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DATE REPORTED or REMOVED:  7/18/2017 OFFENSE:  Ryan Johnson has been removed from DC Coins for refusing to prove ownership of a coin which he listed. Actually arguing that having to prove ownership was absurd. Ryan listed a 900-something dollar slabbed walking liberty half dollar and thought it odd that I…

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The Jean-Antoine Houdon Bust

A design specification for the obverse of the Washington  commemorative required a portrait of Washington which was to be based on a clay bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Per The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of the Washington and State Quarters, the design competition guidelines specified that the obverse of…

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Jean-Antoine Houdon

According to the George Washington’s Mount Vernon Facebook page, On August 15, 1774, Colonel Washington purchases a “large Marble Mortar,” which would later be used by artist Jean-Antoine Houdon to prepare plaster for the cast he made of Washington’s head. Click here to read a short article about Jean-Antoine Houdon.

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Roman Finish

Definition: An experimental proof surface used primarily on U.S. Gold coins in 1909 & 1910. The surface reveals more reflectivity than Matte Proofs, but less than Brilliant Proofs.

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Die rust

Definition: Pitting or roughness appearing on a coin as a result of that coin having been struck by a rusted die

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