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    Your close-ups of the edge and rim show that this...

    Your close-ups of the edge and rim show that this is post-strike damage and not an error.
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    Its garish, gleaming surface indicates it was...

    Its garish, gleaming surface indicates it was plated outside the Mint with a silvery metal.
  3. Thread: 1972 D Quarter

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    No value attached to a "solid" mintmark. It's...

    No value attached to a "solid" mintmark. It's due to either a chipped letter punch, a worn letter punch, or die deterioration. As you say, quite common.
  4. Thread: 1973 Quarter

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    Damage from the crimping arm of a coin-wrapping...

    Damage from the crimping arm of a coin-wrapping machine. Not an error.
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    The Lincoln cent was altered outside the Mint. ...

    Okay, total newbie at coin collecting and forums, so keep that in mind. We recently inherited a bunch of coins and came across these two, and we were wondering if anyone could explain why the Lincoln...
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    Genuine examples of cents struck on unplated...

    Genuine examples of cents struck on unplated planchets seem to bring between $75 and $100 on eBay these days.
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    Cents with brass-colored plating do exist,...

    Cents with brass-colored plating do exist, ostensibly for the reason you mention -- too many zinc ions in the copper plating bath. They don't carry much value, so sending them in to be...
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    In the future, please post one inquiry and one...

    In the future, please post one inquiry and one set of images related to that inquiry at a time. Otherwise it becomes overwhelming.

    Your 1956-D cent has RPM no.1

    The gray-colored cents dated to...
  9. It's an off-center strike on a straight-clipped...

    It's an off-center strike on a straight-clipped planchet. Its appearance is typical for this error type.
  10. It could have been struck by a late-stage die cap...

    It could have been struck by a late-stage die cap or, given the relatively faint image, a mid-stage uniface die cap.
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    Since there is no known minting process that can...

    Since there is no known minting process that can generate a bent coin that is otherwise normal-looking, I would have to conclude that the bending occurred after the strike. In other words, not an...
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    There are way too many cuds to remember all of...

    There are way too many cuds to remember all of them. Base-of-bust cuds are among the most common and they really don't stand out in one's memory.
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    Your photos are too blurred to offer an opinion.

    Your photos are too blurred to offer an opinion.
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    There are always lots of loopholes in grading...

    There are always lots of loopholes in grading service "guarantees". It's one of many reasons why I never send any coins to them and why anything stated on a slab label is to be regarded with...
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    I can only tell you that the grading services do...

    I can only tell you that the grading services do a poor job when confronted with errors that are subtle, obscure, novel, compound, or complex. They're not all that reliable with respect to simple,...
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    Professional grading is a fool's game. Assigned...

    Professional grading is a fool's game. Assigned grades are not reproducible, from grader to grader, from day to day, or from company to company. Assigned grades are arbitrary and capricious. ...
  17. The 1955 cent was plated and set in a bezel...

    The 1955 cent was plated and set in a bezel (jewelry housing).
    The second cent appears to have split after the strike. If it's underweight, that would support my remote diagnosis.
    The nickel is a...
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    An impressive accidental cherrypick.

    An impressive accidental cherrypick.
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    I certainly see an S-mintmark, but we'd need a...

    I certainly see an S-mintmark, but we'd need a close-up image to determine whether anything else is going on. A date would be helpful, too.
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    Photos would help immeasurably.

    Photos would help immeasurably.
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    It looks like a perfectly normal cent. What...

    It looks like a perfectly normal cent. What strikes you as unusual?
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    Your coin shows only post-strike damage. Since...

    Your coin shows only post-strike damage. Since it's not an error it has no value.
  23. This is clearly an acid-dipped cent.

    This is clearly an acid-dipped cent.
  24. Sorry, but your photos fail to show anything that...

    Sorry, but your photos fail to show anything that could be construed as abnormal.
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    This is the normal streakiness seen on an...

    This is the normal streakiness seen on an unstruck planchet. A thin layer of lubricant in certain areas of the die face was enough to prevent the streaks from being erased by the strike.
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