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  1. None. Coins have been over hyped since the 1st Dealer figured out that if s/he built up the coin with either mintages, possible mintages, key coin, special finish, speculation of the price of silver and whether or not the series ended/started! If people get the chance, they should acquire some old Coin magazines and read them. They'll see a lot of the hype that occurs today is exactly the same hype that occurred back when the mag was published. I've read stories of the why's wherefore's that the IKE Dollar and SBA Dollar coins had HUGE investment potential for various reasons. As for me, I don't buy because of the hype. I'll buy so that I "can" hype and maybe real in a buyer. The general coin industry amounts to being prepared to acquire that which is currently popular (and/or already popular) at Face Value and then selling the coins at a substantial markup. OR Buying coins in massive unsearched lots or "Intentionally" unsearched lots (I'm too busy to go thru them right now but I'll give you 10x Face Value for whatever you have) YES, dealers do this.
  2. I'm under the same impression. But if that's the point of this thread, there are an abundance of examples from which to choose for each of the major grading companies. Not to mention the fact that the coins were graded possibly 20 year apart. Have folks forgotten that in the rattler days MS65 was a tough grade and MS63 was fairly common simply because PCGS, being the driving force behind Coin Dealer acceptance of TPG Grading, was forced to build credibility in their grades without raising a lot of objectionable criticism?
  3. As it should be. I believe Dcarr discloses but, when these "coins" get in the wrong hands, many undereducated buyers will get hosed. Yeah! Like the fella that bought the 09-SVDB that was the size of a cup coaster!
  4. More like the cost of feeding the "Profits" Machine in America??
  5. They are clearly post-strike abrasions/hits. Either we're looking at different coins, or you need to get your eyes checked. Thank you thats absolutely incorrect. Thanks for your pretty red arrows though.... those were exactly what I was talking about NOT BEING HITS, and they still arent.... I'll check my eyes if you go look at some coins... clearly you could use some experience. Just to be clear, you are stating that those are not hits, but rather portions where the die failed to make contact with the planchet? What conditions in your opinion cause this to happen? Something in the planchet; Something in the die? What causes the missed contact to create grooves of that shape? Wouldn't the oppsite happen with no contact? Wouldn't there be raised planchet area since the rest of the coin is being struck and pressured out and down? No contact wouldnt push metal down more than areas around it with contact... He may be implying transient annealing marks? But IMO, they do not look like typical annealing marks and I would expect that a strike that was full enough to produce the FB would be enough to eliminate any annealing marks.
  6. To have "Just Having Fun" to the label is a free service PCGS offers to the top 5 sets in a series that have a certain number if coins registered in the set. Specifically: "If you participate in the PCGS Set Registry program your set may qualify for the free pedigree service. The free pedigree service policy is as follows: The set must be 100% complete. The set must be in the top 5 in the Registry. PCGS does not pedigree modern Mint and Proof sets (1965-present), Everyman Collections or Low Ball sets. Sets with less than 10 coins may be pedigreed if warranted. The decision will be that of PCGS experts. The Registry member is responsible for shipping and handling costs. The fee for pedigrees for upgrades to your set submitted after the initial pedigree is $10 a coin. PCGS will not pedigree duplicate coins. You must submit both the upgraded coin and the coin it will be replacing. The coin that will no longer remain in your set will be reholdered without the pedigree and returned to you along with the newly pedigreed coin. Your set must remain 100% complete and in the top five to qualify. To confirm that your set qualifies for the free Pedigree Service, contact customer service at setregistry@collectors.com. Then mail with your coins a PCGS submission form and a printed page from the set registry that lists your set in the top five."
  7. Ya mean like the swindles which occur on a daily basis on HSN or many of the other insane Snake Oil Coin Shows on TV? Or maybe the belief that a slab label actually increases the value of a coin?
  8. I'm thinking that "supply side economics" pales in comparison to does anybody really want these coins produced from perhaps an older die set. You can have 1 of something that was made in the hundreds of thousands and think it's a fairly rare piece. But.........if there are no buyers for such a piece, then the rarity falls to the wayside. Of course, attempts can be made to "create" a market and as such attract buyers with such terms as discovery and rare and specific number to number ration's but generally speaking, it's a no win market. BTW, I like these coins but have absolutely no desire for a variety for this specific year since, well, no variety actually exists except for what appears to be normal die wear.
  9. The enthusiasm of the collectors of these clashes, lobbying the editors, is how they got into the Cherrypicker's Guide, and then and the PCGS Registry, starting in 2012. The 1955 Bugs has been collected for decades. Why yes, it has been collected for decades due to the original hype and the name "Bugs Bunny Franklin. However, it was never "seriously" collected until it appeared in the CPG and then other date/mintmark combinations began showing up. "IF" it ever gets dropped from the CPG and interest dies down due to nobody actively looking for them, it'll go back to where it was in 2000. Just another die clash. That "proof" coin might stick around but seriously, these are relatively easy to come by in rolls of Franklins. They get pricey when someone sells them as a die clash woth the FS-401 jammed onto the slab label. Having said that, I must say that I am and always have been really impressed with the Franklin Lovers Web Page. They done some great work and some fantastic research.
  10. The "Bugs Bunny" die clash is probably the MOST over rated die clash in the history of coins. It's not "really" a variety as much as it is an error from a damaged die. It can be found in multiple stages across multiple years. There's even a Proof example floating around out there. I'd bet even money that the popularity with this particular die clash is directly related to it's inclusion in the CPG and the fact that both PCGS and NGC annotates the clash on the label. Nothing more and nothing less. The "Talon Head" IKE is a similar die clash and can be way more prominent than the Franklin Clash. As for the OP's coin, I have absolutely no idea what is being referred to since the photo's are way too small.
  11. First off, the FS-801 for the 1971-S Silver Proof IKE is an AWESOME example of die doubling! IMO, it has the largest spread of ANY Eisenhower Dollar Doubled Die. Very much along the lines of the 1961 Franklin DDR. Secondly, given the fact that the doubling is such a strong spread, the coin has some very hefty premiums associated with it. Lastly, NGC should publish pictures of the coin since they have gotten some serious attributions totally wrong in the past. PCGS as well. Many folks have paid serious premiums for FS-103's which simply were NOT FS-103's.
  12. 1980? While I do believe that its PMD, I doubt that it was machined given the fact that the actual nickel cladding is really thin on these coins. Maybe a shot or the edge would reveal more about how it was created.
  13. Ha ha! I had a fellow want to cancel a purchase because he noticed, after he bid and won, that I collect Sales Tax here in California. It amounted to $1.27. He didn't want to pay the "sales tax" even thoiugh he lives in California and pays sales tax on everything he buys in state anyway. What he DID want to do, was have me "invoice" his buddy who lives in Arizona for the listing that he had won. (I obviously can't collect CA Sales Tax for a sale in Arizona.) That buddy would then pay for the coin then package it up and mail it to him (the original buyer) in California. I agreed to cancel the listing but not to sell it to his buddy since I had no clue on how I could "invoice" someone for a listing he hadn't even bid on and explained that his buddy would pay the exact same shipping charges I levied ($3.00 - Postage - envelope) and then would pay the exact same shipping charges by mailing it out to California. I then asked the buyer if he really believed that his buddy would cough up $6.00 so that he could avoid paying $1.27 in Sales Tax? The buyer thought about it and agreed to just pay for the item and then leaving me a positive feedback. Sometimes, people just do not think about what they are doing..........all in the name of saving a buck! Drive 10 miles out of your way to save 3 cents on a gallon of gas? A 16 gallon tank amounts to a .48 cent savings.