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27 Mar 2020

How to id a fake 1943 steel cent

Coins-United States | SALMON

how to identify a fake 1943 copper centfirst, you have to check if its actually copper. Use a magnet, if it is not a 1943 copper cent it will stick to the magnet, if it is actually copper (not saying it's real) it will not stick to the magnet.second, you will have to check for altered dates, and tooling marks. look at the date and mintmark, if the 3 looks wonky and far from the rest of the date its a 1948 cent if it looks tooled with marks around the date, the 3 and the mint mark its fake.third, send it in for grading if it passes these tests, PCGS, and NGC are probably the best for grading a major error and identifying its authenticity.if you have this error you are basically an instant millionaire.stay tuned for the rest of this how-to id series.

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03 Sep 2019

100 greatest ancient coins book review

Collecting Tips | SALMON

100 greatest ancient coins is less technical than aorta which I did a previous review on. First, you will see a foreword, a preface, and an introduction talking about the author and a little bit about the book, and also about the coins. next, it has a section how to collect ancient coins and what to avoid witch includes a denomination chart. next, it starts the list of the ancient coins from first minted to last not from 1 to 100 greatest. on the top of the page, there is the 1-100 number then the name of the coin, then the mint and date. on the main body of the page, there is a picture of the coin, with its actual size for reference. there is also a history piece about the coin/ ruler. on the bottom of the page, there is a timeline that shows the coins period in roman history.

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03 Sep 2019

aorta A guide for the Roman coin collector book review guide

Ancient Coins | SALMON

aorta is a confusing book but when you learn how to use it it makes sense and is a pretty helpful guide on identifying Roman coins. how the book works is: it lists all the busts, then obverses, then reverses, then types, then mints. Find the correct ruler in the book. Choose the correct information and match it with the pre-matched information after the unchosen information. This is the value of your coin. also provided is information about the ruler and the coins produced by the ruler. below the information on the coins produced by the ruler a rectangle encasing rarity and average price of the coins first, there is the number of coins produced by the ruler and the rarity rating by coinvac (now coryssahttp://www.coryssa.org/index.php/home/index) followed by the rank of the coin ex. 85th concludes with ebay and auction average prices the auction prices refer to the higher-end options, for example, ms64 coins are sold less on ebay than in auctions.

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01 Aug 2019

Guide book of united states coins 2020 review

Collecting Tips | SALMON

This book is a price guide and a new collector guide. this book has coins from 1652 to 2019! that's about 460 years of coins. If you are new to collecting this book is a must-have. if you need to value a random United States of America coin you can just find the denomination and find the year, then find the mintmark that is conveniently located at the start of the denomination chapter and grade the coin to find your value! this book offers collection tips including popular first-year coins to invest in and error values and how to identify errors. It also includes values on many private and territorial gold coins. It shows the difference between proof and circulation strikes, double die errors and all different coins. If you are a new collector or you just don't have this book yet go to a local coin store or book store to pick up this book.

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01 Aug 2019

Why are ancient coins less valuable than 19th century silver coins

Ancient Coins | SALMON

It is funny because ancient coins have so much more history than 19th-century silver coins (a roman person may have held the same coin that you are holding). I think that coins should be viewed by not just their rarity but also their history, for example, a 1906 Indian head penny that was the time of the San Francisco earthquake. 19th-century silver coins like Morgan dollars they may be silver coins but they don't have much history.next time you are at a local coin shop look for coins that look cool and have a rich history.

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