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  1. I can't Link the thread from where I am right now, but I started a thread ATS about my 1911 Lincoln Cent, (also posted here in another thread,) and most agree that it's very likely an 'incomplete punch' flaw. I'll be sending it in soon. I think the OP may well have one too, as others suggest.
  2. Most at CU PCGS forum agree that my cent is indeed an 'incomplete punch' flaw/error. This quarter has indications of the same. Perhaps @Annabell would be better served with a thread ATS?
  3. The drawing will be later today, I'll post the result here tonight or early tomorrow morning, and PM the winner for shipping instructions. Good luck to everyone!
  4. Just a little over three hours left to enter this grand giveaway! The PCGS rattler 38-D Buffalo Nickel and September 1930 Numismatist are 'up for grabs'!
  5. When the local bank failed, the Blaine WA City Council, under the direction of Council President Albert Balch and Mayor CV Wilder, allocated non interest bearing municipal warrants as security and issued wooden money against the warrants. It was 1933, the heart of the Great Depression, and the council used the new wooden money to pay unemployed men to work at newly created city jobs. The businesses in the town accepted the wooden money at face value, redeeming them later with the city government. The coins were issued in 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, as well as $1 coins. Blaine was only the second municipality in the country to issue depression era wooden money. (Tenino WA was first, in 1931.)
  6. You're right. It's father was a 3-legged of the Denver breed, which means he, like his father, actually can't walk. It was a tragedy until by a real stroke of luck he got that job at the US Mint, posing for the reverse design of the new nickel for Jimmy Fraser. I suppose that crack I made about the Buffalo being pedestrian was insensitive. Then again, if he's anything... He's thick-skinned. Another emoji posted, another entry registered!
  7. Sounds like this place was first class, once upon a time. Maybe they'll bring those contests back. I registered here almost seven years ago but only started posting when the PCGS forum started to crumble under the burden of a heavy handed mod crew. When they zapped the thread about having a beer or glass of wine before enjoying coins online, when there had been not even a hint of animosity at all, I knew the new mod(s?) was enforcing their own personal values and beliefs, not just keeping things civil. Hopefully this forum can revive even as the one ATS declines.
  8. I still think the fact that the nickel has a full horn is being underappreciated. That nifty old plastic case is cool too.
  9. Not more than about six months, but @KarenHolcomb soaked hers for a year and it looks like she has about the same result. From your question though, I'm guessing the process must be a multi year endeavor.
  10. Awesome! On your way back from buying the coins, stop by the 50s and pick up some baseball cards!
  11. Only two entry posts in over 24 hours. Maybe I should sweeten the prize. Did I mention that the 1938-D Buffalo Nickel has a full horn? That's sweet, but maybe not sweet enough! Okay, the winner ALSO gets an original, September 1930 issue of The Numismatist, published by the ANA! Great articles and information on coins of the day, AND awesomely cool ads with prices that will make you wish you had a time machine!
  12. "Woodgrain surface" probably isn't a good term to use, but it seems to be prevalent, so I used it here. It's actually a little misleading, I think. 'Woodgrain planchet' would probably be more accurate.