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1901 V Nickle versus the environment


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I picked up a few more finds at the 1902 house I've been working. The ground and time did a number on a 1901 V Nickle. Also some Wheat Cents.


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Nice recoveries, but what kind of ground ph or other influences do you have where you are? Just yesterday I pulled a 1925S wheatie out and after a little brushing it cleaned up almost new. Just curious.


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Those are some nice finds. V nickles are pretty crusty coming out of the ground. Where I hunt is a pasture with mild to moderate soil but it is a hay field and gets fertilized regularly. So it plays into the bad condition of the coins.


Every V nickel I've found in WA/ID is pretty crusty too. From a cursory 'net search:

Copper-nickel was first used in the U.S. for three cent coins back in 1865. Five cent copper-nickel coins were minted the following year. Today, the alloy remains popular in U.S. coinage: the Jefferson nickel is 75% copper and 25% nickel; quarters and dimes minted since 1964 and half dollars minted since 1971 are clad with copper-nickel.

I guess that's why it doesn't look much different (the V nickel) from other types of clad in the ground.