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  1. I believe Hogshead was referring to Nicholas Brock.
  2. I want to know how they got a 20 mm Ethiopia planchet into a 19 mm cent collar. And how it managed to pass through the feeding apparatus set for 19 mm planchets.
  3. If the are business strikes and they deserve the FBL designation they will get it, you don't have to ask for it. If you called them MS(business strikes) and they are actually proofs or vice/versa they will almost certainly come back labeled properly.
  4. Actually in this case it DOESN'T mean Mint State, it means "business strike". The TPG's separate coins into two categories Business strikes and Proofs and they use MS to indicate Business strikes. This used to confuse a lot of people back in the days of Body Bags because coins would come back in body bags but with an MS on the label and they thought they were calling it Mint State (even if the coin was obviously worn) That is why you have prices listed for the circulated coins in the row that says MS (Very few prices for circulated coins in the PL or DPL rows because in general they don't
  5. That is the normal reverse for the 1996 proof cents. After 1993 all the proof cents are supposed to have the Wide AM reverse, and all the business strikes are supposed to have the Close AM. In 1998 and 1999 at least one Close AM die was polished and used to strike proof coins, and in 1998. 99, and 2000 at least one Wide AM die was used to make business strikes.
  6. You weren't around in 79/80 were you? The problem is that most collectors have no real interest in learning anything more than grades and prices. Maybe something more about the particular series they collect but even that isn't really common. I truly believe that most collectors believe that everything they need to know can be found in the Redbook.
  7. Simple answer is Novelty. Having a cent that is perfectly proportioned but larger than the regular cent. (A centered broadstrike can also be larger in diameter but it doesn't enlarge the design.) Texas cents have been around for a LONG time. Well before the copper plated zinc cents. Removing the plating isn't intentional, it just happens when you enlarge a zincoln. Enlarging doesn't affect a copper cent the same way. I have seen the same thing done to nickels, enlarging them to the size of quarters or more. While I haven't done it myself I have seen the results of others attemptin
  8. And it isn't a 43/2 or a 43 doubled eye which are the two best known varieties for the year.
  9. I would if you know it. Less chance of them getting it wrong that way.
  10. "OK, who stabbed the ballistic bag with the fork of the towmotor?"
  11. It may also mean that radium has been mixed into the metal the chain was made from. In the early 20th century Radium was seen as a "cure all" and the enrgy it gave off as "providing energy and vitality!" So it was put into all kinds of things with the idea that using, consuming or wearing them would provide health benefits. There were Radium/radioactive tonics, pills, face cream. bracelets, toothpaste etc.
  12. Not the only time, but it is unusual. Contemporary counterfeit bust halves can bring some good money, the is a counterfeit Vermont copper Ryder 5 I think that brings a good price. Then there is the counterfeit 1818 cent and the 1848 small date cent, they can bring thousands.etc.
  13. I have seen the 49 DE (displayed at the ANA show in Chicago) I don't remember a harsh cleaning but it does have a fairly bad scratch on the obv.
  14. Don't know if it is just your images but it appears polished.