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  1. Strongly rotated (< 90 degrees) shield nickels are scarce. I would pay a premium for one.
  2. For lighting I use two tensor lamps bounced off a mirror. The mirror prevents hotspots.
  3. If it is a die crack, which I can't verify from your photos, it is not considered a variety worth cataloguing by a TPG. It also would be of very little interest to other collectors, and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would pay a premium for it. You might even find that it commands a lower price due to the fact collectors of this proof likely prefer premium examples with superior eye appeal. A die crack would detract.
  4. Dateline: April 1, 2030 It’s the end of an era – the last numismatic grading service shut its doors today forever, a victim of its own runaway success. The PAIN Grading Service was initially formed in 2020 by merging the four leading grading services at the time into a single entity, with the combined corporation’s name reflecting the first initial of each of its original constituent grading services. In the ensuing years, no other grading service could match the economies of scale of the giant PAIN, and they were either absorbed or disbanded. By 2023, the first corporate crisis
  5. Very cool, Dave. Always glad to see more information published about shield nickels! I noticed that under "NGC attribution" some of them use VP numbers and some use FS numbers as NGC numbers. Any meaning attached to that? Thank you for including the SNV numbers in the details! Howard S.
  6. Not sure where you think an RPD might be. If you're asking about the semicircular mark northwest of the 2nd 8, it doesn't match the shape of any of the digits. Possibly die damage. If you're asking about the 2, it's very common for that 2 to be mushy. It's called a "filled 2". More info here:
  7. It's not a coin. It's a medal. Probably privately produced, but someone else may know for sure. Value is likely minimal.
  8. Ability to see both enlarged obverse and reverse would be useful, and save a lot of time.
  9. The moderator of the Yahoo ECIE (Error Coin Information Exchange) Mike Diamond publishes a comprehensive list of error types. You can join ECIE and download it.
  10. How old is your Photoshop? It should work in Win 10. If it's a driver issue, you probably need to find a TWAIN driver for your scanner. You could investigate setting Photoshop to run in compatibility mode with an earlier version of Windows (on the property panel of the Photoshop executable). A more likely source of incompatibility is that your scanner is so old that drivers are not available for Win 10. Is that the case? Having said all that, I agree with the above poster who says cameras yield much better results.