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Racketeer Nickel 
Racketeer Nickel 

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Product Code: 1333

In 1883 the Liberty Head Nickel appeared in America – and immediately started a minor crime wave. Con artists discovered that the coin – containing the large letter “V” without the word “CENTS”– could be gold plated and passed off for a $5 Gold piece. The most famous con artist was named Josh Tatum. He would walk into a store and buy a 5 cent item with his 24K gold-plated nickel. If the clerk noticed that it was a nickel, Tatum simply left with his purchase. Usually he left with $4.95 in change. Josh Tatum inspired the phrase,  “I was just joshing.”

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