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  1. 29 cents - that is as cheap as you will find them
  2. Minor correction - ".... on the neck of an ass" is the correct quote. Quite a nice example though, I think it might even be worth a bit more than YeOldeCollector suggested. I'd get that one slabbed. Quite uncommon to find the counterstamp itself that nice.
  3. In the modern age, they make what they think they can sell. Sadly, it's that simple. In days gone by, they devised designs to honor people, places, things and events. Those days are no longer with us.
  4. As long as the argon was inside a modern and hermetically sealed coin holder - you would have the ultimate coin holder.
  5. No, it doesn't protect them at all. It is the gasses that the wood puts off that harms the coins and the gasses go right through the felt. Also, you then have the issue of the felt itself - the felt harms coins as well. Think of an unc coin sitting in a coin cabinet on that felt - what do suppose that felt does to the surface of a coin ? What is the first thing you learn about handling coins - never touch the surface, only the edges. This is precisely where the term "cabinet friction" comes from. All old coin cabinets were covered with felt and sometimes velvet. As the coins moved ever so slig
  6. The wood could never be made inert, but I suppose it is possible to completely encase the wood so that the gases & chemicals it contains could not reach the coins. But if you were to do this, wouldn't it defeat the purpose of using wood to begin with ? I mean, why use wood if you are going to completely encase it so it cannot be seen ? Why not just use an inert material to begin with to make the cabinet out of ?
  7. It has nothing to do with production methods - all coins tone starting the instant they are made.
  8. The first Proof coin was produced in the UK by the Royal Mint in 1652. The first US Proofs were produced in 1834. The first US Proofs produced for public sale was in 1858, they were produced continuously through 1915. They started making US Proofs again in 1936, stopped in 1942 and began again in 1950. They continue today.
  9. Asking which series has the nicest toning is like asking what's the best flavor of ice cream ? Every answer will vary with individual taste. My answer would be this one -
  10. Really ? What do suppose these are then ? Forstner bits I've been in the construction business for almost 40 years, I know rather well what they are and what they are used for.
  11. A forstner bit used on the cardboard of a coin album would likely shred the album. With plastic, it would get very dull very fast. These bits are made to be used on thick wood and generally when you are planning on drill all the way thru to the other side. They have a starter point on them that can be 1/4 to 1/2 long - wouldn't work on an album at all. What you need to drill out albums are hole saw bits, but getting them in the sizes you want would be tough. You'd have to have them custom made.
  12. There are some listed in Krause, and I have several catalogs with examples. Would take a while to sort thru them and find them though. Your best bet may be to use Numismaster and use their search function. That should turn some up for ya. I seem to recall reading about some German city state and Austrian issues as well. The counterfeiters were definitely not limited to France, Spain and the UK. Just about everybody used the same scheme.
  13. Back then platinum was cheaper than gold, that's why they made counterfeits out of platinum and then plated them with gold. It allowed them to approximate the weight and size very closely of genuine coins.
  14. Teflon is inert so I doubt it would have any effect. I also doubt it would any good, since unless you cover the entire piece of wood with the teflon, the wood is still going to affect the coins. Coin cabinet makers discovered this centuries ago. That's why all good quality coin cabinets are only made of one wood - mahogany. It has the least effect of all woods on coins, but even it still has an effect.
  15. Possibly, hard to tell based on the pics. But knowing CGB, unless they described it as being polished or cleaned I would rather doubt it. CGB is very highly repsected and you can trust their descriptions. Can you list their description for this coin or provide a link ?
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