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(UPI)   Extremely rare 1792 nickel sells for $1.41 million, minted from silverware that George told Martha to melt   (upi.com) divider line 17
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2013-01-14 09:20:32 AM  
The headline is entirely true? Hey, this is Fark!
 
2013-01-14 09:27:02 AM  
But does it have a picture of a bee on it?
 
2013-01-14 09:37:59 AM  
There is a Pawn Stars joke in here somewhere.
 
2013-01-14 09:58:31 AM  
Martha Washington was a hip, hip, hip lady.
 
2013-01-14 10:07:41 AM  
Numismatic rage. It is not a "nickel" nor a "silver nickel". It is a half disme (the "s" was later dropped, so "half dime" would also be acceptable), and had a value of 5c. Just because it's five cents doesn't make it a nickel -- those are specifically the larger coins with a copper-nickel composition, first circulated about 75 years after this coin.
 
2013-01-14 10:15:31 AM  
And this half disme was struck by Parson Weems himself.
 
2013-01-14 10:52:43 AM  

MilesTeg: There is a Pawn Stars joke in here somewhere.


I'll give you three pennies for it.  It's going to sit on my shelf, and I have to make some money, you know?
 
2013-01-14 11:20:09 AM  
That nickel must be huuuge!

/Using Foxnews logic
 
2013-01-14 12:14:45 PM  

ApeShaft: That nickel must be huuuge!

/Using Foxnews logic


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2013-01-14 01:23:57 PM  
Are any of you wives versed in the metalurgical arts?

/well, it is Valley Forge
 
2013-01-14 01:44:54 PM  
 
2013-01-14 02:33:54 PM  
so.....it did not even keep up with inflation?
 
2013-01-14 02:45:39 PM  
Lovin' the half disme fo' shizzle!
 
2013-01-14 03:26:27 PM  
Anyone else think it's funny that the 1792 nickle has "Science and Industry" while modern-day nickle has "In God We Trust"

THE FOUNDING FATHERS BUILT THIS COUNTRY ON CHRISTIANITY.

ohwai...
 
2013-01-14 04:17:03 PM  
Hey Lincoln do you got a penny?
 
2013-01-14 09:10:52 PM  

flaminio: Numismatic rage. It is not a "nickel" nor a "silver nickel". It is a half disme (the "s" was later dropped, so "half dime" would also be acceptable), and had a value of 5c. Just because it's five cents doesn't make it a nickel -- those are specifically the larger coins with a copper-nickel composition, first circulated about 75 years after this coin.


Drat. Beat me to the punch.

So here's some history:  Nickel was discovered by Swedish mineralogist, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt (1722-65), in 1751. It's the Devil's silver--it was named after "Old Nick". Most of the world's nickel comes from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, or as we like to call it in Canada, "Hell".

Here's some more from Wikipedia. The first nickels were minted in 1866 to replace the five cent note. Yes, paper money. I've seen a 25 cent Canadian bill my grandparents had, so I'm not altogether surprised (they called them shinplasters (usefully for plastering a scraped shin).
 
2013-01-14 10:00:28 PM  
The alternative was making them out of wood, which had George feeling a mite nervous.
 
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