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Elliptical Clip Mint Error

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to pick up a number of interesting Republic of the Philippines Mint Error coins in Heritage Auctions Weekly On Line World Coin Auction.  The most interesting of the group is a 1964 5 Centavos with an Elliptical Clip Mint Error.  The Elliptical Clip gives the Planchet a distinctive "Football shape". This is the first time that I have seen this type of Mint Error in a Philippine coin. The coin is graded ANACS MS62. I will need to send it to NGC with my next b

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05/09/2020

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05/10/2020

American Liberty 2015 High Relief Gold Coin

I received an email from the U.S. Mint yesterday announcing that their 2015 High Relief 24K Gold Coin will be available for sale on July 30, 2015, at 12 noon (ET). From the description and pictures posted by the mint it looks like this coin will be quite attractive. I wonder if NGC will design a special label for this coin and/or offer a distinctive pedigree for specimens submitted for grading at the ANA World's Fair of Money. DESCRIPTION The United States Mint fulfilled renowned sculptor

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07/02/2015

Spectacular Bronze Toners

Thanks CaptBrian1 for your recent Journal on "Understanding Toned Coins". To continue the thread that you started I would like to emphasize that spectacular toning is not limited to Silver coins. Bronze and Copper coins can also develop spectacular toning. While both NGC and PCGS give preference in their Registries for Bronze coins with the coveted Red (RD) designation I have seen many beautifully toned Red Brown (RB) coins with eye appeal that blows away full Red specimens of the same grade.

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03/07/2015

The Destruction of the United States Manila Mint: The Final Assault

February 22 and 23 was the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops during the Second World War. In recognition of the important role the Manila Mint played in our nation's numismatic heritage I am posting a series of four journal articles on this often forgotten mint. My first Journal article http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/JournalDetail.aspx?JournalEntryID=16394 covered the es

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02/24/2015

The Destruction of the United States Manila Mint: Black Dragons Unleashed

Today is the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops during the Second World War. In recognition of the important role the Manila Mint played in our nation's numismatic heritage I am posting a series of four journal articles on this often forgotten mint. My first Journal article http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/JournalDetail.aspx?JournalEntryID=16394 covered the establishment of

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02/23/2015

Coins and Medals of the United States Manila Mint

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops during the Second World War. In recognition of the important role the Manila Mint played in our nation's numismatic heritage I am posting a series of four journal articles on this often forgotten mint. Yesterdays Journal article http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/JournalDetail.aspx?JournalEntryID=16394 covered the esta

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02/22/2015

The United States Manila Mint: Historical Context

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops during the Second World War. In recognition of the important role the Manila Mint played in our nation's numismatic heritage I am posting a series of four journal articles on this often forgotten mint. Today's Journal article (2/20/2015) covers the establishment of the Mint and the Mint's historical context. Tomorrow's Journal ar

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02/21/2015

U.S. Philippines PCGS Crossovers

My experience with PCGS crossovers has been very different than the earlier posts on this topic. Over the past few years I have submitted many PCGS graded U.S. Philippine Proof coins to NGC for crossover and all but one have crossed at the PCGS grade or higher. NGC treats U.S. Philippine coins in a somewhat schizophrenic manner in that are considered U.S. Coins in the NGC Registry and the NGC Population Reports but are graded by the NGC World Coin Grading Staff. I am not sure why my experien

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01/07/2015

National Military Appreciation Month

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country. http://www.military.com/military-appreciation-month Armed Forces Appreciation Month

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05/25/2014

Newly Completed Near-Gem to Superb-Gem 1905 Proof Set

Gem quality U.S. Philippine Proof Sets of any year are a challenge to assemble and the 1905 Proof Set, with its ultra low mintage of only 471 sets, is the ultimate challenge. U.S. Philippine Proof Sets were not sold in any sort of protective packaging or cases but were contained in plain paper envelopes and each coin was wrapped individually in thin tissue paper. This method of packaging has contributed to the micro thin hairline scratches seen on most proof coins as well as the heavy toning o

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04/29/2014

Kudos Gary

I simply love the NGC Custom Registry Sets for the opportunity it gives serious collectors to share their enthusiasm and in depth knowledge of specialized niches of our hobby with the larger collecting community. Over the years gherrmann44 (Gary), the creator of the fabulous "Gary's Coin of the Month" Collectors Journal series, has created some of the most outstanding Custom Sets in the NGC Registry. All of Gary's Custom Registry Sets demonstrate outstanding photography, creativity, and meti

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01/12/2014

Congratulations Coin928 on your well deserved second consecutive Best Presented Set Award.

Since the Registry Awards started in 2003 NGC has bestowed this prestigious award on only fifty-eight Registry Sets. Coin928 is one of only eight individuals that have been recognized with this high honor on more than one occasion. Look at any of Coin928's Registry Sets and his enthusiasm and dedication to the hobby is readily apparent. All of his sets are fully illustrated and annotated and the photos, and coin descriptions are truly outstanding. Unlike some U.S. Philippine collectors

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01/11/2014

ATTENTION PHILIPPINE & WWII COLLECTORS

COME TO THE PHILIPPINE COLLECTORS FORUM (PCF) MEETING: 1PM, FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH IN ROOM #8 CHICAGO CONVENTION CENTER DURING ANA WORLD'S FAIR OF MONEY SHOW TENTATIVE AGENDA: 1:00-1:15 Ken Seymore: Welcome to the PCF, History of the PCF, and administrative announcements 1:15-1:45 Earl Honeycutt: "Philippine Medals & Tokens: The Path Forward" 1:45-2:00 Neil Shafer Comments on Memphis Lyn Knight Auction of PI JIM Rarities 2:00-2:30 Roger Urce: Santo Tomas Interment Camp during WWII 2

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08/11/2013

New Circulated Coins Only Categories for NGC Registry!

Check out the 42 new Registry categories NGC added today for CIRCULATED COINS ONLY. Here is a link to the NGC news announcement. http://www.collectors-society.com/news/ViewArticle.aspx?IDArticle=3482According to the news release "Circulated Coins Only Registry Sets accept NGC-certified coins graded AU 58 and below. These sets recognize that many collectors prefer to complete sets entirely with coins that were used in commerce. The scoring system is the same as for traditional NGC Registry Sets,

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07/22/2013

Top Pop Acquisition

1904 Half Centavo MS66 RB (Combined NGC/PCGS Population 4/0). When congress approved a coinage system for the U.S. administered Philippine Islands the smallest denomination authorized was the bronze Half Centavo. First struck in 1903 the Half Centavo was poorly accepted by the public and it soon became apparent that this was an unneeded and unnecessary denomination. Production of Half Centavo business strikes was halted in March 1904 and most 1904 Half Centavos were never released into circu

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02/24/2013

United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1936 Roosevelt-Quezon Peso

Today's Journal entry is the twenty-first installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The twentieth and final slot in a NGC USA-Philippines Type Set is the 1936 Roosevelt-Quezon Peso. When the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American war of 1898, the Philippines became a United States possession. Unlike other colonial powers the U.S. always had intentions of giving the Philippine Islands full independence once the inhabitants were given

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02/17/2013

Crossovers

My Collectors Society coupon for last year's renewal has been sitting unused in a desk drawer for almost a year now. With the coupon expiration date fast approaching I figured that it was high time that I stopped procrastinating and sent in my five free submissions. After much deliberation I decided to use the coupon to cross-over five of my PCGS certified USA-Philippines coins. The coins that I am submitting for cross-over are: 1) 1906 Five Centavos, PR 65 (1676 Registry Points) 2) 190

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02/16/2013

United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1936 Murphy-Quezon Peso

Today's Journal entry is the twentieth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The nineteenth of the twenty slots that compose a NGC USA-Philippines Type Set is the 1936 Murphy-Quezon Peso. When the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American war of 1898, the Philippines became a United States possession. Unlike other colonial powers the U.S. always had intentions of giving the Philippine Islands full independence once the inhabitants w

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02/11/2013

United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1936 Murphy-Quezon Fifty Centavos

Today's Journal entry is the nineteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The eighteenth of the twenty slots that compose a NGC USA-Philippines Type Set is the 1936 Murphy-Quezon Fifty Centavos. When the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American war of 1898, the Philippines became a United States possession. Unlike other colonial powers the U.S. always had intentions of giving the Philippine Islands full independence once the in

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02/07/2013

U.S. Mint Strikes Proof Coins From Defective Dies!

Modern U.S. proof coins are gorgeous creations that reflect the height of the mint makers' art. Of course that is what you would expect for specimen coins struck specifically for collectors. The High quality of Modern U.S. Proof coins is a testament to the stringent quality controls standards used in the production of modern proof coins. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century things were very different. Without a doubt the poster child for poorly made proof coins is the 1908 USA/Philippin

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01/31/2013

United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Reduced Size and Weight One Peso of 1907 - 1912

Today's Journal entry is the eighteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The seventeenth of the twenty slots that compose a NGC USA-Philippines Type Set is the Reduced Size and Weight One Peso of 1907 - 1912. When the U.S. Congress established the Standards for U.S. Philippine coins in March 1903 the price of silver was at an all time low. By 1905 rising silver prices brought the bullion value of Philippine silver coins to the level where

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01/28/2013

2012 in Review

Last January I posted a Journal delineating eleven Numismatic Goals and Objectives that I hoped to achieve in 2012. Today's Journal will review those Goals and Objectives and evaluate how successful I was in meeting them. In order to understand how I determined my 2012 Numismatic Goals and objectives it is important for the reader to know two important points about my personal philosophy of collecting. Point number one is that I collect US/Philippine coins and notes as part of a broader stud

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01/25/2013

NGC Registry Awards

Thank you NGC for selecting my 1908 USA/Philippines Proof Set for a "2012 Best Classic Set Award". For the past several years much of my collecting efforts have focused on my Custom USA/Philippines Registry Sets. When NGC established a competitive category for 1908 USA/Philippines Proof Sets (in November 2012) I deleted my "Custom Set" in that category and set up a "Competitive" 1908 Proof Set. While I am honored that NGC selected my 1908 Proof Set for a "2012 Best Classic Set Award" I feel

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01/24/2013

United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1903 -- 1906 Peso

Today's Journal entry is the seventeenth installment in my weekly series on United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The sixteenth of the twenty slots that compose a NGC USA-Philippines Type Set is the large silver Peso of 1903 -- 1906. Without a doubt the 1903 - 1906 Peso is the "King" of the USA/Philippines Type Set. This large (38 mm) crown size coin (the same diameter as a U.S. Morgan Silver Dollar) is the largest coin struck by the United States for use in the Philippines while

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01/20/2013

Congratulations coin928

Congratulations to coin928 for his well deserved Best Presented Set award. Assembling a complete collection of high grade USA-Philippine One Centavos is a tremendous accomplishment and this set is a real beauty. Coin928 always does a wonderful job in presenting his sets and this set is no exception. All of the coins in this difficult to complete series have excellent high resolution photographs and comprehensive and informative descriptions. If you haven't viewed this amazing set yet pleas

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01/18/2013