NGC Journals

1982 1oz BU Libertad Counterfeit

This is a one of a kind finding as it had me and others fooled. The 82 BU libertad i aquired has turned out to be more than just a proof like coin. After further study and research the coin may have been a specimen strike, not. When comparing it with other 1982 and early libertads it turns out there is nothing that is the same. Some of the differences on the obverse are the flow of the angles hair, her body, face, the dental work on the rim, the feathers, the font and the reverse is also ver

TMCGRADY

TMCGRADY

10/24/2015

New Libertad Variety?

There is a 1987 double die now there is a 1990 double die reverse. Ok, we its obvious I have a lot of 1oz libertads as well as some time on my hands. After going through about 140 libertads in the past few days this coin caught my attention. On the reverse you can see doubling on the letters as well as the wing, head of the eagle and snake. This will be going in for grading on my next submission with a new variety to be added to the series. To see old comments for this Journal entry, cli

TMCGRADY

TMCGRADY

10/24/2015

1st 1oz BU Libertad with a PL Designation

I acquired this coins as part of my set. This coin was purchased raw and i knew i had something special. I submitted it for grading along with a few other 1990 but because this was the first and only libertad to be given the PL designation, its now in my registery set. As the collector base keeps growing i think there could be more coins like this that appear. Over the past year of collecting about 1 thousand ounces of libertads this was also the first truely unique coin i have found. Right no

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TMCGRADY

10/22/2015

Very special 1982 BU libertad

Picked up a great find today. Before i talk about the coin, i want to mention something about the 1990 MS67 PL i have in the registry set. The 1990 proof like i have is the only proof like designation given to a BU libertad. I found the 1990 and knew it was special and had it graded along with a bunch of other coins. Now for the 1982. At first when the 1982 was for sale i was not interested as the orice was more than double what a typical 1982 1oz libertad goes for. After looking at for a f

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TMCGRADY

10/19/2015

This Week's Additions

This week I was fortunate enough to add 4 fun silver coins to my Global Silver Coin Collection: 1. 1775 Bavaria Maximilian III Josef Taler NGC AU 53 2. 2010 Great Britain Britannia 2 Pound NGC MS 69 3. 2001 Gibraltar Coronation of Queen Victoria 1 Crown PFUC 69 (w/emerald inlay) 4. 1954 Czechoslovakia Slovak Uprising 25 Korun MS 64 The Gibraltar and Czech coins were both additions from new countries to my collection....the set now contains coins from 76 nations! The set is becoming inc

DCZAN

DCZAN

10/18/2015

2000 1 OnZa BU MS70 pop 1

Yesterday i acquired the one and only 1 oz BU MS70 libertad for the year 2000. The 2000 BU 1 Onza MS70 is the only MS70 graded for that year. It was also the 3rd MS70 to be graded since the series started in 1982 and there wouldn't be another libertad graded MS70 for another 10 years until 2010 when 1 more hit the grade. By the beginning of 2011 there were only 4 1oz BU libertads that made the perfect grade of MS70 and only 7 more would attain perfection in 2011. In 2012 190 received the perfe

TMCGRADY

TMCGRADY

10/16/2015

Roman Numeral Gold Eagles are HOT

The Hunt For Gold October Today, the adult ice cream truck arrived. Very late too. Tomorrow I am heading to Chicago for a wedding, and was waiting with a dripping mouth for my 1990 $25 MS70. The truck was supposed to be here before 4:30 and by almost 6:40 it was still not here. So, on the way out of my neighborhood, there came the brown van, with a harried looking driver. I blinked my lights and waved frantically, as I knew the coin was on the truck. Well, he was in a big hurry and th

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

10/16/2015

stepping up to #1

This was a day where i had some time to finish adding to the 1oz libertad set and in the end this is now the #1 registry set. Today i added the last of my coins i had and and now all slots are filled with the exceptio of the 2010. The coins i am focusing on are the 1982, 1986, 1987 DDO and 1995 as these are a little weak and are due for an upgrade. The difficult thing about upgrading these are most are already 1 or two grades from the top grade as it is. Although many of the coins in this set

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TMCGRADY

10/13/2015

A rose by any other name...

would smell as sweet -- but a better photograph can't hurt! My original title for this post was 'Most Subtly Improved', a nod to Gary and Alan's recent posts about their photography, but I could't resist the Shakespearean jest. As my photography skills slowly progress I have greatly improved many of my early coin images but sometimes it's the ones with a subtle improvement that can really catch your attention. That's the case with my Pezza della Rosa or Rose Dollar and I hope you'll agree. Th

jgenn

jgenn

10/12/2015

Exception Clauses in My Collection

There are those collectors who will under no circumstances have details graded coins, medals, and tokens in their collections. Then there are collectors like me who will make exceptions for them under certain conditions. About a year ago I wrote about replacing three details graded coins in my 7070 type set. I particularly remember how pleased I was with the replacements and finally having the entire set free of problem coins. Then when I purchased a Classic Head Large Cent earlier this year,

gherrmann44

gherrmann44

10/11/2015

Numismatics Holiday! (Updated)

Ive been anticipating today for a few months! Today is the bi-annual Virginia Beach Coin Show presented by the Tidewater Coin Club at the Virginia Beach Covention Center. The show is always a quality event with local dealers and many others from DC, Maryland and North Carolina. I always manage to find something new or unique and I am hoping to add my 400th silver coin to my collection today with a couple acquisitions. Looking forward to good conversations about numismatics, perusing all the

DCZAN

DCZAN

10/10/2015

 

What a surprise I got when I returned home and found that a set was updated.

4 REVERSE PROOF coins added the Presidential Dollars, 2007-Date, Proof set What a surprise I got when I returned home from a bone marrow transplant in NYC.. Spent 5 months away from home and my coins. I have been working on the Presidential Dollars, 2007-Date, Proof set. I had all except the year 2015. Went on Ebay and found them at a good price. When I finished entering them I noticed that there were 4 coins added to the set. REVERSE PROOF of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and LBJ to my su

Ed J

Ed J

10/09/2015

My original title was What Would You Grade This Coin?...

My original thesis was that Marquis coins get preferential treatment but I could not leave well enough alone... I am glad that we got the discussion that we got. 21 people felt it worth their time to write a response and over 200 views. The original Title was "Marquis coins get a pass from PCGS" Then I changed it to "Is this fair grading? See the grade PCGS gave and guess who submitted it." The point made by Mark on his posting was a good one. It did not escape my attention that the holde

JTO

JTO

10/07/2015

Adventures of Ike Volume 1

Adventures of Ike...My pocket piece. Well last month I thought I would start a new journal. ADVENTURES OF IKE!!!!!!! Who is Ike? Well Ike is my 1971 Silver proof Ike dollar. Yes I busted him out of a brown box.....OH NO!!!! I carry it almost everywhere I go so I thought why not document his journey. First adventure was camping/Deer/Dove hunting weekend. After our son crashed out for the night My wife, Ike and I sat around the fire drinking and laughing. Good times. Then at the recent loc
 

LIBERTAD grades posted by NGC

Sent in 50 coins and had a few nights email surprises. The first coin I had to check for was a 1990 to see if I was given a PL designation. Sure enough it came back as a 1990 PL67 making it the very first and only proof like designation given to a BU libertad. Next exciting coin was the 87 double die, this came back as a MS67, only one graded higher. A few coins to note, one 1992 came back as a MS69, a 1984, 88, came back MS67. A 1997 achieved a MS69. One worth mentioning is the 82 with a

TMCGRADY

TMCGRADY

10/05/2015

 

Will there be a 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set with three or four.

I have been collecting the Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set since 2007. This year's 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set of four coins included Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson dollar coins in proof finish. Will there be a 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set? With President Nixon, Ford and Reagan.( just looked at my set and the 2016 only has Nixon and Ford Reagan is missing.) Hopefully Carter will survive his cancer. And the 2016 will only have two. Wha

Ed J

Ed J

10/04/2015

Quest To Be The Best

My set The Global Silver Coin Collection is approaching the 400 coin mark (393) with many new additions and it has reached a couple milestones recently: it reached over 5,000 views and entered its third year of existence. I have also expanded on the sets information (which won most informative set last year) concerning silver in modern times.   Currently within this custom set there are now 9 #1 competitive registry sets and many more top tier competitive registry sets. A main focus of mine re

DCZAN

DCZAN

10/03/2015

My Three Suns

A glorious light shines on former Spanish colonies. Three of my favorite 8 reales are from the former colonies of the Spanish Empire in the New World. The hopeful aspirations of these newly independent nations are reflected in the beautiful sunface designs of the Provincias Unidas del Río de la Plata, Republica del Centro de America and Republica Sud Peruana. The birth of new nations is a politically contentious process -- these republics had to deal with years of internal and external strife

jgenn

jgenn

10/03/2015

 

Libertad registry set update

Added some more today including pics. Added some more today as we are housebound due to the hurricane. All i have left are 9 more slots out of 34 and maybe most of those will be filled when i get my coins back from NGC. One coin i am excited to get back from NGC is my 2015 1oz reverse proof libertad as ot graded out at PL70. When i was looking at it i was sitting on the fence as to ot being a 69 or 70 and felt i had a 50/50 shot amd it paid off. To see old comments for this Journal entry, cl

TMCGRADY

TMCGRADY

10/03/2015

Coins from a Dream Trip

One item checked off the bucket list... My wife has long dreamed about going to Bora Bora. A month ago we were finally able to get there. We spent four days there, and seven on Moorea, which is right next to Tahiti. Both are really beautiful. Aside from the hikes and sight-seeing, one of my goals was to get nice examples of the local money... I wasn't the only one. While waiting at the Tahiti airport, near the currency exchange, I overheard a woman asking for shiny coins! I had ordered s

Electric Peak

Electric Peak

10/03/2015