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Struck thru grease or just old & worn?
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I have this 1902 V nickel. As you can tell by the obverse, it's pretty worn..but still has identifiable features. The Reverse can barely be seen at all & is completely smooth...you can't feel anything on it.  So, is it just a really old coin with more wear on the back..or could it possibly be one that was struck thru grease or some other mint error? 



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Welcome to the forum

Not an error or struck through grease, just a well worn nickel.   
It would be a good candidate for a Low Ball coin.   
It may have been a pocket piece at one time.

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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Being the head on the obverse is the largest of the details of the whole Liberty Nickel overall, once the rims have worn past the point that they are able to protect the coins details from wear, the V and wreath as well as the lettering on the reverse would succumb to wear faster than the large thick detail of the head on the obverse.

In addition, the 1902 year of Liberty Head Nickels had strike issues at the Mint with many specimens weakly struck and having dull, or "pebbly" fields. It is also possible along with the very excessive wear this nickel has seen that it started out as a weakly struck specimen on top of that.

There are no errors on this coin.

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