it was a RPD, we should be seeing the under digit in the field near the 1.

    Howard's site lists more varieties than are in the Fletcher book,
    but unfortunately he does not have photos online for most of them.
    https://shieldnickels.net/
    So NGC Variety Plus fills in some gaps.

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    291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,944 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nickel dies during that period were only lasting for about 15,000 strikes so many, many dies were used. There are still more varieties to be found even after all this time.

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    dsessomdsessom Posts: 2,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Doubling on Shield nickels seems to pretty common. I came across an 1883 just last night that I purchased mostly because of the dramatic obverse doubling. Although I'm an avid V nickel collector, this is my first graded Shield nickel and I like them almost as much as the V nickel series!




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    yosclimber, I forwarded the pics to Howard. Thanks for the info!

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    cmerlo1cmerlo1 Posts: 7,891 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @yosclimber said:

    It could still be machine doubling.
    The upper parts of the 6 loops are very thin, and could have been scraped upwards,
    with nothing but air underneath them.

    If it was a RPD, we should be seeing the under digit in the field near the 1.

    Howard's site lists more varieties than are in the Fletcher book,
    but unfortunately he does not have photos online for most of them.
    https://shieldnickels.net/
    So NGC Variety Plus fills in some gaps.

    That looks like machine doubling to me, not an RPD.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Though dramatic, I do think that is machine doubling. Cheers, RickO

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    seanqseanq Posts: 8,575 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @cmerlo1 said:

    @yosclimber said:

    It could still be machine doubling.
    The upper parts of the 6 loops are very thin, and could have been scraped upwards,
    with nothing but air underneath them.

    If it was a RPD, we should be seeing the under digit in the field near the 1.

    Howard's site lists more varieties than are in the Fletcher book,
    but unfortunately he does not have photos online for most of them.
    https://shieldnickels.net/
    So NGC Variety Plus fills in some gaps.

    That looks like machine doubling to me, not an RPD.

    I actually think it could be both. The '18' looks like machine doubling but the '66' seems to have some separation as well, looking specifically at the bottom of the last 6.

    Sean Reynolds

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    oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,902 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My opinion is strike or machine doubling.

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    Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like MD - where the doubling is obvious the normaly struck Numerals and Letters are thinner

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