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27 Mar 2020

How to id a fake 1943 steel cent

Coins-United States | SALMON

how to identify a fake 1943 copper centfirst, you have to check if its actually copper. Use a magnet, if it is not a 1943 copper cent it will stick to the magnet, if it is actually copper (not saying it's real) it will not stick to the magnet.second, you will have to check for altered dates, and tooling marks. look at the date and mintmark, if the 3 looks wonky and far from the rest of the date its a 1948 cent if it looks tooled with marks around the date, the 3 and the mint mark its fake.third, send it in for grading if it passes these tests, PCGS, and NGC are probably the best for grading a major error and identifying its authenticity.if you have this error you are basically an instant millionaire.stay tuned for the rest of this how-to id series.

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25 Mar 2020

Newbie

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Hi Everyone ! 25 March 2020 My name is Charlie and I'm new here and relatively new to coin collecting. As you can see from the picture below I'mconcentrating on Kennedy Half Dollars. I had quite a few that my step-Dad and granny left me so I incorporated themand added quite a few more to get to where I'm at today. I try to learn something new every day. I'm retired so I haveplenty of free time for this new hobby. As a matter of fact, I have more time than I do money :-) ! I also collect other coinsalso, but I have mostly U.S. coins. I do have a few Canadian coins but I have mostly U.S. Stop by sometime and let's talkabout "numismatics" ! Hopefully, I'll try and post a new picture every time I add a post. Talk to you soon !

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24 Mar 2020

Clad washington quarter

Coins-United States | user_74359

The clad issued washington quarter old reverse is something amazing. Maybe not as valuable as the silver ones that everybody loves so much but one day they'll be just a memory to and no longer found in circulation. You can still pick em out of change quite easily so unless you have a high graded specimen of 1986, variety,or errors these little guys isn't too valuable. That doesn't mean that there isn't room for improvement later. Let's go back to 1932 first silver washington. 1965 silver Washington's not as liked little brother comes along and for 33 years doesn't change. But in generations to come. I feel like The clad washington quarter pre state quarter is going to spike in price compared to later date clads, thanks mainly to Key dates and peaples feelings toward the old washington " eagle reverse" and the old old washington " silver".

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07 Mar 2020

Fascinating Abe.

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Beginning the 111th consecutive year of circulation, this weeks blog looks beyond the coin to an enduring phenomenon as the most popular of all United States coins to collect.A fascinationthat captivates collector and in ways, non-collector alike. As with most of us senior numismatists,a Lincoln Cent collectionbegan by pulling them from pocket change to put in the old blue Whitman with the excitement of nearing an end to completion as another holegot filled. Most of us, myself included, still have these time capsules of sorts to remind us ofour youth and how things have advanced in a hobby which we enjoy.For some, as is with most beginner collector today, a plentiful supply at very reasonable prices only adds to the popularity. Whatever the reasoning may be, and there are many, it would not be stretching to state that Old Abe will remain on the obverse of the cent for many more to come.

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02 Mar 2020

Are Toned Coins Worth More?

Coins-United States | Long Beard

This is one of the most frequently posed questions as of late within the collecting community. While mostly by beginners, this very question is by nature vague and confusing to most. In a nut shell the answer would be yes.A true answer would be difficult at best since many variables must be addressed which only addsto an already confusing subject.Not to mention that it isquite subjective and debatable. So this week I decided to use the example above asthe topic, which I found as I was scrolling through some auction sites looking to buy.

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28 Feb 2020

Liberty Walking Half Dollar

Coins-United States | Long Beard

This weeks blog subject entails another timeless masterpiece equal to that discussed in the previous week. The Liberty Walking half dollar. Struck from 1916 through 1947 and relatively easy to complete in circulated grades, it leaves little doubt as to it's enduring popularity. Just as it could be argued about the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle being the most beautiful of all U.S. coins, Adolph Weinman's design for the half speaks the same for silver coinage. Why else would it have been chosen for the American Silver Eagle obverse beginning in 1986?

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27 Feb 2020

1922 VAM 2A- EAR RING-TOP 50 JEWEL!

Coins-United States | Longstrider

The other day I gave up waiting and pulled the trigger on one of the “Crown Jewels” to the Top 50 Peace Dollar VAMs. This would be the 1922-P VAM 2A. Often referred to as the Ear Ring variety. It gets its name from the shape and location of a major obverse die break. As you can see in the photos, it is located near Liberty’s ear and is dangling down her neck.

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