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  1. Eh, be careful with any "pewter" you're working with. Much still contains lead and is, as mentioned a cumulative toxin. Buy from a source with a good reputation only and don't melt old pewter items as they are likely lead-bound. That being said, my grandpa has been making his own lead sinkers for the last 70 years, bites them open and closed, and doesn't use a hood vent when melting the lead. Also he grew up with those highly volatile chemical play sets, lawn darts, lead paint, DDT, and hundreds of other toxic things and he is fine. It's all in how you're exposed and the frequency. By no means are chemicals/heavy metals safe; I'm an exterminator, I know that we'll. Just use common sense and always wash your hands and face afterwards. Not everyone is as lucky as my grandpa.
  2. Hmm, to be honest I haven't really kept anything in my pocket for over a year. I should buy another proof set and carry it around. Last thing I had was a counterfeit draped bust dollar. Choices choices... Maybe Maybe a dive into the ol' random non-us bin?
  3. I love popping back into this thread and randomly seeing it had advanced. What are we at, 8 years and still going? Hehe.
  4. Very nice 2 ore, I should get a nice red one of the common dates, they were always interesting to me. I don't like paying much for 20th century coppers though.
  5. Some beautiful additions. There is just something about brilliant uncirculated coppers. I'm a little green about that Italian piece.
  6. Those 3D printers have a ton of possibilities. It would be nice if they made them, but probably won't until the printers become available to the public at low cost and individuals start making them. There is a guy making a car right now with one, costing around 2 grand in plastic. Seems like the end products can certainly be reasonably priced. We will see I suppose.
  7. Rsraghead, have a look at some of the counterfeit 8 Reales online. A few look like this one but many are very difficult to tell. I've been collecting them for years and returned a few because they were very very good counterfeits. That being said, I'm a hobbyist jeweler and I know the methods used very well, most convincing ones are lost wax cast with a good silver alloy. Sadly this method isn't apparent until you have the coin in hand or at least every angled image imaginable.
  8. Got this from the junk bin recently.
  9. Thank guys, and Frank the entire reason I bought that '71 was because of those fantastic breaks.
  10. Just picked up a series of Peruvian Sol and an 8 reale. Photos are from my phone, hope you guys enjoy them.
  11. Here's another one. A civil war token I pulled from a cash drawer years ago when I was a cashier. One of the oldest things I've ever found.
  12. Testing out my camera on my galaxy s3. I'd say it's not bad for a cellphone.
  13. I think bumping this might be worthwhile to the newer members. I'd also like to try and restart this effort. My computer has been dead for a year but my phone should be able to handle the work. Hopefully. Haha.
  14. I'm heading to the shop tomorrow, maybe I'll be lucky.
  15. I'm pretty sure that was a large cent version of the flying eagle before the size reduction. I like the flying eagle but I'd loved to have seen a small version of the large cent reverse. It would be a very tight and clean design compared to the commerce style they went with.
  16. I always liked that pattern. Too bad they didn't use that reverse.
  17. Much to my mother's dismay I started a type set instead of finishing my Lincoln cent series. Even at 8 years old or younger I didn't like seeing the same thing again and again. I started with a large cent and it all went down hill from there.
  18. It's hard to tell from the shots but it's likely a bad planchet. What type of coin is it? It looks like a private issue medal moreso than a coin, am I right? Do you calipers? You could measure the coins thickness at various points to see if it's a bad planchet or even bubbling from strike lamination.
  19. Although that's true, and there are many cases of this happening over the span of history, I don't think anything but money motivates modern counterfeiters. My favorite examples of flooding counterfeits are the colonial era half pennies and the Confederate currencies. They weren't trying to make money (I mean they did but...), it was about ruining the value of the available monies. The nickels are a fun example too mainly because of the shear numbers involved. Hehe.
  20. I can always help you out with the newer coins like the state and parks if you just want to fill holes with circulated pieces. Why not post a list here? Or email me. Just pay face for the coins and shipping when I gather enough to warrant shipment. As for collecting... It's been a lot of changes for me too, not all positive however. But I have finally started to get finances and whatnot back together and will hopefully be buying again soon.
  21. The Chinese had counterfeited many coins including modern coins for a long time now. It doesn't cost much to make them, especially since I've also seen counterfeited US cent coins from the same region. Why counterfeit a cent? Who knows, but it made them money, otherwise they wouldn't have bothered.
  22. Heh, the gap in time between coins is even more than mine. Have you been gathering state and national parks quarters? I don't know how well they fit in a type set because each is different but a nice example of you're favorite design in clad, silver, and proof might be a nice edition.
  23. It does appear to be a modern counterfeit. I've seen similar that were produced in China and have the same smooth edge with the same chopped metal slug look. Most counterfeits are made of steel or a base amalgam of nickel and copper mixed with tin or lead or some other junk metal. They all have a grainy texture under magnification around the devices.
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