I've played several runs in these days, and I've encountered twice a strange Nickel

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that I can't pick up.

I thought it was a bug, but two clues make an evidence.

It has nothing different from a normal Nickel (maybe it's a bit lighter), I hear the sound of a dropped coin when I touch it, and I can't understand what's its purpose.

Has anyone else found it? Any idea?

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    I'm assuming your money counter isn't full?
    – Powerlord
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 6:36
  • There are a few special kinds of coins that appear as Trinkets, but as far as I'm aware, none of them make coin sounds when you touch them... they make the usual Trinket pickup sound/animation.
    – Powerlord
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 6:37
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    Looks like the Burnt Penny trinket. Are you sure you aren't doing a challenge which locks you into certain trinkets? And are you sure you didn't accidentally pick up The Tick? It prevents you from picking up other trinkets.
    – user79446
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 8:21
  • I had the same problem in the daily run with eve (I think it was 2 days ago). I am guessing it is a bug, so better go and report it somewhere :)
    – Marv
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 8:49
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    @HugoZink it's definitely not a trinket. Had the same drop myself, without having any trinket equipped, and I wasn't able to pick it up. We still cannot rule out the possibility that it's a bug, but since there's still a lot of secrets to discover in the DLC it's worth investigating further
    – Kappei
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 11:47

2 Answers 2


The purpose is still unclear, but it looks like it can be picked up if you bomb it.

This could mean two things:

  • the Nickel is glitchy and bombing it somehow resets its status, allowing you to pick it up, OR

  • the Nickel is connected to the Greed theme of the DLC. After all, using a bomb, worth 5 cents in the store, to get 5 cents from the floor means you value more the money than the items. Or maybe I'm reading too much into this.

McMillen and Tyrone Rodriguez have heavily hinted at secrets still undiscovered in the DLC, so this hard-to-pick Nickel may be tied to something else, at the moment still unknown.

  • I'll try to update the answer if something new comes out in the future.
    – Kappei
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 12:03
  • I don't think it's a glitch or a bug, because I've found other normal Nickels, probably it's just another kind of penny (like the Lucky Penny) which is hard to recognize from the original. Anyway, thank you for your suggestion!
    – pinckerman
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 14:23

The last update explained that this kind of nickel is called Sticky Nickel:

A Nickel that will flip upside-down when Isaac tries to collect it. Afterwards, it will get stuck on the ground, unable to be picked up unless blasted off the ground with an explosion.

It can be now unlocked by completing Boss Rush with


  • It sounds like these nickels are actually a bad thing, since you have to waste a bomb to pick them up. However, they are actually a benefit - if you don't have Sticky Nickels unlocked, they will be regular pennies instead (worth only 1 cent). So yes, you're "spending" a bomb to collect the nickel, but you're also getting more money than you normally would have.
    – Mage Xy
    Commented Jun 29, 2016 at 16:41
  • @MageXy it was probably a bug, but I've found it before even unlocking Sticky Nickels and The Keeper.
    – pinckerman
    Commented Jun 29, 2016 at 17:34

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