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  1. DWLange


    If you believe you have a 1944 steel cent, it may be submitted to NGC for grading, but it will also require Mint Error service. Make certain the you first text it with a magnet, as a bronze cent that's been plated will not be attracted.
  2. The doubling is extremely minor. There are many DDO and DDR varieties for the 1964 half dollars that are so slight and so similar to one another that NGC won't attribute them.
  3. Sinking of the die from improper hardening left the coin poorly struck at Liberty's lower hair curls and the corresponding area on the reverse. Such pieces have to be net graded.
  4. Things get trapped between the zinc base and brass plating, including gas. When these contaminants are compressed at the moment of striking some weird effects occur as raised metal on the coin's surface. It's too common on Zincolns to have any value.
  5. The new number is used solely in house for tracking purposes when NGC-slabbed coins are resubmitted for variety or mint error attribution. It is not included in the census. The only time the tracking number becomes a new certification number is when the submission is for regrade or crossover.
  6. NGC receives large numbers of such "wishful thinking" coins every day. I hit the "sorry" button until my fingers are blistered, but there seems to be no end in sight. Since I'm not privy to the submitters' identities, I have no way of knowing whether it's the same folks each time or a new crop of the benighted.
  7. Panama did not have its own mint, so that coin was struck at the Philadelphia Mint. From 1874 until the 1980s the U. S. Mint took on many such contracts.
  8. I believe it refers to a clock position; 7 o'clock would thus be at the lower left on a coin or medal. In the instance cited by the poster, K-7 refers to the pivot point from which the doubled image emanates, so this doubling would become more pronounced the further it is from that position. Years ago there was a device for measuring degrees of rotation between dies, or the Kolit Scale. Evidently, Kolit was the fellow who created this tool, and the K positions are still used by some. I'm not certain whether this use of "K" applies to the example cited.
  9. I agree with Just Bob. This is especially common on Zincolns.
  10. The Breen numbers are from his 1988 encyclopedia, which lumps several Overton varieties under general descriptions that have a number for the group. There is no significance to Breen numbers, as variety collectors recognize only the Overton numbers.
  11. They were produced by Joe Lawonde in 1970 and sold through the RTCS. The boards sold out many years ago. I have a couple different varieties of the board in my own collection, and I've sold one duplicate that I had. These are seen only rarely, and they always bring a strong price.
  12. NGC did not distinguish between the two reverse types until about 20 years ago, and your coin was certified prior to that time. You may submit it to NGC for VarietyPlus attribution of the reverse type for $15.
  13. In case you decide to collect them by check numbers:
  14. It's a well struck currency piece from fresh dies and with a bit of strike doubling.
  15. Your coin wasn't made that way. It suffered that damage after leaving the mint.