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Worlds most valueable coin. (well, close cousin)

220 years old. Quite an addition I recently traded 12 of my last lesser coins for one that will crown my collection as the oldest one. USA type. It is a 1795 FLOWING HAIR S$1. In XF40 Two years ago, at a Stacks and Bower auction my coins cousin sold for $10,016,875. The mouth watering desiree the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, a suberb Gem Specimen, finest known to exist. So, while the purchasing power of our US$ has gone down over the years, the value of our coins increases in value

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

04/16/2015

Work, Work, Work!

Man, I'm getting a cramp from typing... Photos are driving me to the nuthouse, but I keep finding the mistakes I am making,so getting easier and quicker at adding coins to the registry. With working, and fending off tropical storms, chores and a few etc's, I hope to have all the coins entered by Sunday evening... Very happy with NGC's effort to find all the info I need to know all there is to know about these coins, each has a pedigree and a wonderful history, from artwork to the path each c

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

07/23/2010

While Wife in Hospital, I got triplets

A NICE SET OF LINCOLNS While my lovely wife Helen was suffering in the ICU for 7 days, I had to commute from my sons home in Lake Royal to Tarboro. N.C. one of the days I spotted an ad for a coin show along route 64. Having a few minutes before expected closing of the show I zipped off the next exit and hit the windows phone looking for COIN SHOWS NEAR ME. Well, Lo, I got one. I made a call suggested by the phone and got a local dealer who was at a show in Washington DC. which was not f

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

08/06/2015

 

What have I done?

Went to a coin show, yikes! L@@k --> 1866 S $20 I went to the F.U.N. Show in Orlando as a dealer, and sold off a bunch of my coins, and added a few. One of the coins I am looking at is an 1866 S $20 Gold No Motto Type 1 Liberty 20 D. It's in AU 58 NGC population 7 and only two better. The last one went thru an auction as AU55 Jan/2007 at quite a high price. I would love to have the coin. Does anyone have any input as to its value? To see old comments for this Journal entry, click h

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CaptBrian

01/18/2013

USING I-PHONE FOR COIN PHOTO

Hope you get an Oscar I left all directions on my comment on the last journal by gherrmann44 OKAY: Here is the body, so you do not have to run to gherrmann44 if you do not want to. I left an eloquent note on how I have learned to do my photos for NGC notes, journals and the registry if not ETC. Unfortunately, my note was lost when I attempted to add it to this reply section, I had written what follows, so I hope this re-do is as wonderful . I had worked with a production company as

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

03/23/2015

UPDATE TO GREEN BEANS ETC

This confirms -at least to me- A few days ago, we had a discussion on one of my journals about the 2nd party grading of the CAC, PQ, MAC. Perhaps others to come, which seem to want a piece of the coin grading pie ($s)and not have to go through the processes of the NGCs and PCGSs. I said before and I reiterate; We do not need high fives from anyone but the good guys! NGC and PCGS. Certainly not two or three or more of them. I just went through a session with CAC and finally gave up. The

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

03/31/2015

Understanding Toned Coins

Do not tone it down Coin toning can actually up or lower the value of coins. Natural coin toning can be quite beautiful. It can also be quite ugly. And because beauty is often times in the eye of the beholder, placing a value on a coin due to its toning can present problems. Should you pay extra or less for toned coins? After all, a coin that is toned is going through a form of corrosion, right? We are talking about a discoloration or patina that forms due to reactions to the metal with

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

03/04/2015

Two sets complete

Indians Indians call the calvary Two completed sets now reside in my collection. My quest to add only PF or MS70 coins or rare ones has been enhanced this weekend at the shows. I sold a lot of my duplicates, and lesser grade modern coins and completed the two indian sets I have been "hiding under my bed" sort of. So now I have two complete sets, and nowhere to go with these so I need to find another avenue to walk. All MS 61, from 1908 thru 1915, and from 1925 thru 1929 nothing missing. (

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

09/26/2013

Two sets complete

Indians Indians call the calvary Two completed sets now reside in my collection. My quest to add only PF or MS70 coins or rare ones has been enhanced this weekend at the shows. I sold a lot of my duplicates, and lesser grade modern coins and completed the two indian sets I have been "hiding under my bed" sort of. So now I have two complete sets, and nowhere to go with these so I need to find another avenue to walk. All MS 61, from 1908 thru 1915, and from 1925 thru 1929 nothing missing. (

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

09/26/2013

Trying to keep/catch up.

Puff wheeze wimper Well, looking for one coin to try to regain my sub 200 collection number. I am looking to do it on one base hit, and not have to go searching for numerous coins. I found an 1860 $2.50 Liberty Head, Old Reverse in MS64. The guy wants $10,500.00 for it. I looked thru the NGC Price guide, and came up with no information. Can anyone out there help me as to its value? Sure would appreciate any help. Capt. Brian PS added in later, redbook shows MS63 at $12,000.00 To

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

04/29/2012

Trip to France, nope, to an old drawer

1817A France G20F And look what came up. Had this hanging around for a while, decided to have it graded, and got a pleasant surprise. There was no slot for it, so NGC is looking at my request to add one. I am havin' too much fun looking at this one, Maybe you better take it. I have a small collection of odd gold coins from pre-1927 and many before 1900. Stay tuned, but these are all available. Now I have to figure out how to get in the chat room. To see old comments for this Journal e

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

06/18/2010

Trade ins make great upgrades

Presto Change-O Traded away my 1990 $50 GAE for a 1989 G$25 and I got $1900 to boot. I feel I got the better end of the stick as I had no place for my 1990 $50, and the 1989 was looking good in the auctions and price guide. I need some trading material so I actually just traded up again. I have been trading up now for over a year, and with very careful trading I have built to my current collection. My number of coins owned have dropped precipitously from over 600 coins to now only about

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

09/28/2015

TO STICKER OR NOT TO STICKER

Do we need CAC, MAC and now PQ? Scrape off those stickers! I know evolution is a reality for many things. I'm sure coin grading is well involved (or should I say, ensnared) in a manufactured market regarding our wonderful coins. I started collecting before all this static came into the picture. I first saw the pretty glitter of physical silver and gold and as you know, if you have been following me, was enticed into numismatics as physicals became boring and not a lot different from tradin

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

03/10/2015

 

Time to change a few coins

Would like to upgrade to a couple of coins available to me. Need to raise some capital to acquire them. So...If I have any that would fit in your collection, let's talk.   Capt. BrianAny of my coins are for sale, except any of the 1997 PF70's of any denomination. Need to raise some capital to acquire them. So...If I have any that would fit in your collection, let's talk.To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

05/30/2010

This time it was true, or nearly.

I got it, a Bass Collection coin Today FEDEX delivered my Bass Collection 1903 S $5 MS66. It is a stunning coin, so bright and lusterous, I feel it should be rechecked for a higher grade, but I bet that has been done at least once. I am going to put this on in the next show and do what I do best, show off. This one put a grin on my face, and along with a 1994 AGE $10 MS70, I can go to bed satisfied for the moment. My sagging Registry number was helped somewhat, but still more searching to d

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

02/01/2013

 

This new addition is out of this world,

THIS COIN FELL FROM THE SKY Something I have been wanting to do for a long time; drive around looking for fun coins to add to my collection. Well, when I saw this one I just had to have it. A silver coin with a piece of meteor. A 2013 Fiji Silver $10, with an actual piece of meteor embedded in it. I guess the meteor fell in France in 1815. The coin is in an NGC holder thicker than usual. I guess this is what collecting is all about; the rare and unusual. There were onl

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

05/29/2014

The Trading floor was humming the last 10 days.

Attention Collectors: feast your eyes on this one. My phone has been humming with making trades all over the place. The other day my 1870 $10 MS60 went to Texas. The new owner was elated and the money did not grow any grass here. I found a wonderful coin which I had been secretly searching for and up it popped one day last week and I received it in my hand today. It is a 1907 High Relief $20 Wire Rim PF65. This is a collectors coin. Frank Leach became mint director of the San Fran

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

11/21/2014

THE FIRST AMERICAN COIN

Is it true, legend, or fancy? Only her hairdresser knows for sure. Have you heard this popular legend? Copper bands surrounding wooden kegs of gunpowder from the American Revolution were used as coin strips to punch the blanks used in the creation of the first American coin, the Flowing Hair, Chain Reverse Large Cent. A second reverse design featuring a wreath was produced in 1793. The first Large Cent, Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse, was minted by the Philadelphia Mint in 1793. It was the fi

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

12/11/2013

The 1855 Kellogg And Co. $50 Gold Gem Commemorative Restrike

To be or not to be a grade? That is the question I have recently acquired the above coin, and it is a stunning example. First of all, it is nearly 2.5 oz. of Au, (boy do I love klinking gold coins. I do not clink this one). It is rated by PCGS as GEM quality, so I suppose it is a graded coin. But has no registration number, ergo I can not put it in my registry. As far as I am concerned, if I can not add it to the registry, it is ONLY a collectible or an investment. Where would you put t

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

08/28/2013

Suspected coin with VARIATION

Once in a rare while, you find one, a rareish or fun coin While I do look hard for coins that are special or rarish, I was not looking for a quarter with a variation. I was simply bumbling along after purchasing a load of silver change, and as I go to coin shows and sometimes get a booth, I am always on the hunt for a rainbow of value so I can at least have a conversation with the entire spectrum of collectors. In January at the F.U.N. Show, I took with me a few wheat pennies. I don't collec

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

02/02/2013

 

Stuck in Neutral

Dear Dad, no mon, no fun your son... Well, all my funds for adding to my collection are used up. Any funds coming in, will be needed for taxes, ROTH IRA, and SEP IRA. Does anyone know if or how we can buy coins, [registerd coins] and have them in our retirement accounts. This is probably my last year for adding funds to those accounts so it is imperative I stop playing for a few minutes and pay attention to retirement. I am already going into the shakes, has been a month already since I ha

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

07/07/2011

 

SPRING CLEANING IN NOVEMBER

Out with the new, in with the old. I am a relatively new collector and being introduced to the world of coins was quite a daunting experience in the beginning. I did not have much focus nor intent, just found itsomething to do with some extra money while I was working for a living. As time went by, and I got more involved, I was intrigued with the wide scope and variety of coins and paper money. [i am just now beginning to see paper money as a new side of my collecting.] A short while

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

11/23/2013

So far So good...

The new website for NGC.. I like it so far. Was having a little bit of difficulty in the beginning, with loading etc, but seems it is flying low, and rising. (kinda like gold)Anyway, I seem to be getting the hang of it, and can offer no suggestions. Good move so far. Have to inspect several areas yet. Thanks NGC Capt. Brian To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

07/27/2010

Slipping Fast

Just when I take a break... Just when I take a break, everyone goes out and finds coins to buy and submarine my coveted 200th ranking, now I have disappeared into the fog at 213. Geezo, I have bills to pay and 7 or 8 children to feed, a travel agent with two kids in college who needs my money. Not much left for coins. Guess I will have to get a 2nd job. So as I peruse the want ads, will you folks stop being so loose with your money and allow me a breather so I can catch up to my old rank

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

04/14/2012

Should I grade all of these?

Should I or should I not? Only my grader knows for sure. I think I have discovered my real reason for messing with coins and paper money. It is the chase, the hunt, the quest for the holy grail as it were. Yes, I buy Ag and Au due to the investment fact I feel metals will rise in price enough to cover buying stocks and waiting for good news. Economically, I feel over the longer haul of 2 - 4 years, my bullion coins will surpass the best of the stocks and indices. BUT... It is the fun

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

02/19/2013