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1936-D 3-1/2 legger or the counterfeit I originally thought it was.

OnWithTheHuntOnWithTheHunt Posts: 1,164 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 6, 2024 10:27AM in U.S. Coin Forum

For years this 1936-D has occupied a spot in counterfeit section of the album where I keep the various errors, oddities and varieties I've come across as I collect Buffalo nickels, but today I took it out to make a space for yet another of the 1916-S skinny buffalos that I can't seem to resist. Have I cherrypicked myself, or is it just another fake Buffalo?. Or just a beatup coin.

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  • seanqseanq Posts: 8,562 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It just looks heavily corroded to me, whatever ate into the surfaces of the coin pooled in the lower recesses of the design, giving the raised areas that "skinny" look you see on certain counterfeits. I've seen a lot more corroded coins than counterfeit, though, so take that opinion with several grains of salt.

    Sean Reynolds

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  • dcarrdcarr Posts: 7,882 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely an odd one.
    I think it is a vintage counterfeit, but not positive.

    No "F" below date.
    Unusually high and well-defined rims from about 5:00 to 10:00 on the obverse.
    Very mushy central devices.
    Thin "V" in FIVE, but other letters fatter.
    Pebbled texture overall.

  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The "3" in the date also looks a bit off.
    Here's a circulated genuine example:


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