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For counting the reeds, I suggest the following:
On a flat surface covered with a soft cloth, place your coin down on it. Use a non-permanent Black felt tip ink pen. (a fine tip sharpie)
Make a dot on any one reed. With the tip of the pen close to the reeds, count out TEN and dot the tenth reed. Continue around the coin repeating the tenth reed dotting! It will be the best way as far as counting reeds go.
No concern for losing your place because you will always know that every dot is TEN REEDS!
Good luck!!


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Originally posted by jrather jrather wrote:

Need some advice.  I recently posted on the Error forum about a South Dakota quarter (error) I found.  Not getting much response.  What should I do to get the nagging gut feeling thing out of my system.  What pushes me is that I have 13 of these from a mint roll.  What should I do to get someone to tell me what I have, or don't have.   The error is not a gouge, but just the opposite - it looks like a wheat "ear" like on the reverse. 

The pic I posted is not the best.  What would you do???
  

If raised this would be a die gouge, most likely. I think it would be considered a minor error. The two best error sites (dealers) are www.byersnc.com and www.fredweinberg.com . They can eval too and even make offers.

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Originally posted by g-man g-man wrote:

For counting the reeds, I suggest the following:
On a flat surface covered with a soft cloth, place your coin down on it. Use a non-permanent Black felt tip ink pen. (a fine tip sharpie)
Make a dot on any one reed. With the tip of the pen close to the reeds, count out TEN and dot the tenth reed. Continue around the coin repeating the tenth reed dotting! It will be the best way as far as counting reeds go.
No concern for losing your place because you will always know that every dot is TEN REEDS!
Good luck!
 
Clever!  Please only do this if you do not mind marks on your coins.
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I recently received a 1963 Franklin Half. It appears to be uncirculated. However, it feels lighter than other halves in my collection. Could just be me being paranoid. That being said, I am going to get an electronic scale to be certain. Also understand that counting the reeds is another detector in finding counterfeits. How does one do this? My hands shake from all my meds, can someone offer an easy method?
 
Definitely weigh it. Silver coins feel different that clad, so this may be the cause of your concern. Counterfeits have many diagnostics. Bad rims, strange marks, looking like they are cast, weight, wrong dates, size. If they coin isn't worth I am not sure anyone would fake them. 
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Originally posted by BigRod BigRod wrote:

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I recently received a 1963 Franklin Half. It appears to be uncirculated. However, it feels lighter than other halves in my collection. Could just be me being paranoid. That being said, I am going to get an electronic scale to be certain. Also understand that counting the reeds is another detector in finding counterfeits. How does one do this? My hands shake from all my meds, can someone offer an easy method?


Still would like an answer to the highlighted text.
 
 
Another option would be to take the coin to a jewelry store and ask them to weigh it for you. They usually will and they have very accurate scales.
 
Now for counting the reeds, that's a bit tougher. Best suggestion would be to ask someone else to do it for you as it can be difficult. But you can try this as well.
 
Get yourself a toothpick. Lay the coin on a flat surface, then using the pick gently so as not to scratch the coin, place it against the reeding at any given spot - make note of where this spot is in relation to a device feature. Then lightly pull the pick across the reeding, and instead of counting the reeds with your eyes, count them by feeling them as the pick bumps across each one. When you get back to the starting point - you're done.


I'll get the wife on this tonight. Thanks!
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Ok hers a on-topic one, how do you tone coins?
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Bag marks frequently occur before they are even in a bag! If you ever have a chance to watch a documentary of how coins are made and watch them come over the edge like a waterfall, it seems like a miracle that any coins remain mark free!Cry
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ClapHey GDJMSP...
You're article (motto) is Awsome! In fact, I wish that it was me who wrote it!!
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OuchYou're absolutely right, most coins probably do get marks, chips, scatches etc., however, there are many that receive none of or very minimal amounts of anything! Logically thinking, the ones with the least amount of anything are the ones that are more or most valuable!
 
As I understand it, most coins are struck for business reasons and some are for collectors. Hence, Proofs and Uncirculated coins will be found in the hands of collectors like us! (or me, for sure!)
 
I found a very good question posted by one of our members. We know that advertisments of sale, will advertise an amount for: $1.99 instead of: $2.00 for reasons that $1.99 Psychologically seems to be less expensive! It is, One Penny.....less! WOW!
 
We have been doing or playing this little mind game long enough, that we should have coins valued at $1.99 or $2.99 and so on!! What a great idea!
 
Remember back in history there were coins at $2.50!!
Are we that stupid today? Of course we are!
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When you are SELLING goods: the price (like 1.99) and the psychology of pricing matters. When you are carrying a coin in your pocket to use it, ease of calculation (addition + subtraction) matters the most . So... I would say that NO -- we do not need coins at one penny less than a dollar or other strange denominations.
 
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GeekDo you know what you are saying? Because I don't!
Read your reply again, then reply!
 
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Originally posted by g-man g-man wrote:

ClapHey GDJMSP...
You're article (motto) is Awsome! In fact, I wish that it was me who wrote it!!
g-man
 
 
Thanks for the kind words Smile
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I'm looking to buy a fugio, and had a couple of questions.

I know a lot of the fugio's had significant die clashmarks - how is this generally viewed to affect the value of the coin?

How safe would it be to buy what looks to be a good coin from a fairly reputable dealer on eBay - something like this:

http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/099-1787-Fugio-Cent_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ52618QQihZ011QQitemZ320070905533QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

Thanks.
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