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Possibly altered 1971 Ike?

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:33 pm
by MichaelM
Last week I did make that 100 count clad Ike purchase off EBay I posted about (sorry Andy - I couldn't resist). I discovered some really interesting pieces too which I will post about in appropriate sections. The first Ike of the bunch which immediately caught my eye was this 1971 curiosity. It stood out among the other 99 clads because from the rim it seemed to be silver. The obverse looked to be a proof and it has a few serious rim dings, but the puzzling part was that there was no 'S' mint mark. Even more bizarre was that the reverse seems to be a 1971 Type 1. So, what the heck is it? My next thought was to weigh it; 22.9 grams, slightly heavy, but not silver weight. I also lightly dropped it from an inch off my faux-marble kitchen counter along with a normal 1971 clad Ike for comparison. The sound was identical. My only conclusion at this point is that a previous owner altered the paint job to make the coin appear to be silver.

Re: Possibly altered 1971 Ike?

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:47 pm
by AndyO
All 71 CuNi business strikes are type 1 reverses.

I would say you've got a plated coin, since the copper doesn't appear to be showing on the edge at all and it's a just a hair on the heavy side. It's not uncommon to run into these.

Value: $1
Good for: tips, self defense, plugging the hole on your bass boat

Re: Possibly altered 1971 Ike?

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:18 am
by MichaelM
Thanks Andy. I seriously doubted I had a 'one of a kind' find.