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1959 Jefferson Nickel - Improperly Annealed - "Black Beauty" - Certified
Rare Hoard of 1959
These Jefferson Nickels minted in 1959, are utterly unique rarities. Reason being - both obverse and reverse are black.
When discovered, they were understandably nicknamed "Black Beauties" in homage to the midnight tones of this one of a kind piece.
The distinctive black finish comes from an improperly handled annealing process.
is the process of heating the planchet to ready it for striking. The planchets are then placed in a large furnace warmed by gas heaters to "relax" the metal. They are then passed through a washing solution to remove tarnish, which gives the planchets (coins) the familiar "BU" (Brilliant Uncirculated) finish.
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