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  1. Generic Lad

    "Slap" tokens

    Does anyone have any familiarity with the (believed Irish) "slap" tokens? I've picked up a handful and was wondering if anyone had any good references, these were countermarked silver coins, from what I can see, most of my host coins are William III coins from the "great recoinage" but I think one of mine is French since XRF shows it as 80% silver I've read the article that Gary Oddie wrote in the December 2001 edition of the Token Corresponding Society Bulletin, but I was wondering if anyone happened to have any more info on them, they certainly are interesting tokens https://imgur.com/a/Go5rKnw
  2. Trying to develop an eye for picking out nicer coins from the melt bin as I can usually have my pick of any 50% for only a bit over melt and found this 1944 English Reverse shilling I'm trying to determine the strike quality on this one, is it normal for the bottom part of the crown to appear "mushy" like it is on my coin? Or is this a particularly weak strike for the grade (unfortunately being based in the US, I rarely am able to see good quality English coins in person)
  3. I've been going through my previously purchased coins during lockdown, and I found a very curious 1876-A German 5 Mark. The edge of it looks to have been milled and then edge lettering added to it. I do not have another 1876-A 5 mark to compare with, but my 1876-B 5 mark (and a few later mints of the same type) all show a plain edge with lettering. The weight on it seems to be a bit low (but I'll freely admit my scale was cheap) weighing at 27.5 grams when my reference is showing 27.77 grams (my 1876-B weighs 27.6 grams on the same scale). The diameters between the 2 coins seem to match Does anyone know what this can be? Wrong planchet error? Something else? Is this a known variety that anyone is aware of? (I neither speak German nor have any English-language German coin references)
  4. Picked this one up at a private sale, Peck 625 I believe. Don't have it yet in hand Traded some old Indian Head pennies I had lying around ]]
  5. https://www.reddit.com/r/coins/comments/f731u7/a_second_attempt_with_a_better_pic_of_my_rare/ Not my coin (unfortunately!) and I encouraged the poster to post here as well -- but its been a week and can't see that he has But just goes to show that there's still rarities out there in the wild
  6. If you think that's bad, take a look at the NGC price guides that have the price where its more expensive to buy a lower grade coin: https://www.ngccoin.com/price-guide/world/canada-10-cents-km-23-1912-1919-cuid-1034445-duid-1258010 $20 to buy a 1914 Canadian dime in G4, but only $4 to buy it in fine...
  7. Thanks! I figured it was something like that -- but wanted to double check before tossing it into my pile of scrap silver
  8. Picked up this shilling at my LCS for melt, but looking at it, it looks like both As may be unbarred in BRITANNIAR ? Am I seeing things? Or is this a possibility? I don't have a copy of ESC or anything so unsure if this is a known variety or even a possibility (or if a combination of black tarnish and wear/damage is playing tricks on me!). I tried to take clear pictures with a USB microscope and my phone so hopefully the pics turned out decently enough
  9. Picked this up for melt, nothing special, but the price was right
  10. Generic Lad

    U.S. Penny con tricks

    This is super common in the US on eBay and the like Unfortunately these keep on being popular due to the nostalgic factor of wheat pennies here in the US combined with their low value and a desire to possibly make a bit of money Here in the US, almost every kid is introduced to coin collecting in some form or another by their father or grandfather with the wheat penny usually one of the blue whitman folders, even those who do not really collect coins seem to get one. Anymore though, wheat pennies are a rarity in circulation (back when I used to go through boxes and boxes of coins, I found probably 20-30 wheat pennies per box of $25 face) which makes it hard to obtain them. Anymore the majority of local coin shops quite simply don't buy them with the exception of the key dates (1909-S VDB, 1914-D, etc.) and concentrate almost exclusively on bullion or higher-valued coins. Because of this, its seen to be more "fun" and "authentic" to buy these overpriced lots in order to fill the folders, most casual US collectors care little about condition compared to date/mintmark
  11. I realize its not the greatest example, but was priced right and slabbed to the point where most local (US) dealers should be able to offer me close to or above my purchase price if I ever decide to upgrade it. Per the slab its Peck-407, Charles II silver pattern farthing, graded PF-30 by PCGS. Dealer's pics for now as its currently in transit to me
  12. So sounds like compiling references based on auction results is the best way to go for these
  13. Is there a good general reference for off-metal strikes and patterns? Looking at auction records and it looks like a lot of them are pretty affordable (and I need to start buying more than just bullion and whatever low-grade non-US coins my LCS offers...) so was thinking about trying to learn more about it and picking up some (I may have picked up a cheaper lower grade silver farthing this evening on eBay at a pricepoint where I can sell locally if I decide to upgrade). Is there a generalized reference to it? Or is it all contained within the standard references of the main coins (eg: Peck for farthings/halfpennies)?
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