Author Archives: F. Michael Fazzari

Fluorescent Light Coin Examinations

To introduce fluorescent light coin examinations, let me quote from a recent article in Road & Track magazine about one of the fastest, most powerful and expensive supercars on earth built by Bugatti: “The final step for each newly assembled … Continue reading

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Coin Design Detail a Grading ‘Flaw’

By F. Michael Fazzari Coin grading is a subjective examination made to assess a coin’s condition of preservation. Its grade will help determine its desirability and value in the marketplace. Unfortunately, there are several characteristics on coins that ensure commercial … Continue reading

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Can You Find ‘Secret’ Dime Marker?

By F. Michael Fazzari There are no secrets to coin authentication. All it takes is a stereo microscope and either the diagnostics of a genuine specimen or access to known genuine coins for a back-and-forth comparison. Oh, and I’ll add … Continue reading

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The Mints of Then and Now

by F. Michael Fazzari  When a coin is made, barring any post-strike enhancement by the Mint, that’s it.  At that moment, its originality cannot be improved upon and anything that changes it, including toning and circulation wear, is considered by … Continue reading

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Genuine Coins Have “Style”

While it is obvious today that to authenticate a coin, you must know what the genuine coin should look like, at one time this was taken for granted.  When I became an authenticator, I never saw it expressed anywhere!  I am … Continue reading

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Learning to recognize friction

Some of you know that ICG has moved into a larger building.  After the move, while setting up my library, I came across a small pamphlet that had a profound influence on me decades ago while implementing the “Technical Grading … Continue reading

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Separate coin values from conditions

Change is inevitable. Change in some form will occur to the present grading system, just as it has in the past. While I cannot be sure what it will be, the best change would be to separate a coin’s value … Continue reading

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Counterfeits get better and better

Counterfeits have been around since the beginning of coinage and I suspect the beginning of other things as well. Today, we have to watch for counterfeit purses, watches, car parts and blue jeans to name a few. It is human … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: New information exists for seekers

I once believed the expression “there is nothing new under the sun,” as I often caught myself starting to repeat a topic in one of my columns that I had recently covered. After reading some posts on one of the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Internet holds troves of info for collectors

I once believed the expression “there is nothing new under the sun” as I often caught myself starting to repeat a topic in one of my columns that I had recently covered. After reading some posts on one of the … Continue reading

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