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  1. I signed up so I could answer this one. It’s unlikely to be post-mint damage. 1966 was in the middle of the Great Coin Shortage when silver was removed from higher denominations. The cent and nickel weren’t affected so the Mint was churning out oceans of them as a stopgap. That led to a lot of stress on dies and masters, which in turn caused images to blur and spread. For whatever reason the Mint didn’t address the problem right away; over time legends started to merge into coins' rims and images lost detail, like this 1968 cent. The lowered "E" is WE is more curious. I looked at older cents in my collection and the same misalignment is present on all of them, so it was clearly a long-term oddity. FWIW it’s not found on later coins so someone at the Mint must finally have noticed!
  2. A 1933 St. Gaudens (that no one else knew about, hehe) Any clean Gobrecht dollar. An uncirculated 1932 P/D/S Washington quarter set. A 1916 set - dime (D of course), SLQ and Walker (S mint). Any Stella. ... I can't find a smilie of someone drooling uncontrollably ...
  3. Nothing good in the last couple of weeks, but since early summer: > '63 Roosie and '62 Washington, both VF, from the change box for the office coffee fund > '40 nickel, maybe in F > Three war nickels: a '43-P and '45-P, both VG, and another very worn '45-P, AG at best The war nickels all came from an automated change dispenser at a local supermarket so I assume someone must have dumped them, either accidentally or on purpose.
  4. The article almost makes it seem that the machines are somehow going to filter out the Sacs in favour of SBAs, instead of simply dispensing a mixture of whatever is put in their change hoppers. IMHO the Mint ought to be retiring the SBAs, although the lost seigniorage would probably make that financially prohibitive. So many people reject them that their presence seems to have a negative effect on acceptance of Sacs. A number of chains in the U.S. (Albertson's/Acme supermarkets, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc) have installed self-checkout machines that dispense paper $1 bills. The notes are almost always new so I assume they have jamming problems with circulated paper. Again in my dreams I'd like to see all vending and checkout machines use dollar coins for amounts under $5 as a way of getting more of them into circulation.
  5. Even if it's historically inaccurate, I'm almost glad they decided to go with the modern spelling. It'll mean one less question about "rare, valuable mint errors" that everyone will have to answer. I've already fielded about a dozen queries from people who are convinced the new portrait is the result of an off-center strike, or that the reverse dies have accidentally been flipped because the bison is facing the opposite direction from their grandfather's 1936 buffalo. Not to mention explaining the famous "misspelling" of TRVST on their old Peace dollar, too!
  6. Let's see ... a 1944 steel cent? Yes, they exist, but I'd be surprised if an 11-year-old could afford one. A 1987 "silver penny"? Not quite, especially given that it appears to be about an inch and a half in diameter. Probably a bullion round or similar. And finally, well, OK, if you want to be really strict about it a star note indicates an error, but not the way the average reader will interpret that phrase. They shoulda sent someone other than their garden reporter to interview her.
  7. Suspicions confirmed. Thanks to everyone! Some of 'em may have been counterfeit. Found the following in CoinWorld's archives: Counterfeit Sac dollars flood Ecuador (link fixed here, too!)
  8. A while back I was at the Post Office and took advantage of the vending machines to replenish my supply of spendable Sac dollars (Put in a twenty, buy five stamps, get 18 dollar coins plus change ...) A few of the coins looked shinier than I expected. They turned out to be a mixture of '02s and '03s, which of course were only released in Mint sets and bags. I recycled the remaining '00s and '01s to see if the machine held any more. By the time I ran out I had a few extra stamps, but also had accumulated 3 2002-P's, 5 2003-P's, a 2003-D and 2 2004-P's. The only explanations I can come up with are that someone had either (1) paid a premium for a set or bag from the Mint, then lost interest and spent them at face value, or (2) had stolen the coins from a collector and simply put them into circulation. Neither of these possibilities seem to make any economic sense. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  9. I was about 10 or 11 years old, back in the early '60s. My mother was getting change for a purchase and the clerk said something like "oh wait a minute, I almost gave you a foreign coin". I looked at it and said "I don't care, I'll take it!!!" The 'foreign' coin was an 1849-O Seated Liberty half in VG/F condition. About the same time I convinced my grandfather to let me go through the cash register in his store whenever I came to visit. He was in an old Polish neighborhood where many of the residents didn't trust banks so coins and bills tended to simply circulate from one shop to the next. I pulled out Indian cents back to the 1870s (however no '77 ), bunches of Barbers, even a couple of shield nickels. Nothing to match that half, though.
  10. Hmmm.... $13,000 accumulated over 39 years ... forfeiting an average of say 4% interest each year, plus the loss of buying power due to inflation, plus a 9% or so "service fee" to those generous ol' folks at CoinStar ...
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