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About this journal

After reading Jackson64's journal entry, I realized that I had fallen away from the hobby quite a bit. There used to be lively conversations, discussions, and occasional arguments but it was good reading and often quite educational. I first began this odyssey by joining the PCGS club. I lurked on their boards for a number of years and even established a friendship with some of those guys. The partisan bickering and arguing about PCGS vsNGC drove me away. It reminds me so much of the political atmosphere today. In any case, I joined NGC and really enjoyed the camaraderie here. As I check in from time to time now I only see a few familiar names and very little discussion. I was really pleased to see that Bill Jones and Mark Feld were continuing to share their vast wealth of knowledge with everyone. Two finer gentlemen would be difficult to find. I don't know if the change is because NGC decided to quit accepting pcgs coins in their registry or what but traffic has really decreased. Thanks to Jackson for once again posting in an elegant manner about his perspective and changing collecting habits. Food for thought.

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What else do you collect? Beer coasters anyone?

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.  Bein

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my coin chuckle for the day

Today I made an offer for a coin on eBay. The dealer, a very very well known dealer, was asking $328.60.  I offered $285 figuring I could negotiate up to 290.  His counteroffer was 327.99.  The explanation was "my cost is 300...with fees I lose money "  I had to laugh and thought perhaps you all would get a chuckle as well. I don't believe he had $300 in the coin but what a ridiculous counteroffer. Why bother with "make an offer" if you are going to drop the price 61 cents. Anyway I still think

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Hats off to Penny Man

Penny Man takes the award Penny Man took the award for best 1944 mint set this year. I had the honor of that award last year but Penny Man added diligently to his collection throughout this year and as a result passed me by. Congratulations Penny Man and if your set has given you as much pleasure in building as mine has then the award is secondary. However, I am looking to pass you up for 2008 so be forewarned

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going down?

help me I'm shrinking !!!!!! I like to log on the boards once a day just to check in and check out the chat boards for items of interest. There is always a good discussion going on there. 99% of the time it is quite civil and I appreciate that. My concern is that every day I check in my point totals are dropping. I have plummeted several thousand points in the last 5 days or so, even after adding a couple of coins. I enjoy the commemoratives both old and new but apparently there is some point

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I agree with Yevrah about obscured sets

Obscured?? Why bother? I can understand obscured sets for purposes of security but..... obscuring the sets is a choice by the owners of the sets. If they choose to obscure their sets then they should not be able to compete in the awards. I truly enjoy looking at the sets that are ahead of me in the various categories and obscured sets deny me that pleasure. IF you choose to obscure your set, for whatever reason, you should be choosing to eliminate yourself from the annual awards for best se

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re: re: proof 70

Thats why all my coins go to mmcgc I see said the blind man and thats why all my coins go to mmcgc. We get coins back all the time that are mysteriously marked down for reasons we can't see with a 10Xloupe so if you want a proof 70 send it to mmcgc aka munkeyman coin grading company. On the form you will indicate the grade you want by submitting the price required for the grade Best of luck The picture is of my mmcgc ms66 peace dollar DSC03576.J

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Reverse proof silver eagles

I just got my 20th anniversary set I just got my 20th anniversary set and the coin is very nice. Just like the San Francisco coins tho all three eagles were jostled out of their slots in the box. However, this time, they remained in their plastic cases so no damage done. Is it coincidence or arrogance that the mint uses the same box that they charge $110 for in the 2 piece gold and silver eagle set? I am attaching a picture of the reverse proof for those wanting a peek at it while waiting for

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For all of the boat lovers

Another boat coin for the sailors I got such a great response to the last photo that I thought I would add another ship to the archives This coin is from the Singapore Mint and was minted for Western Samoa. .999 fine silver 5 troy ounces with a mintage of 25,000. Whattya think? DSC03492.J

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WOW

Thank you jgrinz Thanks for bringing my coin to life. The coin bears a pretty good resemblance to the actual boat. I had no idea of the background and now you have shown me the real deal. It just makes coins memoralize historical events that otherwise would be lost forever. Thank you again

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Dear Diary or journal or memory keeper or calendar or whatever ;-)

What a community we have here. It seems like our family has become somewhat dysfunctional of late Family members asking questions and getting shot down. Family members judging other journal entries without a license. If questions are not asked and answered rumors will rule. If folks don't feel comfortable asking questions then making up answers will have to suffice. I too have a sketchy journal from SE Asia, thank you for serving my brother silver dollar, and after 35 years I still go back

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I did it again

I ran out of money before I ran out of coins:( I believe I see a pattern developing now. I am buying coins faster than I can sell them so I must cease and desist from buying again. In spite of several coins calling to me I must stop and regroup again. My sets are steadily improving while my bank account says OUCH!!! It looks like a couple of weeks on the sidelines while I sell excess and pay off the credit card again. I am sure to visit my friendly coin dealer for some wheeling and dealing bu

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a breather

A time for reflection as my funds dry up It is the end of the month and my buying spree started early and as a result I have more time than money right now and have to sit on the sidelines while I recoup my expenses with some sales. I have taken the opportunity to explore the trading slabs web site and to look at my own collection. The trading slabs site hosted by Ron Day provides an opportunity to trade doubles or unwanted coins for the cost of postage. It involves a different thought process

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More on the cool site this is

I'm still lovin it but...... I'm still lovin it but Wednesday night I was staying up much too late messin with my coins and trying to make some sense of the whole mess when, in a fit of extreme coordination, I turned and knocked my laptop off of the desk. 30 minutes later it stopped working, much to my dismay. Now, I must share the desktop with my wife who is employed and I am going through withdrawal I am utilizing the down time by organizing, cataloging, culling, and deciding what I am no

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What a cool place this is

My first impressions of this web site I have been a member of this registry for about a week now. What fun it has been to enter my coins into various collections and compare my scores to more established collectors. As I typed in all the numbers, and some more than once , I realized how scattered my collecting had become. In retrospect, I seem to go on binges where I am pursuing a certain type of coin and then I cool off and chase after another. The process of choosing which registry fit the c

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