A Proof Franklin 15 coin set is WAY overdue and a no brainer.
Two very distinct types of Proof Franklin half dollars were minted in 1956. The old die variety served well from 1950 to about 3 months into 1956. At that point, the mint refined the reverse die to a distinct and easily noticeable fuller detail, especially in the eagle's tail feathers. As a result, full cameo, higher grading 1956 Type 2 Franklins are common. The cameo'd versions of the T2 display the most striking eye appeal of any
Is it possible it reversed carbon spot?
I had obtained a High Relief Saint around 2 1/2 Years ago. When I received it I could've sworn there was a carbon spot on the knee. I confirmed it when I dug up the initial photo's I had taken of it. During the last 2 1/2 years this coin was kept in an Intercept Shield Double Row slab storage box at my bank safety deposit box. I recently pulled it out and lo and behold, no carbon spot on the knee! Is it possible the chemical within the intercept shi
Are they worth more or just more interesting?
Since I've started collecting, I found that pedigree coins are interesting. I started with the Binion Collection in morgan and peace dollars, and now also have two Walking Liberty's in this pedigree. Then I found The Richmond Collection, The Continental Bank Hoard and The Fitzgerald Collection in dollars, and The Pittman Collection in Walking Liberty. I don't know how many collections there are, but it makes it more fun. The one problem is not
How can we get as close to FMV for the coins we want to sell?
Anyone have any insights into how to sell desirable coins to other collectors without taking as large a hit to value as the dealers often want to pay?
Need help in getting your digital camera to properly photograph certified coins? I certainly do!
I have tried many different combinations of setup and have yet to find a reliable combination of light(s) and/or lenses to get a decent photo. The plastic case reflects too much light and the coins always come out too dark or have really bad contrast. I also have a lot of trouble with color balance and field-of-view because the coins are sunken inside the white NGC insert.
I am using a Cano
What do you do with a coin covered with fingerprints?
When I first started collecting coins about 6 years ago I bought some $50 gold Anerican Eagles. Several of them have a thumbprint on them and one is darker than the others, less glossy and is covered with fingerprints. Should I get these slabbed and what do I have to disclose about the fingerprints when I go to sell them at auction? Is there a proper way to remove the fingerprints? I've always read that you never clean a coin. Is that
1869 5c in PR67 Cameo???
Copy and paste in your web address(URL)the following: http://www.anrcoins.com/lotdetail.aspx?lrid=AN00023204
I think this may be the world's only other 1869 nickel in PR67 Cameo. What do you think? Cameos are tricky because the fields must possess mirrors along with the full frosted 5 on the reverse. If there is any inconsistancy in frost on the five, the coin is just PR. -JC
Sluggo - Good job on you 1878/9 5C in PR68 (ANR auction), I bid against you on
Now I'm really wondering...a whole new catagory or a new set?
The mint has announced that starting this year all the mint sets will have a new finish for the contents....and going forward also. So will this mean we will have two catagorys of UNC Sac's etc. A MS-67 in normal Uncirculated, and a MS-6? in Sateen finish? Oh boy
Is it worth slabbing the problem coins we all have?
Like many collectors I bought my fair share of "cleaned", "altered" and damaged coins back when I first started collecting. Being a pack rat I have kept them all these years and lately have been using NCS to slab them in designated slabs indicating the problem that each coin has and it's relative grade. I have been watching Teletrade and other auction sites to see if these NCS coins are selling and trying to discern at what discount to the no
What price freedom and liberty as symbolized on our coinage...
As I was viewing a group of coins this weekend, it suddenly struck me - the strong, unwavering, and continuous focus on United States coinage of this country's citizens' right to "Freedom and Liberty".
And on THIS weekend , I couldn't overlook the significant price paid by so many to repeatedly assure that we all continue to enjoy these "gifts".
This sacrifice has been made from the Revolutionary War; to the Civil War; to th
I have the greatest joy of sharing this hobby with my best friend and wife, Janene.
I have the greatest joy of sharing this hobby with my best friend and wife, Janene. While she collects mostly pennys and nickels, she has put together some impressives sets. I tend to go for Commemorative coins and Morgan dollars. Together we have traveled to shows, such as the ANA Money show in Portland, having fun and growing closer together at the same time. Our coin collecting skills have grown as we ar
Is this a meaningful issue?
I am aware of the 3 positions known for the "5" on the 1895-O Barber Dime relative to the Bust:
Today, I looked at 5 of these coins and noted 2 had the 5 touching, 3 were near, and 0 in the Far position.
I don't know which, if any are rare.
The interesting point (at least to me) is that I pulled out 3 1894-O Barber Dimes and looked at the date position. I am totally unaware of any varieties here. SURPRISE! 2 coins had the "4" to
Hello again, coin people. After a 3-year hiatus I have returned to my fond hobby of early $20 Gold collecting. I learned some painful lessons along the way and probably have a lot more to learn.
Anyway, thanks to a financial settlement I will be able to add coins to my collection. I saved up a few dollars and purchased a high-relief Saint, albeit a "problem" coin. I was trying to figure out the "fair market" price before I made an offer on the coin. The dealer wanted $7500, I offered
I got to cheat a bit and be the first person to post a journal entry, since I had a little insider-knowledge about when it would be going up.
But I've already received 3 or 4 "Contact Member" messages on that first article, and from people that I don't THINK I've seen hanging around the message board much. I knew that this feature would be a great way to get people started sharing their thoughts about collecting. In a sense it's quite different then the message boards, in that you have a muc
Imagine my excitement at the prospect of acquiring the "finest" 1963 Franklin known to exist. Then add in the re-assurance of knowing that I can return it for a refund if I don't like it.
I have been working on my NGC 1963 proof set for a few months now, and I have been able to assemble a respectable PF68 ULTRA for each of these, except the Half which is PF68 CAMEO. Since I am temporarily satisfied with this, I have decided to concentrate on a mint set of the same year. I have been placing
Well, at this point I've absorbed quite a bit about collecting through osmosis. You can't be involved in putting together web sites like the CCG companies have without starting to really "get it". But I haven't been bit by the collecting bug... yet.
I have to admit, though, that I've felt the pull on occasion. I bought a Roman coin, I own a Dave Sim graphic novel... little tiny tastes of collecting. But while I have yet to take on the collecting addiction directly, the experience has left