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Reverse of the 1958 pic only

Still getting use to the way things are here. Could have posted the reverse here with the obverse before, but didn’t know how. I promise to continue to improve 🙃 this is a simply gorgeous example of a nicely toned 1950’s era mint set coin. kerry

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W.K.F.

06/10/2019

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06/11/2019

 

A much better photo

Greetings...    just wanted to share the obverse of the previously posted pic of my 1958 Franklin PCGS MS 67+ Highest graded non fbl Franklin for the year. One of about a hundred total at both grading agencies. Less than that with CAC also. This pic shows the beautiful colors much better imo. Hope you like it. I always say collect what you like. I like Frank! Happy Collecting to all kerry

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W.K.F.

06/10/2019

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06/11/2019

Will the times ever be perfect?

Greetings Collectors,    Answer... not in our lifetime. Yet we can always strive to make things better. And learn from history. i was born in 1954. A great year to be into coin collecting. Just not old enough then to buy any great coins at great prices. Yet. (would like to have loaded up on proof coinage from 1950-1953. Or maybe crawled to every big bank in and around Philadelphia  a year later at age one, to load up on rolls of Lincoln cents of 1955) i just glanced at my first re

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W.K.F.

06/04/2019

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06/10/2019

 

NGC vs PCGS? (who’s the best?)

Greetings Collectors, Sitting here at the desk looking at a couple new arrivals. However  three of the four won’t be included in my set here because they’re in PCGS slabs. Still having trouble adjusting to the rule only NGC holders allowed. Only because one would like to be able to share ones entire graded collection. That’s only fair though. PCGS never allowed NGC coins at any time. Enough on that.   I will say for the record, imo, both NGC and PCGS are great accurate graders. In

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W.K.F.

06/01/2019

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06/13/2019

 

This is exactly the feeling I missed...

Greetings Collectors,    I missed the fellowship. All of you, and I are alike in many ways. Yet different. To explain, I’ll use surfing. The guys and girls I shared that hobby with and still do, are/is an entirely different atmosphere. You feel one way there and interact. At work you use another mode of interaction with those you grow close to. Your doctor etc... Here, this is, and always has had, that other air about it. I know I didn’t say that right, as it’s kinda hard to describe u

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W.K.F.

05/24/2019

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05/31/2019

 

Up for air after a while.

Greetings Collectors,    I’ve been away for some time. I think I’m back? Hardly recognize the site from what I recall? Never left this hobby. Never forgot any of you. I took a vacation from cable tv, social media and other what I came to view as distractions to sanity? And, to use an old saying... to find myself. Well...  I’ve found that while this hobby can’t be shared with all of those we know, (for security reasons) it can be shared here, somewhat annonomosly. With those here t

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W.K.F.

05/22/2019

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05/24/2019

 

The Hobby We All Love...Follow-Up With Input by 2 Others You All Know...

A couple emails received from our fellow collectors, that I'm sure you will gain way more than a little from reading them... Enjoy!Greetings Fellow Collectors,My last couple journals seemed to have exposed company in my mindset, and in my feelings I shared with you all. And to share just a couple emails I have received:The first is from a collector I've known and respected for years. His name is Gary and you will see his user ID below. Most if not all of you know him. But in the case you do not

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W.K.F.

03/28/2014

 

Hobbies & The Justification We Use To Continue Them...

The stories and the tales used to continue doing what we do...Here are a few good arguments for those of you who play a lawyer on TV. Greetings Collectoors, Marcus aka Texans Coins hit the nail right on the head. And thank you Marcus for your kind words & your journals also. Wow did it bring back memories of my statements when caught or the rush to beat the wife to the mail kiosk to name a couple things. I'm sure that there are many who have had an appetite in the procurement of coin

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

03/27/2014

 

Hobbies??? & When you've Chosen This Particular One...

All hobbies as you know, cost money! Some, way more than others... Greetings Collectors, Hobbies are something that most Americans enjoy. Some love to play golf. Others are heavily into fishing and will go out every chance they get. Although I have never enjoyed the hobby or sport of hunting, there are many that do. Those with deep pockets will go to far away places such as Africa for big game, and those with a more shallow wallet will just count the days until deer season comes in the Fa

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W.K.F.

03/26/2014

Coin Doctoring IS NOT OK in my Opinion...

But many of you know that every big dealer in this country has been guilty of doing just that. But me, I do not do that. Some of you may think otherwise, & that's your right. Greetings Collectors, I probably should not have posted that last journal, and will maybe delete it, now that Ive thought about it. Then again maybe I won't. Haven't decided yet. To comment on what Joe said, I agree 110%. It's just that I have had so many nice, mostly gold coins that were in good slabs originally

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W.K.F.

03/24/2014

 

Old Green Holders... Smaller Rattler Slabs vs Regular Size OGH Slabs?

To me these two types of slabbed coins along with the old NGC "Fatty" Slabs are by far the best of the older slabs. And the oldest slabs from the oldest third party graders that go by the name... Greetings Again Collectors, Not sure why, but I'm in a writing mood that I have plotted out at least a couple dozen+ more journal topics to write on. And more seem to be popping up at the rate of several a day. So many in fact, I have gotten to the point that I am having to start a list, so that I d

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W.K.F.

02/17/2014

 

All That I Write Here, is Aimed Toward my Fellow Collectors...

Thank all of you, very much! Your thank you emails make the time I spend, very well worth it. Greetings my Fellow Collectors, In my entire life of collecting coins, I have made more mistakes and have been taken by dealers who saw me coming from a mile away. In each one of those, what I would like to call miss-steps, but deep down I know they were nothing but stupid mistakes, that was no ones fault but mine. Gosh, to be able to go back to the very beginning, and do it all over again would be

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

02/16/2014

 

What is Better, NGC, PCGS or ANACS? or buying from The HSN?

In my opinion only two of the above are worth owning...& HSN is one place that should be exposed as to who & what they are... Greetings Collectors,   The argument continues as to which of the third party graders are the best? All three of the above have changed their slab's appearance, as the three have done several times before in the past, with PCGS having changed more times than the other two. But as I have said before in previous posts, always buy the coin and never just buy t

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W.K.F.

02/13/2014

 

A Question From & an Answer/tips to a Beginner Collector Here...

Beginning Collectors can NEVER be armed with too much info...Nor can those that have been collecting for a while. Greetings Collectors, During the last few weeks I have received an abundance of questions & comments from fellow collectors. I have saved their questions/comments and I have saved my answers/replies to them. Also just FYI I don't participate in the message chat boards, but anyone can comment on any post I make here by posting a journal of their own, or by contacting me direct

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W.K.F.

02/11/2014

 

The Nickel May Soon be Gone & Later You May be Rich...

At least gone in the composition it has always been made in since 1866... Greetings Collectors, I have taken a little break from posting lately but before I make this post, I want to apologize for my last post concerning and insinuating that quite possibly those that rank above me in the $10 Liberty series, may not even own the coins they claim to own. I incorrectly assumed this just because those above me did not have photos or descriptions posted. That is, all but one collector. I know how

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

02/10/2014

Obscured Sets & Sets with NO PICS or DESCRIPTIONS???

Those of you with good pics and even better descriptions worked your A-- off getting there... I know!!! BEWARE there are a couple of "rants" below! Greetings Collectors, Well the coins I was waiting on finally arrived today. And with these four additions I am broke, but did finally reach my goal of making it into the top ten of my $10 Liberty/Coronet gold (1838-1906) minted at the New Orleans Mint with this 1854-O small date. I have just two more coins I will be able to trade for and after t

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

02/05/2014

Photo's & Info on Four Modern "MUST HAVE" Coins...

There are others but these are four pictured below that won't break the bank...If purchased one at the time. Greetings Collectors, I've been doing a lot of talking about the waste of many modern pieces. But with all due respect there are a few on the flip-side that for the average collector these ARE as I said, MUST HAVE PIECES that will not destroy one's pocketbook. Any reverse proof coin in silver or gold, and if the funds are available, the Reverse Proof $50 Gold Buffalo which by the wa

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W.K.F.

01/24/2014

 

TIPS, Regardless if you're a Collector or an Investor...

One should ALWAYS remember a couple of things...Which are oh so important tips! Greetings Collectors, First of all I wanted to say that my greeting in my journal posts should be addressed to collectors, rather than collectors & investors for the simple reason that this is the NGC Collectors Society and not the NGC Investors Society. I had quite a few emails concerning my last post and while I answered several, I felt it better to address the many questions and comments here rather tha

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W.K.F.

01/23/2014

 

WHAT IS THE CHANCE OF THE AVERAGE JOE WINNING AN AWARD?

Actually Pretty Darn Good. And I am living proof of this. Greetings Collectors, Now that the award deadline has come and gone, there are many of you wishing and hopeing for an award. Now as most of you know there are many types of awards. You have three for many of the categorys, and of course if you have the number one set in a series, there is but a single winner there. But to win this last award with a number one ranked set, one has to have very very deep pockets such as a doctor, a law

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

12/09/2013

California Gold Rush Gold...1849-P $10 Gold Obverse

The vast majority of all gold found during the California gold rush for the first few years, made its way back to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia PA to be minted into coins but some made it to New Orleans and finally the San Fransisco Mint when it was finally constructed. Along with the Carson City Mint too. Greetings Collectors, Having said all of that above, it would be nice to have one of these old gold coins speak of its history and its travels. I do believe that an 1849 $10 gold piece wou

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

12/08/2013

RIGHT ON AUDROP! The Points system and FMV is WAY outta line!

WOW, I COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER MYSELF! Also a close up of my 1849-P Reverse...Collectors, I just read the post by audrop and it took me back to quite a few posts I have made on the same subject. audrop went on to say, politely I might add, that this is just but one mans opinion. But actually I do honestly believe what was said on the FMV and on the points system issue is the view of the vast majority except maybe the collector who has 15-20 sets of Sac Dollars with all of them the sam

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

12/08/2013

3 of my 4 $10 Gold Libertys Arrived Today & Were Entered With 55 Minutes to Spare...

Talk about Going Down to The Wire... Greetings Collectors, Just wanted to share with you all what arrived in the mail today. Three of the four coins I had been waiting on came early this A.M. And I have just entered them into my $10 Liberty set. Today I received two old green holders with an 1874-P in one and an 1890-P in the other. The third was a nice 1883-S in a new PCGS slab. Now all I am waiting on from Apmex is my 1849-P PCGS AU-53. Good luck to all of you with your sets who are

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

12/02/2013

Is it Normal for a collector to change Gears/Interests Multiple Times?

I know it has been that way for me for many many years...I have accused myself of being a whore the way I would jump from one love to another. This may not be normal, and if it is not, then I am a sad case indeed. But it has always been the makeup of my coin collecting attitude. Greetings Collectors, Thank you all so much for your kind words about my Ten Dollar Liberty Gold. I have been working on these coins for so very long, but unfortunately a single coin is 3-5 times what I use to pay f

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

11/29/2013

 

Too Late For An Award Consideration, But....Maybe not...

Made a trade with some ungraded foreign gold for three more $10 Liberty's that are on the way. And I found a very nice 1849-P $10 on the Apmex web site to make a total of four coming my way. Greetings Collectors,   The addiction of ten dollar Liberty gold continues with me, but may be too little too late for a best presented set for 2013. I was able to trade almost melt gold for melt gold on three of the four. But I believe I got the better of the trade. I was not able to acquire any New Or

W.K.F.

W.K.F.

11/28/2013

Four Examples of my Latest Obsession in $10 Liberty Gold

The New Orleans Ten Dollar Libertys Which is the only Branch Mint Gold I can afford...Greetings Collectors,It has been a while since my last post but I have been keeping myself quite busy trying to single out beautiful examples of my my latest favorite coin series. The $10 Liberty Gold from New Orleans.With the four examples pictured below, I now have all the O-Mint tens for the 20th century and all but two of the New Orleans tens from the 1890s. I have found through a great dealer friend of mi

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W.K.F.

11/17/2013