Nickel Struck on a Dime Planchet
1913 Type Two Buffalo
Nickel–Struck on a Dime Planchet–MS66 NGC. 2.5
gm, which is exactly the expected weight of an
Uncirculated silver dime.
This remarkable wrong planchet error is
predominantly silver-white, but the centers
display a whisper of almond-gold toning. Luster
shimmers across the immaculate surfaces, which
display the finely granular texture
characteristic of first-year Buffalo nickels.
Well struck despite the undersized flan,
although slight incompleteness is noted on the
hair above the braid, the jaw of the Indian, and
the flank of the bison.
The date, designer’s initial, E PLURIBUS UNUM,
and UNITED are intact. Portions of the other
legends are off the flan, although all are
readable. Remarkably, all of the Indian’s head
is present, as is all of the bison except for
the tail. Just enough of the exergue beneath the
E C in FIVE CENTS to confirm that no mintmark is
Nickels struck on dime blanks are much scarcer
than cents struck on dime blanks, but when the
error combination is encountered, it is almost
always on Jefferson dies.
The Buffalo nickel on silver dime planchet
combination is priced at $12,000 in the 2010
Guide Book on page 403, the highest specified
price on the page with the exception of the
Walking Liberty half on a silver quarter
However, such prices are for examples in
typically encountered grades, which for
century-old issues usually imply brief
circulation before a fortunate finder realized
the uncommon color and diameter. A flawless MS66
certainly demands a considerable premium.
The invaluable Heritage Permanent Auction
Archives, which date back to 1991, contain 8,277
lots of error coins. None of these are Buffalo
nickels struck on dime planchets, although
Buffalo nickels on cent planchets have
occasionally appeared at auction. The present
error category in such outstanding preservation
may never surface again in a Heritage Signature,
and the opportunity is fleeting.
To be sold By Heritage as Lot 2039 as part of
the 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin