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  1. It has tohe did those. be Eliasberg unless, yes, world coins come up. Don't know if he did those. Pete
  2. The fields are nice. Couple spots on reverse. Hit above Iron Tail's eye and on cheek. Exceptional strike, but nicely struck coins are known for this date and mint. You'll probably get no less than a 66 if you slab it. Maybe even a 67. Pete
  3. Great to see that your diligence and perseverance and dedication to detail had been recognized.
  4. Judging by the activity that Mr. Breen has continued to enjoy here and other places, calling him "memorable" is an understatement..................
  5. Strike looks good to me, Mark. UMM.....I don't know, and it's very difficult to judge by pics...............I'm not NEAR an expert......just a soldier in the Army. The coin has that "look" milky or whatever, to me. Observationally, to me, anyway. Pete
  6. Page 190. "The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels" Third Edition by David Lange states: "Unless they've been dipped, most 1936 proof nickels show some degree of toning. This usually takes the form of a hazy or milky film on both sides. Not especially attractive, it is still valued as a mark of "originality"." Don't do anything to it! That "milky" finish shows the originality of the coin. Pete
  7. Purchase some rolls of quarters and search through them. Good quality time together. Probably the easiest thing you could do right now. State quarters are fun.
  8. Pictures needed.............if you have the resources to provide them. Otherwise none of us will be able to comment.
  9. You're correct, Mark. I messed up the "meanings". Problem is, I know better. Pete
  10. Easy to say for someone else to tell you what to do...........that said............Photo document it in its current slab, then try to cross it. Yes........pic is juiced up.......light angles and exposure can hide stuff..........but you have the coin to look at. Still your call (my humble opinion) Pete
  11. I agree, Roger. Breen was a person who really didn't care what others thought about him. It became apparent from his appearances at major events in the Hobby. The way he dressed, acted, and generally came across to others did not make him any friends. I can see the skepticism from learned individuals in this profession as being quite warranted. Back over ten or more years ago, I defended his right to dress or be the way he was. (Hobby wise, not his personal life). Matter of fact, I knew nothing back then of his lifestyle outside the Hobby. Now, a little more informed and less qu
  12. I can only read all replies here and make my own opinion. The debate will never end, because the whole thing is subjective.
  13. If the experts who viewed your coin in this post cannot conclusively say it was mint made, then it has to be a post-mint specially made coin. Whatever reason it was made is up to speculation. I feel that if it was a trick coin, it would not be that color because it would stand out from regular Cents. Why coat a Cent in conductive material is the real question. I'm curious myself, but can offer no conclusion. Wish I could. Pete
  14. TonerGuy: I did a little research on the Cafarelli Family at WWW.familysearch.org. I used the parameter that the Cafarelli name should be from the Naples area in Italy, and got one decent, but not confirmed town. Cicciano is a town near Naples that contains the Cafarelli name. It is the best match I could find, but again, not a slam dunk. Hope this helps............I did the best I could. Pete
  15. It's logical to assume that testing would be done with new die steel. What better coin to test than a "Hard" nickel. These specimens probably didn't get destroyed because of Mr. Sinnock, (Chief Engraver at the time, and Rosie Dime designer) who had some pretty exotic stuff put away that was discovered (like these nickels) when his holdings were cataloged.