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  1. Here's the link to Photo Vision: https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/6564/new-ngc-photo-vision/
  2. NGC does not certify either Proof or SMS nickels with full steps, because both are relatively common with this feature.
  3. Are you certain it's a farthing and not a sixpence? There about the same diameter. This may seem like a crazy question, but you didn't illustrate the reverse, which would settle the matter.
  4. It's an excellent book, one that prompted NGC to add several varieties to the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle roster at VarietyPlus. I'm aware of the three 1908 obverse hubs, but no customers have ever requested these varieties. I suppose the cost of the coins has something to do with that.
  5. This is not a difference in the die as made. It is simply a die state in which polishing of the die face has eradicated some shallow design elements. It's similar to a 2-feathers Buffalo Nickels or the Missing AW on some Walking Liberty Halves. While NGC does label the two examples cited, this new one doesn't seem quite as appealing. If it catches on with the hobby, then NGC would reconsider.
  6. Die clashing, with some resultant loss of relief in the bell from attempts to polish out the damaged area.
  7. That's a form of die erosion that resulted from the plated planchets used in 1943. It's extremely common and often mistaken for a repunched mintmark. The same phenomenon occurs with our current brass-plated zinc cents, with the same confusion.
  8. It says "I'm going to sabotage the master dies for Longacre's new twenty."
  9. Around 2000 NGC briefly labeled modern coins (then defined as roughly 1940s to date) with either T for Toned or W for White. It lasted less than a year.
  10. Historically, NGC used all caps until fairly recently. Starting with the new coinage of 2018, all labels for this and later dates use mixed upper and lower case. Coins dated 2017 and earlier will continue the all-caps labels, even when submitted after that date.
  11. For 1941-S, the Large S is more scarce but not truly rare. As always, the answers to such questions may be found at NGC's VarietyPlus site: https://www.ngccoin.com/variety-plus/united-states/cents/lincoln-cents-wheat-reverse-1909-1958/815592/
  12. NGC will do that on request for a a fee of $75.
  13. They both appear to be brass, but the second example is dull or toned on its obverse.
  14. That's a Large Date. The loops of the 8 are nearly the same size, while the Small Date has a tiny upper loop.
  15. Your coin appears to have been mounted on the obverse, perhaps to display the reverse side as a pin. The cracking is likely the result of heat damage from the soldering process.