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  1. Show stoppers.....yes. I have one. It's this guy: I don't really series collect any longer, but I still dig these Ottoman nickel para coins. And watch that coin can be dangerous, but it can also be positive as well. I used to suffer from it myself and it was pretty devastating at times. But, I turned it into something positive. I started selling coins to fund my coin fever, and I've actually gotten pretty good at it. And, though I rarely suffer from coin fever now, I still enjoy selling coins. I'm not a big dealer or anything, but the extra money I make from selling coins definitely helps out, especially since I'm not actively teaching any classes right now in order to focus on writing my doctoral dissertation. A couple weeks ago, the blower motor went out in my car and my coin sales paid for the replacement entirely, and, as someone who lives in NY State in December, I'm much happier with a working heater in my little Volkswagen Beetle than I would be with any coin I would have purchased with the money. I also make people happy by selling coins and I really enjoy that part of it. I have things that I've purchased over the years and I can still remember buying them and who I bought them from, so I'm so glad to be part of someone's moment as I phrased it when talking to my fiancee about it a couple of weeks ago. So, coin fever can be turned into positive things as just have to decide to own it instead of letting it own you. That said though, I'm still a collector. I'm just no longer an addict And, believe me, I was a bad one. If I can kick it, anyone can! ~Tom
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    Odd Mercury error or damage

    I think what you have is one side of a magician's coin. A magician's coin is a coin where one side has been filed away like this one one coin and a filed down second coin is adhered to it in order to make a two-headed coin, a two-tailed coin or a coin that combines two different coins. An example of this last would be if a filed down Roosevelt Dime was adhered to your half of a Mercury. These coins are used by illusionists for tricks and they are also common conversation pieces sold in gift and novelty shops the world over. Sadly, a coin such as yours is simply a heavily damaged coin and has no real value.
  3. Agreed. Someone in quality control at the San Francisco Mint was distracted or asleep at the switch.
  4. Mohawk

    1844 Victoria Crown Grade opinions

    I'm going to say XF-40. That's an absolutely gorgeous crown by the way! Thanks for sharing that with us.
  5. Absolutely correct. Also, such an occurrence is impossible. The first 1/10 oz Gold Eagle was struck in 1986......almost 50 years after the cent was struck. Quarter Eagles were also gone by then as well, with the last issue being struck in 1929. I see no way for a gold 1937 cent to exist.
  6. Hello and Welcome! I'm positive that what you have there is a 1909-D not an O. There are many 1909-D's with a filled mint mark just like that but I've never seen a filled O mint mark on one of these. Your coin also appears to be circulated as well. As the 1909-D is the most common date in this series and your coin is circulated, I myself wouldn't send it off for grading as I do not feel that doing so would add very much to the value of the coin. I hope that this helps! Tom
  7. Yes, I'd say that this is glue or lacquer as well. I've seen coins like this before when they've been attached to a display or other surface with some sort of adhesive. Definitely not metal though and definitely post minting damage.
  8. It's the 1982-D Copper Small Date that is rare. Your coin is a 1982 Philadelphia Small Date. 1982 Small Date Cents were made in large numbers in both copper and copper-plated zinc at the Philadelphia Mint. However, all of the 1982 Small Date cents struck at the Denver Mint were supposed to be of the copper-plated zinc composition. The 1982-D Copper Small Date is a coin that isn't supposed to exist. However, a very small number of 1982-D Small Date cents made in the copper alloy have been found in the past few years. These are considered a transitional error that was made due to a few copper planchets being left in the production line at the Denver Mint that were left over from earlier production of 1982-D Large Date copper cents. To be worth anything, a 1982 Small Date cent has to have a D mint mark below the date and be made of the copper alloy. Your coin doesn't have the D mint mark.
  9. Agreed with all of the above. Nice drawings that called attention to what you're seeing, but just PMD.
  10. Mohawk

    New Sales Thread 11/2/2018

    Update-All of my graded 1981 Type 2 coins have sold and the links have been removed. Thanks So Much!!
  11. Hi Diana, Welcome to the forum! I have some bad news for you though.......that's a 1982-D Large Date, not a Small Date. Here's where you can see photos which will show you the difference: I hope this helps, even if the news isn't great. ~Tom
  12. Mohawk

    1982 d small print

    Do you mean 1982-d Small Date? If so, your coin is a Large Date.
  13. Mohawk

    New Sales Thread 11/2/2018

    Update-All links have been updated and a raw 1971-D RDV-006 Friendly Eagle Eisenhower Dollar and a raw 1971-D Peg Leg Variety Eisenhower Dollar have been added as well. Thanks So Much!
  14. Mohawk

    New Sales Thread 11/2/2018

    Update-another 1981-S Type 2 Lincoln Cent in PF 69 has sold and the link has been removed. A new raw 1981-S Type 2 Kennedy Half Dollar has also been added. Thanks so much!