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  1. The photos reflecting the sunlight do not do this coin justice. In hand the lack of luster with what I thought looked more like a frosty, sandblasted finish is what had me looking at this coin differently. But after viewing proof nickels in NGC Explorer, I would have to agree that the strike is not as sharp. Thanks for both of you for sharing your knowledge with this novice. So much to learn!!!
  2. One of my first purchases in the numismatic hobby was a 1913 T1 Buffalo nickel. After ignoring it for some time and gaining some knowledge into the hobby it appears to me that the finish is "matte" which would make it a proof if I am correct. I would like to send it in for grading as I recently became a member of NGC but don't know if I need to add the additional $18 "variety plus" charge or if it will be examined and graded as such with just the standard rate fee.