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  1. Is there any difference in value of the first two varieties?
  2. How much does it weigh? It may have been struck on a planchet intended for a foreign coin. I'm not sure if the US Mint was striking coins for a foreign country as they have done in the past.
  3. It's a replica as others have pointed out. It wasn't made to fool collectors. Rather it was made as a souvenir to be sold at gift shops at historic sites to tourists looking for a memento of their visit.
  4. It might be easier to sell if you remove the sticker residue from the label area being very careful to not injure the slab. Googone would work. WD40 would also work but don't spray it directly on the slab. Spray it on a soft cloth or tissue first and then carefully wipe the sticker residue off. If you want to sell it I would suggest eBay since more eyes equals more potential bidders. Good luck and be sure to let us know how you make out.
  5. Very neat coin that's over a century old. The surfaces are original and attractive so don't mess with it even though you are tempted to do so. Cleaning a coin rarely improves it.
  6. Agree. Most collectors that want this issue bought it in the first couple of days. The speculators and flippers will wait until the last few days before it goes off sale to see the what the production numbers are. If it's low enough they'll jump in and buy it. Not sure when the mint will stop selling it but it'll probably be available until the end of the year.
  7. Doesn't it depend on what the gold value is in 15 years?
  8. You may be right. I'm not buying this one. Don't like the design and the premium over gold value is too high. I may pick one up in the secondary market when they drop to closer to melt value.
  9. Great show report as always. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.
  10. I read somewhere that in the old days people would hole a silver dollar and suspend it on a ribbon that would be put around an older baby's neck so the baby could chew on it while teething. Not sure how true it is but you sure see a lot of holed silver dollars. This practice sounds dangerous but in the old days they did a lot of things that would be considered unacceptable in modern times.
  11. Are you sure that what you are seeing isn't the result of wishful thinking?
  12. Definitely an S mintmark. There is nothing wrong with this mintmark since this "S" is typical of the blocky style used during this era. The normal wear makes it more blobby looking which is quite normal.
  13. That thin vertical line on the obverse of the nickel appears to be a hairline scratch, I doubt that there is any way to remove it without damaging the coin.
  14. Acetone was my first thought. It certainly can't hurt anything.