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  1. Thorns or green wooden pieces are used a lot in museum artifact restoration, which is where I got the idea. I’ve seen a few others on here mention that as well. Supposed to be gentle on the object while still ridged enough to move the gunk. Let us know how it turns out. Olive oil is common for copper I know. It’s just a slow process.
  2. Bill, Variance is +\- .13 grams on these (from 3.11 grams) So it could be 2.98 and still be in tolerance. I don’t think it’s anything special. All coins have a tolerance that anything within that range is considered correct. No way they get them all spot on.
  3. I’m no copper pro, but I don’t think your question is off base. Sometimes a circulated coin you have to chose the lesser of two evils. Let the verdigris win or bite the bullet and clean it. Perhaps try starting off with a long soak in olive oil. Olive oil is slightly acidic and is supposed to do a good job of loosening crud on cents. I’ve seen people mention leaving them to soak for months though. Someone with more experience can chime in. After a long soak then see if you can gently dislodge it with a rose thorn or other green wooden sharply pointed thingy you can find. A toothpick as a next choice. But see if the oil will do most of the work for you and hopefully it will be salvageable.
  4. I do it a few times a day just to make sure I stay in practice. No worries. Lots of numbers in numismatics. Bound to forget a few from time to time
  5. These are .999 silver. More than the original. You may have seen it’s a little less than .9 oz (.858). Still over priced and I would spend that money on an original over this any day. But they are nice and lots of interest.
  6. Have you had a lot of luck with copper in albums? I’ve been spending a lot of time, and had a lot of fun, on albums recently but I’ve been reluctant on copper. Seems like it would tone terribly in them. But I could be wrong and I’m not a copper guy in general. What has been your experience? 2x2 or album better for long term storage?
  7. @RWB I believe I saw was writing a book about many of the recent experimental pieces. If memory serves it will feature a large amount of strange metals and other materials considered for coins.
  8. As Oldhoopster said the rarity that the article references were experimental cents made of aluminum. Copper prices were erratic and increasing and the mint was looking for a more cost effective way to mint cents. Aluminum was experimented with but ultimately they made the switch to copper coated zinc, the crappy cents we have now, in 1982. Yours is the standard copper 1974 and is worth face value.
  9. Not quite as nice as that other Jefferson you were looking at on eBay, but not too shabby. Very nice coins
  10. I agree. I respect the auction houses and Heritage, GC and Stacks do amazing work. I just received two auction catalogues from stacks for upcoming auctions that put Vogue to shame with quality. Some coins it makes sense to auction, but I would love the opportunity to buy some higher end coins and save 15% on my end. It would make a big difference on some of them.
  11. Are all of the areas I circled just reflections/dust on the 2x2 Mylar, or are these places on the coin? If those are in the coin it’s going to be a below average proof. But hopefully its just dust on the 2x2.
  12. Not to dissuade you at all from the hobby, but what you are proposing is not going to make you money unless you get extremely lucky. Like playing the lotto lucky. You would do much better to get a side job at minimum wage for the hours you would spend trying to find something to make money on. It happens but this isn’t a get rich quick thing. I do think quality coins over time may prove to be a good investment, hopefully, but flipping coins you find is not as easy as it may seem. And your competition is huge, and your selling costs add up quickly. eBay will take 12.5% of your sale for fees and payment for example. Long story short collect coins if you enjoy it and in time you may see an increase, but to think it’s a short term money maker is highly unlikely. Especially if your current knowledge level leads you to ask what might make money. No offense.
  13. Pictures are my issue also. I have the coins it’s pictures I don’t have. But I’m going to try and work out an iPhone studio tomorrow like yours.
  14. It still baffles my mind that more transactions of higher end coins don’t happen between collectors. We are sending loads of coins to auction to pay 10%-15% to the auction house who sells it to another collector who pays 10%-15% in buyer premium. I realize it isn’t the point of the article but that’s my first though every time I see auction figures. When was the last time any coin above a couple hundred dollars was listed for sale on the marketplace? Both sides could potentially benefit 15%