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  1. Closer to home and easier to use: https://www.ngccoin.com/variety-plus/united-states/cents/coronet-head-cents-1816-1839/?page=1
  2. And then again in 2018 with the Innovation Dollar series, though no one has made any pretense of these being circulating coins. So much for "innovation"...
  3. The $25 Templeton Reid piece was unique and has not been seen since. Since it looked nothing like a federal coin and thus could be neither spent nor deposited at a bank, the robbers are believed to have melted it.
  4. You are seeing the effects of die erosion. It's most evident just inside the rim, where a berm is forming from deformation of the die steel. The build-up on Lincoln's face is due to same issue. Comparing a 1989 cent to a 1997 is apples and oranges, as the obverse cent hub was dramatically reworked in 1992.
  5. Your coin has only die erosion doubling visible on the date, and it may be on the mintmark as well, though the top of the S does seem to have taken a hit which pushed some metal downward.
  6. Roger (RWB) nailed it. The imagery on the obverse hub deteriorated and expanded outward after decades of producing dies, and a new master hub was created for 1969's coinage. Even the 1968-S proof cents crowd the rim a bit.
  7. It's a normal cent. The brass-plated zinc cents made since 1982 play tricks on the eyes.
  8. I've been watching this thread and waiting for someone to notice the biggest issue with this coin. The porous texture of the metal and the many deep dents suggest that it's a cast counterfeit made of lead or something similar. I have several such pieces in my "rogue's gallery."
  9. Dave Vagi works only with ancient coins. This is considered a "modern" world coin, as it was made subsequent to the Middle Ages.
  10. Here's the starting point: https://www.ngccoin.com/submit/services-fees/ngc/
  11. Only a small handful of other nations have used this alignment. Several are in Latin America, which at one time mimicked USA coinage with respect to iconography.
  12. It's a medal that's been enameled. The 7.1 could be a figure on the Richter Scale, so this piece may commemorate an earthquake.
  13. NGC will label as "2 FEATHERS" only those nickels that have no trace of the shallow, third feather. Here are some examples: https://www.ngccoin.com/variety-plus/united-states/nickels/buffalo-five-cents-1913-1938/?page=1
  14. Over the years many novelty companies have given coins a very thin wash of low-fineness gold to sell them in sets. It's still being done with State and ATB quarters.