At a recent coin show, not long ago, I purchased 6 ancient Greek coins, 1 fairly old Japanese and 1 Spanish treasure coin. I don't usually dive into a stack of unknowns unless I know a little bit about what I am doing as my stash got out of control, lapping up coins like a hungry cat on a dish of cream. So, with not the irrational exuberance I used to be under, I have been shedding more common coins and looking to be the only one holding a certain item. So, after asking a coupla dealers what
So over the weekend my wife met a friend for reasons we won’t go into because they’re unpleasant and my wife was there to be a friend but… Let’s just say this was someone we met back in March in the NICU…
After a while my wife sends me a message asking me if she can get away with going a little over-budget on my Christmas. I’ve been "pounding the table" so-to-speak on watching the budget. I just told her to do what she wanted but she probably shouldn’t. (Hey, I’m arguing agains
I was fortunate enough to have purchased the 2019 enhanced SAE on opening day. I sent it in sealed mint packaging for the FDOI label and the COA number.
I am now told I cannot get a FDOI label. Why? If there was a 1 per household limit, did dealers send these in bulk to obtain one?
Here is just one listing from a familiar place:
“2019 S SILVER EAGLE REVERSE ENHANCED NGC PF 70 FIRST DAY OF ISSUE 5826281-003 OGP AND COA INCLUDED”
More than 10 available? I rest my case.
Now that the rush to obtain the coveted 2019 "S" "Enhanced" Reverse proof Silver Eagle lasted less than 15 minutes to sell out, there should be a new label?
"ONLY DAY OF ISSUE", xx,xxx of 30,000 should be added to the slab.
Any thoughts? I will be submitting mine for FDOI, and the have the number that is assigned added.
1872/1 M overdate Sovereign: The Melbourne Mint opened in June 1872 after experiencing considerable delays. For one, the majority of the mint staff did not arrive until January 1872. Another problem was that Melbourne Mint had requested 1871 dies from the Royal Mint of England. They had requested 1870 dies, but that requested was not approved. While the dies were in transit - the Ship, Rangoon, sank in November 1871 before arriving in Melbourne. A second order for dies was made and arrived in Ap
Hello everyone, I have been an NGC member for a few years now, and a lurker on the chat boards. I have never posted on there, or created a journal, but I wanted to create a journal to document my progress. I recently realized that I had made a tremendous amount of progress this year on my collection of Mexican Libertads. Like a lot of people, when I first stated collecting I didn't really have a focus. I just bought a lot of random "junk", like silver bars and rounds, silver bullion coins fr
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have fun eating yourselves into a stupor tomorrow.
It's a little funny seeing everyone and their dog putting on a Black Friday sale this week - with many of them extending into next week - even the coin and currency dealers!.
In the next several days I'll probably place an order with one of my favorite merchants that will probably be one of the last purchases I make for the Zimbabwe set for a while. The notes will be part of my Christmas present this year,
Every year around this time, I review my sets and pick one to focus on for documentation. This year, the choice was pretty easy.
I completed my U.S/Philippines Ten Centavos set in 2016 with a very low grade 1915S that I had purchased as a raw coin ten years earlier. At the time, a total of just ten 1915S 10 centavos had been graded by NGC, with only two of those grading above AU58. The odds of obtaining an NGC graded 1915S were virtually zero, and raw coins didn't come up for auction ver
My wife and I went to Renfest today, childfree, while her parents had our sons.
While there I found a "penny" on the ground only to find that it was some weird, penny-like token with a Jolly-roger on it. I'll see if I can get pictures of it to share later.
Later on in the day I was given a 1974 half dollar in change - and I couldn't even tell you the last time that happened. No one ever has half dollars these days. I didn't keep it though. I tossed it into a tip jar later in the day.
Numismatics has always been an obsession with me. It’s either all in or all out. While I have been able to maintain an even keel on almost all my sets, it has not been easy as she goes with my new custom set, “The Beginning, Dependability, and End of the Spanish Peseta.”
This year most of my custom sets have seen some activity including my Inspirational Ladies set with a new French coin commemorating Joan of Arc and a Fantasy Crown featuring, “The Three Graces.” All my sets have had aesthe
A few months ago, I purchased a Spanish Provisional Government 1868 5-peseta copper pattern from an E-Bay seller in Argentina. The listing picture wasn't too good and it seemed like the pattern was a little suspect. Still, this piece is scarce and I have wanted one for quite some time. If I could get it on the cheap, all the better. With what I thought was a fair bid, I won the piece for about half what I could expect to pay for a certified piece.
When the pattern arrived, I was very happy
At the beginning of the year the excitement builds as the first 2019 "W" quarter hunt starts. Huge high bids roll out
as the first hit the auction blocks. With the year almost at the end the 5th "W" coin has not hit the streets yet.
Just for fun I decided to go into the NGC research and check the census report on these rarities.
Rarities --- Not even by a long shot!!!!
Truth is there are so many graded this year by NGC only that I can honestly figure that NGC
Nowadays, a lot of us, including me, buy most of our coins via the internet. This is way different from when I started collecting back in the late 1960's. In those days, even Department Stores had a coin and stamp counter, Heck even the local Woolworth's had a section of the store where you could buy a Red Book, a Lincoln Cent Folder, and all the other associated supplies. Local coin shops, at least in the Pittsburgh area, were plentiful, and there was always mail order through a dealer you m
When I research the coins in my collection I often pour through websites like “Numista” that list dates, mintages, and basic data about world coins. As I have previously posted, I am assembling a Spanish peseta collection. While I was going through the copper issues of the 1870 1, 2, 5, and 10-centimos coins I noticed some anomalies in the years these coins were minted. Interestingly, sometimes you learn more from the questions you ask than you do by the information you absorb. Below are some of
I got a nice "birthday present" from PMG today: They featured one of my Zimbabwe note sets!
Granted, it's not actually my birthday, but it's close, and I don't think my birthday had anything to do with the timing of this, but it's fun none-the-less.
My actual birthday present also arrived in the mail today, ordered just a few days before I found out this article was coming out - it's a group of new notes for my 2nd doll
I got my big surprise that my wife and her mother have been sitting on for about a month and a half yesterday.
It would seem that, while in Pennsylvania for work, her mother stopped at the Philadelphia mint, too the tour and these things.
The Silver Eagle and the birthday set were for me, the coin explorer book was for Ben and the birth year set was for Sam.
She also got a bag from the mint that’s also pretty cool.
The book for Ben is pretty neat to look at. I hop
I know the first rule of collecting in registry-ville is “buy the coin, not the label,” but the coin I got in the mail at the end of this week was all about the label.
A 2019, 1/4th oz American Gold Eagle, Early Release, Blue label, graded MS70.
In 2007, I bought a MS70 1/4th oz AGE for my 21st birthday. It was my first ever gold purchase, 2 years before I started the 10G set.
When Ben was born, I bought a 1/4th oz 2016 AGE in MS70 to celebrate and one day give it to hi
Is there anyone who knows how many of these were minted? Found some information any thing else would help;
"This coin was awarded as the "most beautiful commemorative coin" in Busan, Korea 2008. It has the Aztec calendar on the front, with the legend “Mexico Tenochtitlan 1478”. Tenochtitlan was the Aztec capital city, it was located in what now is Mexico City. On the back of the coin there is the image of a coin press, one the original instruments used by the Casa de Moneda de Mexico to mi
Here I go again, just as I got started on a new collection with a narrow scope, things began to get out of hand and now I am now faced with a giant. Is there a cure for my collecting obsession? Do I want to be cured? Probably not and hence my dilemma as the scope and of necessity, the expense expands. Oh, how I love it!
As I previously wrote I intended to start a new set based on the 1869-70 coins of the Spanish Provisional Government. I thought this would be easy because I already owned mo
Well, the mint has once again screwed us low end collectors with what will become one of the hardest and HIGHEST priced coins to get and collect as well as one of the lowest minted coins ever put out. The new 2019 (S) Silver Reverse PF - Enhanced Finished Coins. I can only hope to get one when they are first released. If not only the rich will get them. Getting a 70 will break the bank. Just my 2 cents.
I'm really enjoying building my first serious type-set. In the past I have made a Half Dollar type set and a 5c type set but both pale in comparison to the fun and increased knowledge I'm getting with my 7070 set.
I have gotten some bust coins for half dime, dime and quarters which I've never owned. I also added several of the varieties ( so far) of the half cents and large cents. I've never owned a Seated Dollar or 3-cent silver so I've had fun reading up on them, figuring out which coins