Has anybody else seen a flimsy-looking nickel?
I got this one nickel a month or two ago (sorry I kept forgetting to blog about it), and it felt like zinc! It had the same flimsy, joke-arse feel to it that modern pennies have. It featured a 3/4 view of Jefferson's magnificent visage (a mockery as our most anti-central banking Founder is forced to watch impotently over the debasing of our last truly valuable form of currency), and I forget the reverse (I don't think it was Monticello). Has anybody else seen (or felt) a flimsy, zinc-y nickel? Did I imagine it?
The only thing I've been able to find (though it was hardly an exhaustive search), was this, put out by the excellent coinflation folks:
But there's no indication I've found that they've already done the wicked deed, except that one contemptible little coin I held in my hand a couple months ago.
I almost posted this without mentioning why this is significant: in case you haven't heard, nickels are (or at least have been until recently) minted using about 6 or 7 cents worth of nickel and copper apiece, at today's spot prices. Any nickel you obtain that was minted from whenever they started minting the things some time in the 1800's and mid-1942, or between 1946 and 2010, contains more than 6 cents worth of metal. (The 1943-1945 nickels, and some of the 1942 nickels, contain silver and are worth $2.80-something, but you won't find them lying around in cash registers or wherever.) You can be a nickel and copper baron, and the government will subsidize you. (They're trying to figure out a way to stop subsidizing this.) If they changed the composition of newly minted coins, I want to know about it.