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by Bill in Burl
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: are canadian coins a good investment.
Replies: 1
Views: 1112

Re: are canadian coins a good investment.

Are they certified? Are they close to UNC? An appraisal and what they would sell for are 2 different things. Take a look at some "sold" items on Ebay by going to "advanced" on the very upper right and then click your coin search and look for what they actually "sold" fo...
by Bill in Burl
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: Cleaning large cents
Replies: 2
Views: 1239

Re: Cleaning large cents

Why do you want to clean them? Can you read the date and see the lettering? Large cents, being made from bronze, have their surfaces EASILY modified as to color and/or any luster left. If there is "Vicky Crud", the thick pasty stuff in all the nooks and crannies, it can be carefully remove...
by Bill in Burl
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: Canada $1 Coins
Replies: 4
Views: 1638

Re: Canada $1 Coins

Until 1967, they are silver and contain .6 troy ounces of Ag. After that, they were made of nickel, and unless they are about 63 or so, they are only worth face value, which is $.75 US. The full cameo ones also have a small premium. Look at this section of the site and remember that prices are CDN a...
by Bill in Burl
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: pic of messed up 1945 V nickel
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Re: pic of messed up 1945 V nickel

I forgot to add that the platings were applied while the metal was still in long strips. When the punches started whacking the coin blank planchettes out of the strips, the egdhes weren't plated, so rust started forming on the bare steel, essentially speeding up the gradual loss of the nickel and ch...
by Bill in Burl
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: pic of messed up 1945 V nickel
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Re: pic of messed up 1945 V nickel

Copper and nickel were in short supply during the war years, as those two were used as alloys for armament and steel production. In 1944 & 45, the RCM made their nickels out of steel with a very thin coating of nickel and then an even thinner plating of chromium(.0003 mm). Exposed to normal wear...
by Bill in Burl
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Grading Help
Topic: 1973 RCMP 25 cent Large Bust grading
Replies: 2
Views: 1786

Re: 1973 RCMP 25 cent Large Bust grading

It has nearly no wear, but lots of surface dings. I'd say AU-50 tops
by Bill in Burl
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: 5 cents
Topic: 5 cents 1926 Far?
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: 5 cents 1926 Far?

Yes, it looks like a "far" to me as well. Don't get tired stuffing those $100 bills into your pocket. The coin has been heavily circulated but they're a pretty tough find.
by Bill in Burl
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: 5 cents
Topic: 5 cents 1926 Far?
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: 5 cents 1926 Far?

The near/far refers to the gap between the 6 and the leaf. As stated in the thread, it's too easy to file off the tip of the 6 to make it look like a far. By using the gaps and the space between the rim and the 6, you won't be mistaken.
by Bill in Burl
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: 5 cents
Topic: 5 cents 1926 Far?
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: 5 cents 1926 Far?

by Bill in Burl
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Grading Help
Topic: PCGS 1890H
Replies: 1
Views: 1087

Re: PCGS 1890H

Looks about 30 to me and there's lots of weak strikes in that year. Some of the Rev seems to be almost XF.
by Bill in Burl
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: 1965 Large bead proof
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

Re: 1965 Large bead proof

There are NO post-1960 coins that are worth going to a TPG. The cost to certify, in almost every case, costs more than the coin can/will ever be worth, regardless the grade.
by Bill in Burl
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1888 Double 8 Canadian large cent?
Replies: 1
Views: 675

Re: 1888 Double 8 Canadian large cent?

There are many 188 repunches with 1, 2, 3, or all 4 repunched with nice offsets. The second 8 is always doubled because it came off the matrix.. There is a small premium for those with other digits R/P'd ... the best being the middle 8 corrected lower left with the bead punch, probably to stop a D/C.
by Bill in Burl
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1881H obv 1a Large Cent
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Re: 1881H obv 1a Large Cent

The 1882 hybrids essentially group the 2/1 or 2/1a in the same boat. Because the neck truncation direction/width of an Obv 2, when struck over an Obv 1 or 1a partially finished working die, ir obliterates what was under the Obv 2 strike of the hub on the working die. It took 2-4 strikes of the hub o...
by Bill in Burl
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: 1 cent
Topic: 1881H obv 1a Large Cent
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Re: 1881H obv 1a Large Cent

Rob & I, along with 2 others wrote the variety section for Vicky cents in the back of the 2011 (65th edition) of Charlton. On p303, you will see how to identify the 1a/1, but it is just as common as the regular Obv 1 or straight 1a. The 1a carries no premium. I think that I had about 500 1881's ...
by Bill in Burl
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Canadian Coins
Topic: 1859 brass cent
Replies: 4
Views: 1033

Re: 1859 brass cent

To me, it looks bronze, just like the other 10 million of the 1859's. The "brass" 1859, on which 4 of us co-wrote the research article on it in the 3/2012 Canadian Numismatic Journal, was not deliberately made. It was caused by an improper mixing of the bronze alloy in the melting pot. As ...

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