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Penny Hoarding Member

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Posted - 04/29/2010 :  23:31:38  Show Profile Send theo a Private Message
I've been trying to accumulate nickel bullion coins recently. Oddly enough nickel seems to be one of the more challenging forms of bullion for those of us in the U.S. to collect, at least in purer forms.

Until recently, my only source of .999 nickel was the very occasional pre-1982 Canadian nickel found in nickel rolls and coin counter reject trays. However, I found a vendor at my local flea market who sells loose, circulated foriegn coins. His price (5 for a dollar) is a little high, however I've been able to find several French 1 Franc (1960 - 2000) coins and a few Dutch 1 Gilden (1967 - 1980) coins, which I believe are both made of nickel. These two coins along with the 1/2 franc and the Canadian pre-1982 nickel are the only coins I know that are made almost purely from nickel.

So my question is, what other world coins contain mostly nickel?

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Penny Pincher Member

103 Posts

Posted - 04/30/2010 :  00:00:37  Show Profile Send frugalcanuck a Private Message
Canadian quarters and dimes from 1968 - 1999 are also .999 nickel

One box of Nickels

11.65% .999 Ni
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Penny Hoarding Member

993 Posts

Posted - 04/30/2010 :  13:31:21  Show Profile Send Cerulean a Private Message
This is from my big foreign coin composition spreadsheet. I tried to stick with coins from the last 50 years, or stuff that would still be easy to find. Note that only two of these coins are still in production (Sweden 5 kroner and West African States 100 francs), and many have been demonetized, no longer circulate, and are not legal tender anywhere.

Austria, 10 shillings 1974-2001
Bahamas, 25 cents 1966-1989
Belgium, 10 francs 1969-1985
Belgium, 50 francs 1987-2001
Canada, 5 cents 1955-1981
Canada, 10 cents 1969-2000
Canada, 25 cents 1969-2000
Canada, 50 cents 1969-2000
Canada, 1 dollar 1987-2010 (nickel-brass plated)
Central African States, 50 francs 1961-?
Central African States, 100 francs 1966-1971
Comoros, 25 francs 1981-1990
Comoros, 50 francs 1975-1990
Comoros, 100 francs 1977-1990
El Salvador, 25 centavos 1970-2000
El Salvador, 50 centavos 1970-2000
France, 1/2 franc 1966-2001
France, 1 franc 1960-2001
France, 2 francs 1979-2001
Hungary, 5 forint 1971-1982
Hungary, 10 forint 1971-1982
India, 25 paise 1957-1975
India, 50 paise 1957-1975
India, 1 rupee 1957-1975
Ireland, 3 pence 1928-1941
Ireland, 6 pence 1928-1941
Macau, 1 pataca 1968-1981
Morocco, 1 dirham 1965-1973
Netherlands, 10 cents 1948-2001
Netherlands, 25 cents 1948-2001
Netherlands, 1 guilder 1967-2001
Netherlands, 2.5 guilders 1969-2001
Netherlands, 5 guilders 1987-2001
Netherlands Antilles, 10 cents 1970-1988
Netherlands Antilles, 25 cents 1970-1988
Netherlands Antilles, 1 guilder 1970-1997
Netherlands Antilles, 2.5 guilders 1978-1997
South Africa, 1 rand 1977-1988
Sweden, 5 kroner 1972-present (copper-nickel plated)
Switzerland, 5 cents 1932-1939
Switzerland, 10 cents 1932-1939
Switzerland, 20 cents 1879-1938
Syria, 25 qirsh 1968-?
Syria, 50 qirsh 1968-?
Syria, 1 pound 1968-1995?
Tunisia, 1/2 dinar 1968-1975
Venezuela, 50 centimos 1965-1985
Venezuela, 1 bolivar 1967-1986
Venezuela, 2 bolivares 1967-1988
Venezuela, 5 bolivares 1973-1988
West African States, 100 francs 1967-present?

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Penny Hoarding Member

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Posted - 04/30/2010 :  18:39:15  Show Profile Send theo a Private Message
Wow! A very exhaustive list. Thank you. I'm a bit red faced because I never realized that the Canadian quarters and dimes were made of nickel. I just assumed that they were of a similar composition to their U.S. counterparts. I wonder why the RCM decided to switch the composition of quarters and dimes to nickel in the 60s instead of the much cheaper copper like the U.S. did. Was there a surplus of nickel at the time?
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Penny Pincher Member

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Posted - 04/30/2010 :  18:55:07  Show Profile Send bankmining a Private Message
One reason is that Canada I believe is either the first or second largest nickel producer in the world
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Posted - 05/01/2010 :  10:13:28  Show Profile Send realpenny a Private Message
Second per this site.
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Penny Sorter Member

New Zealand
77 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2010 :  18:26:16  Show Profile Send BCNumismatics a Private Message
Both French Polynesia & New Caledonia still have nickel coins for 10,20,& 50 Francs.

As for South African coins,the following were struck of nickel;

1965-89/90 5 Cents.

1965-89/90 10 Cents.

1965-90 20 Cents.

1965-90 50 Cents.

1977-90 1 Rand.


Aidan Work.

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