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  1. Two tailed quarter

    I'm not sure why I think this, but I did think that the obverse and reverse dies were a different size. I guess not, huh ?
  2. US $50 US Assay Office - Imitation

    There is a market for them, although it's rather thin. They can't be sold on ebay. They can be found in souvenir shops and at gift shops at museums and such. No doubt, it's the only way most of us could afford an example of such a thing.
  3. Sadly, we see this all the time. The worse case I ever saw was a guy who came in after his father had passed away. His dad had loaded up, and I mean loaded up, on those goofy gold plated state quarter five piece sets. Those, and the platinum plated ones. They came packaged in plastic and in a cardboard (beautifully printed) box. Similar set-up to a proof set. I felt so bad for this guy. He really thought he was going to get the money. I tried to sell some of them on ebay for him, it was a slow and non-profitable go. The poor guy had 4 bannana boxes full of these sets.
  4. Going through an Old bank bag of junk silver

    Yes Conder, that first boom was something else. It was wild, the stuff that got melted. I couldn't bear the thought of melting a '16 D or a 42/41. Let alone a D or S Washington. I would be on the floor, on my knees, checking dates until into the late hours. It didn't seem to matter that I didn't get dinner until 1 AM. Of course, I was a little younger then too......
  5. Going through an Old bank bag of junk silver

    WOW, beautiful Washington ! Yea, odd that that would be in a 90 bag .......
  6. Stolen Coins.

    This is a post from Mrearlygold, Tom Pilitowski ATS. He is a member here also.
  7. Same coin, different color?

    Yes, it looks like a matter of lighting or maybe 'white' balance......Appears to be lovely album toning.
  8. 1871 2 Cent Piece, Stike Through or Die Crack?

    It's tough to tell from your photo, but die cracks are raised and 'struck-throughs' are, more or less, recessed.....
  9. Recent Submissions

    It's difficult to say exactly how that will affect the value. It would have different values to different people. It is conceivable that the value could be as much as half of what an undamaged AU would be.
  10. Book Project

    That's a beautiful cover. It makes you want to pick it up and buy it ! With that coming out, will we finally see some action in that segment ? It certainly won't hurt. Good luck with that Lee !
  11. Book Project

    I'm sure I missed it from another thread, but, what is your book going to be about ?
  12. Error List

    Hello and welcome to this forum. I think what you may be searching for is a 'variety' list. An error can happen to any date or any denomination (a coin that was struck twice, or off-center, as an example), a variety is a specifically struck coin that is unusual in some fashion because the die was unusual. Things like the 1955 doubled die Lincoln cent, for example. I'm not aware of a listing of these things, but for starters, here are some Lincolns you could search for. The aforementioned 1955....The 1972 doubled die is another fun one. There are perhaps as many as 9 varieties of this date. THE 1944 D over S Lincoln. 1960 P small date cent, 1970 S small date cent, the 1983 doubled die reverse cent, the 1984 double ear cent, and the 1995 doubled die Lincoln. That's a good starting point. You would have to be quite lucky, but it's not impossible.
  13. I think you were fed a 'bill of goods' with the 'dug these up on a battlefield' story. Most soldiers, at this time, didn't have gold to carry around. Counterfeit gold dollars are relatively common (those Mid East pieces Conder is talking about), as the premium over gold value is 300 or better percent. I think you were correct in your assumption to stick with graded pieces. I hope you didn't get dinged up too badly! Don't let it turn you off to the hobby. It's just part of education, and education costs money......
  14. Unique GSA graded

    I was thinking the same thing. I think GSA is playing a little joke......