Sunday, April 28, 2013

1913 Liberty Nickel Cast, Forged, Stamped, and Stricken, still Sells for $3.1 Million

One of the five 1913 Liberty Nickels sold for $3.1 million. That's the part everybody seems to understand. The confusion begins when writers unfamiliar with numismatics look for a verb to describe how this coin was made. The Associated Press gets it right and wrong in the same sentence in The Washington Post with the word "struck" followed by the misleading "cast":
"The coin was struck at the Philadelphia mint in late 1912, the final year of the Liberty nickel, but with the year 1913 cast on its face"
The BBC  likes "forged" and as well as "cast":
"The nickel was forged at the mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1912 - the final year the Liberty Head was cast - but with the year 1913 cast on its face."
 My favorite is here, "stricken."
"There were only five of these stricken, and as of the year 2003 all five have been found and accounted for"
 I'm sure I've seen "stamped" as well. No worries though, it's good to see the hobby stricken with such acute worldwide press attention.

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