Coin and Paper Money Collecting/2005 Nickel


I found a 2005 nickel. On one side Thomas Jefferson is on the left looking to the left with Liberty written in script on the right. Above liberty is In God We Trust. Below Liberty is 2005. This side of the coin seems normal. The other side has a buffalo facing the right side with United States of America above the buffalo and E Pluribus Unum below the buffalo. Below the E Pluribus Unum lettering is the words Five Cents in the bottom center of the coin. The weird thing about this side is that the buffalo is shiny. The buffalo looks holographic. It turns different colors when held to the light. Is this a special coin? What does the different coloring on the buffalo mean? When in the shade, the buffalo looks plain silver like the coin. In the light, the buffalo changes colors kind of like a rainbow but very very bright. It is really cool. I've never seen a coin like this one before. Do you know what it is or how many were made and the cost?


I would have to believe that your coin came from one of the sets sold on TV, like the one in this eBay listing :

The whole set sold for $3.00 so you can see it has little value.

If you use a strong magnifier, you should be able to see that the hologram is just a sticker that has been melted onto the coin.

I hope this helps,


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