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GREAT WORLD WAR 2 ALLIES-MY FIRST SIGNATURE SET.

All the coins issued by the USA and Great Britain in the war year 1942. I chose 1942 because I was born January 20, 1942, just six weeks after Pearl Harbor. We minted the first silver 5 Cent coins to conserve nickel for the war effort. Great Britain conserved copper by not minting its large copper Penny.

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

12/21/2008

METAL, FLAT, AND CIRCULAR.

What is a coin? Coin: a small piece of metal, usually flat and circular, authorized by a government for use as money. Without considering mint marks, proofs, or packaging options, by this definition, the US Mint is presently minting 26 coins; four platinum coins, four eagle gold coins, four buffalo gold coins, one silver eagle dollar, two commemorative dollars, one commemorative half, one SACAGAWEA dollar, four presidential dollars and the cent, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar. I

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

09/12/2008

NEVER-EVER-BUY A RAW COIN FROM A DEALER WHO ALSO SELLS NGC AND PCGS.

Think about it. Why sell a raw coin if NGC or PCGS will grade it. When I see a dealer inventory of nice NGC and PCGS coins mixed with raw coins I figure the raw coins were body bagged. If not, they would be there with bright shinny NGC or PCGS slabs. Yes it is possible to pick up a bargain, but I would rather be safe. I buy and sell coins on ebay. I avoid disappointment by only buying and selling NGC and PCGS graded coins. Here is a nice one I recently bought at Morphy ebay live auction.

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

07/16/2008

HOW OLD AM I?

My year of birth mint set has 16 coins. How old am I? I have a complete PDS mint set of my birth year-it contains 16 coins.

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

06/23/2008

FROM BODY BAG TO NGC STAR.

FROM US MINT HOLDER TO BODY BAG TO NGC STAR. While going through some of my US Mint Proof Sets I noticed that some of the silver proofs had toned. These are coins still in the US Mint holders. I sent this dime to NGC for grading. It was returned in a body bag-artificial toning. I was a little upset! I knew I couldn?t argue with NGC so I resubmitted. Here it is:

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

10/24/2007

NUMISMEDIA vs. PCGS PRICE GUIDES.

Bottom line: your coin is worth what you can sell it for. NumisMedia won't give a price where NGC has not graded enough coins to make a market. With the 1971 25C PF68UC example only 2 have been graded 68 and 5 graded 69. Having bought and sold only NGC and PCGS coins on eBay for several years, my experience is that NumisMedia prices, while also high, are much more realistic than PCGS. Bottom line: the coin is worth what you can sell it for. Here is a 1942-S LIBERTY WALKING 50C MS65. Numi

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

10/11/2007

 

I SEE EMPTY GSA HOLDERS FOR SALE ON EBAY ALL THE TIME.

Are these rarities home grown? I see empty GSA holders for sale on eBay all the time. This suggests to me that some of the rarities are home grown. I don?t collect GSA coins, but if I did I would want them with the NGC or PCGS seal. The question is, who buys these empty holders? Is someone putting a raw coin in the empty holder-say a 1904-O Morgan-and creating a "rarity?" [attachment=:name]

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

10/02/2006

DON'T SEND MODERN PROOFS IN FOR GRADING.

Its cheaper to buy NGC and PCGS modern proofs already certified. Almost all modern proofs right from the Mint will grade PF69UC. In most cases it is cheaper and quicker to buy the coin already graded by NGC or PCGS. Just take a look at eBay. But why certify modern proofs from the Mint? They come in nice holders, they look great, and you can put them in albums. Sure, I have some in slabs, but most are in albums or the original Mint holders. I do like this one.   2005-S SLA

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

08/31/2006

THOSE TOUGH NGC GRADERS PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT.

NGC doesn't sell slabs, it sells insurance. The whiners will always find a grading company which will over grade their coins. It won't be PCGS or NGC. NGC DOESN'T SELL SLABS, IT SELLS INSURANCE. That MS66 Liberty Walking half will always keep it's value. The proof is the market place. 1942 50C S

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

08/27/2006

WHEN IN DOUBT-BODY BAG.

The body bags save our investment.   NGC and PCGS will not grade a questionable coin. This policy is the most important factor in protecting our investment. When I buy an NGC or PCGS graded coin I know it is guaranteed. If the grader isn?t sure, the coin must be rejected. This strict policy is reflected in the coin market. Your NGC or PCGS coin will always sell at a fair price because it is certified as the real thing.   1877-S 25C

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

08/01/2006

1854 NGC AU 58 SEATED QUARTER ERROR IN COIN WORLD JULY 3.

Previously unreported error in July 3 Collectors' Clearinghouse.   My 1854 NGC AU 58 Seated Quarter was included in the July 3 Collectors? Clearinghouse. Eric von Klinger, who writes the column, said the error was a ?retained cud.? He said the error was not listed in The Cud Book, nor in Larry Briggs? book on Seated quarters. The error is apparent in the attached photo along the word UNITED.   1854 REV 2

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

07/15/2006

THANK YOU ERROR BUFFS FOR YOUR HELP!

I think Kirkpatrick is correct that it is a FOLD OVER/ROLL OVER error. He says this happens when an extra piece of metal is left over after the blanking process and gets rolled onto the planchette. I think he is right because there is an extra piece of metal on the coin. Thanks all for the response. 1854 REV 2

Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor

05/28/2006