1833 Shield Nickel Re-Punched Date (RPD) FS-311

1883 RPD showing a secondary impression of the date

I was on a popular Auction House looking through the merchandise when a PCGS slabbed Shield Nickel was on the list. I decided to take a second look at the coin. The auction house photos were pretty bad. I managed to plug in the certification number to find out that this coin was purchased from another auction house in the Spring of 2020.

The 2nd auction house photos were a bit more clear and I decided to purchase the coin even if PCGS says it was cleaned. My intent for this coin is to use it as a conversation piece at some of he upcoming shows.

When the coin arrived, I took it to the microscope. I am going to take photographs with a Canon Rebel T3i and a special lens that is inserted into the eyepiece. Here is the result of the repunched date on the 1833 Shield Nickel:

A close up of the Repunched Date on a 1883 Shield Nickel. This shows the 18 along with the weaker 1 between primary 18
A close up of the Repunched Date on a 1883 Shield Nickel. This shows the 18 along with the weaker 1 between primary 18
A close up of the Repunched Date on a 1883 Shield Nickel. This shows the 83. Notice the additional punching signs within the 8.
A close up of the Repunched Date on a 1883 Shield Nickel. This shows the 83. Notice the additional punching signs within the 8. The “3” just looks WEIRD. It looks like there are scribbles within the center of the “3”.

Additional photos of the 1833 Shield Nickel with a Repunched Date (RPD)

The Microscope I own is Trinocular meaning it has the potential for 3 eye pieces. The 3rd eyepiece is where a special microscope camera resides. It’s a 14MP camera and through some software it is ported to my PC. I’ll upload a few photos of the date from this 14MP microscope camera below.

The extra base of a “1” is evident in between the primary 1 and 8. I think I see something at the toppart of the “8” as well. The pick up point (PUP) for this coin is the weaker “1” located between the predominant “1” and “8” in the photo below.

the 18 from a 1883 Shield Nickel. This photo was taken from a 14MP microscope camera
The 18 from a 1883 Shield Nickel. This photo was taken from a 14MP microscope camera

I then decided to shift one number at a time. I wanted to compare the “88” to see if there was the same sort of issue at the top of both “8’s” and I can clearly see that there is.

The 88 from a 1883 Shield Nickel. This photo was taken from a 14MP microscope camera
The 88 from a 1883 Shield Nickel. This photo was taken from a 14MP microscope camera

The last two numbers “83” also look intriguing. You can almost see that dash of a line in both the “8” and the “3”. This could be the top of the “original” date punching. I have taken the the time to take a full date photo and match up the lower 1 to see if it would make sense to see parts of the original date within the predominate date punching. To me it looked like a winner.

The 83 from a 1883 Shield Nickel. This photo was taken from a 14MP microscope camera
The 83 from a 1883 Shield Nickel. This photo was taken from a 14MP microscope camera

This will offer a few hours of conversation at the next show we plan on attending. The 1883 Shield Nickels with Re-Punched Dates are not that expensive when compared to the 1833 Shield Nickels with the 1883 over 2 over date.

Interested in seeing this 1883 Shiled Nickel with a re-punched date in person? We are looking forward to attending the VNA coin convention in Fredericksburg in September. We set up on Thursday the 24th of September in Fredericksburg, VA at the Fredericksburg Convention Center off Carl D Silver Parkway. For more information about the show and whether it will be allowed through this COVID pandemic, please visit www.vnaonline.org