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  1. This reminds me of Jethro Bodine's career search. Can you imagine: "Uncle Jed, Ah ain't gonna be a brain surgeon. Ah done found mah true calling." "What's that, boy?" "Ah'm gonna be a news mizzamist! Ah'm gonna find them rare coins an' auction them rascals off for money! Ah'm learnin' ta hose all that gunk off money an' make a forchen!" "How come evraone else don't hose 'em off first, boy?" "Well, Uncle Jed, Ah ciphered on it some. Ah figure it's on acounta they don't know howta clean 'em correct. But Ah got it covered!" "Can ya tell me your secret, boy?" *lowers voice* "Uncle Jed, Ah trahd some'a Granny's lah soap an' bingo! Ah washt it down after with a little'a her rheumatiz medicine. That's called noo-ter-ah-zin'." "Better not tell yer granny, boy. She's powerful again young'uns gettin' in her corn squeezins." People can say what they want, but Irene Ryan was a great comic genius. I laugh every time I hear that voice, like ripping up old bedsheets or certain old school crew-served machineguns.
  2. The slab is NNC. It carries no inherent credibility. I would consider the slab's grade a suggestion with regard to an unslabbed coin.
  3. The big mistake comes in novices cleaning coins at all. They think that surely, if they make it nice and shiny, it'll be more beautiful and valuable. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Everyone tries to tell them not to clean them at all, and they just ignore it. They think that somehow the advice doesn't apply to them. If there are still questions in your mind, my advice is Do Not Clean Your Coins. Remember, you can always clean them after you've been a collector twenty years; if they are crudulated, they will still be crudulated. You can always do it; you can never undo it. Oh, and don't clean the coins, in case the advice seemed uncertain or wishy-washy. Serious collectors read posts by novices asserting plans to clean their coins, and we shrug sadly that a bunch more otherwise okay coins are about to be destroyed for no good reason, added to the mountains of ruined coins that already plague the hobby. By the way, I recommend against cleaning the coins.
  4. You asked a question about rarity in certain grades. Pricing is an indicator of rarity. I'd have thought by now you knew about the NGC price guide, but if not, all right, I would provide a link that would show values in all grades. If you don't like that very direct answer, which I considered not only responsive but generous to someone who seemed unwilling to look it up himself (or even in any Red Book, which would list prices that would be obsolete but helpful in a relative sense), okay.
  5. I see no special qualities to this cent.
  6. In order to have full split bands, the bands must be full.
  7. You're starting to get the picture. With very rare exceptions, particularly concerning silver content, most issues after WWII have minimal premiums--if any.
  8. Yes. You could try not messing with it and accepting that the damage is done.
  9. Anything is collectible, unless it will spoil. Are they worth anything? No, not worth jack.
  10. Probably G. The pitting is really bad, but you can read everything you need to read for full attribution.
  11. Just take it out of the flip. They aren't sacred, especially when they have such a pathetic attribution written on them. They wear out anyway, so this'll come about sooner or later. If that's too much work, take one standard cardboard flip of each size. Leave it empty, but staple it with as many staples as would normally be in a flip. Weigh it and write the weight on it. This makes it into a tare, which you can then use to come pretty close to the weight of future coins in the same size flip by subtracting the tare's weight from the coin that is in a flip. Not perfect, and it would be far better to just take it out, weigh it, and put it in a Saflip, but functional. You'd need a total of seven to cover all the flip sizes: dime, cent, nickel, quarter, modern dollar, half, and cartwheel dollar. You'll get within about .1g, which is close enough.
  12. That's what I was going to say. Showing us a pic of a supposedly really nice coin sitting directly on a human finger is like showing us a pic of a Michael Jordan signed basketball with a knife stabbed into it, or a Mickey Mantle baseball card slapped onto a receipt spindle.