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Coin’s appeal in eye of beholder

I hear a lot about eye appeal. There are standards for such things as the depth of a mirror surface and for frosted devices. Are there any standards for eye appeal? Although certification services usually consider eye appeal as a … Continue reading

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Proof coinage move not part of plan

Wasn’t the present Philadelphia Mint (the fourth, constructed in 1969) intended to continue proof coinage? Up until then, the Philadelphia Mint had struck almost all the proof coins issued. However, the coin shortage, capped with the failure of the roller-die … Continue reading

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Old slabs worth more

I understand coins housed in some of the older third-party certification service holders are worth more than are others of the same grade. Why? Earlier encapsulations by major third-party certification services are considered to have been graded using more conservative … Continue reading

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Grades multiplied over years

How did we go from Morgan silver dollars simply being graded uncirculated to our convoluted Mint State-60 to MS-70 plus additional stickers system? The numerical system began with grades MS-60, MS-63, and MS-65. By the mid-1980s, it became obvious this … Continue reading

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Numerous overdates in GSA sale

How many of the 80/79 and 8/7 overdates were included in the GSA sales of the 1880-CC dollars? Out of the 131,000+ 1880-CC dollars, about 50,000 were overdate varieties. Slightly more than 15,000 of those were the VAM-4 variety of … Continue reading

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Where does the ‘Clinic’ column appear?

Currently the Coin Clinic column is being published only in Numismatic News (and perhaps World Coin News?), but not in Coins magazine. When was the last time such a column was present in Coins? Also, does Bank Note Reporter have … Continue reading

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Only one owner for 1794 dollars

Is it true that all 1794 dollars passed through the hands of a single owner? It’s true. David Rittenhouse, the Mint director, made the only deposit of silver in that year and – as was the practice at the time … Continue reading

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Cents look like copper coating is missing

Last week while searching through penny rolls, I found six pennies that have a pure zinc look to them. No copper coating at all. I have found very little information on this. One page said they might have slipped through … Continue reading

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Horn measures wear on Buffalo

How do I tell whether my Buffalo nickel is a “full” or “quarter” horn? Is this some kind of grade like “full steps?” It is not a grade but a visual check of the condition of the coin, or a … Continue reading

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Why not a West Point cent to go with 2017-P?

Will there be any 2017-W Lincoln cents made for general circulation with an explicit “W,” or will such cents be misleadingly minted as 2017-P like the Philly ones? What act of Congress forced the “P” into 2017-P cents? The West … Continue reading

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