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by mhonzell
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: General US Coin Forum
Topic: Civil War Tokens
Replies: 172
Views: 15963

Re: Civil War Tokens

Not a rare token at R-2, this PA750E-1a is a little unusual in that the Liberty bust is actually in a cameo state. That's almost unheard of with tokens. To me, this has a couple of other interesting things: 1. Look at the 'R' in BEIRN. 2. Look at the 'H's in PHILADELPHIA. 3. On the reverse, the engr...
by mhonzell
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hey - Like the first day in class
Replies: 3
Views: 7

Re: Hey - Like the first day in class

Welcome!
And, yes... being normal is also a variety.
by mhonzell
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: General US Coin Forum
Topic: Civil War Tokens
Replies: 172
Views: 15963

Re: Civil War Tokens

This token emphasizes a couple of misunderstandings about Civil War Tokens: 1. The token was originally identified as having been made in 1860. A search of businesses that existed in Chicago between 1858 and 1866 did not find this one. As such, in 1982 it was no longer grouped with Civil War Tokens,...
by mhonzell
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Mint Errors and Varieties Forum
Topic: Finning Error?
Replies: 5
Views: 21

Re: Finning Error?

I agree with Daniel. I've got coins with die cracks that graded MS-70.
by mhonzell
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Here...
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: New Here...

Howdy!
by mhonzell
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: General US Coin Forum
Topic: Civil War Tokens
Replies: 172
Views: 15963

Re: Civil War Tokens

Next to my avatar of Lindenmeuller, I think this one is my next favorite. The PA765J-1a depicts a man of the times enjoying his vice of smoking a pipe. Another great advertising piece and offering the 20 percent discount if you use real US coins to make a purchase... Of course, you'll get tokens for...
by mhonzell
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Mint Errors and Varieties Forum
Topic: Finning Error?
Replies: 5
Views: 21

Re: Finning Error?

As described, this would be a misaligned die, or MAD. Helps if we can see both sides of the coin.
Small amounts of misalignment are within tolerance for a coin and add no value to the coin, but should have been a point off for grading of the coin. (At least in my opinion.)
by mhonzell
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: World and Ancient Coin Forum
Topic: Genuine Atocha Silver Coin?
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Genuine Atocha Silver Coin?

No. I was trying to determine if it was a real reale. The Atocha coins were all pretty worn and then Mel cleaned them to be shiny.
by mhonzell
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: World and Ancient Coin Forum
Topic: Genuine Atocha Silver Coin?
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Genuine Atocha Silver Coin?

Mel Fisher and his son discovered the Atocha and turned to selling most of these coins as jewelry. His method of clamping the coin into a ring of silver is common among all but his most expensive jewelry. (see below) Even he sells replicas, which blows my mind, but there you go. Some of the replicas...
by mhonzell
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: World and Ancient Coin Forum
Topic: Genuine Atocha Silver Coin?
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Genuine Atocha Silver Coin?

On the lower picture, the DIAA are in the correct position for the lions and castles.

The top picture is also correct, but rotated, which is a common problem.

The wear is typical.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of fakes sold as .925 fine silver jewelry.