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About this journal

I own all of this set with the majority of the coins being in RAW condition. They are graded at a minimum of 69 but most look to be 70. I am currently buying replacements in grade 70. I'm only buying these because the prices have fallen and made them obtainable. Now I need to figure out how to add them all to the Modern half set of Proofs and Unc's.

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I got another one

The price gods have smiled on me once again. I got another 70 for my modern half dollar commemorative collection. It's a 1995-S Basketball graded at MS70. It's a great strike and the detailing is very nice. I got it for a good price. You can now bye some of these half commem's for less that fifty bucks per coin. Displaying slabs is harder to do. Looking through a binder with great looking raw coins is nice and it's convenient. I don't think I'll sell my raw ones as they look so nice in the

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Nearing the finish line

I'm back at it and am excited to be focusing on my coin collection. I have been focusing on collecting a type set of early commemorative coins. I'm nearly there. I have 8 more coins to get and of course they are the most expensive ones. I'm thinking about the Antietam coin or the Battle of Gettysburg coin for when my tax return arrives. I also need the following: Isabella Quarter, Missouri, Hawaii, Hudson, Spanish Trail, Cincinnati. To maintain my collection at MS65 or better, I will need to p

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Modern commemorative halves

RAW I've always had a beef with "raw" coins and people think you have to get them graded. Well the mint is so good on what it does your new coins are 69 or 70 right out of the hole. Then you go to price it in your grading books and they don't even go past 65 on most occasions. Anyway I have a complete set or shall I say it's up to date since they don't know when it will end. A full set of modern commemorative halves. The majority being raw. I still have a full set of these modern halves incl

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A New Direction or just a subtle turn.

Food for thought Now that I have over 25% or the early commemoratives. I'm sure that the ones I have are the ones that are more easily acquired. Now to make it more interesting for the remainder I'm going to try and obtain only those coins, in early commemoratives, that have mintages lower than 10,000. Since I came to that conclusion, last week, I've picked up one and it's a 1935 Texas with a mintage of 9,996 and a grade of MS65 but looks MS67. It truly is a remarkable looking coin. I have b

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What a year its been

To OCD or not to OCD. I was just thinking that I'm at or near the one year point of my collecting hobby and I thought it'd be a good time to reflect. I'll list my coins that I bought this past year. Well I won't list them all individually but I'll group some to keep the list shorter. My way of thinking when I started was to collect all coinage (regular) in Proof/Silver Proof and Mint State Sets. So I have silver proof sets from 1992-present, proof sets from 1956-present and Mint sets from 19

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I Did It!

Cracked the top 10 Well it finally happened. I made the top ten with a competitive set. My Booker T. Washington set is currently #10 and when my other coin comes through the verification process I'll be in 9th and then I won't buy anymore BTW's for quite some time. My grades consist of MS65 & MS66. I wanted to stay Gem quality or better for longevity and investment potential. I suppose now I could sell my duplicates although they look really really nice so maybe I'll just hang onto them.

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Forgot about this set!

Prestige Proof Sets I totally spaced that I have all of the Prestige Sets. None are graded but I own them all and they are all very clean and very nice. I doubt if they ever get graded. I should check to see if there is a set for this and if anyone has graded any of them. I'll let you all know what I find. Have a nice weekend.

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Unsung heroes

My raw commem's Well since only graded coins get recognized here I thought I'd include the most recent list of raw early commemoratives that I have in my Dansco's. Here they are with the one's that will be graded down the road first followed by raw coins that will be raw coins their whole lives: 1934 Boone 1936 Columbia 1935 Connecticut 1936 Deleware 1922 Grant 1936 Robinson Arkansas 1936 Sesquicentennial 1934 Texas 1927 Vermont 1936 Wisconsin 1936 York County   1925 L

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Modern Commemorative Halfs

They're done Well I finally have all the half dollars of the modern commemoratives the only thing is only 3 are graded. The rest are in their original packaging including prestige sets. So I'm afraid the set will never look finished via the registry but I'll always know.

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Finished!

A Set is complete! I finally did it. I got the last BTW commemorative that I needed to complete the full set of BTW's which is 18 coins. They are all graded MS65 with some sprinklings of MS66's. With those coins I didn't even crack the top ten. I ended up at 12th. That's OK though as the scoring was never part of my priorities. The grading was important but not the scoring although breaking the top ten would've been nice. For now I think I'll keep them all in a nice NGC box in my safe. Once I

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Inching closer

One more! I got one of two remaining BTW's today. Well I paid for it anyway. hehe I picked up a MS66 1949 BTW and all I need now is a 1951D BTW and my BTW's are done with all graded MS65-66. Now it's getting exciting.

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Inching a bit closer to completion

The BTW's are almost done! Well I got 3 more BTW's in the mail yesterday and now I just need two more. I still need the 1949 and the 1951-D. If anyone reading this has either for sale in grade MS65 or better and want to part with them, well be sure to contact me. :-) Also I'm looking for some BTW related paraphenailla (sp?) like the documentation advertising it or the like. Thanks to anyone contacting me about this!

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The local coin show has come and gone

Well for being a first timer it was a bit dissapointing. I didn't realize it was just going to be a traveling coin store. I thought when they said "show" that included coins to look at that aren't for sale but someone may be showing off a set of say early commemoratives or something. Know what I mean? I did manage to find some coins I liked and I bought two while I was there. I found the best looking Sesquicentennial of Independence2222222387w1p[7666666666666666666666666666666---------000 S

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Now that I'm seasoned...

I've been collecting just early commemoratives now for quite some time. Now since I've been collecting early commemoratives have I done the right thing? Are there any lessons to be learned? Yes and yes! I'm enjoying the coins so much. They all seem so unique and have an interesting story behind them. I've been out to complete my BTW set and I'm four coins away from realizing that goal. That feels good! Almost as good as rock climbing and you just breezed through the crux of the climb. That a

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Faith Renewed

Local coin shop, who would've thought? I was just at my local coin shop and wow I couldn't believe my eyes on the quality of early commemoratives they have. I saw several I wanted and they all were original, non-cleaned/dipped and they were all looking as if they just left the mint! I'm sure I exagerate for effect but I'm telling you they look great. I bought one today, 1936 York and the fort on the coin looks awesome when oscillating the coin it's as if the log fort wall is alive as the shine

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My first show

Giddy, I'm just giddy... Can I say that without sounding gay? Not that there's anything wrong with that. My little local town is having a coin show. I've talked with the local coin collecting group and they tell me if I want to sell coins I need to buy a table for 75$ but if I just want to show my coins then that is free. The wierd thing is you can make deals on the side w/o buying a table. Seems awfully strange to me. I plan on showing off my early commemoratives both slabbed and raw in the

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My first NGC coins are back!

Looks like I got alot to learn. My first batch consisted of 10 Morgans that were suppose to grade MS63 or higher. This was only an oral statement made by the emcee of the show. Of those ten only one fit the statement. I had one score at MS64. The others consist of 2 improperly cleaned, 3 AU58, 1 MS62 and 3 MS61's. I would have to say that that's not even close. I believe I learned a couple of lessons from this. My thoughts going in were that since 6 of the coins were of the same date and wit

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Acid tongued writers

Why even bother?? I've recently been at war, with words, with an individual on another forum. I try to be positive and upbeat and this person just continues to brow beat me on any opinion I give. I don't understand what makes some people so bitter that they need to lash out at others. Maybe he's just a bitter individual or maybe I'm letting it bother me way too much. My guess is it's both. I suppose this is my way of letting it go as I don't plan on commenting directly to him any more. My ve

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Dansco Commemorative Type Album

My first! As the title says I have my first coin album in recent times. I decided I can't get the commemoratives all in grade MS65 or better due to cost on several of the more scarce varietys. So I've opted for a nice circulated version with a decent strike so you can still see what the coins have to offer. I put in several to start it off. I'm adding some recent coins that were "no grades" due to improper cleaning. The ones I put in are: 1918 Illinois/Lincoln, 1923-S Monroe, 1925 Lexington/Co

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Easy big fella

Best watch your step Well I recently paid off all my debt but the house. That was a huge achievement for me and now I need to cherish it so I don't go flying by it. I've recently added some better early commemoratives and by better I mean both by grade and by strike quality. It's unfortunate that I have to scrutinize pictures on the internet to do this but you have to do what you have to do. I just got a 1946 IOWA coin graded MS67 by PCGS! It is very nice and it'll be the pride of the commem's

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Changing gears, just a little bit

Spendy vs. Reality Well I've been of the mind set that I want a complete set of early commemoratives at grade MS-65 or better. This has been going well for me as I've been busy buying the cheaper ones while looking for high quality strikes for the grade/price. I recently scouted a couple of the more costly coins and decided those would have to be a once a year purchase. Some of the coins run into the thousands of dollars at this high of grade therefore I've decided to buy those spendy ones in

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The waiting

12 days??? Well I've been waiting for a month now for my grade submissions. I called yesterday and I still got 3 weeks to go. That's okay but it's just a tad off the estimate. hehe I just put together another 5 coin package for them to grade. I'm getting my Dolly Madison gold coin graded and just by comparison of the others that are PF69UC this one has more "pop" so I'm hoping for one grade better, since that's all that's left after 69. My others are just these early commemoratives: 1920 Ma

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What? No more money????

Well what happens when the well runs dry? I've recently come to grips with reality, at least somewhat. I've decided I'm spending too much on this coin collection of mine. I won't even get into details but suffice it to say it's been a great 4 months! I guess for now I'll get some commem's graded. Photograph the rest of my coins and add them to my data base. This is very time consuming as I have all coins from all three mints from 1956 in proof and from 1959 in mint sets. I don't open them to

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What about my raw coins?

Can you add raw coins to the inventory? After reading I don't think I can add my pregraded coins (raw) to the inventory. I wish I could because I'd like to show them but can't until they're graded which may be some time. I'm trying to get all commemoratives (early) with a grade of MS65 or greater. When I buy raw ones I do my best to grade them from the pictures which is tough and very unreliable. Wish me luck in the future with grading these commemoratives. BTW here's a Maine that I'm looking

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Thoughts of a coin collector

I'm a neophyte looking for a place to call home or a set or sets to call home. I thought I would throw down some notes on what I hope to accomplish. Keep my current subscriptions with the US Mint. These include: Gold Buffalo's, Yearly Silver Proof Set, Yearly clad proof set, Yearly Mint set, AE unc's, AE Proofs. The yearly proof/mint sets include the presidents, Kennedy half, GW qtr, Roos dime, Jeff nickel, Lincoln penny oh and the 5 state quarters. I'm currently increasing my gold inventory

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