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1969-S Nickel Proof - Why the difference in two coins?

MizzouMizzou Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭

I was going through a few old albums that I had in the closet and happened to notice the difference in detail in two 1969-S Proof coins. The difference is drastic. Is it because one of these might be out of a "Special Mint Set"?

Sometimes I think that animals are smarter than humans, animals would never allow the dumbest one to lead the pack

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,943 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No such thing.

    Maybe die fatigue or polishing. There used to be much more variation than in the more modern period.

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    MizzouMizzou Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm not familiar with the series but, what a stunning difference in the detail.

    Sometimes I think that animals are smarter than humans, animals would never allow the dumbest one to lead the pack

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    ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mizzou said:
    I'm not familiar with the series but, what a stunning difference in the detail.

    Modern proofs have much stronger frost than older proofs. ;)

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    MizzouMizzou Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭

    @ifthevamzarockin said:
    One appears to be a 1969 the other a 1996

    That could explain the difference. ;)

    I looked again and you're right, a '69 and a '96 DOH! Apparently I got hosed when I bought that because the holder is marked '69.

    That being said, it's still a remarkable difference in detail.

    Sometimes I think that animals are smarter than humans, animals would never allow the dumbest one to lead the pack

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep... Different years...but a lot of difference in the two coins. Always look closely at purchases.
    ;) Cheers, RickO

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    MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,897 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Between 1969 and 1996 the Mint probably re-worked the Jefferson Nickel design at least 5-10 times.

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