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  1. Child proof your home...…...at least until he's old enough to appreciate and care for your things. It's tough being a dad.
  2. It's fake...……..and it says 50c on the reverse. ;-)
  3. Use a magnifier, and look at the lettering and date. They look machined. The toning is all wrong. Also, compare your coin with a known genuine coin of the same date (check the redbook), and you will notice that there are a lot of little differences.
  4. Oh, and the initials on the right side of the memorial on the reverse are "FG" for Frank Gasparro who designed the reverse starting in 1959, which was Lincoln's 150th year commemoration. Lots of information can be had in the official Red Book.
  5. I will jump in and tell you that you really don't have any monitary value in any of these coins. Sorry, but they are extremely common, most are in circulated grades. I don't know anything about error coins, but I do consider them "damaged" and prefer to collect closer to the "perfect" side of things. I have read several of your posts about inheriting these coins, and I can relate to the experience you are getting while going through these. I wouldn't even consider selling any of them because of sentimental value, but would continue with your search and education. You probably won't find any that are valuable, but there's always a slim chance, and as long as you're having fun, that's what counts. I am a penny collector since 1972 (I was 9), and I started out checking everyone's change for dates and mintmarks I didn't have in my folder yet. Then I stepped up to checking bank rolls. Once I had a pretty good handle on most of the holes in my folder, and since I had found a few "Wheatbacks", I decided to invest in another folder or two for those. I continued filling holes from circulation, and trying to find nice shiny new looking examples as upgrades. Then I realized that touching the shiny red ones would cause them to turn brown, so I talked my mom into getting me an album with plastic slides to protect them. As I got older and had more spending cash, I bought more and more of these upgrades from dealers. Over the many years, I have been able to completed a GEM uncirculated set of Lincolns from 1934 to date, with NGC slabbed high grade proofs (in my registry sets), and quite a few of the earlier Lincolns, Indians, Flying Eagles, and Large cents. I once went to a coin show with my albums to see if I could find any more upgrades that were better than the ones I already had, but I couldn't seem to find any. One dealer asked if he could see my collection, which I proudly allowed, and he was sincerely flabbergasted, and suggested that I needed to invest in getting them all slabbed. I agreed, but I just can't talk myself into it. You have a long journey ahead of you, if you choose to take it. Good luck, and good hunting.
  6. It is almost guaranteed to be an SMS (Special Mint Set) quarter, that has seen some circulation and would be considered "impaired" because of the light wear. Also, the heavy mark on the left obverse, and the one on the reverse eagle's breast would knock the numerical grade down substantially from 70. I like the "Cameo" look, and it's still a fun coin to find in change even if it doesn't have much numismatic value.
  7. That is a nice looking 1957, but the reverse has all that black spotting on it. Was that stored on a bathroom shelf since 1957? You know, daily showers with humidity & mildew?
  8. I've had several "rotated reverse" half cents, and they didn't get any more value. Except when I showed someone I would say "and look, it has a rotated reverse"...………:-)
  9. The beginnings of a "love token" perhaps?
  10. I call those "road pennies". I once tried to use the analogy that "even a road penny has some value to someone", to try uplifting someone who has been through too much and considered themselves damaged goods...…..one man's trash is another man's treasure. Your little one has been through too much, but is a treasure. Good luck, and God bless.
  11. Nope, I bought the folder with my allowance money. It was .99c, which left me with enough to buy 4 pennies too. The next week, I took my $1.50 allowance and got 3 rolls of pennies at the bank and started searching.
  12. I remember my first coin purchase about 45 years ago. My mom was shopping in a book store, and I noticed a little display cabinet with coins in it. It had all kinds of u.s. coins that I had never laid eyes on before. I noticed some of the prices on the 2x2's were .10c & .15c for old wheatback pennies. I had $1.50 (allowance) to spend, so when I asked my mom if I could buy some pennies, she said "why don't you buy one of these penny folders, and try to fill it up with pocket change. I still bought a few pennies that day to start my collection, and I've been going at it ever since.
  13. Check the "population" report on each date and mint to see how many are out there (available). Some, if not all of these have had some major population bumps as submitters have sent new found gems in for grading. You're doing it right. Buy low, sell high.