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  1. Hey, a friend of mine just recently told me that a couple of her kids were interested in coins. I want to give them some Whitman blue folders, some wheat pennies, a couple of silver coins, and a couple of buffalos to try and catch their interest. I'm also going to give them a Redbook and a copy of my book. If you have any random stuff you want to get rid of, shoot me a PM. I'll pay fair prices for decent stuff to help these YNs get started. Jason
  2. I believe one of the coins was harshly cleaned and didn't qualify for a numerical grade.
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    Coin value estimate 1949s fbl pl half

    Yes, definitely. PCGS and CAC only look at the bottom set of lines, NGC looks at both sets. There are many, many PCGS FBL that won't cross to NGC. Specialists prefer NGC designations. The same is true for nearly all strike designations - NGC is stricter, and thus more desirable. PCGS also does not designate PL on anything except Morgans (and a couple of other random things). NGC will designate any US or World coin as PL, if it deserves it.
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    Coin value estimate 1949s fbl pl half

    Ah, yes, I'm familiar with your specimen. It has a characteristic struck-through-lint mark right under his chin, which provides quick and easy identification. I've seen this coin pop up several times over the years. For anyone interested, the OP's coin is linked here: CAC means nothing on NGC PL FBL Franklins.... CAC uses the worthless PCGS description of FBL, and only looks at the bottom set of lines. CAC also offers no opinion on the status of PL. So, sure, your coin is an accurately graded 65 according to CAC.... which means nothing for this coin. I have owned 3 of the PL 49S Franklins over the years, and seen several others. There isn't really any other website or guide to refer you to.... I owned a 64 FBL PL that I bought in 2009 for $600, and sold in 2010 for $930. This was near the peak of the Franklin market, so prices have come down since then. The 65PL has sold most recently on Heritage for $350, and was then relisted several times on Ebay for $1100 without selling (somewhere around $600 is a fair value, I think). The 65PL FBL usually sells in the $1000 - $1500 range, depending on the quality of the mirrors, the eye appeal, and the strength of the strike. I bought my current 65+ FBL PL for $3k, which was a strong price in 2011 when I bought it, and the Franklin market has moved downwards since then. I'd get slaughtered if I tried to sell it. I estimate it is probably worth $2k today. So, I think your 65 FBL PL is probably worth $1250 or so, if I were to nail it down to a single number.
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    Does NGC Recognize this as a Variety?

    The easy answer, Tempus, is that the proof-die-used-on-a-business-strike is not a widely recognized, collected, or popular variety. You and I know that it exists, but usually in order to be designated on an NGC label, it has to be widely collected or popular. The Type 2 and Type B that Dave mentions are great examples. VAMs are also widely popularized and collected. Varieties of Columbian halves are not.... If you look at 19th century coins, there are a large number of business strikes that were struck from proof dies. As a collector of prooflike coinage, this is a fascinating and bountiful area of study for me.
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    Why is this website so broken?

    Yes. Every day. Ever since you switched to the new software a year ago. It's awful. I've mentioned it many times, but nobody seems interested in fixing it.
  7. What in the blazes does "NIFS" mean? I see a circulated beatup grungy half worth 50 cents in the OP. I certainly don't see anything shinny that is worth a premium. Sometimes, a common beat-up coin is worth its face value.
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    1776 Continental Currency

    There are millions of fakes of these - they make a great souvenir at a gift shop. Most of the fakes are very easy to spot - as is yours.
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    What do Original early US gold coins look like?

    And the reverse in a separate post, because this board software is broken:
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    What do Original early US gold coins look like?

    No, not according to my understanding of exonumia. See here: Your clocks might be considered "related collectibles." Now, let's get back to discussing original early gold. The clocks can go to another thread. Here is another beautiful, original piece of 19th century gold:
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    Worth grading?

    If you post this in the US Coins forum, you will get several helpful answers.
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    1941 Mercury Dime

    The technical term for what he's calling it is "Die Deterioration Doubling." And no, if Wiles says its not a DDO, it's not a DDO.
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    Why is this website so broken?

    I tried to load the US Coins forum today. It took 3 tries.... I kept getting server error messages. Once I finally got in, I tried to open a thread. I counted.... it took a full 9 seconds to load. I've asked this question repeatedly, I keep having the same problems, and nothing has gotten better. It's a bit worse today than normal, but every click on this website usually takes 4-5 seconds to load. Why is this website so broken? And, if you can't fix it, why should I keep trying to use it?
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    TPG "gem" designations

    That's a really good story. The actual story is just like I mentioned in my earlier post - the submitter sent them 500 coins and told them to only put numbers on the 69's and 70's (most likely). Anything that didn't make 69 or 70 would be slabbed without a number for a significant discount.
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    2004 Jefferson Nickel (peace coin)

    It's worth 5 US cents. Same as if we got a 5 pence piece of yours. This is pocket change. Welcome, from across the pond!