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  1. Welcome to the hobby! I’ve been collecting for over half a century, and learning new things about coins and currency never stops! Anyway, that peculiarity exists on all Lincoln cents up till the 1960s. There are lots of sites with good closeups - I’ve tended to use PCGS' CoinFacts - and all the images back to 1909 show a lowered "E". My guess is that the letter was that way on the original master and for some reason was never addressed for all those years. In 1968 the Mint decided the cent needed a facelift. There'd been so much wear that the obverse image was becoming quite "mushy",
  2. Watching NatGeo's Dr. Pol ... How does his favorite "Holy Moley" sound? Anyway, what can be said about such a FANTASTIC find? Outside of collections and one long-ago surprise* I haven't seen so much silver in one place since I was a kid in the '60s! * During a college winter break I took a part-time job at a local department store. Just before Christmas the proverbial little old lady bought some gifts and plunked down a small bag of silver dollars - mostly common-date Peaces but a decent number of Morgans as well. We spent a good 10 or 15 minutes trying to convince her that she could sell
  3. Thank you! It's more than I've found in the last 3 years combined, although those finds included some minor silver: two Roosies ('56 and '64-D) and a very worn war nickel ('43-P).
  4. I hardly ever find anything - except today I saw that the reject bin at my local Giant had what looked like a double handful of coins in it. After putting the US coins (all common dates) in the store's charity jar I was left with a nice assortment: Canada - 10¢, 1992 and 25¢, 1980 Spain - 5 pesetas, 1980 Greece - 5 cents, 2014 Mexico - 50 pesos (pre-revaluation), 1984 UK - 5p, 2008 Singapore - 5 cents, 1987 Ireland - 1 cent, 2011 plus an MBTA transit token and a bonus free-love era "Connect With an Aquarius" token whose design is NSFW.
  5. Tossing in my 2¢ (or 2p) here ... To try to explain the somewhat confusing terminology that's used for US coin types, the term "silver dollar" is the generic name for any of the large $1 coins minted at various times from 1794 to 1935*. Peace dollars are a particular design within that denomination, minted from 1921 to 1935. I.e. all Peace dollars are also silver dollars, but not all silver dollars are Peace dollars. Here's a short overview of the different types minted: US 1 dollar coins The vast majority of US coin types are by convention identified according to their design, usually
  6. 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
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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.
  9. 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 a
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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!)
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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