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Don't Be Fooled by Fake Error Coins!

I am fascinated by error coins.

I love the fact that they are totally unique and that they were never meant to see the light of day. There is an element of intrigue that excites me to no end.

Whenever I have the opportunity to pick up some interesting errors with any collection I buy, I am always thrilled.

Unfortunately there is also a dark side to error coin collecting: fakes. I have bought many collections that had error coins included and I have thus far been lucky not to have received any fakes.

That is, until now.

I recently bought a collection that had this nickel included (on the right):

To me it looks like it was a nickel struck on a dime's planchet.

I even weighed it and it was the same weight as a mercury dime, the type of dime planchet that would have been at the mint in 1940!

However, appearances can be deceiving. Check out the video below to learn more about how I determined whether or not this coin is or is not a real error coin!

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