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by Bill in Burl
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1859 cent
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: 1859 cent

I didn't say anything about "brass corrosion" .. I said that cleaning agents oxidize the bronze and give it a yellow tinge. I have seen 100's like this with yellowish hints .. all from cleaning. I have nearly 5,000 Vicky large cents and over 1000 of them are 1859's. I also helped write the...
by Bill in Burl
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1859 cent
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: 1859 cent

No, it's not brass. It has been cleaned at some time in it's life ... maybe more than once. Any yellowish tinge that you see is to to any number of under-the-kitchen-counter cleaning agents that oxidize the bronze and turn it mildly yellow. A coin that old and that circulated would normally be cover...
by Bill in Burl
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1859 cent
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: 1859 cent

Not much to say. It's the most common Canadian coin minted before 1916 and it may be less than "G-good" condition which is nearly right at the bottom of the grading chart. Keep it as an oddity or give it to a youngster. I use coins in better shape than that for golf-ball markers. The 1859 ...
by Bill in Burl
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1859 cent
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: 1859 cent

From the photos, it's hard to tell.... blurry focus. Try to get the entire image of the Obverse and Reverse fully into the frame .. and strait perpendicular down. I can't be at and angle or tilt. It's well worn, so try to magnify the portion that you think sets it apart from a normal one.
by Bill in Burl
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Foreign Countries
Topic: Don't know what they mean by teardrop 64 Kennedy SMS
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Don't know what they mean by teardrop 64 Kennedy SMS

Who called it a teardrop? It looks like a rust pit/chip in the die.
by Bill in Burl
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: 1893 large cent
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: 1893 large cent

For the '93's, look for dates with the digits close together and you can find 4 different repunched 9's and a couple R/P'd 3's. The last 2 digits were all handpunched into the working dies .. lots of spacing differences.
by Bill in Burl
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1884 - Obverse #2
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: 1884 - Obverse #2

freeqgirl ... You can try this forum for errors/varieties:

https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/forum.as p?FORUM_ID=139
by Bill in Burl
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1884 - Obverse #2
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: 1884 - Obverse #2

Yes, there are 3-4 real doublings for 1884. You just have to look for them. Most are manual repunches of letters. I know of no hub doubling for the year. BTW, I co-wrote the Vicky Large Cent Variety section for the 2011 Charlton (the one with the Vicky varieties in the back. That is the last large p...
by Bill in Burl
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1884 - Obverse #2
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: 1884 - Obverse #2

Here is a site where you can see the difference:
http://www.coinsandcanada.com/coins-pri ... -1876-1901
by Bill in Burl
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1884 - Obverse #2
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: 1884 - Obverse #2

No, an Obv 2 is identified by the crown tip impinging on the bead and the neck truncation where it comes to a point. If it is between the beads above and to the left of the C in Canada, it's a 2. An Obv 2 also has a dip or crease in the neck/throat. An Obv 1 will be fully rounded with no "dimpl...
by Bill in Burl
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1939 1 cent improper alloy mix error aka "Woody"
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: 1939 1 cent improper alloy mix error aka "Woody"

Yes, they came from the final "wash" as they came down the line. You find many many George large cents from just before WW1 through the teens that are great "woody" keeps.
by Bill in Burl
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: 10 cents
Topic: Not a dot right?
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: Not a dot right?

No, not a dot.
by Bill in Burl
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Grading Help
Topic: When to grade a coin ?
Replies: 9
Views: 786

Re: When to grade a coin ?

My personal opinion (but I am not a 5 cent collector) is to gradually sell the nickels slowly, either on this site or Ebay, and raw in groups. I wouldn't certify any of them. I would certify the '47 dollar, but it will cost a bunch to have the variety listed... I'd try ICCS. For the '36 25 cents, I ...
by Bill in Burl
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Grading Help
Topic: When to grade a coin ?
Replies: 9
Views: 786

Re: When to grade a coin ?

Depending on where you live, I would put them in the Geoffrey Bell auction at the late Sept Coin Expo in Toronto. DO not consign them to The Canadian Numismatic Crooks (TCNC) at any Torex. Heritage would be good. Are all your coins raw or have they been sleeved?
by Bill in Burl
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Grading Help
Topic: When to grade a coin ?
Replies: 9
Views: 786

Re: When to grade a coin ?

When it was suggested above that a coin should be "worth' at least $150, the definition of "worth" is what you can actually SELL it for and not what is listed in Trends or Charlton. Unless you are talking about high-end or scarce stuff, it would take a Trends listing of $300 to be the...

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