Eriknation's Blog

27 Feb 2021

Is this a proof? I cant tell

| Eriknation

Please tell me in the comments if you know! Thanks



Level 5

Ditto what @CentSearcher and everyone else said.


Level 5

Yup! Dont worry about it, everyone has to start learning somewhere (: Denver made no proofs in that year. The classic definition of proof coinage is very annoying to hear, but very true "If you have to ask yourself if it is a proof, it isn't". Proof coins are SO unmistakable. In general, you need to be able to see your clear reflection on the coin in order for you to say that it is a proof. Thanks for asking! Cya' round EN! -NM


Level 5

I have 3 things for you. First of all, please put short questions like this in the forum. Second, proofs will have an S mintmark, while that one has a D. Lastly, normal coins can receive a proof like designation, so if it has a very frosty and proof like surface, then you can say that it is a PL coin


Level 5

I really enjoy your enthusiasm, but you need to get a book for basic research. It has a Denver (D) mintmark, look up what mintmarks are used for proof coins.


Level 6

I'll tell you what my dad told me, "Look it up. You'll remember it better." Get a Red Book and read, read, read. No it's not.!


Level 5

Doesn't look like a proof. Just change from circulation. Mokie has the best answer for sure. I have found proof coins in circulation. But they are usually not worth much once they have been nicked up and circulated. Still fun to find a proof in circulation though. A lot of dealers put coins in circulation on purpose after they break up a set of the other coins.


Level 6

It is hard to see in the photo, but I don't think it is.

It's Mokie

Level 6

It is a D mint coin, the mint does not mint proof nickels in Denver. It does not look like a proof from your photo and it definitely is not one from the mint identification. At best, there might be early die examples that have a prooflike surface, this does not appear to be one of those.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Hard to tell from the picture, I'm not seeing mirror finish fields on that nickel so I would say that it isn't.


Level 4

Ok. Thanks Maybe others will know.

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