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2 hours ago, KarenHolcomb said:

Y'all win. I won't be back. I hope you are happy. Shameful, the whole lot of you.

What did I miss???

I don't think anyone has been dumping on newbies lately - not that I've seen.

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The only thing I see is VKURT being a little dis-KURT-eous concerning Karens excitement on a possible DD.

Otherwise I guess we will have to wait for a comment.

Hope you stay I like your enthusiasm

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I also enjoyed your presence. I get schooled by individuals too and sometimes it seems rude. Please remember to consider the source and don't over read text... It shows no emotion.

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On 12/28/2019 at 6:09 AM, KarenHolcomb said:

Y'all win. I won't be back. I hope you are happy. Shameful, the whole lot of you.

Dont leave. I implore you

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I have NO idea. I was in the United Kingdom for twelve days and in Alabama for another seven, just since Thanksgiving Day, and she got upset I didn't answer her PM's quickly. I was kind of umm, occupied.

I DID explain to her that what she found interesting in this hobby - minor doubling - had no appeal for me, but to each his or her own. Searching out doubling, IMO, has gotten out of control, and it's as if there is nothing else in some people's minds. I can go to a five-day show and hang with the top exhibitors in the field and never hear the words "doubled die" even once.

There is a "show going" branch of this hobby and an Internet branch of this hobby, and their intersection set is TIIIIIINYYYYY! It's as if they are two separate hobbies. Makes me yearn to be at NYINC next month. Why? Everybody there knows way more than I do. That's what floats my boat.

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1 hour ago, VKurtB said:

 Searching out doubling, IMO, has gotten out of control, and it's as if there is nothing else in some people's minds. 

There seems to be a loooooong tradition of newbies looking through their damaged pocket change for gems and hope seems to ever spring eternal.

It's a little funny to me because I never really thought to do this. I check my change for old coins. I'll always look at an old looking dime or quarter to check the date, but I don't look at my change hoping for rare errors usually.

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Maybe she got mad about a thread she didn't even post on. I know that I couldn't help but poke some fun on that "verity" thread, and people can take that stuff the wrong way.

It's not just the YouTube video bazillion dollar "error" garbage. I think it's also the proliferation of cheap microscopes. I might check my pocket change for silver or an older date (just because it's cool), but they haven't hand-punched dates or mint marks for a long time, and they've used single press hubbing since I think 1986, so to me all this "doubling" stuff is really not worth bothering with. If there's a wide or narrow AM that slipped through my hands, oh well.

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@Revenant, when you say looooong tradition, how long are we talking here? Because I've been in numismatics for about 57 years now, and until reading Internet message boards, a) it never would have occurred to me, and b) I had never heard of anyone else doing that either.

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1 minute ago, VKurtB said:

@Revenant, when you say looooong tradition, how long are we talking here? Because I've been in numismatics for about 57 years now, and until reading Internet message boards, a) it never would have occurred to me, and b) I had never heard of anyone else doing that either.

Well, I'm only 33, so long is definitely relative.

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On the other hand, haven't people been doing this since at least the 1950s? Looking through their change for the 1943 copper cent or the 1955 DDO, which received wide publicity. And the "I found something, is it valuable?" stuff is in mint archives from 120 years ago. It's different these days, but maybe not that different.

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12 minutes ago, kbbpll said:

On the other hand, haven't people been doing this since at least the 1950s? Looking through their change for the 1943 copper cent or the 1955 DDO, which received wide publicity. And the "I found something, is it valuable?" stuff is in mint archives from 120 years ago. It's different these days, but maybe not that different.

As was stated in another thread, the "buy sheets" sent out by B. Max Mahl in the early 20th century contributed widely to the "searching pocket change" phenomenon, but those people were not looking for errors. They were looking for the dates and mint marks that were considered scarce to rare, or, at least, the ones that were being sought by Mehl, and were worth a premium over face value.  For example, he offered $50 to anyone who could produce a 1913 Liberty nickel, and that was a nice sum at that time. Obviously, he never got one through the mail, but I think I read somewhere that he actually bought one of the 5 known examples later.

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