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      Try the new NGC Journals!   03/22/2017

      NGC has launched a new and improved NGC Journals! Available on NGCcoin.com, the new NGC Journals improves upon the popular platform to write blogs and discuss them with other members. The new NGC Journals has an improved design that makes it significantly easier to post and read journals from any device, including smartphones and tablets. Adding images has been made much simpler, and the NGC Journals now give users the ability to create polls and "like" other entries. A popular feature of the old NGC Journals was the ability to open an entry to comments from other users. This feature has been retained and enhanced — users can now comment on the same page as the original Journal entry, creating a seamless experience. Best of all, the same login can be used to post Journals, make comments and access the other features of the NGC website. Old NGC Journals entries will be migrated to the new NGC Journals soon. In the meantime, users can make posts to the new NGC Journals. To get started, create a Journal and make an entry. Unlike the old NGC Journals, you create a single Journal and then add new entries to it. Your Journal can be customized with a cover photo, and you can choose to make it available to all users or only to the users that you select. You can also choose to receive notifications whenever people comment on one of your entries. Scroll below for helpful tips on using the new NGC Journals or go to the new NGC Journals now >   Instructions / Tips To get started, you must first create your Journal and then you can add entries to that Journal. Choose Journals from the Browse menu if you are not already on the Journals page

        Click Create a Journal

        Name your journal, add a description, add a photo, and choose if you want all users to see your journal or if you would like it available to a specific audience only. Click Continue to move on to the next step where you can add you first entry!

        Click Add Journal Entry to add a post to your journal

        Commenting on another user's Journal is easy. After selecting a journal to read, scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find the field where you may enter your comments and see the comments others have posted.

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    Agreed--I used to have between 100 to 200 "views" within a week of writing a journal. Now that the author name is removed and quick access to a simple journal page is removed ( and seems to appear and disappear on the home page), I have gotten appx 220 views on 6 journals. The journals have been killed--NGC, please restore what was actually working. If the goal was to increase participation in the "chat" boards, then you have failed twice over. Many journal participants and those who enjoy the journal style vs open discussion chat forums are not participants of both. For example, I don't like the chat forums and the myriad of "experts" with their snide comments and numismatic sophistry. Yet I have thoroughly enjoyed the simple stories of collectors who have shared the trials and joys of the hobby over the years. Please, PLEASE return at least this one thing to your long-time customers. I know the openness of the registry to ' the coin and not the holder" is over as first World Coins became exclusive to a single slab and now the exclusion virus has spread to all registry sets. I know that special labels, modern coins plusses and stars have skewed the weight of the point system and I will live with this also as a fact of using the registry. I long ago became resigned to having fees charged and kept when the service is declined for wrong mint, perceived coin cleaning, scratching, banned countries, or artificial toning ( even straight from mint packaging) etc---but PLEASE do us this one solid and allow us little guys our tiny spot of sharing our experiences back. Please?
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    Daniel McMunn

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    It is time for me to comment on the Journals. The Journals are not" New and Improved" but" New and Confused". Prolific use of the journals has stopped. The computer" Geeks" have missed the concept of "If it ain't Broke Don't Fix It". The Journal is not user friendly. It is hard on the eyes. Does not allow easy flow of words. Does not allow a Quick Read and a Quick Comment. Formatted as such, fewer collectors frequent the site. I can only conclude the Journal was changed to save server space. If this is so, why not eliminate it altogether?
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    I begged them to fix what they screwed up and it seems the powers that be don't care what mere collectors want- they act like the federal government- they obviously know better than us what we like, want or need. I spent a lot of $$$ with NGC over the past 35 years and I'm FED UP. I gave them several months to fix it and they thumbed their nose at us. Sorry NGC, but it looks like I'm gonna go spend my money with David Hall, a collector's kind of guy, and while I may not get what I want there either, I may get a little more respect for spending my $$$ there. Thanks for the awards and memories NGC but I think your gig is up, at least for this disappointed collector. By the way NGC- I thought you said only one log-in would be necessary for all functions on your site? I had to log into both the registry AND the journals. Can't even merge something that simple. I would fire the code writers and hire someone who was willing to query the users (US, dummy!) to find out what kind of functionality *they* wanted! I wonder how strong the beverages are at NGC board meetings anyway...
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    These two came in the mail today, unfortunately one is a duplicate
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    I posted this coin in the gold/cigars thread. These are a bit better pics. Needs a little buff job w/Plastix on the holder's central reverse.
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    Mint issues statement on “erroneous” branch-mint information on ASE coins May 26, 2017 By Mint News Blog Now even the mint admits it does not know where they think they minted the silver eagles. It's about time for the TPGs to simply label the coin in front of them. If there is no mint mark, leave it at that, don't suggest or imply one. It is pretty costly to attempt to complete a set as it is without phony labeled coins to add to the mix.
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    I don't write as much as many of you do but I do thoroughly enjoy reading what everybody else writes. I know the amount of quality posts has decreased since the journals were "improved".
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    Blue with Textile. You don't see Morgans colored like this very often. Nice Coin Jack.
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    I don't personally care for signatures of any kind on slab labels. Just keep it professional and skip the cheap, commercial marketing gimmicks. I can see some allure to directly-coin-related signatures like Moy, Goodacre, etc., but partnering with Hollywood personalities crosses a line and IMO it adversely affects the credibility of NGC's status as a "Top 2 TPG." There is a high road and a low road ... if I'm the average collector thinking about where to certify my collection or how to buy my slabbed coins, and I want it done professionally and objectively, I will choose the company on the high road, not the one willing to debase myself to make a buck. Who is next to sign? Dr. Phil? Oprah? The "Yup" guy from Storage Wars"? How low is a TPG willing to go to sell a few slabs? And do they even care about the credibility of the 30+ million coins already slabbed? I don't write about much on the boards, but this really gets under my skin. I have sent a LOT of coins to NGC over the years, which are still in my collection, and I see gimmicks like this hurting their resale value.
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    Largest purchase to date. I'm extremely happy with it!
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    Going back to the title of this thread "Walter Breen's Numismatic Legacy," the above discussion highlights one of the indirect effects of Breen's outright fabrications and questionable attributions. His popular reputation among collectors is so strong that some are unable to think past what Breen claimed. This tends to perpetuate errors and fabrications rather than encouraging open inquiry. (The Encyclopedia is the primary culprit here.) Yet another issue is that some appear to expect almost perpetual accuracy or infallibility from Breen's 30-year old work. That is unfair to Breen and to all others who do the best they can in researching numismatics. Change is constant in all things. As noted before, much of Breen's work was quite good and innovative for its day. He was very sparse on documentation, but the hobby was tolerant of that back then. Today's numismatic standards are more rigorous, questioning, and demand much better documentation than back in the "good ole' days." Sadly, separating the reliable-Breen from the fantasy-Breen is a slow and difficult process.
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    Finally back after the whole user-id thing. Here is one of my recent purchases: PCGS MS66+ CAC.
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    Go to a Barnes & Noble and get the Red Book, the official US coin collecting guide. Thousands of illustrations and perhaps you two can come to a consensus on what to go after.
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    Picked up another nice 64 for my set.
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    My mother said the same thing, but I believe that advice was meant for family, friends, and acquaintances. Don't think it applies to politicians, criminals, unsuccessful Cowboy coaches, and many others.
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    In the minor bits of research I've done, the approach is to summarize existing material as a background, then start from the beginning in locating original sources plus previously unknown sources. This is not so much of a problem as it might seem since Breen, Taxay and others rarely present any useful sources, and quotations are commonly incomplete or sometimes contain transcription mistakes. Once the sources have told their story, I can go back and see what prior authors have written. From my research perspective four categories of "issues" occur in Wally Breen's publications: 1) in-fill and extrapolation errors; 2) incomplete data when referenced sources contain much more material; 3) falsehoods and baseless assumptions; and 4) ignorance of Mint, Treasury and economic operations and technology. The result is that for me, everything Breen wrote has to be "fact checked," much like the present cabal in Washington. Much of Breen's work is exemplary, but "you must know enough to know what to be skeptical of before you can know what he knew." Ya' know what I mean....?
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    My opinion is that on balance, it's better to read his books, but with a reasonable and healthy dose of skepticism. In other words, don't take his writings at face value. I also believe that his numismatic contributions have done much more good than harm.
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    Finally got one, wanted one since I was a kid. Awesome toning on the reverse.
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    I have been On-Order for a month now to combine my registry sets. I am not interested in starting over as Rick's Keepers here in chats. I am Six Mile Rick ---- but the new system will not let me log out and re-log in as the correct entry. I guess Dena will delete my Rick's Keepers member page and add it to the Six Mile Rick page when she has time. 1100 coins on Rick's Keepers member page. I don't have the time to redo pics and add all the sets to Six Mile Rick page. If she can do it with a click of a mouse I am up for it!! Everything was combined earlier but switched back to problems when they completed the last install. I do enjoy it here for sure BUT ---- The changes are a struggle FOR SURE!!! Rick ---- Six Mile Rick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I could not agree more. Add to this the fact that NGC now assigns more registry points to the meaningless EARLY and FIRST RELEASES designations and you have what is clearly just a colossal money extraction scheme. The concept that a 69/70 graded coin with the words "EARLY RELEASES" on its label is worth more registry points than an identical piece without them is insulting and, as another commenter so correctly observed, "demeaning to the hobby." Following this logic, why don't Major League Baseball and the National Football League award more points for runs or touchdowns achieved within, say, the first 30 minutes of the game? After all, those scoring events occurred first, when the players were fresh...
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    Agree with you. It used to be easier...
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    Wow! This is really cool! http://popupmaker.com/
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    Obviously, NGC doesn't have an all inclusive Silver Eagles competitive set available. According to Maribeth Bouche of NGC, "Hello, Thank you for the feedback. The 2013 SP Enhanced finish is a special strike and was inadvertently allowed in the MS ad Proof sets." This coin doesn't rate for the Silver Eagles, 1986-Date, Mint State and Proof (Incl. Varieties) competitive set but is good enough for the Silver Eagles, 1986-Date, Bullion Issues competitive set. This doesn't make any sense. The are only 281K of this coin available and the reverse proof is part of the complete set but the enhanced finish isn't? A (P), (S), (W) implied mint mark is a variety but the enhanced finish isn't? Hey, everybody, you're 2013W SP coin only rates as common bullion by NGC. Ok, then. I don't argue with experts. NGC has perverted numismatics with their varieties. Watch out, next thing you know, it will be the individual labels you have to collect as these are "varieties". I'm not going to play this game with them anymore. I've spent too much time and money building a 100% complete set for the issuing company (NGC) not allow recognition. I'm not renewing my membership and stop my upgrading process. I'll be selling my entire NGC collection is anyone is interested (serious offers only) I'm getting away from them.
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    The Mint also made bronze-clad steel cents with that date in testing an alternative to the traditional bronze composition. These are the lesser known cousins to the 1974 aluminum cents. A specimen submitted to Coin World in 1994 weighed 2.77 grams and had a specific gravity of 7.9142. Obviously, these coins are attracted to a magnet. In answer to the question above, aluminum cents are not drawn to a magnet, as they are non-ferrous.
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    Getting back to the topic of the 1964 SMS/Specimen coins, I think I have bought, sold, and handled more of these than any other dealer in recent years (2008-present). I track their movements and know where most of them are. The public auction market has almost completely dried up because they are just about all in private hands. I sold (and cataloged) my MS67 PCGS half in a Heritage auction last year where it brought $47,000 with BP. Roger, there is no documentation but I disagree that they are "vaporware." Respectfully, I'd like to ask how many of them have you looked at? And which denominations? And have any of them been in NGC slabs? I'm always trying to find new examples. It's my impression that most of the NGC pieces have been crossed to ATS. They are distinctly different both in surface finish -- heavily die-polished as coinman1794 discusses, but in multiple directions -- and in strike, which is what rules out most of the D-mint candidates that I have seen. I've talked about these with John Dannreuther and we both agree that they appear to be business strike dies (but I guess they could have started life as proof dies, hard to tell after all that rough handling) that were heavily and haphazardly die-polished and then struck multiple times like a proof. You can see "full steps" even on the Lincoln Memorial on the cents, and full details on the reverse of the halves, which is never seen on a normal business strike 1964. I do think they resemble some of the specimen strikes that are in the Smithsonian that were published in Coin World a couple of years back. How did the 1964 Specimen/SMS coins get out? I think it was through Eva Adams / Lester Merkin / Stack's but I can't prove that. Yet. All of the halves (save one questionable one) that I have seen in PCGS slabs have the same dangling teardrop shape from the underside of the horizontal crossbar of the 4 in the date. I would love to find either a proof die or a business strike "regular" coin that shows this same diagnostic but to date have not been able to ... not that I spend my days looking at 1964 Kennedys under a loupe to do so ... there's too dang many of 'em. There are many other less obvious diagnostics that I have discussed ATS and on our site. Most of the quarters, halves, cents, and nickels all come from single die pairs, but I am less sure about the dimes. The closeup of the half dollar "dangling 4" diagnostic is below. Best Regards, George
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    RE: So here is an interesting question... When coins are struck multiple times, particularly in the 1930s and before, what is the likelihood that the overlap will be 100% and undetectable using extremely high magnification? Very few coins were deliberately struck more than once. If a deeper, more precise impression were desired, the Mint used a medal press as they did for proof coins. (Proofs were struck once up to the mid-20th century when Schuler produced presses capable of making more than one strike while keeping the planchet and dies in precise alignment. All of the 5-oz silver "coasters" are struck twice. I've watched the work being done at Philadelphia and the press is amazing -- and needs constant attention, too.) [It might be helpful to review the information in From Mine to Mint, where there are illustrations and descriptions of the technology used at US Mints into the 1930s. Also Issue #1 of the journal of Numismatic Research has extensive information about 1890s toggle press patents and the Janvier French patent.]
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    I spend much less time here as well. Since no more new PCGS coins can be entered and the new Journals my daily visits have become weekly to monthly visits.
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    I too spend less time here after shutting out new PCGS entries and the new Journal format.
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    In my above post I misspelled coinman_23885 as conman_23885. My apologies for the misspelling!
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    I am able to grade coins myself by now. I'm probably nuts too but I put heavy weight on eye appeal and that's where I think often times the TPG's miss it with proof coins.
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    Well I got page 3 finished, two more to go! This picture is yet a little bigger than the other two just to see how large a file the boards will take.
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    Pictures needed.............if you have the resources to provide them. Otherwise none of us will be able to comment.
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    We lost a lot of members here. The site changed. Policy changed. Too much bad news for folks just wanting to have fun. I'm glad to see that a few friends still post here.
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    I don't buy any ancients but do look at them occasionally. You can take a look at Harlen J Berk and Civitas Galleries. Both sell ungraded coins. Atlas Numismatics and Aspen Park Rare Coins also sell a limited selection but their inventory is more expensive. They both sell higher quality and in my opinion, also charge a (noticeable) premium over what a (roughly) equivalent coin can be bought from elsewhere, though they also sell coins that I don't see often anywhere else.
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    Those are the names of the colonies in the chain links. Your coin is a mushy cast copy so those names can't be read. As an example.....
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    The definition of a 70 used by the grading services is a coin that appears exactly as it was made, when magnified at 5x. It can have imperfections if those imperfections were on the dies.
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    Thank you for your question. We have multiple graders look at each coin to reach a consensus on the grade. We have experts for US Foreign vintage and modern coins (1955-present) and well as foreign. Our ancient coin division is separate from our US and world coin division and has its own experts. Thank you
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    My most recent acquisition is a Mexican 1800 1 Real in NGC MS63. Pretty coin that will join mt 1800 1/2 Real. I think I will try to put together a mint state 1800 silver set.