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  1. Here are my 1943 PDS Washingtons for my Registry set. The images are by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job. The P is a PCGS MS67, the D is an NGC MS65*, and the S is a PCGS MS66.
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    Is anyone carrying a pocket piece?

    Peace dollar. Common date/mm. Every few years I'll donate the current piece to a (younger) person who shows interest in learning about the coin. Hopefully one or more has/have gotten interested in numismatics through this.
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    1942 PDS Washingtons for my Registry set

    While I would NOT crack these out, I certainly have cracked a fair amount of slabbed Washingtons to put into my toner Danscos.
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    1942 PDS Washingtons for my Registry set

    These were put into my NGC Registry set before the NGC only rules took effect.
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    Post Something for Memorial Day

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    Post Your Most Recent Acquisition

    I love the reverse design of the Monroe.
  7. Here are the 1942 PDS Washingtons for my Registry set. All three coins are PCGS MS66. The 1942-D was imaged by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job. It sure is a lot harder to get decently toned Washingtons from the early 1940's than it is from the 1950's.
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    Post your NGC star toners!

  9. Here are the 1957 P and D Washingtons for my A toner Dansco. The P I cracked from a PCGS MS66 slab, and the D I pulled from a Mint Set. The D was imaged by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.
  10. Much as I enjoy Washingtons, I'm glad I'm not into those coins at those prices...
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    Add Your Spring Colors!

    This one always makes me think of Easter...
  12. I can't believe I just hit 60. Please post a coin or medallion from 1958, or one that has a 60 in it, or one that has a space based theme. Thank you!!
  13. There's a collector in New Zealand who is interested in collecting space coins and medallions. There are assorted other links on his website to his collection of flown (material) medallions and meteorite coins. While these are not the sort of items I collect, the site shows a bunch of different items, so it is a worthwhile resource if you are interested in finding out about a space related coin or medallion you might have seen someplace.
  14. Here are the 1957 PD Washingtons for my B toner Dansco. I bought the P as an individual coin off of eBay, and the D I pulled from a Mint Set that I bought at a local B&M. The D was imaged by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.
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    1953 Half Dollar S

    Welcome to the Boards!!! You'll find a lot of knowledgeable and interesting people here. Many people here specialize in a given Type (or series), or more than one. If you have questions about specific coin Types you might ask who on the Boards is an expert in that Type, and generally that collector will be happy to help you. FWIW, one of the areas I specialize in is Franklin half dollars. Finding any silver coin these days in a bank roll search is a treat. As mentioned above, your coin is well circulated, but it is still silver, roughly .36 ounces of it, so given today's silver value it is worth roughly $6. There were 3 mints that produced Franklin half dollars during their 1948 - 1963 run; Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. Each of these mints had certain characteristics. Generally the S mint had the worst strike of all the mints. It is much more difficult to find fully struck examples of the S mint than their comparable D and P date brethren. The 1953 S was particularly egregious in this regard, hence the rarity and high valuation for fully struck 1953-S Franklins. FWIW, when looking at Franklins, aside from the full bell line, another characteristic of a nicely struck coin on the reverse is that you can read "Pass and Stow" easily (just above the central bell crack). On the obverse of a well struck Franklin you will see 3 curls of hair in front of his ear. Here is my 1953-S. It is graded NGC MS66*. You'll note that you can NOT see the three curls of hair in front of the ear on the obverse, On the reverse you will note "Pass and Stow" is fully visible, but that the bottom bell lines are not full, being non-existent in the area of the bell crack. Even though this coin does not have either the 3 curls on the obverse or full bell lines, it is an above average strike for the date/mintmark. Note also how your coin shows more wear than this coin. That is caused by the circulation of your coin, e.g. it was used for commerce. All coins, in particular more modern coins, are broken down into circulated coins and Mint State (or uncirculated) coins. As you might imagine, mint state coins are worth more than circulated coins. Most Franklins, once they get a moderate amount of wear on them, are (with a few exceptions) generally worth their silver melt value.