NGC Journals

My new Iceland 1942 5 Aurar PCGS MS-64 RD

I have seen a Ebay seller from Maryland put up around twenty Icelandic 1942 5 Aurar's coins in ANACS holders with a grade range from MS-64 to 66 and from RB to RD but he wants anything from $75 to $250 for the 66-RD. I offered him $150 for the best looking 66 red but would't take it and since you couldn't magnify the image of the coin so there was no way to see the details. I have read in the past that ANACS have graded some coins as much as 2 points higher then NGC or PCGS so all this had me ve

Iceman

Iceman

In the Mean Time...

Well it’s been a long time since I last wrote. Retirement has kept me pretty busy at my church having delivered the morning sermon last Sunday and again tomorrow. With all that I am doing, I have a whole new appreciation of pastors. However, I’m not writing about my outside exploits today but my numismatic ones.   You see while I have been busy with church activities, I have been amassing several new purchases along the way including a new book! I also served as kind of a consultan

coinsbygary

coinsbygary

Finally Moving on the Falcons (and the Queen's Beasts)

I finally convinced myself to pick up some more air-tite capsules for the British Queen's Beasts coins, since I've been out of them since I picked up the last of the Black Bulls I needed, and now I've ordered three of the Falcon coins. It'll be a while before they arrive because I ordered them with an echeck to keep the costs as low as possible. I've been thinking I needed to do this for a while because Christmas will be here before long and I've been giving these to my Step-father as

Revenant

Revenant

A rethink

In my last journal entry I probably took the suggestion made by my wife a little too lightly - never a good idea!Having mentioned the apparent lack of detailed information available on numerous aspects of world coinage the suggestion of putting together such articles would be very interesting and also introduce some much needed focus. My initial thoughts on this highlighted two main challenges:1.   High quality pictures of the coins are essential.2.   Examples of all coin types are needed.To add

ColonialCoinsUK

ColonialCoinsUK

Single Finest of Series

Well I barely got it under the wire but I remembered to utilize my $150 submission credit for my Premium Membership before it expired this year. I decided to use it to just add the final 5 silver $1 coins for my BU Bahamas sets. The Bahamas BU silver series running from 1966 through 1973 has long been a favorite side-collection of mine. I had already completed the 50c coins with the dancing Marlin and the silver dollar sized $2 coins with the Flamingo couple in front of a setting sun ( both

jackson64

jackson64

100,000 points removed from sets

It is a little disappointing, I must admit, that a few months before the registry awards NGC has decided to remove 100,000 points from my registry sets.  In some cases, this has reduced my rank from #1 to #2 or #3.  In many cases, these sets have required a decade to complete and are the result of $100s of thousands of dollars of diligent investment.  To see the extreme punitive measures taken on these sets in such a short period of time is something I struggle to understand.  NGC prides itself

Augustus 70

Augustus 70

So, do we actually want the value of these things to rise?

A few months ago I talked to another collector who recalled a conversation where-in he and someone else agreed that, if they had tried to build their collections today, buying graded coins and not ones they “discovered” themselves, they never could have afforded to build their collections because prices have gone up so much. I can’t help but think of that statement periodically and ask myself, “So do we really want the value / price of these things to go up?” Or, stated more usefully, “Do

Revenant

Revenant

The Weight of Nine Thousand Cents is Considerable

I am getting really excited as October nears and the PAN Fall Coin Show beckons.  We had a planning meeting last night and I presented some things I am planning on doing ifor the KidZone, to include our usual auction with our newly minted auction dollars.  Last May, we could not find our auction dollars so had to use carnival tickets instead.  We also could not find our Wheat Cents and had to scramble to find sources on the bourse.  .  So we now have a whole new batch of auction dollars that I h

Mokiechan

Mokiechan

Collecting while married...

That much discussed and debated 1875 came in the mail Tuesday. I over-spent my coin budget a little bit to get it with the agreement that I wouldn’t buy anything for a month or so while my budget caught up with the spending. It’s a deal I’ve made in the past and one I made again because I’ve been worried that the current run-up in the gold price could continue and that could make the coins more expensive to buy in another month or so. Even so, it was a modest over-reach of my budget, just $

Revenant

Revenant

Where did 2019 go?

It has been nice to see that people have been making progress with their collections this year, unfortunately work commitments have meant that I have made very little progress on my goals for 2019 - apparently my employer is starting to become aware of something called 'work-life-balance' so hopefully things will improve a bit. I seem to have missed a number of key coins as a result, one of which went for multiples of an already top end estimate so this would have been impossible anyway - app

ColonialCoinsUK

ColonialCoinsUK

Bringing them all out.

My mother and step-father paid me a visit today to see me and Ben. My step-father decided to bring out all of the birth year sets we've built and the Texas Commemorative set with them. This was prompted in part by the fact that I'd been getting the coins one or two boxes at a time to try to re-image some of the sets and get pictures of some of the coins I didn't have pictures of. In the process of this I found that it seemed like a few of the upgraded coins hadn't been inserted with their g

Revenant

Revenant

An NGC MS66 Netherlands 1875 10G

I took Shandy and the baby to the airport yesterday for that trip to New York that did end up happening. She was stuck at the airport for 3.5 hours of flight delays with the baby but fortunately the baby slept through most of it and it wasn't too stressful for her. She's in New York with her mom and having a blast. Before I drove her to the airport though I finally decided to pull the trigger on an 1875 Netherlands 10G coin that I'd been looking at. There is no exciting tale of finding

Revenant

Revenant