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Nickel Error?
Extra Window on Monticello

Question: I happened across a 1970 nickel. On the back, upon further review I noticed that the Monticello had an extra window. When looking at the back it's located on the right side just above the center window. It may be nothing, but I thought I would ask. I had purchased an old jewelry box at an estate sale and found a small box of coins. I know nothing about coins and I was browsing your sight and looking at the pictures and mint markings etc..


My Answer: Without seeing the nickel, or at least a good image of the coin, I am afraid I will not be of much help to you.

Many things can go wrong when minting coins, and it could be a mint error of some sort. If this is the case, your nickel would probably have an increase in value, however the value would depend on how unique and rare the error is.

It could also be some sort of post-mint damage or altering, in which case it would be worth face value.

If it is some sort of doubling error, it seems strange to me that the doubling would only be of the one window.

Wisconsin State Quarter Extra Leaf Variety
It could also be just one of those strange things that happen when minting coins, such as with the Wisconsin State Quarter, some of which have an extra leaf. (click on the image to see a larger view)

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Extra Window on Monticello

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Aug 07, 2009
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by: Eva - Moderator

I am sorry that I could not be of more help, but as I mentioned above, errors on coins are just something that I would have to see to form an opinion about.

If you get a good photo of your nickel, I would love to see it. You might also try submitting your question along with a good image to forums that specialize in coins. (You can probably get a pretty good image with a scanner, if you have one.)

There will be some members of the forum who are more familiar with error coins than I am and they will be better qualified to help you. Coin Talk Forum and Coin Community Forum are a couple of good ones.

Most forums require you to be a registered user before you will be able to post, but registration is free to the two mentioned above.

Be sure to come back and let us know what you find out!

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