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  1. Chipped off D mintmarks are kind of common, especially since we got the silver out of coins. 75/25 cupronickel is tough stuff. Chipping off that little itty bitty plateau is trivially easy. Because of the basic shape, the S mintmarks don't usually have that problem. Until you look at a 1935-S California Pacific Exposition Commem Half Dollar. Quite possibly the ugliest S mintmark in U.S. history, until the 1979-S Type I proofs.
  2. I think one of the things that is actually hurting us as a society is too much concern for "softening blows". We used to not be such hand-wringers about that. I miss those days, a lot! I guess those of us who grew up with Civil Defense drills, where we literally knew where we'd go if nuclear weapons started dropping while we were at school, just grew up tougher. We didn't need trigger warnings or safe spaces. There were no safe spaces and we were okay with that. I was in 2nd grade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and somehow we didn't need "Happy Talk Counseling".
  3. I think you may have some lighting angle effects going on here. I was messing around with the ringlight on my microscope setup this past weekend and I found these anomalous dark spots in my photos. They were merely from angles that do not reflect the LED light up to the objective lens, or also are mirrorlike and bounce the light away at the same incident angle that the light came from. LED's are not a good light with which to evaluate coins. In fact, you really shouldn't trust anything you see with an LED lit microscope at all! There are "standards" for viewing coins, and LED's in microscopes are not one of them.
  4. Here's the plain truth when it comes to Zincolns - collect them from pristine original condition or pretty much forget about them altogether. Nothing you see on a circulated Zincoln is worth a "rodent's rump".
  5. Why? Why does anyone ever apologize for blunt truth? We're talking about actual facts here, folks.
  6. My understanding is that different grades get updated at different times, and maybe the VF was from when anything gold was red hot.
  7. To my knowledge, the Philly LD over SD, and SD over LD are only among the proofs, hence the dash under that column. Extremely rare. Kind of makes you wish you examined the 1960 proof cents at the last auction you were at that had some, doesn't it?
  8. Attention (most) newbies: THIS is a collection worth having, from what we're seeing so far. If there were an auction, my kiester would already be asking Siri for directions to get there. That PanPac half has me drooling.
  9. It is an ordinary steel cent that was plated after leaving the mint (damage) and that copper plating is now flaking off. Numismatic value: below zero. Conversation and/or exhibiting value: subjective but may be considerable.
  10. Don't you think you're unreasonably limiting yourself to reasonable explanations? After all, this is our resident 1964 SMS coin finder we're dealing with here, you know.
  11. Yes, this sort of haze PROBABLY can be removed. In fact, the company that hosts this site offers such a service. Should a beginner attempt it? No. Several reasons. 1) Most people, including most experienced numismatists, will make it worse. 2) The chemicals to do the work can be toxic. 3) The techniques involved are a closely guarded secret. Note: For some odd reason probably due to that year's shipment of the film holder/envelope, the 1956's seem particularly prone to this sort of hazing.
  12. Even though it is one, that STILL doesn't make it worth sending in for grading. You will lose money doing it. Now, if you KNOW that and have another reason to send it in, go to it.
  13. I love the fields, but I'm not in love with the cheek, neck, or eagle breast feathers. 64, IMO.
  14. Plating blister and nothing more.