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    ANA and NGC to Launch ANA Registry

    Thank you for your concerns, but there are absolutely no plans to eventually phase out the NGC Registry. We’ve made a lot of investments in the NGC Registry over the last year and with this announcement we will be devoting even more resources towards making the NGC Registry and the ANA Registry the best possible platforms for collectors. It’s not difficult for us to support a shared database – we already host the NGC Registry on NGCcoin.com, NGCcoin.cn, NGCcoin.hk and NGCcoin.hk, all using a shared database. Whether you choose to use the NGC Registry or the ANA Registry or both, you can expect to see lots of new and improved features in the near future. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months as we continue to develop the NGC Registry and ANA Registry.
  2. 7 points
    Some FUN fun.....
  3. 6 points
    From the Wife for our anniversary today. AU58 but far superior to the only example I had before this.
  4. 5 points
    Picked up these yesterday
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    Most of my token purchases come from Ebay, and I usually search for them using terms like "Mississippi (or Miss or MS) Token," "Lumber Token," etc. But, every now and then I try something different, and I recently searched just the word "Tokens," and stumbled across a listing for a maverick (unattributed) token. I thought I recognized the business name, Crescent Bakery, from my Mississippi token reference book, so I looked it up, and it was indeed a token from Gulfport, which was listed as an R10. That means that, when the book was written, there was only one of those tokens known to exist. Obviously, rarity estimates have to be taken with a grain of salt, since new discoveries are being made and new hoards are sometimes uncovered, but this token is not listed on the Token Collector website, meaning that one probably has not come up for sale in several years, if ever. So, I presume that there are still only a handful of them in existence - maybe 4 or 5, or even less (just a guess on my part, admittedly.) The token was obviously dug from the ground, because it showed environmental damage, and he had it listed for $8.99 plus shipping, but I offered the seller $5, and he took it. Needless to say, I was happy to get it, despite the ugliness, since it may be the only chance I will ever have to add one of these to my collection. Earlier this week, after going through all of my usual search terms, I entered just the name " Mississippi" in the search bar, and narrowed the field to "Coins and Paper Money." Up popped a token from a little town named Carnes, which did not have the word "token" anywhere in the title. Had I not tried something different, I would not have found this one, either. This one was an R8, and I did not have an example, so I put in my bid, and ended up winning it. As an added bonus, it is an ex-Terry Trantow piece. (Trantow wrote the book on lumber company tokens.) And, it happened again yesterday. I searched Coins and Paper Money again, this time using the term "Miss." I found a set of four tokens from Bay St. Louis, on the gulf coast. Unfortunately, I got outbid at the last minute on these The seller's images of the Gulfport token are large, so I won't post them, but here is the second one:
  6. 4 points
    A few acquistions from the FUN show:
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    Post your most recent acquisition: US

    These two arrived last week.
  9. 3 points
    My newest acquisition and the oldest coin in my collection. I do love old gold.
  10. 3 points
    I don't think that I ever shared this one over here. Picked up about a month ago....
  11. 3 points
    Just Bob

    1945 Silver Penny?? Help

    Cyclonite is a high explosive made from hexamine, and is also known as RDX. I sort of doubt your coin is made from that.
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    1926 D 5c - Small D Mintmark?

    There was only a single D mintmark punch used for 1926-D nickels. As the dies erode, this letter becomes distorted, and repolishing of the dies to extend their service life will reduce the size of the mintmark by making it shallower. The edges are beveled, so as the field is polished away the mintmark seems to become smaller.
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    Post your most recent acquisition: US

    This one arrived in the mail today.
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    I see this developing in two possible ways: either some of this stuff you talk about will set them apart, or, it will eventually be announced that NGC is retiring this, incomplete new registry and the ANA Registry is the "NEW new NGC Registry." Looking at the announcement, I'm thinking 2020 may be the last year for the NGC Registry awards with the ANA awards replacing them in 2021, unless this new ANA registry is delayed. That is all, of course, 100% speculation on my part. Edited to add: the only rationale I could see for keeping both unless they differentiate them somehow is that the ANA Registry will depend on the continued partnership between ANA and NGC where the NGC Registry doesn't, so ditching this place and going all-in with ANA could pose some business risks for NGC. Personally, I could really get behind this place going NGC-only, with no grandfathering, and the ANA Registry becoming the platform for mixed sets. But I really hope they at least open things to ANACs coins there if that happens. An ANA Registry not allowing ANACs seems odd.
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    Thanks for running this contest again!
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    I won 2 Best in Category awards - the first for my Denmark 2 Kroner Type Set, Silver, 1875-1958, circulation and the other for Equatorial Guinea 100 Pesetas, 1970-Date, Proof. It should be noted that my Equatorial Guinea set only has 1 coin filled, but I am the only one with a set registered!
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    Sam is now 1 year old! He’s still not crawling or walking, but he’s sitting up on his own. He managed that skill at 11 months, which is very good for a 29-week preemie that had a grade 4 IVH which was then complicated by hydrocephalus. His PT, neurologist, neurosurgeon, ophthalmologist, and pediatrician are quite happy with him. Side note – an infant should not have so many doctors, but I digress. PT thinks he’ll soon be army crawling. The main hold up for that and sitting up on his own seems to be that he’s weak on the right side, which is likely a direct result of the brain bleed. He’s also behind on speech and some fine motor skills but we’re working with him on that along with everything else – Shandy stays quite busy with him. The OT evaluator thinks he probably does have some of the fine motor skills but he’s too busy focusing on gross motor control to show them off – an odd paradox in a way. One of the first things we had to work with him on was getting him to track and follow objects with his eyes and head and to reach for things. We found out about five months ago that part of the problem is he’s extremely far sighted, even for a baby and his eyes were crossing, We got him glasses, but they also recommend bright objects, things that light up and thing that flash and which are, therefore, easier to see. As it happens, infants share an affinity for shiny objects with cats. If I hold up a coin, he’ll consistently look at it take it from me. He seems to quite like them. If I give him just one, he’ll take it and switch it between his hands, work it between his fingers and manipulate it with both hands. It seems like this should be good for fine motor development and he seems to find them interesting. They also seem like a good shape for making him practice a pincer grasp, which is something OT says he needs to work on. If he gets one in each hand, he’ll bang them together. My wife watches all this and says, “He’s definitely yours.” I’m the only one that gives him coins. She, meanwhile, insists on being boring, and gives him baby toys. Here are some of his 1st birthday and cake smash photos: ' Nope. I don’t like the little bugger at all. 😊
  22. 2 points
    Sometimes, things just get pushed under the rug or to the back of the refrigerator, or maybe in a box in a corner storeroom. Where wherever they were found, about 1,000 lbs (80 to 90 individual coinage dies) were found at the New Orleans Mint in late 1884. At present we don't have an inventory of the dies, but we know what happened to them. Smash. Bang, Crush. The red margin note is probably contemporary with the letter.
  23. 2 points
    Just Bob

    I need an opinion

    The Dolphins won't make it to the Superbowl next year.
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    I need an opinion

    Since there is no question, I have no opinion. It's a quarter.
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    Just Bob

    1945 Cyclonite Gaine Brass Disc Cent?

    Wow. This just went from odd to bizarre. I think we are dealing with a situation that requires much more assistance than I am able offer, so I will just say, "Best of luck to you."
  26. 2 points
    You must have misunderstood. He wasn't saying that you need to post pictures of your coins. Oh, no, he was saying you actually have to share your coins with us. It's a rule that new members, especially those who work for major coin dealers, have to send out free samples to all of the other members.
  27. 2 points
    Roger, I love your contributions. I haven't frequented here often, usually ATS, but I remembered you are here and your posts are a "must see".
  28. 2 points
    I have always had good dealings with MCM, glad to have you aboard, Ashley.
  29. 2 points

    1851 gold $1

    No problem. It's refreshing to be teaching this rather than examining yet another damaged modern penny that is worth one cent. Numerically, coins grade from 0 (BA, or basal) to 70 (MS, top of the range, essentially a coin that is perfect even under exam with a 10x (right, guys?) loupe. MS starts at 60. G is 4-6, VG is 8-10, F (fine) is 12-15, VF (very fine, of course) is 20-35. EF begins at 40 and AU begins at 50. So if you assume that AU-58 is a coin that looks mint state (MS, of course) but some small amount of wear is noted that means it's not quite mint state, you'd be right. For VF (summarizing very broadly and briefly), one is looking for a good percentage of original detail, modest wear on the high points. A VF-30 or 35 would be an exceptional specimen that just falls short of EF-40; for example, a coin that is a lock for 40 but has a small edge ding (not allowed in EF). So--and this is just my opinion, and I'm not a dealer nor a professional grader, haven't even gone to grading school--the surface of your little gold coin (and that's not a putdown; I think they are very cool and interesting) looks buffed or polished, not original, so I suspect it's been cleaned. Not sure how roughly. Detailwise, look at Ms. Liberty's hair. On your example, I see significant wear with detail loss, but it's not all gone. VF would be, according to my grading guide: beads at top of coronet partially separated (yes), LIBERTY complete (definitely), hair around face and neck noticeably worn but well outlined (seems to be), some star centers show details (I think I see details in two, that's 'some'); light even wear on legend and date (question is how light; let's say okay), only traces of leaf ribs are visible (exceeds this standard), bow knot is flat on high point (definitely). So we have only one criterion where it's questionable at all, and minimally so. VF-20 cleaned seems reasonable. On close examination of the photos, I think F-15 would be too harsh, and that VF-30 would be pushing it (you'd need better hair strands and coronet bead separation). But that's part of how these grades are derived, with all the customary caveats about the unreliability of grading from a photo taken behind a flip's mylar, etc.
  30. 2 points
    Thanks for letting us know. We will delete the coin.
  31. 2 points

    ANA and NGC to Launch ANA Registry

    Not at all! The ANA and ANACS haven't had anything to do with each other for several decades. The LAST time they had ANYTHING to do with each other is now 30 years in the past.
  32. 2 points

    1981 proof penny

    Can we please leave this subject alone?
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    DIMES are Beautifully Designed

    New to the forum hi everyone Looks like a rivet from a snap Post mint add on
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    Top Pop! MS68FT
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    Apparently this is a thing that exists. Now in its 2nd edition.
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    ANA and NGC to Launch ANA Registry

    Sounds to me like the recently restored all inclusive NGC registry will become the ANA registry and the Exclusive NGC registry will return.
  37. 2 points

    ANA and NGC to Launch ANA Registry

    I would also like to see ANACS and ICG included, but for world coins I can see where it could become crazy - the Canadians would probably lobby for the inclusion of ICCS and maybe CCCS, etc. I also mulled over the prospect of raw coins, but anything grade-based would be crazy too. If it was opened up to community-based grading, the prospect of "shill graders" comes to mind.
  38. 2 points
    Thank you for your concerns, but there are absolutely no plans to eventually phase out the NGC Registry. We’ve made a lot of investments in the NGC Registry over the last year and with this announcement we will be devoting even more resources towards making the NGC Registry and the ANA Registry the best possible platforms for collectors. It’s not difficult for us to support a shared database – we already host the NGC Registry on NGCcoin.com, NGCcoin.cn, NGCcoin.hk and NGCcoin.hk, all using a shared database. Whether you choose to use the NGC Registry or the ANA Registry or both, you can expect to see lots of new and improved features in the near future. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months as we continue to develop the NGC Registry and ANA Registry.
  39. 2 points
    Really nice blue toning housed in older holders. The 62 is back at NGC for regrading now.
  40. 2 points
    Just Bob

    How can I get my penny certified

    Not trying to burst your bubble, Erik, but neither of these coins is worth the cost of grading fees, insurance, shipping, etc. The '46 S is circulated, and is worth about 15 cents maximum. The '56 D, while possibly uncirculated, would have to grade MS67 RD or better to be worth the the cost, and, judging by just the picture of the obverse, it would not grade that high.
  41. 2 points
    Ah, good old Appalachia. That brings up some unpleasant memories. I wouldn't call this hoard "numismatic history" so much as "notorious scam."
  42. 2 points
    James G. Berline

    NGC and Staff members,

    To NGC and Staff members, I wanted to get back to you for such a nice write-up you did featuring my Jefferson collection. I've often known I made no mistake selecting this company where the quality service is often the deciding factor. The members who put this together 'Thanks so much' it means alot. This was a very exciting journey for me- so many ways to collect in this series'I wanted to get a little of each type. As much as I'd of loved to complete this collection'due to my health issues-it would be very difficult for me now. However' I will keep checking back to view the new players in the Ngc Registy'- I enjoy reading their journals excited when finding a particular nickel. I wish all at Ngc the very best and I look forward to staying in touch with you. Respectively' James G. Berline PS: I'd love to hear from my old friends and new' text me when you get the time. (attachment of my collection-safely secured in safe deposit box) > My Email: jb857450@charter.net
  43. 2 points
    The 1901-S and 1903-S Barber dimes with Reverse 3 (the "thick ribbon") are tough to find in any grade, and finding decent examples that wouldn't break my bank was a long process. Then I landed on both from the same seller! Two coins left to complete my set of the scarcer design transition varieties.
  44. 2 points
    If this comes about, you are morally obligated to post a pic of you both playing (or pretending to play) banjos.
  45. 2 points
    What happened to 12,000 1895-P silver dollars? The fact that 12,000 silver dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint on June 28, 1895 is well documented and beyond any reasonable dispute. But since then, not one circulation-quality coin has been discovered. All 1895-P dollars examined by experts, authentication companies and others have been revealed as circulated proofs – one of 880 proof dollars made that year for sale to coin collectors. After completing my 2006 research article on manufacture of the coins, I attempted to determine the fate of these 12,000 pieces of silver. Initially the coins, in 12 canvas bags were placed at the front of a vault cage and promptly forgotten. Other dollar bags for 1896-1899 were packed on top and around the 1895s. Their only distinguishing mark was the notation “1895-P” printed in black ink on each bag. In general, the US Mints did not segregate coins by date. It really did not matter what date was on coins in a silver dollar vault and cage, only that there was a specific dollar amount of money present in silver dollars. This value was attested to by a special vault seal that listed the contents of a vault and was dated and signed by several mint officers. Breaking the seal required permission from the Superintendent and Mint Bureau Head Quarters. Initial storage thus created an orderly jumble of coin dates – a confusion in which 12 lonely bags could easily get ignored. But a much greater problem occurred. A New Philadelphia Mint building was scheduled to open in 1901/2 and as soon as basement vaults were complete in September 1901, transfer of silver dollars from old to new building began. In addition, many of the old coin bags had deteriorated and millions of coins had to be sorted, counted and put into boxes. The new mint has a single large “Silver Vault” where all silver coins would be stored. Silver dollars were in a separate part, but not sorted by anything except whether they were in boxes or bags. When transfer began, approximately $1.2 million in dollars was moved per day. Some days these were boxed dollars; some days they were bagged coins; some days a mixture. Extant letters comment that coins were taken from “Vault C” in the old mint to the “Silver Vault” in the new mint. The result was to completely jumble any old mint organization of silver dollars by date, and create a large mixed mountain of silver dollars. When dollar coins began to be rolled out during implementation of the Pittman Act in spring 1918, no attention was paid to dates of bags or boxes. It is likely here, or during one of the smaller silver dollar meltings that the few 1895 silver dollars vanished. The only 1895-P dollars with a chance of survival were the ten pieces sent to the Annual Assay Commission. Unused coins were routinely put into circulation through the Philadelphia Cashier’s office. There is no record of any 1895-P dollar being sent from the Philadelphia Mint for any other purpose except Special Assay on June 19, and those coins were always destroyed during testing. I hope this lengthy comment will help collectors better understand the 1895 dollar situation and the likely fate of the coins.
  46. 2 points
    When I'm hunting on the bay, I try all sorts of descriptions. You never know what comes up.
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    Follow the lead picture post.

    I need to get some closeups of this one day, but for now.
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    Fenntucky Mike

    NGC Registry Annual awards

    BlakeEik, There were a few award anomalies in some of the sets I compete in. The sets have since been corrected with no requests to do so, at least from me. It looks like NGC is working through the registry and correcting any errors, give it time. Mike,
  49. 2 points
    I won a best presented set back in 2005, which is good enough for me! Congrats to all of this year's winners!
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    Follow the lead picture post.

    Frosty, better date, gem in an OGH!!! Bizarre Blast White sticker...LOLZ