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  1. (((Looking at a Euro coin, I would call the standard side heads and the reverse side tails. Would most of you agree? What about countries where the tails side would have a head? Do people there call the reverse heads and the standard side tails?)))


    Basically we are talking about the front and the back.

    We all grew up using the 'heads and tails' designation, and will probably always do so.

    When I first decided to be a collector I realized I must learn that US coins have an 'Obverse' (the front) and a 'Reverse' (the back). From what I have seen it appears the main subject is on the obverse of the coin and the secondary design is on the reverse. Also, after looking at more coins than I ever thought possible, for the most part the reverse of the coin is usually where the denomination is placed. I have seen coins from other countries that I have no clue as to which is the front or back.


    You need to keep in mind that I have only been collecting on a serious basis for about two years. There are probably coins US out there that I have never seen, therefore the rule I mentioned might not be completely accurate.


    Good Luck and keep us up to date on your project.



  2. Hi Corky,


    How do you qualify a good reference book for your purposes? Do you like a book filled with big pics, a few descriptions, and not much else? Or do you like big long prosaic histories or wordy descriptions?


    I qualify my reference collection because I can use it to help me learn more about these fun little roundish pieces of metal. Pictures speak at least a thousand and five hundred words. Histories are okay, but only go so far in learning how and why a coin was minted and what could happen in the process that makes it collectible.

    Anything that can help me learn about the hobby is certainly worth more than the information that I can acquire by asking questions and looking at pictures on the internet.

    Knowledge is the most important thing we can possess.


  3. OPW?


    OBW , Original Bank Wrapped rolls.

    They were from The First National Bank of Chicago. The wrapper is from the Johnson Faro (I think it is Faro) Box Co.,

    Chicago 40. It has been a long time since there were two digit zip codes. That is why I am fairly certain the coins

    are in original bank wrapped rolls.



  4. Hi Everyone,


    Recently I purchased 27 rolls of OBW 1960D Lincolns.

    As of today I have found at least 200 of these RPM's, and I am still searching.

    So far I haven't discovered the attribution numbers for this variety.

    It isn't online or in any of my books.

    If anyone recognizes this RPM, please let me know.





  5. Does it count if I post what I have gotten most recently?


    1909 S/S Lincoln, 1914 S Lincoln, and 1931 S Lincoln PCGS AU 55, all for my collection.


    Super nice reference books for researching:


    "The Authoritative Reference on Lincoln Cents" by John Wexler and Kevin Flynn.


    "The Cherrypicker's Guide To Rare Die Varieties" by Bill Fivaz and J. T. Stanton.


    "The Error Coin Encyclopedia Fourth Edition" by Arnold Margolis and Fred Weinberg.


    "The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents" by David W. Lange.


    That is it for September.



  6. Hi George,

    If I get a roll of coins it will be searched. I do not know how many cents I have searched... but it must be in the 100K range.

    Most of the coins I am posting now are from big bags and lots I have bought during my couple years of collecting.


    As far as going blind... I have to wear glasses for seeing anything close or far away. However, I have discovered since

    I started all this searching it can be very tough to adjust my eyes after using a small diameter magnifier.

    I purchased a set of magnifiers on e--y quite some time ago which have a larger viewing area. This way I can see more of the coin at once and decide whether or not it is worth extra time.


    I check every little detail on a coin. If I think it is worthy I will put it in a little baggie and label it as to what kind of error I have noticed... from die chip to possible doubled dies... and go back later to verify it.

    I do not toss a coin into the recycle bucket right away. Now and then I will check back through them and occasionally find an error I missed the first time.

    Each time I find an error I check it out on whatever websites might have an example, or in the many books I have accumulated since beginning this endeavor. Lately the Lincolns have taken center stage and most all of my spare time.


    I received a lot of help here at CP and a couple other forums which have increased my knowledge in ways that I could not have done on my own. There are a lot of amazing numismatists who are willing to share their expertise.


    Thanks everyone,



    (my apologies for being so wordy)

  7. These two coins were amongst some from various bags/lots I have purchased. I had put them aside until I had an opportunity to photograph and find the attribution. (At least I hope I got it right)...

    You might say, I got two for the price of one... and do not remember how much that was.



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  8. (((fever that I have had for years!)))

    Oh my yes, Matt!

    I also discovered it the fever is not curable unless you find one of every error and variety coin ever listed, and then those that are not yet listed, then start at the beginning again.


    (((My best find was an 1958 D #21 in an original roll)))

    All I can do is to aspire to such finds... I can I can I can I can..............


    Yep, coppercoins is great! Definitely more of the varieties I am interested in.

    Even LCR which I joined a couple weeks ago... seems like yesterday.

    This morning Bob Piazza accepted my membership in coppercoins.

    He is a great guy... as is Chuck. I have been reading up on the posts of CC

    and discovering more of, well, more.

    I will never abandon CP because I have made many good friends here

    and learned so much from you all.



  9. Great picture!

    Obverse: 10:00 planchet peel/die crack. Maybe a die crack on the jaw line.

    Reverse: 10:00 die chip, 8:00 die crack from the flowers, 3:00 die chip at rim... the shape of the die chip suggests it could be from a dropped letter. At 1:00 possibly a die crack from the rim above the P and above the E to the rim.

    Probably a failing die.



  10. Yesterday I turned in a roll of quarters and 13 rolls of dimes.

    Then I saw a familiar box on the counter... one of those $25.00 cent boxes and asked if those were new pennies or other.

    She said they are from the feds but are circulated. So, I scooped up a total of $23.00 in cents.

    The only coins that are worth a mention are the three wheat cents, 39p, 40s, and 41d. The runners up are Canadian pennies 1963, 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1981. Also, there are about five rolls of cents that are lost to corrosion.

    There are about 200 copper cents and the remainder are zinc cents. The zincs have been searched and the coppers are still waiting. onward ------->------->



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