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Liberty Nickel Off-Metal Mint Errors Featured in the April 2020 Central States Heritage Auction

When we talk about a "nickel," we are usually speaking of a 5-cent coin made from a copper-nickel alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel. You might have one in your change purse right now.

However, Heritage will be auctioning a few nickels that are only copper and contain no nickel at all--they were accidentally struck on a blank meant for a penny! These mint errors were created in 1892, 1899, 1901, 1907, and 1910 when a penny planchet accidentally found its way into production with a set of nickel dies. The Liberty Nickel design did not fit perfectly on this smaller size (pennies at the time had a smaller diameter than nickels as well as a different thickness), so not only the color but also the overall size and appearance were affected in each of these cases.

Images Courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com

1892 Liberty Nickel -- Struck on a Cent Planchet -- MS63 Brown NGC

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1899 Liberty Nickel -- Struck on a Cent Planchet -- AU58 PCGS

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1901 Liberty Nickel -- Struck on a Cent Planchet -- AU58 PCGS

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1907 Liberty Nickel -- Struck on a Cent Planchet -- AU58 PCGS

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1910 Liberty Nickel -- Struck on a Cent Planchet -- AU58 PCGS


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