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  1. It could be a normal copper-nickel cent, since brass will take on that color when cleaned.
  2. You answered your own question: the 1878 reverse with parallel upper arrow feather is a dead giveaway that it's a fake.
  3. Roger, I'm sure you understand that publishing a specialized numismatic book is never profitable; it's simply a matter of how much money one is willing to lose for the satisfaction of having created it. My last three books have been published under my own imprint of Pennyboard Press, and only the first one has recovered its cost. I don't expect that the other will ever do so, but I have no regrets at having produced them. The most painful part is that I'll likely have to publish the next one solely online, since hard copy books aren't cost effective unless one can sell at least 300 copies. Trying to get 300 coin people to buy a numismatic book on any subject other than how to get rich quick is a hopeless task.
  4. While the Red Book values may be a bit low, the quarters and halves of 1879-90 are not as rare as their mintages would suggest. Collectors of the time were aware of these low figures and hoarded those dates in Mint State and Proof. This has put an unnaturally low cap on the values of circulated pieces, which are actually harder to find than unworn examples.
  5. That will likely occur when NGC receives a better example for grading/attribution. It's a seldom-submitted variety.
  6. Helvetia is a classical name for Switzerland. Your coin is a Swiss franc from the Bern (B) Mint.
  7. It does not need to be regraded. Simply submit it for VarietyPlus Service. This costs $15 and includes the new holder.
  8. NCS cannot fix a coin that is deemed Not Suitable for Certification, as conservation will not restore it to certifiable condition. That's why the NCS option was not made to you.
  9. That bubbling is the result of occluded gas between the zinc base and the brass plating. It's very common on the Zincolns dated 1982-85.
  10. The nickel took a hit to the mintmark in circulation, and the quarter appears to have been run through a counting or roll wrapping machine. The bottom line is that they are damaged outside the mint and not error coins.
  11. The fee is only $10 when does at NGC's offices. The greater part of your cost will be in two-way shipping, so you may want to send it in along with another submission. Reholdering may also be done at coin shows where NGC is grading onsite. The fee is a little more, but there's no shipping cost.
  12. That FS number is now obsolete and has been replaced by FS-101. Since this variety is so well known and understood, NGC no longer applies the FS number at all, though both the old and new numbers are cross-referenced at the VarietyPlus website: https://www.ngccoin.com/variety-plus/united-states/quarters/standing-liberty-quarters-1916-1930/817089/
  13. There is no feature of this coin that would qualify as a mint error attributable by NGC. As for conservation and grading that can certainly be done, but you will want to weigh the cost of these services against the value of an ordinary 1956-D cent.
  14. It appears to be at least 5FS as made, but there are some contact marks to the left that interrupt the steps. That may be a reason for excluding it, but this can be determined only with an in-hand examination at NGC.
  15. As long as the grade appears consistent with the coin there would be no reason for it to be regraded. A simple reholder should be sufficient.