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  1. King George V died in January of 1936, but by British custom the late monarch's portrait was retained until the following year. Just as all the tooling was ready to make dies for his successor, Edward VIII, the latter abdicated in December, and the Royal Mint had to start over again with new hubs and dies for George VI. These weren't ready for several months, so your penny may have been struck early in '37.
  2. It's simple strike doubling, aka machine doubling.
  3. It looks like a combination of strike doubling and die erosion doubling.
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    There probably is a VAM number assigned to that variety. You can find out at vamworld.com.
  5. Yes, it was fashioned into a love token, probably during the 1880s, when such things were quite the fad.
  6. That would have been a worthy commemorative issue, whether as coins or medals. Not surprisingly, Congress let this occasion slip by, as it did again a century later. The closest the government came to honoring our first coinage was authorizing a silver proof set for the Mint's bicentennial in 1992. Then greed took over, and it became an annual obligation on the part of collectors, thus diluting the significance of the 1992 offering.
  7. Greenstang's assessment is correct. It's an eroded die.
  8. That's not a RPM. It appears to be a small chip in the die, which is not a variety.
  9. The gold coin is an obvious fake. The cent seems to be genuine.
  10. No, unless it is very prominent. Such coins may be submitted for mint error attribution.
  11. NGC attributes those VAM varieties included within the Top 100, Hot 50 and Hit List 40 extract lists. It also attributes all 1878 8TF and 7/8TF by VAM numbers under its VarietyPlus service.
  12. The transitional hubs of 1974 are illustrated on page 255 of my book The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents. The "Large Date" variety appears to have been created for use with the expected switchover to aluminum for the cents of that year and later. When this didn't come to pass, a new "Small Date" hub was introduced that continued in use for the next several years.
  13. The 1940-D nickel appears to display die erosion doubling, rather than a DDO.