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  1. NONE of the TPG's had holders that allowed you to see the edge until NGC created the pronged insert in 2002, and then basically never used it until they "invented" it again in 2009 for use on the President and NA dollars. (AnACS came close behind in 2009, and PCGS third in I think 2010. In both cases they started with the small dollars.) And then expanded it to the rest of the coins over the next two years.
  2. No, 91.6% gold composition, softer than our gold coins. and yes they are smaller and lighter than double eagles but that won't keep them from getting marks.
  3. Wouldn't matter, once China took over Hong Kong from the British in 1997, they took over the gold reserves as well
  4. With all the raised lumps and pimples on it (and what appear to be base metal showing through on at least three of the stars on the rev) I would say it is a fake. As to weight I think they did try to match the weight of the government coins, but the fineness was usually off. As a general rule the pioneer gold had a melt value less than, sometimes significantly less, than the government coin.
  5. Were going to have to see pictures to believe that. Considering currently there are only 2 known. And last I knew one of those was still in an unopened set.
  6. You also have to consider that to be worth a premium as a "lowball" it still has to be able to straight grade. And once you get down into those very low grades the changes of damage causing it to get a detail grade increase. That is one reason why trying to "artificially wear down" a coin to make it a lowball rarely works. The resulting coin looks unnatural and gets a detail grade. So instead of increasing the value you end up paying for the slabbing and have a coin whose value has actually been reduced.
  7. Because there is no obvious wear. The lask of detail is because the central portions didn't strike up. You are making the mistake of comparing a low relief coin (the 28) with a high relief coin. And the detail loss isn't really the result of a weak strike The strike is fine, the problem is in the design itself. The relief was just too high to be struck up with the standard pressure for dollar coins. Coins struck with even higher pressure fill better, but caused damage to the presses and greatly shortened die life.
  8. It's a money grab, but is it a grab by the TPG, or a grab by the buyers of the coin from the mint who probably requested the special label.
  9. Oh it is getting deep in here. How far are we from the "It's Tuesday" submission label?
  10. Sounds like it should be the state capital in Kentucky, tis Summer the darkies are gay. (Don't shoot the messenger, those are the actual lyrics from My Old Kentucky Home, by Stephen Foster, and it is the state song. Or at least those were the lyrics before the state legislature changed them to "the people are happy". I guess they pronounce it "HaPAY, because at the end of the next stanza has to rhyme with "day". They didn't like the second verse either "The young folks roll on the little cabin floor", because they said it give an impression of poverty. I don't know what if anything they did about that.)
  11. I don't think perfect, edge seem uneven around the sun.
  12. Congratulations you have one of the 513,682,000 dimes that was struck in Philadelphia in 1975. Even in MS-66 it would be worth $10 and would cost $25 to $30 to slab. The reverse is nice but not exceptional, and there is a fairly bad rim nick below ONE. I doubt it would get a 66, and a 65 is $6. If it comes back MS-63 it's $0.60 I don't think I'd risk it.
  13. Well it has the appearance of a reverse proof, but they didn't make reverse proofs that year. So someone has either taken a genuine 2003 ASE, heavily polished it and then frosted the fields, or it is a complete fake coin. I can't tell which it is from these images but I suspect a polished coin. They also erred because on the reverse proofs the sun rays and lettering are also mirrored.