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Shine on, you coiny diamond.

I know this is a weird thing with which to get preoccupied, but little mysteries drive me nuts.

What is the deal with this worn nickel?  Why does it sparkle the way it does?  Is it the work of an oblique prankster?  A faulty counterfeiter?  A chemical agent?  A sparkly vampire?

Occam’s razor suggests that it’s just a thin, undetectable acrylic paint or something.  But I swear doesn’t feel painted; it feels like an ordinary nickel.  And what kind of prank is that, anyway?  Who sits around painting nickels?  And why?