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All bullion coins are minted at West Point, NY.  The S mint mark is a scam to make people think they are getting something special, at double, or triple the going price of a real Silver Eagle. In effect, the "S" coin is a phony, and doesn't have a place in the Registry. "Minted at" coins fall into the same category. The label can say anything they want.....even the Sheboygan Mint!

NGC removed the other coins, this one has to go also.

I too laid out hundreds of dollars only to have them erased, such  as the "2000 Millennium" ASE. Another gem that we "had" to have.  They won't pay   those coins we now have to eat.

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MY FIRST 70 OF THE NEW YEAR

I guess it takes a miracle? Hello everyone! I just received my first 70 of the year. It's the 2010 $15 Canada Lunar Lotus, Year of the Tiger. It is absolutely gorgeous. I checked it out and it is flawless for such a high mintage strike. It's number 10507 of 19888. The RCM has craftsmanship that is unequaled. Their coins show Canadian imagination and beauty. Their subject diversification and commemorative dedication makes them a great choice for collectors. Unlike the US, stuck on eagles a

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EBAY,EBAY, AND MORE EBAY!!!

The bigger the greed......the bigger the need? Hello everyone! It's all about money. They(eBay) could care less about the coins we buy and sell. I bought raw coins from the best in the business, and also from some I thought to be shady. When they got to the graders, both were junk. So much for selling valid coins through eBay. Graded coins need an obverse and a reverse scan? The serial number is it's verification.....isn't it? Raw coin images can be so fuzzy, you can't tell if it's even a co

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THE OBVERSE IS OBVIOUS

There is a better way! Hello Everyone, Why, all of a sudden, are we worried what eBay does? They just want the extra $0.15 for the second image. I will only use the obverse of my graded coins for sale. It has all the information, as well as the serial #. If eBay doesn't like it, I'll put it on eBid for free. If you are worried about a particular NGC or PCGS slab's authenticity, there is a place in both grading services to check any slab they have graded. NGC's is on the pulldown of grading a

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WE MUST BE CLOSING IN ON JUDGEMENT DAY?

I never thought about this side of the coin. Hello All, A few last minute emails from friends and competitors alike. Thanks for wishing me luck, and to those, and everyone, I wish you all the best this year. A few brought up a category in which we do not enter, yet still get graded. It's the Journals. I answered........What??? With all that went down this last year, I'd probably be last in consideration. I do believe some changes were made after all. Maybe the journals did their part?

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SANTA GOT HERE EARLY!

I can melt all my Eagles now. Hello everyone! We all collect metals taken from the Earth. What is done with them is quite amazing. I've had platinum and gold. I never had a silver bar. I've had aluminum and tin cans. I have worked all year on a pre-decimal penny set from NZ. I chose NZ as no one was interested in a few lousy half silver,cupro-nickel, and copper coins. Ebay had a half page of New Zealand coins and they were extremely cheap. I guess my passion for these unimportant sets caught

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SECURITY? - WHAT SECURITY?

There is no such thing........believe me Hello all!   The Holiday season is back. W.K.F. has a point. Everyone wants to have something nice. A few would go as far as trying to steal it. I am fortunate to only have a mere $60-$70K in my collection. My friends all know I have it (and where). My collection represents a major percentage of my net worth. If I were to lose it I'd be devastated. The coins in my small collection, are for me, my son, and my friends to admire. They are somewha

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I MISSED OUT BY 1 COIN!

I looked for a nice one , but........... Hi everyone! I hope all enjoyed the Holiday. I have been busy trying to image the missing few in my sets. My NZ 1d set will be ahead by 1 point whenever NGC gets the certification from PCGS. This is going to be a close one. I wanted to enter my NZ half crowns, but the 1961 wasn't really a beauty. I figure an XF, at best. Rather than waste a grading, I'd wait. Well, I found a lot nicer coin, but a bit too late for the competition. Oh well. I could

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HEY W.K.F

It's from Great Britain... Hi all, The coin reverse in question is a British half crown. It is KM#835. A half crown measures 32.3 mm. It weighs 14.138 g. and is .500 silver. The obverse is George V, facing left. The reverse is a quartered shield flanked by monograms. The obverse designer: Bertram MacKennal. It was common coinage for Great Britain, and had a mintage of 18,763,000. It has a book value of $5-$35 US dollars. It has gone through a few changes from ruler to ruler. The nex

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HEY W.K. F. PART II

I wouldn't want to have it graded. Hi all again, Back to the half crown. I'd say it would be a fine (F). 1928 has such a high mintage, there has to be BU/UNC coins available. The image of the one I did, is a "cupro-nickel" coin. It is BU, and not worth much more than yours. I am sending the obverse of mine to show how much definition there is. Again, I hope this helps. Good Luck to everyone.

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I'M ALL DONE!

If I don't have them done by now............ Hello all, I've been really busy doing the homeowner thing and sending a fewcoins to be graded. I can now enter my coins into two registries, but it's tough to compete here. I have a few I wish had been better, but after all, I chose to let PCGS grade them. I do have a great 1d set. I am hoping for a #1 there. It's tough to compete against NGC dealers. It's even tougher to get honest grading. I may even have to use a few NGC slabs to edge out my

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BUY A CHEAP SCANNER!

In my opinion,it's the best for less. Hi all! If I wasn't on W.K.F's iggy list I could offer an option. A few of us, on limited budgets, had the same imaging problems. I personally bought a Epson, Perfection V300 Photo, scanner. I got it(new)on eBay for $74.49 shipping included. It isn't like a pro's studio camera, but I am happy with it. Installation is a snap and it will take some shots a Hasselblad never thought of. Another Society member has a Canon he got at a garage sale for $3.

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JUST MY OPINION!

You know I had to say something........ Hello all! I try for short, and to the point, but it often fails. First, by definition, professionals are not necessarily experts. Anyone can be a professional. Experts are those that are highly knowledgeable in a certain field. Some experts are not "professionals". Most professionals are not "experts." It's a greed thing. Next, the crossover thing. I look at coins that are, what they are, and then say......."what if?" Well, most of you know I

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A "FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH" PIC

If I had your money, I could burn mine. Hello everyone. I finally came up with the answer to the silver shortage, and rising heating costs. I am not sure if it will catch, but it was an idea. We should all have a little money to burn.

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HERE'S THE BAD NEWS!

At last they finally admit defeat. Hello all, Here's the latest from the Mint.   Dear United States Mint Customer, Production of the United States Mint American Eagle Silver Proof and Uncirculated Coins was suspended this year because of unprecedented demand for American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins. All available silver bullion blanks are being allocated to the American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin Program, as the United States Mint is required by Public Law 99-61 to produce

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A 100% POSITIVELY COMPLETE SET

It came sooner than I expected. Hi everyone! I was just emailing back and forth, about trying to complete a set, and moving on. Another member and I were wondering where the end was. Well.............. I received my grades from the latest submission, and it's great news. I have the missing slots filled. Numbers are pending still, but they are there. I will do the imaging as soon as they arrive. It's my NZ 3d (three pence) set. It can use some improvements, but it's finally finished. I h

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ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE!

There is always a solution. Hello everyone! I got a few emails about negativity. Me? I want to set the record straight. I deal with facts as they are presented to me. Period. I call them as I see them. Here's the latest: Thanks to Dena, and maybe a few others, who took the time to see there was a "glitch" in the program. The annoying "fly in the ointment," so to speak. People should be recognized for what the do and get done. Too many get praise for what they say they can do. Dena

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RETALIATION?

My details graded coins are still "scheduled for grading?" Hello everyone, I guess I will never get them done. They are already temporarily entered into slots, but big deal. If I try to sell then, no one can check the numbers in the Registry. I guess when you have a valid dispute, it is countered like this. I bet they get cleared before subscription renewal. I see the minute the KM-13A disappeared, everyone wants to have a set. Howard Mitchell says, all it takes is common sense to see t

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A DEALER'S LIFE

It must be nice. Hello everyone! I just got through looking at a submission by a dealer. I'm glad to see that 50% of his coins were rejected for the rubber stamp issues. Some of those graded are bad. If I had a hint of green, I'd get the "ED" label. I wonder how many he submitted as a UNC were graded as AU? Shoot, he had to pay for something. I guess the don't have to pay for anything ungradable. If they send in 100 coins, you know they'll get some percentage good grades. They don't pay for

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I GOT SOME BARNEY COINS!

If I were to sell them, I could buy eBay. Hello all! I have a 1945 NZ 1d Proof Penny. There were 10 minted. Someone broke it out of Daddy's collection and spent it. Sure there are a few nicks, like bag marks, but it still has all the original luster. It is now in a purple slab as a "polished" coin. I guess I have to send in my 1995 W Silver Eagle for regrade? I thought it was proof, but it's only polished. My whole Silver Eagle proof set would all come back as polished. Sorry Rick....I wi

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PRIORITIES?

From coin collector to junk collector. Hello all! I guess the purple craze is catching on. Some of us figured it would be the easy way out on coins that deserve a grade. It looks like incompetence, or backlog, mandates a speedier way of getting coins on their way. I'd rather wait a month to get an honest grade. I didn't mind NGC's, 10-12 days for a grade. What I do mind is sending a proof coin to have an ugly fingerprint removed(done well), and having it come back as a "polished" coin. I

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SOME NICE EMAIL

I follow Dilbert and coffee? Hi all, You guys are too nice. I am truly flattered. I am impressed that I am becoming a household tradition. Coffee,Dilbert, and NGC journals. I guess I have to compete with Dilbert? I really do appreciate all of you sending mail. A few have voiced concern about some matters. Everything will work out. To those asking about the changed label, I added the best image I can post in a journal. The coin that's on the label is strangely outside the slab. For t

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A FLY IN THE OINTMENT

This really happens with all this modern technology? Hi All, I just tried to enter the coin I have into the Registry....again. Here's what gets kicked back: We continued to have problems with the following Certification numbers. They have been added to our admin queue to be processed. You will receive notification when processing is complete. Slot Cert # Coin Description 1942 ONE DOT ONLY 3324670-001 This is not the best grade, but no one else has it. The way things are going, I'l

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4 OUT OF 5 IS NOT GOOD!

At least the strapless penny was right. Hello everyone! It all came to pass. If you've followed my last two weeks of journals, you,ll be right on top of this. My KM13-A NZ, 1d Penny, is now just a plain 1945 penny. That's two they blew. I sent either a PL or PF, 1945, to NCS for fingerprint removal. They did a great job. It does look nice, however, it's got a purple slab.....yup. It's polished. Gee, my eyes are playing tricks on me. I guess I have to send all my proofs back to be relabel

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I FINALLY FOUND IT!

I knew I put it in a safe place. Hi all! I have been in my coin room for 3 hours looking for a teensey,weensey coin. At least I think it's a coin. I told you in a previous journal I had one that I wanted to send to NGC. With all that's going on, I am hesitant. If it is a real coin, I should let NCS evaluate it. Maybe conserve it so it will grade at NGC? I am here to ask some help before I spend money on a potential loser. Can anyone identify this for me? I know it's old, but not how old

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EBAY?.........WHAT'S EBAY?

Oh yeah......I think I remember. Hello all, I love this place. I just remembered all the FVF, and listing fees, and the extra imaging fees, and not selling a thing unless I'd ship for free, and sell for ten cents on the dollar. I went to eBid and have had decent results........for free, forever. Well, back to the point. Ebay is a great place to waste your money listing all the purple tagged slabs from NCS/NGC. In less than two weeks the place is flooded with some very nice, and diverse coi

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