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  2. A new book, especially by a well known author, and especially if it is a well written and informative book, will almost certainly drive interest in the series. This series isn't something I've ever pursued, but even I've noticed a lot of lackluster proofs from this range.
  3. The strike is weak and the luster is lacking. These will both limit your grade - even with conservation. I think overall, the patina is attractive. The ugly spot on the reverse should be removed before it does potential damage - but I don't think this coin will go up too much in grade (probably 64+, maybe 65 if you get really lucky).
  4. Interesting and quite specific request. I don't have anything to offer, but I'd be very interested in seeing your set if you start a post over in the world coins forum.
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  6. Ditto the patience requirement. Had to ignore the grade really, except as a starting point. 1936 a bear for me.
  7. Maybe I'll let NGC do it with the guarantee though they are loath to say they made a mistake initially.
  8. Welcome to the Boards!!! I'm not seeing any picture in your thread. Did you drag your image file(s) to the "Drag files here to attach..." portion of the post?
  9. The coin looks lackluster, already. I am not sure, if that line isn't a scratch or other abrasion. I doubt conservation would help.
  10. I'm trying to complete my Crimean War sub-collection, and the only coin I lack is from that pesky little Italian state of Sardinia. I've looked all over, and the only coins I've been able to find from any of those four years are gold and/or in AU or MS condition -- they're absolutely stunning pieces, but: a) I'm honestly not all that interested in gold coins; and b) $200+ is far too much for me to spend, especially on a "minor" coin. The coin I do wind up purchasing will be one of the following: A copper centesimo IF in at least "Fine" condition (it doesn't have to be graded) A copper 3 or 5 centesimi IF in at least "Fine" condition (again, it doesn't have to be graded) A silver 25 or 50 centesimi, or a lira A silver 2 or 5 lire Any information or offers would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! Thank you!!!
  11. This is an interesting thread. I hope more before and after examples are posted. Regarding the SLQ I have trouble deciding which sort of ugly I prefer, but for that circulated coin at least, I like her with better with her makeup. However, I tend towards conservation when it comes to really grungy mint state 20th century coins. I still have a couple of white coins that I bought in the 50's and 60's that came out of old rolls and have remained white (not stored in albums BTW). So, white does not necessarily mean cleaned or unoriginal when it comes to 20th century type. I also find it acceptable in many cases and occasionally preferable to conserve coins that have clearly been stored improperly, fingerprinted, or otherwise mishandled. I do err on the side of leaving the coin alone, has to look pretty bad before I mess with it.
  12. I read about this company when all of the negative stuff was going down. He was offering high volume, low margin PMs during the gold and silver run up of 2002-2012, then apparently got caught short when the bullion banks brought the PM market down. I guess it's easy to make $ when gold prices are rising a few dollars a day, but not so much when those prices are being pulled back down.
  13. Certainly this book will spur interest in a series that is already weighted down with hazy, poorly toned and just plain dirty looking coins. I have patiently acquired clean fully brilliant deep mirrored pieces as I can find them but they are just hard to find. Some feel that these coins are already expensive. I like my proof 67 examples over shallow mirror or heavily hazed proof 68 coins any day of the week for one fourth the cost.
  14. A die chip is just a die crack shaped like a blob. Certain designs are prone to having cracks in certain places, because of where the stress is focused on the die during striking. For example, you'll see a large number of die cracks in the "Liberty" of a Lincoln cent, and you'll see a lot of die cracks at the base of Washington's bust on the quarter. I haven't spent a lot of time looking at Roosevelts, but it would appear that the same effect is occurring on his nose.
  15. I'm not feelin' the love ... Kind regards, George
  16. One thing you have to remember is when they were doing these slabs prices were in the 1987 - 89 period when prices were much higher, you remember, the era when common Morgans (Such as the 1881-S) in MS-65 were going for $800.
  17. Ładne monety Pozdrawiam.
  18. Mintage is 15,000,000 ( I thought they minted 10,000,000 but I just looked up a book and realized they minted half again as much as I'd thought) And than mean I own 0.003% of the total......long way to go
  19. One thing I've noticed about some Roosevelts is that there relatively often appears to be something going on with FDR's left nostril. Can anyone tell me what this is, and why this is a fairly common occurrence? You'll notice (over time?) it appears to be getting larger. In the first image (of a 1954D), it appears to be a fairly standard die break. In correspondence with someone on the boards, he believes, and it seems logical to me, that the next two examples (1953D and 1949) are of die chips. While I believe this is probably true, I wonder what causes this area to be a die chip magnet? Or do you believe this is something else? Bob Campbell imaged the coins and I think he did an excellent job. Hmmmmm, I'm trying to figure out how to intersperse images with text. Does anyone know how to do that on the new boards? You'll just have to accept that the three pictures are supposed to line up respectively with the three comments, e.g. date/mm and die condition(?). Anyhow, what are your thoughts? 1954D Die crack; 1953D Die chip?; 1949 Die chip?
  20. Few coins are more attractive than Seated Liberty's in Proof! The first one I ever bought was right here in the Money Market many years ago......it has created an addiction I'd like to break. Yours is absolutely beautiful, congratulations!
  21. A friend just dropped off a bunch of coins for me to photograph and in his pile was this little beauty! I love blue coins......and also exhausted my 10 likes of the day, so cheers to all.
  22. I can't seem to find those coins in the sellers completed listings.......would the OP mind sharing links? Were these really coins from GSC? I'd say that lightning doesn't usually strike the same place twice, but considering the 1909 wasn't a real proof :-)
  23. Are you sure that what you are seeing isn't the result of wishful thinking?
  24. Definitely an S mintmark. There is nothing wrong with this mintmark since this "S" is typical of the blocky style used during this era. The normal wear makes it more blobby looking which is quite normal.
  25. That thin vertical line on the obverse of the nickel appears to be a hairline scratch, I doubt that there is any way to remove it without damaging the coin.
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