I so rarely get BWRs, but I happened to get four this last Friday when picking up some rolled coins to search.
The four rolls are all white except for blue stripes on either end and then going around just inside that is: $2 NICKELS in blue
So far, every nickel from the three BWRs I have already searched looks to me as if it had undergone some sort of mutilation. Both the obverse and the reverse of all of these nickels are literally covered with short, yet deep scratches/gouges, etc.
Could it be some sort of malfunction in the counting/sorting/rolling equipment that the coin processor used?
Hope someone has some sort of explanation as this really has my curiosity piqued as I have never seen coins in this quantity that all look this way. Here and there, yes a nickel will look like it has been attacked and mutilated but for all of them to look identical regardless of the age of the nickel too is something I have never encountered in my two plus years of searching coins.
I got $500. in dimes like that and I think it is some kind of cleaning they do to them. they were really clean. not sure but that is my best guess.
the dimes were wrapped in the same blue you described.
Yes. These were all really clean coins and a wide range of dates. Two strange thoughts kept popping up in my mind as I was sorting them seeing all the scratches/gouges, etc. A golf ball cleaner and a bowling ball cleaner--I could just see these coins being forced through something similar to either of these and I wondered why. I wonder if something malfunctioned in the sorting equipment or if some new processor has added a "cleaning" aspect to their process for their coin handling.
THEN, I had a "day-mare" that I would find another 2009 nickel that had been mutilated this way. For once, I was thankful I didn't find a 2009 as I don't know if I could have handled that being done to such a scarce coin.