Friday, February 26, 2010

Numisma - what?

Not being a collector of coins, there is no good reason why I should have noticed that the 2005 nickel had a different scene on the back. Instead of what I thought should be a view of the Capitol building, there was a seascape.

When I tried a magnifying glass on the coin, it did prove to be a seascape. It turned out to be part of a Westward Journey nickel series - information provided by Google.

That domed building on the reverse side of our usual nickel? It is not the Capitol. It is Monticello.



Zeta said...

Monticello West Front. Nice. I could live her in the summers month which would allow me to avoid the snow.

Zeta said...

ops live here, the "e" feel off my keyboard. Its back on now.

ol Doc said...

I've never taken the time to check my nickels, they always go so fast. T. thinks the Sacagawea dollar coins are gold. We don't have many but he will clink them in his hands....

I thought they were brass. I finally looked it up and....
Specifically, the Golden Dollar is: 8.1 grams in weight, 2 mm thick, and 26.5 mm in diameter.

The coins physical makeup is a three-layer clad construction - pure copper sandwiched between and metallurgically bonded to outer layers of manganese brass.

Manganese brass composition: Golden Dollar's overall composition:
•77% copper
•12% zinc
•7% manganese
•4% nickel
•88.5% copper
•6.0% zinc
•3.5% manganese
•2% nickel

I don't see gold. Do you? Hah, I win!

RANGER said...

Zeta wins the Grand Prize of a spare e. Better than gold any day.

o1 Doc wins a Grand Prize, too. This Grand Prize consists of recognition that if there were such a prize, you would win it.

Big Ed said...

I didn't win anything cause I couldn't think of anything to post. Besides this I can't think of anything to post still.

ol Doc said...

I think BigE wins an award. Dunno which one but it just seems he should get SOMEthing! Since my prize seems to be a bag of air, I'll share it with him!