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Everything posted by coinman1794

  1. This is a Type one reverse, which is a little better if the grade is gem or better. The extra fat lettering is the giveaway. I can't grade it from those pictures, but I can see that it is probably not a 67.
  2. The toning is modest, even for a clad toner. I'm also surprised it was able to make MS68 with a 2mm long bag mark on Washington's head.
  3. This piece has retoned attractively, but in my opinion, it appears to be a Cleaned or Altered Surfaces coin that will not straight grade. The videos are not zoomed in enough to be very useful. However, the fact that the reflectivity is not just limited to the fields, but also extends over the devices tells me that it was altered surfaces and not a polished die. Normally, there will be a contract between the mirrored fields and the devices. Sometimes the devices will actually be frosted with some traces of Cameo. The devices should not be reflective, and you should not see reflectivity rol
  4. That is an odd buy it now price. Are you sure the item was not listed at a higher price and currently included in some sort of sale? There are times when I have a sale running and can't take much more off through offers because it is already discounted that week. Now, if you are running a sale that lasts indefinitely, it is not a sale at all, and in that case I can see a problem not accepting offers.
  5. This piece is completely genuine, but it is not a coin, it's a medal. This is the bronze, 1962 Bashlow Restrike (HK-853A) of the famous 1876 Dickeson Continental Dollar copy (HK-853). These are fairly popular and can sell for good prices in the right grades. This one does not look bad, considering the sulfurous packaging that caused almost all of these to tone. We have done a couple different educational articles on the variations of these medals:
  6. This is the more common Type 2 reverse, characterized by narrow lettering. The Type 1 chows fat letters, by comparison, and is scarcer.
  7. This variety often comes with striking softness on the central obverse.
  8. If the Star was awarded for reasons other than eye appeal, it was to note that the coin has a PL obverse, or that both sides just missed PL by a hair. Therefore, a full PL designation is objectively better than the Star, (again, if it's a case where the star was not used for eye appeal).
  9. On classic US coins (pre 1839), a rotated reverse is relatively common and not considered a major error. Thus, it tends to have little or no affect on the value, in many cases. Therefore, I would argue it is a matter of taste, and I would also prefer not to have a rotation. On later coins, this error is much more unusual and will add value to a coin if the rotation is greater than 10-15%, in most cases. These are generally classified as Mint Errors and collected mostly by the Error community.
  10. It looks like an MS65. It would grade higher without the reeding marks in front of the face. It is not possible to determine, from the pics, whether or not it is PL.
  11. Make sure to set the white balance on your camera if possible. Some of your backgrounds have a noticeable, reddish tinge.
  12. Heritage sells higher caliber coins, and generally sells their coins for more money. Heritage also takes their coins all over the country to market them in featured, coin show auctions. Additionally, they have an army of numismatists, consignment directors, and staff in house. Heritage makes an attempt to describe many of their lots. On those points alone, I think comparing them to GC would be apples to oranges. On returns, GC offers 1 free return per month. The rest will be charged a 5% restocking fee. Heritage will accept returns, with a 5% restocking fee, if there is a mistake or
  13. If the picture shows everything, this is a cosmetic concern only. The lips often chip on these holders, even when properly packaged. That said, he did not package the coin properly, and that did not help. Being that it is a question of $10, you would think the seller would give in and pay.
  14. The surfaces have ridges because of air bubbles between the zinc layer and the copper coating. These bubbled are ubiquitous and do not add value. I think some dates should be worth more money when found without bubbles. In recent years, they have gotten much better at preventing them, but I'm not sure what they are doing differently.
  15. Oddities begin to appear in change around Christmas. Unfortunately, this is often the result of someone cashing in the old coin collection, at the bank.
  16. That would come back as "Altered Color," "Improperly Cleaned," or both.
  17. The die polishing "typical of most PL Washington quarters from say like the '40s" is an as of yet unexplained finish that is unique to the 1934-1955 period. It is found on virtually all denominations. It is mostly found on S-mint coins, with some D-mint coins seen, and seemingly zero Philadelphia coins. It is not seen after the closer of the San Francisco Mint, after 1955. The PL coins of 1964 are the result of some completely different process. There are many 1964-D, and fewer 1964-P quarters, that show a PL obverse and a reverse that just misses, due to slight die erosion in the centers
  18. Generally, they are not worth any more than the regular design. And when they are well-circulated, like the coins in the picture, they are worth $1 each.
  19. The weight is pretty close to normal, so i don't suspect this to be a common, contemporary counterfeit. It really doesn't look like one either. The edge has begun to crumble due to environmental damage. This piece was likely dug up somewhere.
  20. Typically, the coins struck from later die states have more pronounced, frosty luster that drowns out imperfections. This causes them to grade higher than early and middle die states that otherwise show the same marks.