I had a box of medals and coins when I entered the PA Convention Center. I just drove in from out of state. To my dismay the NGC booth was packing it up.
If one advertises attendance to the 18th, does it means closing shop by 11:15 am on August 18th? Whatever excuse is presented, the other TPGs was their at least until 3:30 pm.
I should have a job at which I can call it a day before 12 noon. Yep, they ( the NGC employees) were taping boxes, banner was down, all forms pulled from the t
Because of my Laura Gardin Fraser collection an article in the June 2018 issue of The Numismatist entitled, “Fraser Finds”, aroused my interest. The author of that article went on to describe his pure joy at the Fraser finds comparable to that of discovering lost treasure. For my part I found this article fascinating. Never could I have imagined that Tom Rochovansky and his wife Nancy were preserving so much of the Fraser’s work as a legacy to them.
Normally for me this is where the story e
Journals from 2016
When was this coin minted?
Transitions within Transitions
Top Executive Accepts Kickback
Custom Set Collage
When the Colony becomes the Ruler
A Sky Blue '60
Reflection on a Collection
Nephew's First Coin
The Silver Dollars of '60
Custom Sets Question
Journals from 2015
A Tale of Two Cities
England without a monarch!
A rose by any other name...
My Three Suns
I'm patiently waiting for the return of my March 2018 submittal. This is my first public mention of this delay. Let's see....March 23 (submitted at the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo) , April, May, June, July, and now August (23rd is 5 days away). Hoping to set a record for longest turn-around time in NGC history. Anyone know what it is? At least I can claim a "received" status of 5 months (in few days), my personal best...
Customer service was contacted in late July. I beleive my submital
What a journey this coin has had. I bought it from Stacks in March 2012 as: "1923-S Standing Liberty Quarter. AU Details--Environmental Damage (PCGS)." I looked at the coin as said I just don't see the damage but I do see a full head. I bid up to $1,375.00 for the problem coin and took it home. Then I CAREFULLY conserved to coin. About a year later at Long Beach I took it to PCGS (because NGC had no at show grading) and show graded it. It came back in a PCGS AU-58 FH. I was quite pleased
NGC has graded 3546 examples of the 1955 Double Die Obverse Lincoln Wheat cent. Out of those NGC has graded only 2 at MS66. One example at MS66RD and one example at MS66RB. Big price difference between the two coins. I used to own the MS66RB example. At one time I had all the major double die obverse and reverse Lincoln cents in my collection including a PCGS MS66RD+ 1972 Double Die Obverse Lincoln Cent and an awesome example of a NGC MS67RD example of that same coin that KKM sold me many y
Yes, $2.00 in Lincoln cents made it happen
Hi Everyone. Well, this may come as a shock to a lot of people but this past week I sold off my entire Lincoln cent collection too pursue a dream. $2.00 worth of Lincoln cents is basically what my collection consisted of. The MS66RB 1955 DDO was just one of the many highlights that use to be mine. I also had all the modern major doubled die obverse and reverse Lincoln cents in top grade. i had been wanting a piece of land for most of my life where
Chapter 4 There are always unintended consequences
For those of us into ancient coins (as I currently am) NGC is doing something long overdue in this field of numismatics, based on the coins they have certified, they are developing a condition census of sorts (i.e., not a true condition census) that will still provide very useful information to the ancient coin collecting community. I have no idea when the results of this project will be made available (if at all) to NGC members or the coll
A Supplement to Chapter 3 Grading
Look it I can talk forever on the subject of grading mainly because I have some very strong feelings on the subject. This may due to my age and a belligerent nature that I have developed on topics I feel strongly about over my years in this hobby. So now I am going to tell you how I really feel about grading.
First let’s get one thing perfectly straight and that is everyone has biases. These biases influence our perception when we must interpret things
It has been about 3 1/2 years since I sold off my modern mint state Lincoln cent collection. I am glad to see some of my former coins showing up in other collections and finding new homes. Here is a link for my 2014 #1 ranked 1959-date mint state Lincolns. Feel free to use any of the picture in the set if you now own that coin. https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/Coins/awards/WinningSetDetail.aspx?AwardSetID=59937. I just recently added this coin to my collection. Not the most
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This 1936 Cleveland commemorative was struck to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the city in 1836. A celebration known as the Great Lakes Exposition was also held to commemorate the event and was also the location at which the coins were sold for $1.50 each. The first issue of 25,000 pieces sold out, so an additional 25,000 were struck the following year but were still dated 1936. Those also sold out, leaving a final mintage of 50,000 pi
Chapter 3 Grading is not a four letter word
There is no way we can have a discussion of coin collecting without eventually getting to the subject of grading. The reason a coin’s grade is so important is that the coin’s grade is the key factor in determining the coin’s value but not the only factor. Technically the grade all by itself indicates the amount of wear the coin has experienced after the planchet was struck by the dies and became a coin. Sometime in the 19th century the production
I have a very interesting mark on one of my Morgans that is not recorded as a known VAM. I have the picture of the reverse of my 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar Philadelphia mint. In the top right set of leaves on the wreath sticking inward is what looks like 2 faint but definitely raised leaves. The second picture is a 10x magnification of the site which makes it harder to see the leaf. If anyone knows of a recorded VAM similar to what I am describing please comment below. Thanks!
There is no need to drastically reduce points in the World Sets. Some extremely rare coins have been assigned very low points in your latest update. Registry points are subjective anyway, but I’m afraid that all this does is further discourage collectors from participating in the registry.
It can be frustrating to compete in the registry if the rules are constantly changing without notice.
See: Canada>Commemorative>$1 Proof for context
Chapter 2 – In the Beginning
I am not unlike many collectors my age that started collecting by filling holes in those little blue Whitman booklets. I was really into it with booklets for pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. I did have the booklets for Walking Liberty Halves but very seldom did I have a half dollar coin to place in the booklet. Since my basic source of collectibles was pocket change silver dollars were just out of the question even thought my dad’s pay envelope did contain
Hey Guys and Gals,
My son came over today and had a 36" T V with him. Up to my office he scrambled and started an attack on my old Dell computer. W.T.H. are you doing with my perfect running computer I asked.
It took a while and some old school hook up lines that worked well with new school devices ( the T-V).
I now have monster sized coin pics to view that are so awesome!!
Man, I love that son of mine --- He's Awesome!!!
You know I had to add a pic
I finally received grading results for the my last submission of coins to NGC.
Drum roll, please .. . . . . . . .
NGC Ancients cert # 4282892-001.
Here is a link to the cert...
This coin is a nummus struck by Odoacer, King of Italy from 476 to 493 AD. This coin graded Ch XF, and I was extremely satisfied (dare I say surprised on the upside) with the grade. The strike and surface both earned
This is truly an original original. There has been a great deal of study on the sequencing of these dollars. One of the relatively early revelations was that the name below base, which was always assumed to have preceded the name on base, actually was a re-strike. During the original striking in December 1836, the first coins were struck. Only those of the earliest group are free from diagnostic die cracks and clash marks. This coin is free of one of two of the earliest die state changes. The fi
Looking back on my 70 years of collecting
Chater 1 - The End
My third try at posting this journal.
Today I did something I hoped I would never have to do. I deleted my now much smaller ancient custom set. Due to finances I had to sell off a large portion of my ancient collection. Since I will no long have the financial means to meaningfully grow this collection I took the reasonable step of deleting that collection. I did however move my ancient coins into a much smaller custom se
Happy July 4th to all the collectors out there and thank you to all the Vets that make our country the best in the world. Your service is the only reason we still have the freedoms we have and may God bless us all
...the War of 1812 (between the US and Great Britain) began. Here is what US currency looked like that year: a Classic Head Cent, a Capped Bust Half Dollar (toning) and a Capped Bust Half Eagle (gold). Explore these series at http://NGCcoin.com/coin-explorer .