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05:07 PM on 01/14/2013
I hear there is going to be a coin worth a $Trillion dollars!!!!
05:26 PM on 01/14/2013
Guess which shell the pea is under........ .
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glenler
05:02 PM on 01/14/2013
can't hey get anything right. It's a half Dimse made of silver. There wasn't a such thing as a nickle then, the first nickle was minted in 1866
05:16 PM on 01/14/2013
Correct, the first five cent nickels were isued in 1866, the same metal was used for the three cent nickel which was introduced in '65.
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05:16 PM on 01/14/2013
When was the first nickel minted ??
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glenler
05:26 PM on 01/14/2013
1866
05:31 PM on 01/14/2013
Three cent 'nickel' - 1865
Five cent 'nickel' - 1866
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03:52 PM on 01/14/2013
It's a "Half-disme". It is a silver coin. Indian cents of 1859-64 were made primarily of nickel, therefore euphemistically called "nickels". There were also 3 cent pieces made of nickel in the 1860's as well. The first 5 cent piece were also made in that time period and came to be called "nickels" after the 3 cent piece faded away and cents were no longer made of nickel, but bronze instead. "Dollar" is a corruption of German - "Taler" or "Thaler" a name for a larger denomination coin at the time.
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rdschuler
04:18 PM on 01/14/2013
Thanks for the information .
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Molly D
03:37 PM on 01/14/2013
WOW, incredible gem specimen. Obviously set aside at the mint and carefully preserved. The 1792 issue of cents, half dismes, dismes and a quarter were patterns. The half disme had enough made for some to be put in circulation. So this is unusual.

And it's NOT a friggin nickel. The first nickel was not until 1866.
05:20 PM on 01/14/2013
I felt that the mint really missed an opportunity in 1992. It would have been wonderful if they had produced a commemorative set, as close to the original designs and standards as modern techniques would allow for, of the 1792 pattern coinage for the U.S. Mint 's bicentenial. If nicely packaged and reasonably priced, it would have been an excellent educational tool.
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rdschuler
03:35 PM on 01/14/2013
For what it is worth ,the piece is referred to as a nickel,because it was made of the metal nickel .Don't know why a dime is called a dime,but I suppose a quarter is one forth of a dollar.Most confusing is,why is a dollar ,called a dollar ?
05:02 PM on 01/14/2013
The coin shown is not a 'nickel', it is a half dime. Nickel is the metal that gives the current five cent coin its color. The alloy of a 'nickel' is 75% copper, 25% nickel and was first used for the three cent 'nickels' introduced in 1865. The five cent 'nickel' as we know it today (but with different design) came out in 1866.
The word, 'dollar', was an anglicised version of Reichsthaler. Reichsthalers, or thalers, were large silver coins issued by several european trading nations that were accepted somewhat universally.
The most popular and respected in the 'new world' was the Spanish Dollar, upon which our monetary system is based.
Dime and Cent were U.S. innovations to divide the dollar metrically. "Two bits" refers to the quarter dollar, as the Spanish dollar was divided into eight parts (pieces of 8) called 'bits'. The half cent and half dime facilitated exchange between Spanish and metric divisions.
rkeeeballs
rock and a hard place
02:59 PM on 01/14/2013
That'$ when 5 cents was worth a beer....or 2
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rdschuler
03:37 PM on 01/14/2013
Where did the phrase,"get off the table Mabel,come from ,since he only had two bits ?
05:09 PM on 01/14/2013
Spanish dollars (pieces of eight) were an 8- Real coin. The 1/8 divisions were commonly referred to (among english speakers) as "bits."
One bit = 12 1/2 cents
Two bits= one quarter dollar
Four bits= half dollar
06:01 PM on 01/14/2013
"Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar........"
02:49 PM on 01/14/2013
wish i had about three of those bad boys stuck somewhere
02:35 PM on 01/14/2013
That is not a NICKLE !! It is a half disme !! Who wrote this. The term "nickle" was not
used until much latter, and ironically it was used on the small cent (penny) not a 5
cent coin.
03:19 PM on 01/14/2013
That's "nickel."
03:33 PM on 01/14/2013
A Disme is worth 10 cents, half of 10 cents is 5 cents, and in todays world 5 cents is a nickel. Though nickel was not used during the coins time, it is perfectly acceptable to use it in explaining the value of the coin using todays language.
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03:58 PM on 01/14/2013
Disagree. A nickel was/is called that due to its composition. That it has become a euphemism for a value does not change that fact. By your logic, a horse should be called a car because in today's language, that is the name of our primary mode of personal transportation.
12:44 PM on 01/20/2013
Only if you want to distort ideas for
people that dont really know and small
children.
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sssSSssss....
02:30 PM on 01/14/2013
ill give you a nickel to tickle my pickle...
05:13 PM on 01/14/2013
Or a half dime just to pass the time?
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01:24 PM on 01/14/2013
And to think it was found in the cushions of a very old couch.
06:03 PM on 01/14/2013
That Twinkie may still be good.