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  1. Have the coins worth a premium authenticated and "graded" if you plan to sell them. Keep the others and wait for a spike in silver bullion to sell; or sell through a local ad direct to buyers. 1,500 is not a large quantity to sell, assuming they are typical uncirculated. If they are baggy, then don't expect much above melt, but if nice MS64 or better pieces, you could find considerable interest. If you are not sure about the condition, find a local coin club and ask members' opinions.
  2. More than 60 million people seem to disagree with the OP's title. Maybe a little more tolerance and objectivity would help.
  3. This design was a stock composition used on several WM company products. I'm trying to locate the name of the designer on the obverse.
  4. This is a stock silver bar design from Washington Mint in the 1970s. Does anyone know who the designer was? Thanks!
  5. The article you quote is warmed over bologna. No branch mint had a medal press, and that type was used to make legitimate proof coins. When a writer says something like "lesser quality" what they mean is that it's shiny but not really a proof because it fails to meet the basic criteria for a real proof coin. The coin in the first post is just a polished, possibly plated, novelty - likely used in a belt buckle or some other tourist bait junk. It might not even be a silver dollar -- the "O" mintmark looks very odd. Buy a copy of the Guide Book of United States Coins and start reading. After a while, you will have learned enough to better understand articles and then begin some meaningful research.
  6. Long ago I used new silver dollars as targets for rifle practice. Worked well and the damaged coins could be exchanged at the local bank.
  7. Check the VAM World site for photos and descriptions.
  8. Better photos will not make the coin what it is not. Damaged, nothing more. But keep looking and learning.
  9. A. It's an ugly medal. B. There is no connection to the mission-flown originals, except it being an imitation. C. The only discernible "value" appears to be in the gold content, which, however, further distances these pathetic imitations from the real thing. Summary: "Click Bait."
  10. I fully agree that there is/are no standards for PL --- and that is the rather cynical point of my earlier comment. :)
  11. Of much greater interest and importance was this lot: CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal). Dollar, Year 23 (1897).
  12. Lots of people will be there but attendance will be down from the last east coast show. Many dealers will vanish by Saturday; some collectors will complain. The ANA Board will meet and agree to do nothing to improve anything. The banquet will feature extra-tough rubber chicken. Some people will like the show, some will not, and most will be in the middle. There will be a thousand-lot auction. Most of us will never be able to bid on even the cheapest item.
  13. So far as I am concerned, a coin has one, and only one, "grade" which should be determined as objectively as possible. Value, provenance, toning and other factors are not part of a grade. Once an objective 'grade' is determined, market factors will identify the coin's value to buyers and sellers.