Big V Talks ON US Coin Collecting

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The "REAL" 1922 'Plain' vs the Fakes

As I was explaining, there are four die pairs that lead to the 1922 'Plain.' The so called "money coin" is die pair 2. The biggest PUP's or Pick Up Points are the weaker first 2. Look at the photo and you will see that the '2' that comprises the twenty portion of the date is weaker, slightly mushier... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Story of the 1922 'Plain' Lincoln Cent - Part One

For several reasons, the entry on the 1922 'plain' Lincoln cent will cover at least two and maybe three entries. The mint never intended to have a no mint mark 1922 cent as the Philadelphia mint was working on another project (namely heavy production of the 1922 'Peace' silver dollar. The odd thing... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

How Long Can you Hold Your Breath?

We have a minor snow storm that blew through late last night and we lost power and the Internet. The power came back this morning but the Internet is still down. Fortunately, I have a Kindle Fire (4th Generation) with a Verizon Internet option... which allows me to post here but not post the photos... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Spotting a Fake 1914 D Lincoln Cent

As I was talking about earlier, the only good thing that came about due to Mint Chief Charles Barber's little tantrum over the adding of the designers VDB initials on the 1909 cent was it took away a "wonderful" counterfeiting opportunity for the bad guys. One of the best ways to make a nearly... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

One More Thing About The 09-S VDB

I forgot something about the 1909 S VDB cent yesterday that I need to add here. Once the bad guys got caught with the fakes "S" bit, they do what all bad guys do... they adjust a bit. They went from adding a "S" to the fairly common 1909 VDB (which by the way were the initials of the designer Victor... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 26, 2015

How To Spot A Fake 1909 S VDB Cent

As in nearly everything collectible, there is a massive problem with counterfeits in the coin industry. Obviously, no one is going to fake a common date coin so it always the 'key dates' that you need to use due care in buying. In the Lincoln cent series, there are usually four dates that see active... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grading in Uncirculated Coins

This entry won't be a book like some I have done lately because this requires some active homework by the collector. One of the grades you will see in collecting is various forms of uncirculated, meaning the coin has really never been properly spent or mishandled. Number wise, uncirculated runs from... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I spent about six hours in the ER today due an irregular heart beat. I was told to go home and rest. I'll resume tomorrow. Thanks! V Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 23, 2015

What's In A Name? or A Grade?

Yesterday I tossed out a term that needs to be explained. I used the term "MS 65" in describing the condition of the coin. While assigning a coin a grade can be difficult some times, learning the basics isn't that hard. Coins are graded on a scale of 1 to 70, with 1 being poor and 70 being perfect.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Summer of '42... I Mean '43

Someone here asked about the steel cents of 1943, a popular subject with newer coin collectors. I recall as a nine year old collector want to collect my set of all three mint marks and thinking I would never find that ever elusive 'S' minted coin. It took a bit but I finally got one and you might... Sign in to see full entry.

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