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Hi Ronald,
I have a 2005 Lewis and Clark nickel without any plating. It's entirely copper.
I can't seem to find any info about this defect any where and hope you can help.
      Thanks, Bill


Sorry, but based on photos, it's been plated. I'd bet the weight is the same or just a bit more than a regular coin. If it were made of copper, it'd have a significant different value. Pure Copper was not used in the manufacture. The diameter is the same, so it could not be struck on a foreign blank. You give no specifics comparing it to weight, thickness or diameter of a normal nickel, so with what I've got, I say it's plated, and most likely after it was struck and left the mint. If you provide me with added information, I'll gladly revise my analysis.  

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

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1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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