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This tint -- known as toning -- is caused by exposure to contaminants, like dirt, the oil in peoples' fingers, stuff in the air, or from some kind of liquid. The contaminant will chemically react with the metal on the coin's surface and cause it to change color.

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Q: Why would 1938 buffalo nickel in very good condition have a brass tint?
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