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  1. I have always wanted a Daniel Carr coin and I have now finally received one. This is one of my many dream coins by Mr. Carr. I cannot tell you how much I've wanted one and a very kind man offered me one and I gladly took up that offer. I have received the MCMXXI, 2021 counter-stamped, blue toning, worn Peace Dollar. My next goal is the 1964 Peace Dollar. I hope to keep expanding my Peace Dollar collection and to one day have almost, if not all of the dates and MM's.

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    Anyone ever seen this before??? o.O errror??? What could this be..

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  2. So I saw the US Mint is remaking the Morgan Dollar with all the mint marks (CC, O, D?!?, P, S) and the Peace Dollar for the Centennial celebration of said coins. The Morgan CC is "ugh! why cant they just use a CC rather than an inverse" (or better yet have them stamped in Carson City!!!) or the strange looking "O" that looks like an exaggerated O/S. Keep with the design people!!

    Then last week, NGC had included the new coins in the related categories, but now have removed them this week (at least from my dated Morgans). Hmmmmm...... Was that a mistake or something being considered?!?

    No matter what, I'll get a 2021 Morgan and Peace Dollar and make it my collection. 

     

  3. Well, I got the notice from NGC/NCS today that they're recommending sending the 1975 Tobacco Dove coin to NCS to remove Residue... No idea how that happened unless it got on there from the OMP back in the day. (shrug) Anyway... I went ahead and told them to remove it and then try for a grade again. I suspect I'm going to end up regretting sending that in at all unless it comes back as a MS70 by some miracle.

    I got the Zimbabwe Bond Coins opened up and into flips. This process was more interesting than I'd originally expected because I wasn't expecting them to be in then plastic pocketed sheets held together but staples, of all things. I'm excited about these though because they look shiny and clean and some of them look pretty darn good. I'll pick the 5 best - one of each denomination - and set those aside to send in once I get and pick through some 10-coin sets of the older coins.

    I wanted them all in individual flips to give them a better look over.

    The cost of submitting 15 modern coins is going to exceed the remaining balance of the grading credit I got so this will probably cost me about $50-60 + return shipping to do, but I think it will be nice and fun to have this and add this NGC-arm to my PMG Zimbabwe notes project.

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    Edited for "Here's the update that may be longer than the original entry."

    Shortly after I posted this earlier I got an email that the seller I wanted to buy the other Zimbabwe coins from was running that 10% off sale - I knew I wouldn't be waiting long.

    Except... when I went to order, it wasn't taking the coupon code. I tried live chatting with them and they couldn't resolve the issue immediately so I had to just log off and I'll try again later.

    My plan at this point in time is to get the following:

    3x 10 coin sets, which may contain examples of KM-1 to KM-15 - I would be really nice to get at least one of all from KM-1 to KM-15 but we'll see.

    1x P-40 Zimbabwe 2nd Dollar Bearer Check

    1x P-45 Zimbabwe 2nd Dollar Bearer Check

    1x P-46 Zimbabwe 2nd Dollar Bearer Check

    2x Different PMG graded world bank notes that feature turtles.

    This will accomplish 3 things for me.

    1) With the coins I think I'll be able to get a complete or nearly complete type set of Zimbabwean coins. Since I won't have enough of the Registry Award Grading credit left to cover grading 19 modern coins, I'm not going to submit any examples of the early dime design if I get them. I have an MS-65 example of that already so submitting that makes no sense to me.

    2) Grading the 3 Bearer Checks will give me a 100% COMPLETE set of PMG graded 2nd dollar checks. That will feel really really good. I was literally going to make myself print the label and mall off the traveller's checks today, but since this came up I'm going to wait so I can ship them all there together, have them shipped back together, and hopefully save on some shipping charges.

    3) Start buidling up the thematic turtle set that I wanted to build for Ben more - something he will probably never care about, but it sounds fun if it can be done on the cheap - these two PMG graded 66 EPQ notes will cost about $12 each, less than the cost of grading. I'm very okay with that for gem uncirc notes.

     

  4. I learned several weeks ago that my friend, Bill McKivor, passed away. I have missed him sorely, but I refrained from posting about it until his family released an obituary (you can find that here). Many of you who knew him have likely already heard, but I wanted to post it here for those who have not.

    Bill and I did not meet until May of last year, but in the relatively short amount of time that I knew him, he quickly became one of my favorite people. Bill was an unusually kind and generous person who exemplified the type of comradery which often brings new people to this hobby. While talking with another gentleman who was well acquainted with Bill, he described Bill’s ability to carry on a conversation as legendary. This description seems more than appropriate to me. Bill and I initially emailed one another, but eventually, our messages got too long, and with the issues Bill often experienced with his outlook program, we decided to continue our conversations on the phone. We spent hours talking, and on more than one occasion, we had to end our conversation early because our phone batteries couldn’t keep up! I made a point to plug my phone up before our calls, but it never seemed to last long enough.

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    In line with every other aspect, Bill was exceedingly generous with the information he had. I learned so much about the Soho Mint, Matthew Boulton, antique cars, tokens, and medals in such a short time. It never ceased to amaze me how much Bill knew about seemingly obscure topics, such as the silver-lined brass shells produced at the Soho Mint. I spent months researching the topic on the internet with little luck, but within 30 minutes, Bill had provided me with enough contextual information to provide a solid foundation for a short article. I hope to resubmit that article for publication soon, which I plan to dedicate in his honor. While discussing the silver-lined brass shells, Bill shared his passion for the medals produced at the Soho Mint, and this is the slippery slope that eventually led to my wallet becoming a bit thinner. He talked about the historical context of the pieces, the vast array of the art depicted on them, and the numerous nuances of collecting them.

    I eventually found myself pursuing several medals at an auction, and after winning, I quickly realized just how woefully underprepared I was for their arrival. These things were huge and of such high relief in comparison to the coinage. It did not take long for me to realize I was well out of my league insofar as storage was concerned. I called Bill for advice, and he provided some very helpful suggestions. About a week later, I received an unsolicited package from him with cloth holders to help store the larger medals that would not fit my extra-large flips. I offered to pay for them, but Bill refused. In another instance, he sent me a copy of The MCA Advisory (Vol 20, No. 3, May-June, 2017), which detailed his collection of Soho Medals to aid my research. Again, I offered to pay him for it, but he said helping was payment enough. He wanted no further conversation on the topic. That was just the type of guy he was. If he could help, he would, and he did so without an expectation of anything in return.

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    Beyond Bill’s willingness, if not insistence upon being helpful, he was a thoughtful and genuine person. This was abundantly clear when we talked about politics, religion, marriage, travel, or just about every other topic that one can think of. He had so many extraordinary stories to share that always seemed to highlight the importance of some life lesson. He always encouraged me to grasp opportunities when they present themselves, and in part, this is what motivated me to start collecting medals. He piqued my interest by sharing his passion for them. I could not think of a better excuse for pursuing so many incredible pieces than having the guru to discuss them with!

    Had it not been for Bill sharing his passion, I would have almost certainly overlooked the medals and subsequently an essential part of Soho’s history. Any consideration of the Soho Mint is incomplete without also taking into account the role of medal engraving. As such, it seems fitting that his memory should live on in my collection as I pursue the very pieces that he once held in such high regard. I plan to build a detailed custom set, similar to my others, which highlights the rich history of the medals struck at the Soho Mint. I hope that by doing so, I may help others discover the series and perhaps extend the same generosity afforded to me by Bill. I regret to say that I only had the pleasure to purchase two items from him, both of which are pictured here. As you can see, Bill had a real eye for quality!  

     

  5. ALL BULLION COINS ARE STRUCK AT WEST POINT, NY. 

    2009 WAS THE FIASCO!

  6. Lol, So some context to this great feat of mine.   I recently asked for the registry team to include a new Lincoln set that does not require the varieties to be included in it.   Nothing against those who like collecting the varieties but its just not my thing.  To my surprise today I noticed that NGC created the set that I had asked for! ^^   So I jumped in and created the very first set and am sitting in the number one spot; I have no doubt that as soon as the big guns spot the new set they will leapfrog over me and I'll end up in the 6 or 7 spot as I am in most of the Lincoln sets.   But I can say that for once I have the top Lincoln set in one category no matter how short lived that claim ends up being.   I think I should be drinking a brandy in a sniffer glass with a big stogie, tomorrow its back to beer.  lol

  7. Hello Everyone,

    I just sent in my first ever NCS submission.  I thought that I was feeling good about it, but as I sit and think I wonder if I even did it right.

    Navigating websites is not one of my strengths.  But I was always impressed with how easy the standard NGC online submission form was to fill out.  However, the NCS form confused me a great deal.

    I have basically 3 questions to the NCS form.  I tried to call NCS once and I also called NGC's customer service for help with the questions, but I actually was more confused after the call.  So, I was wondering if there were any members out there that might know the answers to my questions. 

     

    #1 Problem - I could only enter 15 coins on the form.

    #1 Question - In the (NCS) PDF form, how do you enter more than 15 coins?

    #2 Problem - The "variety" box is so small.  As I enter more words to describe the variety, the words got smaller and smaller to where one couldn't even read what was written.  (Example: Piedfort - Charles Darwin - 200th Anniversary of Birth)

    #2 Question - How can someone add the needed number of words without it turning out so small on the print out?

    #3 Question - Does NCS enter the submission into the system when they receive it like NGC does?  And if so, can I see it in the same "Submission Tracking" page as the NGC orders?

     

    If anyone could help with these questions I would greatly appreciate it. 

    Thank you very much, 

    Brett

  8. The catalogue for the Paramount Collection from Heritage has just arrived and I will be adding this to my collection as it has some great information on rare world coins and will no doubt get referred to for many years to come.

    As I mentioned in the ‘Auction Catalogs’ thread some of the standard references used in sales for the areas I have an interest in are actually auction catalogues rather than books, the main one being Napoleonic medals. I already had a copy of Bramsen (reprint, original 1907 and the first attempt at listing) and Julius (1932) so it was great that I have now also acquired a copy of the 1927 catalogue for the Prince d’Essling collection on the coins & medals of the 1st Empire Napoleon I to Napoleon III, so I finally have the three main ‘references’. There have been many more specialist collections since the early 1800’s and due to last minute work commitments I managed to miss the start of the latest Kolbe & Fanning Sale (March 6th) which had some rare catalogues for collections from this early period – this was a bit frustrating to say the least:(. I was surprised that the copy of Julius that appeared later on in the sale hammered at $550! (only the 3rd copy I have seen, including mine, and therefore looks to be a much better financial return that some of my coins:bigsmile:).

    I know that you are supposed to buy the book before the coin but sometimes you have no choice – well that is my excuse.

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  9. In December of 2019, the United Kingdom launched a series of commemorative coins based on the classic works of “The Great Engravers.” The inaugural issue features the classic “Una and the Lion” engraved by William Wyon. When this coin was first issued, you could find the 2-ounce silver version on e-bay for less than $500. From then on, the resale price has sky-rocketed. Recently, I saw an NGC PFUC-68 Una and the Lion on e-bay sell for $4000.00! Fortunately, I bought mine long before the numismatic community realized what it had in this coin. Subsequently, I had mine graded by NGC at PFUC-69. Obviously, I’m pretty happy that for a change, I hit the numismatic lottery! By the way, mine is not for sale! 

    The second coin in the Great Engravers series was issued a few weeks ago. It features “The Three Graces,” also engraved by William Wyon. This coin is taking no one by surprise. It is picking up where Una left off. The least expensive 2-ounce, 5-pound Three Graces coin I tracked was recently sold on e-bay for $2750.00. It’s quite a mark-up for a coin with a mint issue price of 250 pounds ($348)! Even the wannabe Alderney version of the Three Graces is selling for over $1000.00! 

    Now for a lover of classic numismatic art such as myself, this is quite a dilemma. Do I cough up the money for the new UK or Alderney coin? Or, is there another option? Thankfully, there is another option for me. There is a saying that goes like this, “The least expensive car you could buy is the one you already own.” For me, the cheapest coin or, in my case, the medal I could buy is the one I already own. Several years ago, I purchased a bronze fantasy coin featuring the Three Graces for less than $100. True, my fantasy coin is a wannabe of a wannabe, but this medal has everything I could want because, after all, it’s the art that I love! 

    For their 2001 auction, Spink & Sons commissioned INA ltd of Birmingham to strike various fantasy coins. Many of these fantasy coins featured designs that were never officially issued by any governmental entity. My medal is designed by Donald Golder and features an image of Queen Victoria on the obverse and the Three Graces on the reverse. This crown-sized (38mm) 1879 dated medal was struck in silver and bronze. The bronze version has a Krause catalog number of X#81a and a mintage of 790. 

    No crowns were officially issued by the UK in 1879. Furthermore, the likeness of Queen Victoria on my medal has never been used on a coin. It has, however, been used on a postage stamp. The 1840 one penny stamp, nicknamed “Penny Black,” is the world’s first adhesive postage stamp. It features a left-facing profile bust of Queen Victoria. The medal’s obverse legend combined with the reverse translated from Latin reads, “Victoria by God’s grace makes them become one.” The Three Graces on the reverse reinterpreted from Greek mythology by the original engraver, William Wyon, represent Ireland, England, and Scotland. 

    The 1801 “Act of the Union” united Great Britain (England and Scotland) and Ireland under the United Kingdom. William Wyon’s Three Graces was designed to appeal to a sense of national pride after the hard times relating to the UK’s defeat of Napoleon. His pattern coin dating 1817 was never issued. With only 50 known patterns, this coin is occasionally offered at auction in the six figures. Check out this beauty offered by Heritage. https://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/great-britain-george-iii-silver-proof-pattern-three-graces-crown-1817-pr65-ngc-/a/3096-30318.s? 

    Though my fantasy coin isn’t an exact replica of the original pattern, the imagery is the same. Instead of a rudder and palm frond, my medal displays a ship on the waters to allegorize English dominance over the seas. Instead of using a lyre to represent Ireland, this fantasy coin uses a shamrock. 

    In Greek mythology, the Three Charites or Graces were generally known for fertility. They are believed to be the daughters of Zeus and Hera. One is named Aglaia for Brightness, another is named Euphrosyne for Joyfulness, and the third Thalia for Bloom. 

    So there you have it. I might add the silver version of this medal to my collection should it become available, but the others? While I rather have the real McCoy, I just can’t pony up the money needed to purchase the others. CoinWeek has a great article on the modern coin rarity phenomenon that makes a lot of sense. Ultimately, the author makes a great point about the demand for classic designs. He maintains that if the market supports a fair price for these collector coins, then the worldwide mints should meet the anticipated public demand. US Mint, are you listening?  https://coinweek.com/world-coins/the-coin-analyst-from-una-and-the-lion-to-the-three-graces-classic-royal-mint-motifs/ 

    I am also posting the obverse of a 2010 San Marino two-euro coin featuring one of the Graces from a 1482 Sandro Botticelli painting entitled Primavera or “Allegory of Spring.” As for spring, I was ready for it weeks ago. Bring it on! Gary

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  10. I have decided that I am going to use non-Pvc flips,with inserts, for some of my re-organization/first organization of my collection.  As I mentioned in my last journal, I have an eclectic, not too big assortment of world silver coins. The reason that I have these coins is that part of how I enjoy this hobby is by slowly perusing world silver junk bins. So I guess you could call these coins keepers, but for the most part not meant to be slabbed one day - whether for protection or investment.  I currently have about half of these coins in 2x2s and half loose.

     

    For this part of my collection, as I move forward, I really want to be able to let others enjoy them as well (for instance, at a post-apocalypse family get together, that sort of thing) so I want them to be in the flips so I can take them out and let people (or myself) hold them.  

     

    It's funny, if you were to do a verbatim search for  "coin forum flips vs 2x2"  I assume you would get a lot of hits. There are so many collectors, a lot new but many not new like myself, who still struggle with this type of decision.  I think it is important to keep in mind being able to best enjoy what we bought, not just look forward to buying more. For the record, I know that 2X2s are beloved by many, bemoaned by many, and that discussions about crimping your staples know no bounds. I want to be able to write information about each coin, so 2x2s made sense. But the inserts in the flips will do that job as well. Maybe two years ago I bought a small amount of flips with inserts, and I found that there are a few problems.The good ones that won't contaminate your coins have a propensity for eventually cracking, often where you fold them. But I have found that this can be mitigated. A lot of collectors hate flips for the possibility of scratches from going in or out, or from sharp edges after a crack. But I'll take my chances. And I like the idea of not being "tied" to whatever I wrote on a 2x2. With the inserts you can edit as desired or necessary. 

     

    You can get flips in sizes other than 2x2.  I've had to dig a little but I was finally able to find some that are non-Pvc even over sized - meaning not those large flimsy ones you might have run across. This is important because I have a small amount of exonumia I plan to house this way as well. 

     

    Updates will be forthcoming. 

     

     

     

  11. I am looking for a1989d ms70 commemorative dollar and have been looking a long time on Ebay. It is frustrating when I have the money and nothing shows up until I don't have any. If anybody has one to sell please post..................Daniel

  12. I have not been active in this society for a few years.  I have been slowly selling off my collection.

    I have been battling a rare blood cancer.  I may only have only a couple more chemo treatments left, fingers crossed.  Prays are welcome!

    I have lots of time on my hands and been forced to retire middle of last year.  I decided that once I am indeed in remission, full time retirement

    is not really for me.

    I have recently  started to submit coins to NGC once again.  I got my results back for the 400th Anniversary Silver Medal.

     
    2020 Silver Medal Mayflower Voyage 400th Anniversary
    RP 70
     
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    RP 70
     
    2020 Silver Medal Mayflower Voyage 400th Anniversary
    RP 70
     
    2020 Silver Medal Mayflower Voyage 400th Anniversary
    RP 70
     
    2020 Silver Medal Mayflower Voyage 400th Anniversary
    RP 70
     
    2020 Silver Medal Mayflower Voyage 400th Anniversary
    RP 70
     
    A perfect submission!!
    Now waiting on my 2020 US Mint annual set.
     
    Keith Stevens
  13. Presidential Numismatic Artifacts (aka PNAs) with ties to President John F. Kennedy are limited to a single issue (based on current research).  However, the backstory of how original recipients were awarded the medal is interesting to say the least.jfk_MS66.thumb.jpg.eba27d248250994ca7b4564938c5d9dd.jpg


    The Jack Medal. The original recipient of this medal was in the US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland when he received this presentation piece. A letter of provenance was initiated with his widow when the purchase was made. The original recipient was employed by the Department of State. His obituary was located and is shown. Items redacted are for privacy.

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    The Mary Gallagher Medal. Mary was the personal secretary of Mrs. Kennedy. This medal was purchased from her estate.

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  14. A 1976 business strike quarter from the Philadelphia mint is an extreme condition rarity in MS68.  Modern Coin Enthusiasts:  is this coin mislabled?

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  15. Eagles Nest
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    Has anyone had any luck crossing over ANACS coins to NGC leaving them in the slab or cracking them out? Just curious.

     

     

  16.   A different time for most of us. As I lost my wife a year ago I stop in once in a while to check up on all of you collectors.

    Collecting for me left my mind when my wife passed. I have started a few new small businesses to keep my mind busy and

    seem to have no extra time to indulge in bidding for coins to add to my sets. Taking a little time to check ranks

    on some sets this morning. Good Luck to those that have worked so hard on their collection for the awards this year.

    Happy Coin Collecting!!

    Rick

  17. I finally found an acceptable 1860 P $5 half eagle to add to my 1860 mint set.  Oddly the 1860 D (Georgia) issue if far more available.  By mintage figures for the two issues, ~20k vs.~15k, are comparable.  The Charlotte is in the 15K range and rarely seen while the San Francisco is at 21k specimens minted and a tough find.  Here is my new addition...

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    I would like to hear all opinions on how this could have been caused. There are no vise marks, no press marks and there are no other points from the reverse showing. I have heard all sorts of theories and would love to hear any and all.

    Thank you for helping with this request. 

  19. Back on June 2nd I submitted 21 Icelandic Coin for grading that I have collected for a number of years and finally decided to have them graded and did very well with them. I also mentioned that I had around 30 more to send in as well . Its been nearly 3 months now and I sent in a total of 22 more coins.... Most of these coins are from the Republic era that span from 1946 to 1980. What I sent in was a bunch of 10 Aurar from 65 to 73  a few 1 Krona 61 70, 71, both 73's  and to my delight a newly acquired ...last week.... a beautiful Gem 1957 1 Krona  I sent one in 3 months back and it came home a MS63 which I was happy with because it had a light fingerprint ..this year and the 57 is very very hard to find in MS UNC ...But the new 57 is in incredible condition and it will not surprise me if it gets a MS66 . and the other coins I got after the last submission is a 1959 5 Aurar and again the last one only got a 63 but this one should get a least a 65  These late 50's coins are really tough to find in very nice condition....I just got lucky   The other coins are a 50 Aurar and a 66 2 Kronur normal planchet   and 5 Kronur and a few 10 and 50 Kronur coins that should all grade around the MS 64 to 66

    But The best two are the 1966 Thick Planchet 2 Kronur and the 2000 10,000 Kronur Gold Comm in ultra cameo... I had both of these coins for years but about seven years ago I sold all my Icelandic Comm's because I needed cash and the only one I didn't have was the 1961 Jon Proof ...But a friend in Iceland did come across one that he sold at auction and got over $5000 for it and if I had the money It would have been in my collection...Boyyy The up and downs of collecting ....Its madding :frustrated:

    As you can imagine it has been very costly to replace all these coins but its finished now and that makes me happy again.....:bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile: 

    I will post the results when I get them ...I did send in the 66 and 2000 gold in Express Tier and they got them today....This coming Friday.....:wishluck:....I hope

     

  20. A VISUAL PROOF OF EXISTING VARIETIES FOR FIVE BOLÍVARES 1926 VENEZUELAN COINS.

    Using Adobe PhotoShop (PS) we will compare 5 bolívares 1926 coins with the objective of proving the existence of several varieties not recognized by the grading companies (NGC; PCGS; ANACS; etc.)

    We will explain the method used and then will proceed with our conclusions.

    To compare coins we will first align them and then resize them. For alignment we will use the top horizontal line of the shield.

     

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    After alignment we will convert all coins to the same size. I will choose 1300 x 1300 pixeles. All coins will be cropped to a square with all borders touching the coin.

     

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    We will next make a “mask” of the stars and date by overlaying a transparent layer to the coin photo in PS. This “mask” will be used to compare different dates. The example below was made with a 3 pixel white brush, however, for different varieties we will use different colors. We generally use a 1 pixel brush for exactness.

     

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    “Masks” are quite easy to draw with a mouse using PS, however, If you have a pad and pencil it will be much easier. I use a WACOM ONE pad (about $60) and it works great.

     

    In the following images we have created masks for 5 different varieties in 5 different colors.

    1 - Orange. Corresponds to NGC 3645265-002 MS 62

    2 - Red: Corresponds to NGC 4184415-002 AU 58

    3 - Dark green: Corresponds to NGC 2847072-010 AU 55

    4 - Light green: Corresponds to NGC 3722337-004 MS 61

    5 - Light blue: Corresponds to NGC 2809065-062 AU 50

     

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    In the next image we will see all 5 “masks” superimposed.

    We can clearly see that the dark green “mask” is narrower than the rest. We will call this dark green “mask” the “NARROW DATE” variety.

     

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    We remove the dark green “mask” and can now see that the red “mask” number “2” is higher than the rest. We will call the red “mask” a “HIGH 2” variety.

     

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    We then remove the red “mask” from the image and observe that the light green “mask” number “19” is wider than the others. We will call the light green “mask” the “19 WIDE” variety.

     

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    We will now remove the light green “mask” and are left with two colors. The light blue “mask” number “6” is higher and we will call this the “6 High” variety. We are left with the orange “mask” which we will call “6 LOW” variety.

     

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    Even though we have provided descriptive names to these 5 varieties we believe that the correct method to identify the different varieties is using “masks” which will visually give us a more exact detail of which variety we are looking at.

     

    We have searched many 1926 5 bolívares coins but we can not guarantee that more varieties than those mentioned exist.

     

    Fernando Aguerrevere Sánchez
    F@Aguerrevere.com

  21. I recently acquired this magnificent 1910 E German Empire 1 Mark.The coin is currently in a PCGS slab but was originally graded by NGC as PR67UCAM. I have sent it back to NGC for CrossOver service and proud to say back to its originating grading service. This coin I believe to have been the NGC Price Guide Plate Coin.

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  22. What is the deal with eBay not allowing coin/bullion/paper money being bought or sold starting in 2021?  this will be  NOT permitted.  

     

    what should we do?

  23. Earlier this week I had an opportunity to pick up a number of interesting Republic of the Philippines Mint Error coins in Heritage Auctions Weekly On Line World Coin Auction.  The most interesting of the group is a 1964 5 Centavos with an Elliptical Clip Mint Error.  The Elliptical Clip gives the Planchet a distinctive "Football shape". This is the first time that I have seen this type of Mint Error in a Philippine coin. The coin is graded ANACS MS62. I will need to send it to NGC with my next batch of submissions so that I can add it to my Philippine Mint Errors Custom Registry Set. https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=27874

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  24. Whelp. Bought another set. This time, 50 2 Bolivar notes from Venezuela..... Wait an minute. It's from turkey? Oh well.

     

    It took an month and an half to ship.

     

    Well, afterwards, I got it and- there's only 49. And there's an huge profit margin for him as well.

     

    Here's the pictures, at least.

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