NGC Journals

 

Photographing Certified Coins

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

RBreslin

RBreslin

06/02/2005

 

Fingerprints

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

Jeanne

Jeanne

06/01/2005

 

Looking for Cameo Shield Nickels

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

Cameolot

Cameolot

06/01/2005

 

Marketability of NCS or ANACS etc problem coins?

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

Nickel63

Nickel63

05/30/2005

 

MEMORIAL DAY MUSINGS

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
 

Coin Collecting

Started to seriously work on my coin collections in January 2004. Have been building a base and haven't focused on any one series yet. Leaning towards Morgan dollars and Walking Liberty half dollars.  

Clay

Clay

05/27/2005

 

The Greatest Joy

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
 

My coins

US type set I have a US type set all completed. All coins are XF or better. I also included the US gold--except the $4 Stella, of course. And the $50 Pan Pacific.   It goes back thru draped bust--1798.

sanloois

sanloois

05/22/2005

 

1895-0 & 1894-0 BARBER DIME DATE POSITIONING

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: -Far -Near -Touching. 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
 

OWNER of NCS XF details (mount removed) MCMVII

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

barney

barney

05/20/2005

 

This new feature might make our messaging system a real hit!

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

Architecht

Architecht

05/15/2005

 

I FOUND AN MS68 FRANKLIN FOR MY REGISTRY SET

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

dleonard-3

dleonard-3

05/13/2005

 

The Collecting Bug - Holistically Speaking

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

Architecht

Architecht

05/12/2005