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  2. Thanks everyone for your input highly appreciated on the 2000 lmc d blistering
  3. This one arrived in the mail today, it's been a while since I've filled a hole in the penny book, I think the last one was the 09-S, but still two holes left to be filled!
  4. those so called polishing lines are on most all coins, from morgens to cents. I have often wondered if a wire brush is used for polishing.
  5. Purchased below spot and at the equivalent of @ 1200.00 per ounce...it's a 69 in a PCGS holder...a little dangerous on a whim....we'll see in hand when it arrives......peace...
  6. Had one similar for years then sold it, I loved that coin, used it as the "go to example" while researching...cherry picking....a twelve year old bought it for less than I did when I let it go...I figured why not.....peace
  7. It's a pretty amazing feeling holding this in my hand. Looks about the same on hand as the pictures but i figured id take a couple pictures.
  8. You might be looking at pvc contamination. Most proof coins do not get hazy, they might tarnish. The ike dollars were bad about this from the holder they were put in from the mint. If your coins are form that era its probable. Search for articles on pvc removal and what it looks like.
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  10. Most of these experienced and educated "experts" can tell you within a blink of an eye that your coin has been polished. I agree with their opinion, but I will add a few points as to how I came up with this diagnosis. #1, the area directly above the cap is recessed and protected and has what looks to me like remaining mint luster where the polishing wheel did not get to the original surface. #2, the star circled also looks like it has remaining mint luster in the areas that were protected in the recesses from the polishing wheel. #3, the areas between the letters "UNUM" also show this luster (surface) remaining. #4, the multiple vertical scratches (hairlines) all over the surface also suggest a polishing, buffing, or burnishing. #5, this coin seems to have very strong hair details which would suggest that the coin started out as a fairly nice Unc. or AU coin. But the remaining luster in the deepest recesses of the hair show that the dies were not polished to a mirror finish (the deepest recess of the coin would be the highest points on the dies and would receive the heaviest polish). As with all of the other opinions you have received on this subject, you are free to accept, reject, or adjust your findings to suit your needs. Good luck, and keep looking for that one-in-a-million coin. We all want one. ;-)
  11. I am glad to hear things are going much better for your family. Tokens are very collectible for kids. Kids love to collect different tokens with a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. What's nice for the adults is that they are very inexpensive to get for your kids. Funny thing about 3-year old's is they have no concept of value and could care less what their tokens are worth. With kids as long as the tokens are numerous, colorful, and different, life is good!
  12. Thanks Tom, I'm receiving it in the mail momentarily. I will post pictures if it looks different on hand.
  13. Agreed. That is a gorgeous denarius. No question about it. That's a piece to be very proud of.
  14. The collector in me says: Only show him one- so you can keep the other in the cardboard.
  15. Oh my. I'm still recovering from the graded Big Mac coins. I honestly have no clue on if NGC would grade something like this or not. It could be hysterical to do if they would and I had plenty of money sloshing around (ie won the lottery levels of money), but I my finances are such right now that that is NOT where I'm going to be putting my money. Even if I had the money there are othering things I'd rather spend the grading fees on. Nothing against anyone that would want to grade such things, but, for me, the value just isn't there - "Limited Edition" or no. I haven't taken either of them out yet so I don't know if they're plastic but I suspect that they are. One of them might get opened when I show them to my son but I'm planning to keep at least one in the cardboard.
  16. Thanks for your reply Bob & Dave. Next question, of course, do the die polishing lines detract from a grade the same as ordinary old hairline scratches?
  17. Yep this is the guy. I have always wanted a gleaming mint state example of this coin, like this one. This is one of the better looking obverse engravings too; some of them are kind of clumsy
  18. Thank you sir, you just reminded me to pick it up! Paperback copy is 4 bucks on ebay.
  19. The left one is definitely fake, and a very poor one at that. Roman denarii just never look like that. It's too circular, the strike is too flat, it's too perfectly centered, the letters are too clear and wide yet mushy. The copy at right actually has a little more of the authentic look in its strike, though not much.
  20. That's a gorgeous denarius. It makes one want to pick up Meditations.
  21. Now I just found a 1972, that is just funny. I know it's a slightly die chip. But that is so cool. 😁😎
  22. They are very prominent on the 1964 SMS Roosevelt dimes. They are called "Die Polishing" lines, but they are more like "Die Scratching" lines, in my opinion. I always thought that just a little more time and effort on the part of the die finisher could have turned out some really nice looking coins. Instead, they look like they were produced in a rush. On a different coin, the lines may have given it "character." On this particular coin, they make it appear unfinished and less attractive than it should have been.
  23. The die erosion is not severe enough that it should affect the numeric grade, though a discriminating buyer might avoid the coin for one struck from fresher dies.
  24. First, varieties and strike characters are not the same. Adding a variety to an already NGC-certified coin is done at a fee of $15. Adding a strike character such as FB, 5FS, CAMEO, PL, etc. is done at a fee of $12. You can specify both services when submitting an already NGC-certified coin. For submissions of raw coins, the strike characters will be applied automatically as part of the grading process, but varieties will not be applied unless they are ones indicated as having no fee at the VarietyPlus website and are identified by the submitter on the form.
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