The “Racketeer Nickel”
In 1883 a nickel design was released that would cause enormous consternation for the mint, and led to fraud all over the country.
Except for change, the nickel often escapes notice. But that wasn’t always true. In 1883 a nickel design was released that would cause enormous consternation for the mint, and led to fraud all over the country. The most famous fraudster of the 1883 ‘racketeer nickel,’ is said to have been deaf and mute – a fact that may have only helped him get away with the crime.
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