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While it is possible there was a problem with the alloy mix of your nickel, more likely it has either become toned (tarnished) to that coppery color or has been copper-plated. I suggest you check out the ANACS website, to see if they will be attending an upcoming coin show in your area, where you can take your coin and get a free first-hand professional appraisal :

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Q: Was a 1964 nickel with a copperish hue minted with a different alloy composition?
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