So... I will jump right on in...
Last week I made a posting titled "Say Cheese Please" simply asking my fellow (and fellowette (trying to be politically correct)) collectors to image their treasures and share thier stories of their collections. While several others have either email me personally (firstname.lastname@example.org) or made additional journal posting stating they have added more images/stories, it would also seem as though I sparked other conversations regarding the inclusion of PCGS coins a
The sound of the above title should be a clue here....
We all have headaches now. Lets call a truce to the hostilities. This is supposed to be a "Happy Holiday Season", not to mention a friendly forum.
Michael W. Cooper
This coin, graded XF40 by NGC (cert # 2085138-009) is dated 1623. From Poland is a ? Taler. I hope I look this good when I am 382 years old.
Looking for a superior 1948 Franklin with FBL? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN HERE!
Hello everyone! My wife and I have a rather extensive collection of Morgans and Franklins that are in marvelous condition. We would like to add the graded Franklins that we have to a registry under our name here. How would we go about that? Also, I've noted that quite a few of you are looking for a superior 1948 Franklin. We have one 48-P that grades in at an awe-inspiring MS66 FBL. The only problem...NTC...I will say th
Ok... that's not a great reason, but I think I have one. A coin is either full cameo or it is not. If Lcam or CamObv is allowed then where does it stop. Why not ?Cam or even ?Cam or how about 10%Cam or JBCam (just-barely) we could even have CWB (Cam-wanna-be). No we cannot go there. It is either full cameo or not. I do not have a problem with the designation of Deep (Ultra) Cameo vs Cameo as the designation still refers to the entire coin not just a portion of it. If this requ
What will my first submission to NGC bring.....joy, terror, fear, rejection...?
Now that I've completed the entire Oregon Trail comemmorative half dollar series I just sent them to NGC for grading. This is the first time I've ever submitted coins to be graded by any firm. I'm anxious to see how well I was able to determine the grade of each coin vis-a-vis NGC grade. Before I sent them to NGC I wrote down a grade that I thought the coin to be. It will be interesting to see how close my grade ca
I applaud NGC for having the courage to allow PCGS coins in their registry but.....
Frankly I really don't want to see all these 100% PCGS registry sets that seem to be popping up like some sort of disease around here. If you want to put together one of these sets, there's a great place to display them... across the street.
I think NGC should institute some sort of requirement that a percentage of your set needs to be in NGC holders to participate in the NGC registry or signature sets. Wha
I've followed the "comments" from fellow collectors and have posted many new pics.
This weekend I posted nearly 60 (actually 120, two shots per coin) phots of coins in my collection. I have lots more photos to take and post.
Interestingly, incuse Indian gold quarter eagles are extremely difficult to get good shots of (at least with a digital camera). I worked rather hard to get the results I did get.
Bottom line in photographing coins is light. I used natural light from a window and when
so ok, they're only peoples
to all of our fellow collectors...a merry christmas, a happy chanukah, and a happy hang over....NEW YEAR..(I never can get that right)...may you all find that number one coin that you want the most
silver dollar coins
in a cold and snowy Maine
Just starting to get the hang of this....
Good luck to those competing this year and Happy Holidays.
This year ended my first month of collecting toward the Kennedy Half Proofs and didn't think I'd make it as far as where the set is currently at. It is a bit exciting to hear on the news stations about information from the US Mint proposing 37 different coin dollars in 2007 (Dead Presidents Series,) and in 2009, various places and items associated with Lincoln on the reverse (maybe a new Lin
Goodbye Seated Dimes and California Gold...
There are certain disadvantages to being obsessive compulsive and numismatic--one of which is that sets that are in effect uncompletable drive one up the wall. Needless to say, after twenty years of being stuck on the final ten seated dimes, and really not wanting to buy $2000 uggos (those of you in the dime game know what i'm talkin' about), i sold them all. even worse was my california fractional gold--i only had about 30 of those. the upside is
For my journal entry...
...into the Collectors' Society Inter-gallactic Hall of Fame or something on that order, so if I want to win one of those highly coveted icons next to my name, this had better be a doosey. Actually I think I will opt for the million dollar cash prize (paid one dollar a year for a million years). Winning would only mean that I, like any good irishman (Cooper is gaelic for "barrelmaker"), have been kissin' on that blarney stone 'n been giv'n the gift of a silver tongue.
Coins are coins
I collect for two reasons.
1) I like
2) I think investment
Please keep the reason you do this from hurting your life.
This is the list:
1- NGC is to slow (Who cares?)
2- NGC can't get PCGS prices (who cares?)
3- My images suck. (who cares?)
I spend my money on things that I like. It could be coins, boats, girls or whatever. You send coins to be slabbed then complain that NGC is your problem. My point is take a pill!!!
Can we vote you off the island...
I too collect for the fun and the investment, but the whole purpose of this venue is to chat about the nature of the beast, part of which involves complaining, and part of which involves bragging. Both elements are long established elements of conversation and function to create social (in the cyber sense of the word) bonds. if you don't like the periodic complaining, don't read.
Yes, I too am not too happy with the slowness of NGC. But, I've also learned that you don't tell the barber that he gives bad haircuts right before you get yours! In saying that, to the person that complains to NGC all the time about them being slow, well, you may not know it, and I'M NOT saying that they do this, but your order just may get pushed down a few more! The other point that I would like to make is, if they said it was going to be 15 days for modern, and got it to you i
It's got to be tough.
The coins I send in to be graded are the best I can find,sometimes it's disapointing to get a low grade but then it's nice to get back a coin that grades extremly high,I've had both,I'd hate to have the job of giving a grade to a coin that would satisfy everyone.If it takes longer than NGC states for it's grading services, it tells me coin collecting is alive & well otherwise our coins would come back fast with no market.I've been collecting for over 10 years,after se
AAh...a photo fan
Back to the island,
Proofs have almost always been a good investment. But like stock, commodities, even property, it's a long term deal.
Always watch what it cost to protect what you invest in and you'll do better than most. I think proofs are a good idea.
Silver Proof Sets... I think the odds are on my side
Ok, so I continue my quest to complete a set of NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo Silver State Quarters. I have decided that I will try buying up silver proof sets... whole sets.. and just the quarters in some cases and submit them myself to have them graded. I will then keep those which grade PF70, and sell the rest on ebay to make up some of the money I've spent. While I do not expect to make a profit, I think this may prove to be a little less expe
I wouldn't count on it...
You're assuming that some of the sets will come back with 1-2 coins graded PF-70. I sent in a 2000 Silver Quarter set which came back with 4 PF 67 and 1 PF 66... In the long run, it may turn out to be cheaper getting the PF-70's on ebay...
that's a sucker bet...
If you are interested in continuing with your plan, do this first. check out the ngc pop report for each quarter. take the ration of 70s to 69s, and that will give you the minimum number you will need to submit to have decent odds of getting a 70. HOWEVER, realize that most dealers stipulate when they send stuff in that anything under a 68 or 69 is to be left ungraded. (thus, your proportion of 70s to total quarters is probably much lower). As the earlier writer sugg
I have found NGC to be just like a human, they make mistakes! But, if you let them know, thet are very happy to correct the problem. Want I want from NGC is QUALITY, and they have been providing me that. Very few corporations will call you and tell you of a problem. NGC WILL!
Well... I'd say thank for the kind words... but anyway
Well, I am glad to see some informative responses to my previous post. I had not considered the concept that many coins are returned ungraded. Although your delivery lacked tact, you have a valid argument. As I mentioned.. Im not out to make money.. but if you think it would cost me more this way.. I may have to give it some more thought. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts.
I've posted photos of most of my Top 100 VAM regeistry set. The pics are not the typical "ooohhhhhh look at my MS-96 Proof" Check it out!
updated my Top 100 VAM registry set quite a bit this month. Rather than post normal obverse and reverse photos that focus on the quality of the coin, I tried to provide a close-up microscope photo of the VAM feature and describe the variety. I've imaged almost all the coins in the registry but have been sidetracked the last week with holiday activities. T