skippy

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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 emerged. The enormous number of resubmissions (the “crackout game”) had finally resulted in the situation where every encapsulated coin was severely overgraded. The genius behind PAIN, Dr. Artie Fishel Toning, responded by introducing the 10,000 point grading scale. Low resubmission fees coupled with the famous slogan “No PAIN, no Gain!” ensured that PAIN would have the opportunity to reholder nearly every extant coin. By 2027, the writing was on the wall when Congress outlawed money in favor of an all-electronic payment system. With all older coins already encapsulated and no new coins being minted, Dr. Toning spearheaded the last successful marketing thrust. “MS” coins, a designation formerly reserved for “Mint State”, was redefined to mean “Mostly Shiny”. The resultant flood of polished coins, all grading MS-10000, kept graders busy in PAIN for the last three years. Company spokesperson N. “Cap” Sulation issued a brief statement: “Today is a very sad day for the hobby of kings, and we regret deeply that there will be no more PAIN in numismatics.” Dr. Toning refused comment for this article, but it is widely rumored that he is involved in the development of a new company that will reportedly offer certification and encapsulation for already encapsulated coins to combat the flood of counterfeit slabs from Mars.
  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: http://www.shieldnickels.net/1883_2/1882Filled2.html
  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. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/errorcoininformationexchange/info
  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.
  11. NGC has the right to do anything they deem appropriate for their business. You have the right to complain to them if you feel they did not treat you correctly.
  12. Got a confirmed purchase through the website this morning, although it took several tries because the website was balky. I choose to believe that my filing of a complaint made a difference!
  13. I filed a complaint with the mint about this one. They at least agreed to have it reviewed at a higher level.
  14. Quite unfair to most collectors to have a small mintage limit and no per household limit.
  15. What you decide to collect depends not only on what appeals to you but also on how much money you are willing to put into this. A very inexpensive way to collect which is rewarding to many youngsters (I was one of them) is to get rolls of coins from the bank and search them. There are still some interesting things in circulation that you can make it a goal to find. Examples: wheat back cents, war nickels, maybe a silver dime or quarter.
  16. Glad I asked. I could have used the forum for years without stumbling on that. Thanks, physics-fan.