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  1. A number of months ago, when surprised, I just said, "Well, that happened," and Ben latched onto it and started using the phrase. Sometimes he would look to me when something happened and say, "Was that a thing that happened?" "Yup."

    We live in Houston as most of you who read this know and apparently, from my coworkers, news of our misery the week of President's day has been a topic even in the UK and Europe.

    Our water was in and out from Monday to about Thursday the 18th - but even when we got it back we were under a boil water notice until about the 22nd or 23rd (hard to remember now). We lost power around midnight on Tuesday the 16th. It was out for 22 hours. We got it back for 4 hours, lost it again, and didn't have it again. We brought the boys into our bed for warmth (and a miserable night for us) and bundled up under 4 or 5 layers to stay warm.


    Our ceiling caved in around 5 PM Tuesday. A pipe burst in two places. Shandy rushed in to try to poke holes and drain the water and was rewarded with sheetrock and insulation falling on her head.

    Shortly before all that happened we'd been camping out in the back end of our fully gassed-up mini-van just to be in a warm place for a while - but we were smart enough to no do this with the car in the garage.

    The pipe that burst was uninsulated copper pipe. With no insulation, no heat, and water cutting in and out I'm just not sure what we could have done to stop this.

    One of the worst things about all of this is that we had a 9000 Watt generator and a 1500 Watt heater that could have kept us with heat in 1 room and some lights - we could have been a lot more comfortable, but we didn't buy enough gas to keep the generator running very long because we were not expecting it to be this bad. The warnings they gave before the storm were about lines coming down for a while - not power plants failing and day long blackouts. I'm not going to make that mistake again. Over the weekend we bought 4 more 5 gallon gas tanks and the next time this comes we're going to have enough gas to run the heaters, the refrigerator, the and the freezer (all that food ruined...) for 2-3 days straight. I've taken my lumps and I'm going to be better equipped next time.



    Shandy was crying... I came in, looked at this, and just laughed. Shandy didn't appreciate that much but it was just too ridiculous at that point.

    We left the house early Wednesday to go somewhere warmer and dryer.

    The landlady got a plumber out on Thursday of last week and I returned to supervise and to dry things out and clean up as best I could since we had power back at that point.

    A clean-up company then came out on Saturday to rip out the ceiling and start working on drying out the ceiling / attic. There's still a massive hole in the roof but we've been back in the House since Saturday. We still have the biggest hole in the ceiling I think I've ever seen and the room is unusable as a result with plastic sheeting everywhere but we're doing better than many / most.

    We've been working on our renter's insurance claim and had adjusters out. Nothing tooo terrible lost and we can replace all of it - mostly baby books and baby toys.

    In slightly better news, we're working on wrapping up out taxes and things are looking good there. Some of that money is probably going to have to be used to offset the insurance deductible but I'm still hopeful I can talk my wife into letting me get away with something small, yellow, and shiny in a plastic housing. It might be a good time to do it with the dive Gold is taking this week.

    No news on performance evals, raises or bonuses this year - I'm honestly not optimistic on that front for facilitating a shiny purchase but stranger things have happened and I'm mostly just grateful to continue to have a job after the 2020 many others had.

    Barring a timely gold purchase the next "coin & currency" buy is going to be a currency / pseudo currency buy.

    Speaking of Ben - he is increasingly showing interest in collections and collecting things, but the things he wants to collect are 1) Beyblades, 2) Bakugan and 3) [now] pokemon cards apparently. 

  2. When I first started collecting coins, I purchased whatever caught my attention with little to no discipline. As I matured, I found myself focused on EAC and early U.S. type coins. Eventually, I abandoned those areas of focus and shifted my attention to world coins. More specifically, almost all of my collecting efforts are focused on English and Irish copper, emphasizing the Soho coinage.

    Perhaps it is this intense focus that makes my newest purchase so odd. It is not copper, it not English or Irish, and it predates the bulk of my collection by multiple centuries. Given that this coin is so far removed from my ordinary pursuits, I would have been lost without the detailed description inscribed on the envelope by the previous owner, Eric Newman. The envelope is marked Arab Sasasnian Abbasid Silver ½ Dirham. The description continues identifying the piece as struck at Tabaristan Mint (Muqatil). Newman graded this piece as XF, and he noted that it was acquired from the Morris Collection. I find this coin interesting, and I look forward to doing a little more research as time permits, but this is not the only reason I purchased it.

    As it relates to my area of focus, the world coin market is very hot right now. The higher prices have made it difficult for me to add new examples to my collection while maintaining the general quality I have come to expect. As an alternative, I have been purchasing relatively inexpensive eye appealing coins to hone my photography skills. I have a fair amount of experience with copper, but silver is a metal that I rarely work with when photographing coins. The fact that this coin was silver, toned, and not perfectly round made it an ideal candidate to test my skills. Overall, I think the images do a decent job capturing the color and character of the coin, but I found the editing portion to be cumbersome as I had to test out entirely new techniques to account for the jagged edges and irregular shape. I am happy with how the images turned out, and I look forward to applying the lessons learned from this experience to a much more complicated project already in the queue.


    Arab Sasasnian Abbasid, AR ½ Dirham, AH 174 (AD 790-791)

    Issue: Muqatil – Governor of Tabaristan

    Mint: Tabaristan

    Size/Weight: 23.20mm, 1.80g

    Provenance: Eric Newman Collection, Morris Collection

  3. So to let other collectors out there understand..... I'm not directly competing against other collectors. I'm just collecting!

    NGC may have a competition annually.... and that's a good thing!!! But I'm trying to fill my slots when a group opens from my collection.

    Good example is my British Virgin Islands coins. I have all the Pegasus $1 coins and won "Best In Category" for it last year..... but now I'm in 2nd place.... because someone got a better coin grade on a coin..... GOOD FOR YOU Shoedt1 "" for finding a better graded coin. I'm happy with the coin I got and can say I have that coin in my collection! Maybe someday I'll find a better one.... but not my priority.

    Some people like to compete on this site and so do I..... but in a different way. Solomon Islands are going to have a different year for the $1 coin. I have the coins they need to complete the registry..... and more! Take a look at it now..... then come back this fall to see what is different! That's how I compete!!

    Just realize I love collecting coins..... love competing..... love introducing what is missing in these categories..... and just having fun!!


  4. Today while working I had the unfortunate encounter with one of the most ugly (I am talking the persons character not physical looks) and nasty individuals for quite some time.  I had such a very nice weekend spending time with my family over the weekend, my youngest daughter was unable to come home for Christmas so this was a second celebration for the family.  And then today BAMM!! this jerk slaps me in the face with the most despicable display of rude, dishonest, and awful behavior; really a downer after such a fantastic weekend.

    For those that do not know I own a small vending company and while servicing a car dealership account today I had placed a items on a table next to the vending machines.   An older service customer came in and sat down at this table and immediately began to spray the table down with some antiseptic spray and wipe the table off.   I was busy at the machine but was going to move the items off the table for him when he just pushed a case of energy drinks off the table onto the tile floor damaging several.  He then proceeds to turn around and give this smug smirch and say oh I'm sorry but those shouldn't have been there anyway; what a jack knob!!   I mean it was 7AM this tool had the entire waiting room and could have sat anywhere.   Needless to say I wanted so badly to pound on this guy, but as a vender in another business I have to bite my tongue and control my urge to cream this jerk.  

    I usually tend to think that people over the age of 60 have better morals and ethics but every now and then I meet one that reminds me that disrespectful nasty people come in all ages.    Phew, ok I'm better after venting, back to your regular programing.  :)

  5. 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. 




  6. 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

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    Short version – do all the things I still haven’t done from 2020, 2019, 2018 etc xD

    Longer version – I bought less coins in 2020 than I have done for many years, and this is not because of the current environment we all find ourselves in, but that the higher grade coins in my collecting areas, even the minors, seem increasingly scarce and have rapidly moved beyond by budget making completing sets effectively impossible.

    At least partial acceptance of this fact prompted some specific research into ancients and banknotes, two areas I have always been interested in and still follow, and the situation is very similar – quality examples are very expensive, even more so than coins. Financially it looks like I should have concentrated on banknotes of the British colonies rather than their coins! :facepalm:

    So where does that leave things? It is no doubt apparent that I have an interest in varieties, this coupled with the rapid improvement in photography of auction lots, has made identifying such things much easier which is great – and even negates the need to buy the actual coin which is a bonus when you can’t afford them. Documenting this level of detail may not always be possible within the standard references, which makes rarity etc somewhat difficult to establish, and it would be useful to have such information available.

    This Journal would be a good place for me to start, and evolve, such a study for the series I am familiar with as committing to paper, albeit electronic, often highlights gaps in the information available which my memory just doesn’t do any more,  so it was a nice surprise to receive another Journal Award from NGC. This was particularly appreciated as friends and family would probably describe me as more of a practical person and allergic to paperwork.:bigsmile: I do hope to continue adding to my collection however a shift in focus from date-runs means that Custom Sets will be more appropriate although the current possibilities for these still have plenty of empty slots before they are coherent enough to be added to the Registry.

    I hope everyone makes progress on their goals for 2021 be it coins or anything else (apparently my wife thinks the kitchen needs painting etc etc).

  8. 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
    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
    2020 Silver Medal Mayflower Voyage 400th Anniversary
    RP 70
    A perfect submission!!
    Now waiting on my 2020 US Mint annual set.
    Keith Stevens
  9. 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.



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





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



  12.   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!!


  13. 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...

    1860 G$5 Phili.jpg



  14. When I first look at a coin, I often ask myself, "What's this coin trying to tell me about itself?" Sometimes that coin's story is in its date, mintage, mintmark, die variety, and metallic composition, to name a few. However, I almost always find my coins' design features far more interesting than its technical characteristics. If they say a picture is worth a thousand words, I want to know what my coins' allegorical images intend to communicate.

    To help me research and understand the symbolic images on my coins, I ask myself five questions. They are:

    *       I want to know "WHO" designed or commissioned my coins' minting. For instance, knowing that Augustus St. Gaudens designed the 1907 double-eagle tells me volumes about the artistic and symbolic images featured on that coin.

    *       I want to know "WHAT" my coins represent or the message they convey other than a means of exchange. As an example, the Roman goddess Libertas or Lady Liberty appears on most of our classic coins. This message expresses the importance of personal freedom and liberty to our culture and society.

    *       The "WHERE" of my research focuses on the nations and people issuing my coins. A country and its people tell me a lot about a coin's design. Conversely, a coin says a lot about the people and country circulating it.

    *       The "WHEN" is the year and historical context of my coins. Coins don't pop up randomly in history. World events, at any point in history, have an impact on coin designs. Not only did the Standing Liberty Quarter represent a renascence in coin design, but it conveyed a message to the world of the United States' standing in World War I.

    *       The "WHY" is the purpose of minting the coin. The ancient Romans used coins to disseminate propaganda. In polytheistic societies such as Ancient Rome, the Roman Emperor featured on the obverse of a coin wanted to identify himself with the reverse's deity. The effect of this was to have the people see him as a god.

    Now you don't necessarily have to answer all the W's to make an informed conclusion concerning your coin, but you need most of them. The following is a portion of an article I wrote for the PAN publication, "The Clarion." To read the rest of the story, you'll have to get a copy of the October 2020 issue. See which W's you can pick out in the clip below.

    A sentence in the Declaration of Independence reads as follows, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This concept of liberty, eloquently described in the Declaration of Independence, has been at the core of who we are as Americans ever since.

    At the minting of our first coins, the architects of our constitution had to find a way to illustrate the values set forth by the Declaration of Independence onto our national coinage. For this, they chose the Roman goddess Libertas. Libertas or Lady Liberty is the Roman goddess of liberty and personal freedom.

    A liberated slave in ancient Rome received a conical cap called a pileus to symbolize their emancipation. The pileus, however, has been confused and interchanged with a Phrygian cap. The Phrygian cap became associated with a form of government during the French Revolution. We adapted the Phrygian cap to represent liberty during the Revolutionary War. Consequently, Lady Liberty often appears on our classic coinage wearing a Phrygian or Liberty cap.

    The coin I have pictured is a proof 1863 United States quarter. The central device on the reverse of this quarter is our national bird, the bald eagle. The obverse features a seated image of Libertas or Lady Liberty as she has become known.

    The obverse of this quarter employs several symbols to communicate the message of Liberty. The rock on which Lady Liberty sits could represent the country in which we live (The United States of America) and her power to bestow liberty on the inhabitants thereof.

    The imagery of a liberty cap atop a liberty pole goes back to ancient Rome. A group of senators assassinated Julius Caesar in 44 BC. After his death, the assassins marched through the streets with their weapons held high. One of them lifted a pileus surmounted on the tip of a spear to symbolize that Rome was free and no longer under the rule of Julius Caesar. Incidentally, there is an ancient Roman coin with a pileus on the reverse and a downward pointing knife on each side to commemorate this event. The obverse features conspirator Marcus Brutus. Like the raising of the pileus at Julius Caesar's demise, so is the raising of liberty caps on poles all around the colonies after the American Revolution.

    The shield held by Lady Liberty's right hand has 13 vertical bars and one horizontal bar. The vertical bars represent the 13 original states holding up one horizontal bar representing the federal government. Engraved on a scroll emblazoned across the shield are the letters LIBERTY to show Lady Liberty's willingness to defend it. Finally, by looking over her shoulder, Lady Liberty demonstrates her preparedness to meet any threats she encounters.

    Today liberty appears on our regularly circulating coins in name only. In place of a representative image, try to think of the contributions to our freedom made by presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Washington, and Kennedy whenever you pull their images out of your pocket. If you carry an Eisenhower dollar as a pocket piece, go ahead and pull that out also. Gary

    The following is a link to the Ancient Roman coin I referenced:


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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. 

  16. 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



    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.




    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.




    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.





    “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




    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.




    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.




    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.




    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.




    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

  18. 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.



  19. 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?

  20. 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.



  21. 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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    Hi everyone its been to long. For that i apoligize. I realized what happened to me, i got old. After 27 years of studying sets complaing about the mint. Studing sets and putting them together time has caught up to me. I know it was the Condor tokens that took the most out of me. Die sinkers plachants,designs detail reserch history. The Soho mint the Birgmingham mint all has caught up to me. The Coventry set did take allot i mean five years looking for P..Kempsons wonderful art on copper was amazing. The detail he and other greats used. I would look under my loop for hours counting bricks and windows. They had to be in good shape. Now mine are slabed not all. Those that grade a 63 to 66 red & brown. Those proof like are slabed and have kept there wonderful color. Cents here go brown after a year. I love the red brown 233 year old tokens. Now during this time i have put 24 tokens together im quiet anxious  to get them back. Im sending 8 at a time. While this virus its keeping me healthy. Also all of you and your familys i pray for all mankind. . I dont want medals or money for something i enjoy. I do have other coins. I just dont understand why these Brtish beautys are not in a contest. They are part of our hobby and they should be in a competition of there own. There more beautiful than some new coins and old. So why not. Its the only grading service i trust with the high end tokens.. If you win or i win i will glady take a good pair of glasses.. So as these start to return this batch was all won in different auctions. I have all my auction tickets with them. To think of it of the hundreds of tokens i bought one. Thats were the quaility is. So soon the waite will be over and i will place them in my custom sets The coventry Set my pride and joy if i get a better grade i will add it. I always look to improve.. And the rest will go with my tokens of Great Britain. I cant wait. But they are up for grading. This virus i will not comment on. But we know what we have to do to survie. Buy tokens and God Bless you all and keep you and your family safe from this devil from hell. Remember the war? Buy Bonds. This war its Pray Hard. Thanks. Mike B








  23.   I was teacher for 33 years so didn't have much money to spend on things. When we traveled we drove and camped. Two of my favorite "souvenirs" that were always affordable was pressed pennies or elongated pennies which cost 51 cents. Plus you got to turn the gears to squeeze the penny and imprint the option you liked best.  

    The other one  which is the subject of this entry was picking up the coasters from the many different microbreweries that we would stop at and have lunch or dinner.  Being in lock down mode for a week I started cleaning the shelves in the mancave/basement. I came across my collection of coasters and wound up taking a trip down memory lane.  I am still struggling to remember a couple of them but what fun anyway. In any case, I got to thinking that perhaps some fine folks here might also collect them and might want to swap doubles:)  I suspect that next week one day I will catalog all of them and then if there is any interest I can list them and see if we can work out a deal. I know the postage will be the most expensive thing but at least the coasters are free:)   What do you think?

  24.    I haven’t seen any information from NGC about the impact ,if any, that the Corona Virus may be having on NGC and it’s employees.I’m just wondering if any other collectors are concerned about the safety of NGC’s staff and whether or not orders will be adversely effected due to the situation our country now finds itself in.Will there be delays in completing orders or possible shutdowns due to the Virus affecting staff ? I guess time will tell and we can only pray for a fast and safe ending to this present situation.Hopefully,NGC can and will release a statement about the company’s plans and how customer’s orders may be affected.Until then may all of us stay safe and take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this Virus.

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    1922 High Relief Matte Proof Peace Dollars

    Known Examples (DW2020)

    1) Matte PR66, type 2, NGC, 912198-009. Heritage Numismatics private sale to the author, April 2000. Zerbe specimen, also known as the RARCOA specimen. Picture attached.

    2) Matte PR66, type 1, NGC, 1634739-001. Heritage Numismatic auction, April 2002, lot 4354, $51,750. Norweb specimen.

    3) Matte PR65, type 1, NGC, 1274863-003. Pinnacle Rarities private sale to the author, November 2000. Rhodes-Mormon-Breen specimen. Picture attached.

    4) Matte PR67, type 1, NGC, 1727946-051. Heritage Numismatics auction, January 2014, lot 5347, $329,000. Philladelphia Estate specimen.

    5) Matte PR66, type 1, NGC, 1274863-002. Heritage Numismatics auction, May 2009, lot 2658, $161,000. Lester Menkin specimen.

    6) Matte PR65, type 1, NGC, 1716846-003. Goldberg auction, January 2004, lot 2841, $86,250. Wayte Raymond specimen.

    7) Matte, grade unknown, type 1, Impaired. Florida United Numismatists auction, January 1973, lot 789, $9000. Todd Impaired specimen.

    8) Matte PR64, type 1, PCGS, 83411977. Heritage Numismatics auction, April 2017, lot 4193, $158,625. Lindsmith Specimen.

    9) Matte PR25, type unknown, circulated, PCGS, 02423037. Heritage Numismatics auction, April 2002, lot 6536, $10,638. Houston specimen.

    10) Matte PR67, type 1, PCGS, 29547405. Goldberg Coins auction, June 2014, lot 1344, $458,250. Raymond T. Baker Specimen. 

    11) Matte PR61, type 1, NGC, 2049291-001, Impaired. Heritage Numismatics auction, January 2014, lot 4211, $99,875. Unknown history. Pawn Stars Impaired specimen.

    12) Matte PR66, type 1, PCGS, 25229755. The Rarities Auction, Stacks & Bowers, May 2015, lot 48, unsold. Unknown History Specimen.

    Auction History by Specimen (DW2020)

    1. Zerbe Specimen, Matte PR66, NGC 912198-009

             1970, August, American Numismatics Association Convention Sale, lot 1604, Sold for $14,000

             1984, July, Rarcoa, Auction ‘84, lot 1793, Sold for $39,600

             1986, January, Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions, Florida United Numismatics Convention Sale, lot 354, Sold for $26,000

             1988, July, Superior Galleries, Auction ’88, Public Auction Apostrophe Sale, lot 273, Sold for $50,600

             1998, November, Bowers & Merena Auction, lot 540, Unsold

             2000, Superior Stamp & Coin, ANA National Money Show Auction, lot 575, Sold for $71,875


             This specimen and the ones appearing in the RARCOA's section of Auction '84, July 1984, Lot 1793, Florida United Numismatists Convention Sale, Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions, January 3-4, 1986, Lot 354 and the Public Auction “Apostrophe” Sale, Auction '88, Superior Galleries' section, Lot 273, known as the “RARCOA Specimen”, are the same coin. A characteristic toning spot is in the obverse field between the “L” and Liberty’s forehead. A characteristic double toning streak is below the “T” in TRVST. (DW2013)

             This coin is the “Zerbe Specimen”, pictured in the American Numismatic Association Convention Sale, 1970, Lot 1604. All appear to have the characteristic toning streak below the “T” in TRVST. They also appear to share the three straight toning streaks on the obverse between the “R” and “T” in LIBERTY. The plating variation above liberty’s hair and below the “R” in LIBERY is similar. On the reverse, they all appear to have the toning spots below and to the right of the “E” in “E PLURIBUS UNUM”. However, several distinct toning spots are apparently absent, but could have occurred between 1970 and 1986. 

             The general toning patterns are similar on all these coins, but appear to become more pronounced with age. Conversely, plating variation also becomes more pronounces with age, as seen surrounding the date, TRVST, tiara rays and top of liberty’s hair.  (DW2014)

             The Zerbe Specimen is the only 1922 high relief Peace dollar identified in this roster with the Type 2 matte proof finish as described by Q. David Bowers in his book Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia, 1993: “Two types of finish were employed: Type 1) Dull, porous gray surface similar to Sandblast Proofs of the era. Most 1922 High Relief Proofs were made with this type of finish. Type 2) Special silvered Matte Proof finish. 1 to 2 1922 High Relief Proofs are of this type. Walter H. Breen sought to determine the process by which this finish was applied, "but could never get an explanation." “The surfaces of high-grade Proofs are bright silver, with any breaks in the surface showing as dark areas of toning (not surface spots or oxidation, as might be first thought). This same proofing process was used by the Mint for certain early twentieth-century silver medals, and by the private firm of Whitehead & Hoag, among others. Commentary: This is the rarest of all major Peace silver dollar varieties.” California Numismatist and official ANA Historian, Farran Zerbe, helped initiated the effort to mint the Peace Dollar in 1920. At the Chicago ANA Convention in August, he presented a paper titled “Commemorate the Peace with a Coin for Circulation”.1 It is interesting to consider the possibility that this coin, with its unique ‘silver-glazed’ finish, was made especially for Farran Zerbe and presented to him in 1922 by the Chief Engraver of the Mint, George T. Morgan, in appreciation of his original efforts.

     1 Walter Breen, “The 1922 Type of 1921 Peace Dollar,” The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, July 1961, p. 1723.2. 

    2. Mehl-Norweb Specimen, Matte PR66, NGC 1634739-001

             1988, November, Bowers & Merena, Norweb Collection Sale, lot 3931, Sold for $46,200

             2002, April, Heritage Auctions, Signature Sale, lot 4354, Sold for $51,750

    3. Rhodes-Moorman-Breen Specimen, Matte PR65 NGC 1274863-003

             1959, April, Donald L. Rhodes Auction, California State Numismatics Association Convention, lot 945, Sold for $3,100

             1986, October, Stack’s Public Auction, R.W. Barker Collection, lot 113,  Sold for $35,200


             This specimen and the one appearing in Stack's Public Coin Auction, October 22 & 23, 1986, Lot 113  are the same coin. Characteristic toning spots are seen in the obverse field near the rim at 9 o’clock, and the reverse rim below the “A” at 3 o’clock. (DW2013)

             It is very likely the coin pictured in Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, July 1961, p. 1722 and Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins, 1722-1989, 1989 p. 220, and known as the “Breen Plate Coin”. All apprear to have the reverse toning spot at the rim below the “A” at 3 o’clock. They also appear to share the same toning where the obverse field meets Liberty’s forehead. However, the NSM and Breen Plate Coin both lack the toning spot in the obverse field near the rim at 9 o’clock. This toning spot may have occurred between 1977, the first publication of the Breen Encyclopedia, and the 1986 Stack’s Auction. It would be helpful to know it’s ownership between Breen and Barker. 

             It is not the same coin pictured in the American Numismatic Association Convention Sale, 1970, Lot 1604, which is actually the Zerbe Specimen (#1 in this roster). Nor is it the same coin pictured in Don Taxay's U.S. Mint and Coinage, Arco Publishing Co., 1966, p. 357, which is actually the Lester Merkin Specimen (#5 in this roster). (DW2014)

    4. Philadelphia Estate Specimen, Matte PR67, NGC 1727946-051

             1985, July, Paramount International Coin Corporation, Auction ‘85, lot  1277, Sold for $37,400

             1990, October, Superior Galleries Sale, lot 3835, Sold for $56,100

             2003, July, Heritage Auctions, lot 9054, Unsold

             2014, January, Heritage Auctions, FUN Platinum Night Auction Sale, lot 5347, Sold for $329,000

    5. Lester Merkin Specimen, Matte PR66, NGC 1274863-002

             1994, November, Stack’s Auction, The Estate of Lester Merkin Sale Auction, lot 1004, Sold for $55,000

             2006, April, Heritage Auctions, lot 1240, Sold for $126,500

             2009, May, Heritage Auctions, lot 2658, Sold for $161,000

    6. Wayte Raymond Specimen, Matte PR65, NGC 1716846-003

             1991, November, Bowers & Merena, The Frontenac Sale, lot 2249, Unsold

             1999, August, Bowers & Merena, The Rarities Sale, lot 300, Unsold

             2004, January, Goldberg Auctions, lot 2841, $86,250 later listed as unsold

    7. Todd Impaired Specimen, Matte Proof-no grade

             1973, January, Rarcoa, Florida United Numismatics Convention Sale, lot 789, Sold for $9,000

    8. Lindesmith Specimen, Matte PR64, PCGS 83411977

             2000, March, Bowers & Merena Auction, lot 2217, Sold for $36,800

             2001, March, Superior Stamp & Coin, ANA National Money Show Auction, lot 407, Unsold

             2017, April, Heritage Auctions, lot 4193, Sold for $158,625

    9. Houston Specimen, Matte PR25, PCGS 02423037

             2002, April, Heritage Auctions, Signature Sale, lot 6536, Sold for $10,638

    10. Raymond T. Baker Specimen, Matte PR67, PCGS 29547405

             2014, June, Goldberg Auctions, Sale 80, Session 3, lot 1344, Sold for $458,250

    11. Pawn Stars Impaired Specimen, Matte PR61, NGC 2049291-001

             2014, January, Heritage Auctions, FUN Platinum Night Auction Sale, lot 4211, Sold for $99,875

    12. Unknown History Specimen (12), Matte PR66, PCGS 25229755

             2015, January, Goldberg Auctions, The Pre-Long Beach Auction, lot 1690, Unsold