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I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.

Experience in the area

Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.




Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News


AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

Awards and Honors

1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

What do you like about this subject?

Understanding how coins and currency are made, and sharing my knowledge of errors and varieties with others.

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Recent Answers from Ronald Fern

2017-03-20 Blank Penny:

It appears you may have a type 2 blank planchet cent (unstruck coin). Compare it to a struck cent. The ty. 2 blank has a raised rim and is slightly smaller in diameter. The blanks are presently made outside

2017-03-07 1941 dime:

Pics did not download. There are numerous sites on the internet for coin values. Try entering United States Coin Values Pricing Guide. Dealers usually pay 60% to 70% of retail for coins they need, and

2017-03-04 Misprinted $5.00:

Sheet partially folded over, as you can tell from top crease. Bill was cut correctly, so must have been opened up. Higher grade, worth $200-300 to an interested error collector IMO. See http://papermoneyguide

2017-01-30 1980 error quarter?:

Based on attached pics, I'd say you have a regular quarter that either had well used dies strike this coin and/or a combination of PMD or post mint damage where there is some distortion to the date and

2016-12-24 1973 US Quarter with flaws:

Likely a minor filled die error. Minimal added value to an interested collector. Result of dirt, grime, grease, and/or metal shavings found on die surfaces, preventing full strike on coin. A repetitive


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