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About Fjord

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    Like a dung beetle except I collect something else.

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  1. Both. I finished a set in raw, now considering a set slabbed.
  2. I don't think it would certify - it's not a true steel cent and the surfaces are as unoriginal as can be. In its current form it's a deceptive coin. The less informed may think they have a rarity when they in fact have a common cent that's been plated.
  3. A 1941 S cent, zinc plated in a 2x2 marked as "1943 S". Coin does not attract a magnet. Photos to follow tomorrow.
  4. Don't be sorry! it bumps the thread up and receives more admirers. the holder is a Dansco Deluxe Type Set Album, number #7070. I purchased it from Brent-Krueger. Many other fine coin supply dealers also sell this item; it's likely that your favorite carries it. I also recommend the anti-corrosion slipcase.
  5. It's a wonderful country. It has a climate similar to California (at least in Santiago and Valparaiso, Patagonia is more like Alaska) and the people appear well-off. The cities are clean, crime is low (except pickpockets in some markets), and excepting raw seafood, all of the food and water are safe for foreigners to eat without consequence. The people are helpful to a fault - a famous song in Chile has the line: Which means "in Chile they will love a foreigner as a friend" when very roughly translated.
  6. I've worked in Latin America several times, and I can assure you that Chile is nothing like what you describe. I also suspect that you have been going to some pretty lousy places. He might have charged me 'too much' for the coins. I get as much (or more) of that here. The silver coins I purchased were $5-6 apiece, and appeared genuine as this is not the first time i've seen chilean coins. Also, I was rubbing elbows with Chileans who were purchasing from the same case as I was. So either the dealer cheated all of us, or none of us. How do you know about "the places that say cheat
  7. Chile's currently circulating 1 peso coin is made of aluminum. I'm there atm; I'll see if I can get one in change and post a picture. 1 peso is approximately 1/5 of a u.s. Cent. Other coins I've seen that are made of aluminum: Indonesia Pakistan Bangladesh The Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire) the 1 cent coins. Pictures to follow next week when I return to Los Estados Unidos.
  8. Maybe I'll ask him if he's buying and send him here. I plan to go back to the market on Sunday.
  9. hablo un pocito espanol. I'm in chile for work. every sunday there's a market downtown. I met a fellow named Alesandro Powell. We chatted as best we could. he speaks no english, i speak a little spanish. He had for sale a great deal of pre-1950 chilean coins. I purchased a few for a few dollars. He also had some fakes, but advertised them as such. His pocket piece is a 1980s Silver Eagle. nice guy. If anyone is ever in Santiago on a sunday, hit the market. several coin dealers there. Mostly circ stuff, but not too expensive. Hasta leugo, muchachos!
  10. Wow, cool. Break a leg!
  11. What's particularly fascinating about the dollar coin bruhaha is this: Dollar coins have been a waste for more than 120 years. The Morgan and Peace dollars were coined to satisfy silver states; it was essentially a large scale pork barrel project. There was little demand for them, although they did circulate in western states. The Ike was (allegedly) designed to replace the once superfluous but now very dear Morgan and Peace dollars once the price of silver rose. However these pocket-busters weren't used except in slot machines. The SBA had obvious problems, plus more were
  12. Excellent coin - how much does a 1909S VDB run, anyways?
  13. Hi Art, I have two coins for the gold page so far, but my coin budget has contracted a fair bit. I'll return to the gold page someday.
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