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  2. Do u know why it has that black look to it.. I had this nickel for a long time before I got more interested in coins. I thought it was awesome looking so I kept it in a coin sleeve until I seen an article on the cameo nickel... I just needed to find out...
  3. Ok thank you very much.. I see the difference...
  4. Highly unlikely. What leads you to believe it might contain silver?
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  6. The best help I can give you is to ask you to post clear obverse and reverse photos. Without those, we can't assess the potential doubling.
  7. Hello and Welcome! As Bob said, some pictures would be very helpful to us so we could tell you more about your coin. There are many factors in evaluating coins which simply cannot be discerned from written or verbal descriptions.
  8. I'm with Jonathan on this one.....I'm thinking some heavy post minting damage.
  9. Hi everyone I'm new to coin collecting but I found a 1994 s African 50 cent coin that has major doubling on both the front and back of the coin. As I am collecting u.s. coins I don't know anything about other coins I was wondering if it was usual for these coins to have doubling or is it unusual like u.s. coins ? Is it worth money? And if so where in the ft. Lauderdale Florida area I can sell it. Thanks in advance for any help ya'll can give me
  10. Cameo most often refers to uncirculated (typically proof) coins with devices that stand out from glossy fields in a sort of matte relief (though it would be possible for some of the cameo effect to survive limited circulation). This is a circulated example of one of the most common Jeff nickel issues, so cameo does not apply. It's only worth $0.05. Here is an example of the real deal.
  11. Okay. So there's enough attractable metal in the coin that a regular magnet attracts it. This is helpful.
  12. Sovereigns are great to collect, but you have over 200 years for the modern sovereigns 1817-2019. You also have five countries and seven mints that issued sovereigns to contend with not to mention all of the varieties. Some are very expensive and hard to find. Good luck.
  13. Sheik Sheck

    OGH Rattlers

    OK, to summarize. OGH or rattlers DO NOT increase the value of a coin. It's just a myth. Most folks purchase the coin, not the holder. There is no real evidence that OGH improve the value. Also, that the grading standards were "tougher" back in the 80's and that is the reason values may be greater...that's not a real fact either. It's really just a marketing tactic so on Ebay, for the rookie or untrained eye, if I hear enough times in the title description of a coin, "Awesome Coin in OGH" then i might get a premium if the buyer believes that OGH has some intrinsic value. But those collectors that are slightly more sophisticated are only looking at the coin, not the holder.
  14. My collecting started as a fartlek run instead of a marathon. Slow sometimes and fast other times. Changes of tempo and focus - for you runners out there. Lately - it has gone from a 100 meter dash to a marathon. Expanded my focus that will take many many years to complete.
  15. I’ve made references to a piggy bank in a previous journal but one thing I don’t know if I’ve discussed is what the piggy bank is. The piggy bank is a small dog that has been in my possession since I was around Ben’s age, plus or minus a bit - I was too young to remember. This is one of two piggy banks that I still have from this early period of my life. The other one is metal, but it no longer works as a piggy bank because I lost the door that goes on the bottom of it to keep the coins in. Of all the things I own, I think these two piggy banks are two of three things have been with me the longest, tied with an old teddy bear that was with me from my days in a crib. The bear these days mostly belongs to Ben. After we emptied and refilled this (puppy) piggy bank a couple of times my son began to refer to this as “feeding the puppy” or “feeding the money to the puppy.” This is both cute and a little funny given the location of the slot for putting the coins into the piggy bank - it’s not at the dog’s mouth, it’s on the back of the head. I don’t think I’ve ever fed a pet through the skull but… kid logic at its finest. This has also led to some funny one-offs that I’m sure would have gotten us some funny looks if anyone was paying attention. Shandy: “Oh, look! Daddy found a dime! Ben, do you want to feed it to the puppy later?” Ben: “YEAH!” *Smiles* The other day Ben decided that he needed to feed “daddy’s monies” - the one ounce silver buffalo rounds - to the puppy. The silver coins were picked in part, as I’ve said before, for being big - for being too big for him to try to swallow. At the same time, they’re a lot larger than anything this piggy bank (puppy bank?) was intended to accept - they’re too big to fit in the hole. This led to some rather over-zealous attempts by my son to forcefully shove one of them into the slot, which I quickly stopped because I really didn’t want to see him damage my old coin bank. That in turn led to me getting a piece of a toddler’s mind as he told me he did not approve of my silly opinions getting in the way of his wants.
  16. I am new to the coin collecting scene and have a question on a possible cameo 1964 Nickel. Any thoughts will be appreciated..
  17. It appears to have been in a jewelry bail, just going by the way the edge looks.
  18. You didn't reply to the question about rare earth magnets. Clearly you know what they are; but if you have not actually owned one or experienced them, here's the difference. A regular magnet will attract an attractable coin; a rare earth magnet will make it fly. I use rare earth magnets to keep our bedroom curtains well closed, for example, because there is no chance I will knock them off just by brushing against the curtain at night. With coins, a normal magnet might jump to a steel or nickel coin if you put it within an inch. I took my neodymium stud finder (highly recommended) and brought it within six inches of a stack of fake Chinese 7 mace / 2 candareen pieces. Pow. The whole stack jumped across space to hit the stud finder. That's why Bob asked. If it takes a rare earth magnet to detect the magnetism, that's one thing, as they are very powerful. If a regular magnet will detect it, then I should think there has to be a great deal of attractable metal in that coin.
  19. Thanks like I said I'm not involved . I did not known The public read them. As I said I wish them all well. It's to bad everyone can't win. We are a community of collectors. I didn't collect coins to win things but that's what they do. So in Will say thank you for your comment and good luck to those involved. I just collect my coins Happy Easter Mike
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