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You don’t always have to buy another coin to upgrade your set.

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Every year around this time, I review my sets and pick one to focus on for documentation.  This year, the choice was pretty easy.

I completed my U.S/Philippines Ten Centavos set in 2016 with a very low grade 1915S that I had purchased as a raw coin ten years earlier.  At the time, a total of just ten 1915S 10 centavos had been graded by NGC, with only two of those grading above AU58.  The odds of obtaining an NGC graded 1915S were virtually zero, and raw coins didn't come up for auction very often, so I just decided to grade the only one I had.  Just ten days after it received a VG-8, a better looking raw coin came up for auction. I won it and had it graded in August 2016.  That same month, yet another raw 1915S popped up on eBay.  This one was much better looking than the one I had just sent for grading, so I bid aggressively and won it.  This third coin now resides in my set with a grade of AU55.  The current total population is now 13, so these three coins have been the only additions in the past 3 years.  I have acquired one more raw example since then, but have yet to have it graded.

I’ve been able to upgrade seven other coins since then, one in 2018, and all of the rest in the past 6 months.  Six were upgraded to MS65 and one to MS66I acquired a very nice looking raw 1904 in August for a good price on eBay and it far exceeded my expectations when NGC graded it MS66.  Getting back to the title of this post, I had added an NGC MS64 1907S to my set in 2013.  That grade always seemed very conservative to me, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally decided to have it reviewed.  Sometimes your best upgrade is already in your set.  (Before and after photos are below)

There is now a full description for the set and all 30 coins have two photos and date/mint/coin specific information.  More upgrades are possible, but I expect they’ll be coming a lot less frequently.

Thanks, for reading.

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Very nicely and cost-effectively done. Most often, I never think of submitting the coins I already own. The last time I re-submitted a coin it was a nice MS-64 1917 Standing Liberty Quarter that returned the same grade. I have a quick question though, did you crack out the 07-S before you resubmitted it? Did you ask Mark Salzburg his opinion on resubmitting at the ANA WFM? Gary

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Hi Gary,  This is one that I showed to Mark Salzberg last August in Chicago.  Meeting with him at his "Ask the Expert" sessions has generally been the best 5 minutes of the ANA WFM.  There was a good crowd this year and people really took advantage of the opportunity.  Mark didn't explicitly say that it would upgrade, he just said it would look better in a new holder and that it might upgrade.  And no, I did not crack it out first. As a matter of fact, I've never cracked one out before submitting for a regrade, but most have been reviewed by Mark first.

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Left unsaid is the fact that the re-holder put your coin into the new kind of case where we can see the rims and deal less with obstructive foam shadows around the edge.

I send older NGC coins back for a reholder based on that alone, without expecting an upgrade.  It's also an excuse to break them out and video them before they get back behind the plastic.

I just discovered these PH coins a couple years ago when I started putting together a set of coins from every country of 1916.  For 1916 the biggest PH one you can get is the 20C.  Those are a tough date but they are around on Ebay and auctions - for a lot in the higher grades.  Mine is AU details hairlines and does not have the luster or color I want.  I recently gave my buddy a 1911 PH peso on range day since he is himself of PH descent, and into handguns.  It's a great-looking huge silver USA coin that most people don't know exists

 

 

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Good story / post.

One of these days, if I ever complete it, I'd like to re-holder my 10G set to make them all match. I think some of my coins in old fatties might pick up a point if I try for it at that point.

Tracking down an 1880, 1885 and 1886 for that set is... Not trivial.

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7 hours ago, deposito said:

I just discovered these PH coins a couple years ago when I started putting together a set of coins from every country of 1916.  For 1916 the biggest PH one you can get is the 20C.  Those are a tough date but they are around on Ebay and auctions - for a lot in the higher grades.  Mine is AU details hairlines and does not have the luster or color I want.

It's interesting that you mention the 1916-S 20C.  I acquired a raw one last year for a reasonable XF/AU price and had it graded in August 2018.  It turned out to be one of my most satisfying acquisitions.

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I'd like to one day send in all my thai  coins/world crowns to get reholdered/add my daughters name on it: xxxx collection. Maybe  I might get a few upgrades!

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