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  2. Very Tough Coin! All the way from the bottom of the Sea.
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  4. Not if they care anything about their customers, and they sell quality material. You would be ill-equipped if you went somewhere to look at coins without a loupe or magnifier. (Trust me. I have made that mistake.)
  5. There's a whole lot. That's why I kept it to learn a little bit better when it comes to zinc. And true, there's nothing good about that coin. That's why I didn't post it before. Because everyone would have had alot of opinions on it that I pretty much know already. But comes down to it just damage. Honestly it helped me understand a little. I can see what everyone is saying when talking about zinc coins. I didn't know there was so much about zinc. That's probably why alot of people strayed away from modern coins. I'm almost feeling the same. Lol
  6. Clark, Gruber & Co. owned the building and minting equipment purchased by the US Treasury Department. However, Treasury already knew the equipment was worthless and could not be used to strike US coins. Congress called the facility a "mint" to promote the idea of a Federal Mint in the Kansas/Colorado Territory. There was also hope that "Pikes Peak" or "Kansas" gold deposits would prove more extensive than in reality. Absence of meaningful railway connections until the Denver & Rio Grande Western and unsettled conditions in the area between Denver, Cheyenne and St. Louis (as kbblp notes) made equipping and operating a mint impractical. There is considerable archive material about the Denver Assay Office, but as yet no one has assembled it into a coherent, factual story. This might be a product of it's assay office status and general limited coin collector interest in that period of operation.
  7. PS: The SG DE book was awarded both Book of the Year and Best Specialty Book by the NLG.
  8. I suspect much of the absence of type indication for 1908 comes from the long-held Breen belief that never went beyond the superficial "long ray-short ray." Thus, Breen had no explanation for what the Engraver did or the general improvements made. (Breen was a primary decapitator of Charles Barber, much to Breen's discredit.) The SG DE book was written with the understanding that it is a beginning description of varieties. It might take a decade or more for collectors and researchers to uncover sufficient new (and incorrect) varieties for another edition to become possible.
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  10. I break stuff out of ANACS and PCGS to send into NGC sometimes. And, I break out old NGC holders where you can't see any rim, to send back into NGC. The only reason I break the coins out instead of sending in the slab is because I want to video / photo the coin out of the plastic. I have nothing anywhere close to MS70, so if something drops from MS62 to MS60, as has happened once from PCGS to NGC, I can handle it. They tell me they will not honor any kind of guarantee because I broke them out. Haven't had them drop their own grade down yet. I have had quite a few ANACS hammered world coins grade up at NGC, like AU58 to MS62. My USA coins that are in PCGS holders though, I do not plan to break out, because my understanding is that
  11. You make an excellent point which I have groused about-- the 7070 for all of its variety does not go far enough! The half dollar type sets include separate slots for the 1873/74 arrows coins ( as do the other seated coinage issues).. also I would have liked to have holes for certain series that technically have had more modest changes that are delineated within the series-- examples would be the various types of 3 cent silver coins and "type 2" and "type 3" standing liberty quarter slots--among others. But it is still a blast with always something to search for when you have this kind of variety.
  12. Those lunar Tokelau coins are Bimetallic and colorized as well, thanks. Noel
  13. Hello, I would like to request for slot: Chinese Silver Medals, 1 Oz, Mint State Ex of coin: 5756128-009 Regards; ~ Noel ~
  14. 1948-D mint state Franklins are extremely rare in high grade. Bag marks are a big issue and keeps these examples out of 66 realm. NGC has only certified 20 examples in MS66 and only 48 in MS66FBL. Locating examples in spot-free condition with bright luster are tough to come by. Attractive color toned examples are extremely tough to come by as well. Locating a high grade MS66FBL with attractive color is extremely rare! If you enjoy the fall colors you are going to fall for this beautiful color toned 1948-D Franklin. Sporting extremely unique color for this early Denver mint issue, it is quite breathtaking for the date and grade. The obverse is graced with bright antique gold, violet, emerald green, canary yellow and hot red hues. Franklin's cheek is smooth as a button which is extremely tough to come by as 1948-D mint state Franklins are usually very baggy issues. The phenomenal luster this jewel sports makes the color pop off the surfaces. Flip this beauty over and the reverse is equally as stunning. The most unique bright antique gold coupled with lovely hints of hot red and emerald green frame the reverse. The bell lines on the Liberty bell are crisp and bold. The surfaces are extremely clean! NGC has only certified 48 examples in MS 66 FBL. This would be a great addition to one building a full bell line mint state Franklin Registry. CAC certified this example! If interested please CLICK HERE for pricing info. Thanks and have a great week!
  15. I see this topic is older, and I have a 1901 Pan American Exposition Silver Award 64mm MS 64 BN I have decided to part with. Even have the box.
  16. I also agree that the 1950 OMMs (S/D, D/S) really do not fit in the Complete Washington Quarter set and should be moved to a new variety set. Really a complete Washington Quarter Set should include the 1934 Light, Medium, Heavy Mottos and the 1934-D Medium and Heavy Motto quarters and not the 1950 varieties. See
  17. That's just what they look like when worn down.
  18. That's a good die chip. I'm wondering if the one with a crack in the same place is from the same die before it broke off or if it's another one about to chip.
  19. It sounds like they could have. Clark, Gruber and Company ran their own mint in Denver and started minting 25 July 1860. "In the almost three years of operation, they minted $594,305 worth of Pike's Peak Gold in the form of gold coins. ... The building, assaying and minting equipment was formally bought by the US Treasury in April 1863... Unlike Clark, Gruber and Company, though, the Denver plant performed no coinage of gold as first intended.One reason given by the Director of the Mint for the lack of coinage at Denver was, "…the hostility of the Indian tribes along the routes, doubtless instigated by rebel emissaries (there being a Civil War) and bad white men." " (quotes from Wikipedia). I never knew until now that the Denver Mint was preceded by a private mint, so thanks RWB. One of these years I'm going to have to take the mint tour.
  20. Requesting a multi-denominational set for all Niue Star Wars coins - 1 oz, 2 oz, MS, PF, CuNi, Silver Plated, Gilt, etc. Thank you !!!!
  21. True, when I get ready to start buying sets and or certain coins, will the coin dealers or say coin shops have a fit if I pull out my handy dandy megafine glass. Because I would like to scan through them before purchasing. I want them, like you're saying a gem+. What I'm understanding any split plate doubling or bunch of air bubbles are considered damage coins. Especially in mint sets. If someone was to come across one of those what the best way of savoring the rest of the other coins.
  22. There are still plenty of mint sets from the 80s & 90s available at an affordable price if searching for gem+ zinc cents.
  23. Is there a such thang in diesecting coins. I used to diesect frogs in school at one time. Lol I'm just trying to be funny again. I'm just getting the understanding ,when it comes to zinc coins they need to be put in a safe holder when you find them in uncirculated conditions. Because once there being passed around in the open or going through circulation there going to look somewhat like the one in the pic, especially over the years and ware. So there out there, but the question is who's going to be the lucky one's that finds them in a high grade. I feel even high grade zinc isn't valuable. I don't think there's nothing valuable about them. Like copper there's a few ways there valuable , like one it's copper. Lol
  24. Why was the U.S. Mint facility at Denver called the “Denver Mint” even though no coins were struck until 1906? “The Mint at Denver is called a “Mint,” and not an Assay Office, for the reason only that it was so-called by the Act of Congress which established it, although it in no wise differs from the other Assay Offices.” Letter from Mint Director Horatio C. Burchard to Mary E. Bailey, Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 15, 1879. (NARA RG104 E-235 Vol 20, p410.)
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