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  1. Just saw a that DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Should I assume that the offices will be closed after the end of the day today?
  2. I don't know that the mint director actually "dug up" this figure as much as he wet-finger estimated it. The 7/8 TF and 7 TF reverses were phased in during late March and early April 1878, and there were some 7 TF coins that were made before 8 TF coins that used the same obverse die. I've estimated that the mintage of 8TF is about 1,280,000 based on die studies and mint correspondence, which is just as far away from his estimate as the 750,000 figure that has been in the Red Book for a long time. A previous estimate, made in the late 1950s or early 1960s, was 580,000.
  3. So is the regulation as stated because the obverse was always the dated side? Was there another regulation or law saying that the obverse side show the date?
  4. 1900 is the generally accepted "date" of the coin. The Norfolk half has 5 dates strewn about it, none of which were when the coin was issued.
  5. I wonder if there is a "case file" that goes along with this. Otherwise I could imagine Superintendent Fox asking for further details, including why there was a fire in the Seperating [sic] room.
  6. Now taking orders for my 2020 coin calendar. $16 (includes shipping in the US) gets you a wall calendar with a different coin photo that I've taken for each month. The calendar is printed on heavy card stock with glossy pictures of a diverse assortment of eye candy. This is the twelfth year I have done this calendar. Should be shipping by December 1 or so. Here are the coins that are featured for this year:
  7. Not sure I have a lot of advice to offer, other than the amount of money you realize will be strongly correlated to the effort you put in to the sale. 11,000 coins is a lot of research to do on eBay. If you're able to make several OFEC (one from each country) lots of 100-150 inexpensive coins, those should be easy to move. If you have contact to one of his trusted dealers, that he did a lot of business with, they might be able to help. If that's the case, then I hope you don't find out he or she shouldn't have been trusted.
  8. Given the sheer amount of discussion, something like that was bound to come up sooner or later.
  9. There were a couple foreign error coins - a brockage and an overstruck coin, as well as an 18th century French coin with a revaluation counterstamp. I'm not sure exactly how I did, but will post when I find out.
  10. Some tricky coins in the box, some not so much. I managed to finish in the top 10 in the grown-ups division, but I don't know where. I didn't get back to their table to pick up my prize in time, so I'll have to wait for it to be shipped. Anyone else play?
  11. Great to meet you, too! The show's done for me. Early morning flight Sunday