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  1. We are fortunate to have Roger Burdette on this forum.
  2. From the other posts in this thread, I can see why.
  3. Joined a long time ago, but have not been active.
  4. The specific gravity of a regular copper-nickel coin will be approx. 8.92. The s.g. of a wartime alloy coin will be approx. 9.32. Properly done, s.g. is accurate to roughly 0.1, so that should work. Personally, I do not think that the color indicates wartime alloy. TD
  5. Have known JT and Bill for a long, long time. Sorry to see JT go.
  6. I too am not convinced it is bad. I can think of one plausible reason for a 1933-S to exist like this. TD
  7. Looks like random post-mint damage to me.
  8. What Conder said. A perfectly normal coin worth one cent.
  9. Nice! Finally found my way back into the NGC boards.
  10. I knew that some of the larger Seated denominations had been restruck circa 1871 with 1863 and 1864 dates and the "In God We Trust" reverse, but I did not know that they had done the half dime as well. Perhaps they sold complete sets of the 1863 restrikes.
  11. Considering how badly that seller misunderstands the nature of the error (quarter planchet stock, not a quarter planchet), I would be highly suspicious of his pricing as well. I suspect that these are not as well known because the examples look like normal dimes, just a bit thicker and well struck because of that. The quarters get noticed because they typically have part of the lettering missing. The dimes may have just stayed in circulation for decades. TD
  12. Now you need one of the reciprocals....a clad dime struck on clad quarter stock! A large number of them were struck and released into circulation. They were discovered when they kept clogging pay phones in some area (can't remember where). TD
  13. Over the years many people who want to play with a metal punch (give your average male a metal punch and a mallet and see what happens) have chosen to use the most convenient source of a piece of metal...a coin from their pocket. Afterwards they just spend it.
  14. Does not look like one of the so-called Proofs to me. The die used for the so-called Proofs has a die scratch on the bottom of the mainsail, to the right of the mainmast, roughly halfway from the mainmast to where the mainsail intersects the railing and roughly parallel to the bottom of the mainsail. However, this die was also used to make business strikes, the early ones of which are Proof-Like. If it does not have the die scratch it cannot be a so-called Proof. It is my understanding that none of the major TPGs will call any Columbian half or Isabella quarter a Proof anymore. TD
  15. Pretty nice double cud! Did your father collect error coins, or just happen to have this one?
  16. When I was grading I did not deduct for original wood grain toning. In fact, I kind of liked it. TD
  17. I hope that is the case. I returned my half dollar because it had a noticeable planchet defect on the rim that survived the strike and could be seen with the naked eye. To me it was unacceptable, but what if somebody at the order fulfillment center decides that I was being too picky and that it is good enough to sell? After all, somebody decided that it was good enough to sell in the first place. I have not yet received my replacement piece, and I hope that I do not get somebody else's return that the quality control people looked at and deemed good enough to send back out. TD Edited to add: Picked up the replacement coin this afternoon and am very happy with it. Definitely not somebody else's reject. TD