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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

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    Is this thing still on? Took me a while to find the new site.
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    Just ordered this guy and can't wait to get it! I didn't pay the price listed on the website but it is still the most expensive coin I've ever purchased (by a lot)! Anyways, let me know what you think. http://www.williamyoungerman.com/product/1857-s-gold-liberty-20-ms-64-pcgs/
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    Super happy to win this beauty!
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    A few weeks ago I posted a Morgan dollar I bought. Very common, inexpensive. I posted the pics from the seller. I received some positive constructive feedback from members here. Today I had received it. I had to check the numbers to make sure it was the same the coin. It was 100% better then I thought like 2 different coins..I thought it would be more cameo, instead it's mirrored. Thought her cheeks were not all that clean, they are. I didn't see the rim toning, which I do like. Here are some of the pics. I did learn a good lesson, I won't buy a expensive coin without seeing it first. Even though this one worked out .First one is sellers pic. 2nd is mine. Thought I'd share.
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    The coin in question is worth (roughly 30%) more than its bullion value, despite its condition. And with respect to ex-jewelry pieces, as a general rule, the smaller gold coin types are likely to trade at much higher percentage premiums to bullion, than their larger gold coin counterparts.
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    I believe that medals are an important part of numismatics. The early commem series has several coin denials but, medals were approved. Let's see your medals. Vermont Sesquicentennial Celebration medal. Given to members of The Vermont Sesqui-Centennial Commission.
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    From This: To This: Did the conservation myself. Mike Prinz Image.
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    So that's what they meant naming it Jefferson High School.
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    Very awesome. Here are a few of my Liberty's.
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    Here's $1 of a $5 piece Because somebody has to be the wisecracker around here. Great coins everyone.
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    I was all ready to set up with PCGS about five years ago when I realized that I couldn't post my NGC coins there, so as disappointed as I was, I walked away from the idea of a registry set. Later when I found out that NGC allowed PCGS coins it was a perfect fit for my collection so I displayed my sets proudly here. I am sorry to say now however that I feel like NGC has abandoned me. If I can't display EVERY coin in my set, what incentive do I have to buy slabbed coins for internet display? I could put the whole set on USA Coin Book but there is no competition, awards or much collector support at this time, but it would be better than either PCGS or NGC since you can list ALL of your coins whether they be raw, slabbed, damaged or whatever the case might be. While I loved the collector community here and have enjoyed reading everyone's journals and posts, without the registry angle I can't see myself using the site much any more. Further, I will now forever be inclined to buy PCGS coins instead, not just for the added prestige of the PCGS brand, but also because I feel that NGC has lost all sense of loyalty to collectors, the very life blood of your business. Whatever the extra cost, was it really worth losing life long customers? (I started collecting NGC graded coins in 1987!) Ali, you've been very good to us, no personal complaints at all there. Maybe if you forward this to the people responsible for the decision to eliminate PCGS coins in your registry they'll see it from a loss of profit angle and see fit to reinstate the old policy. If not, I am fairly certain other serious collectors will see it the same way and stop wasting their time here too, afterall, why would anyone want to display only half of their set? Not to seem ungracious, many thanks to NGC for the award last year, it was appreciated and will be cherished for the rest of my life. Would have liked the chance to keep trying for another over the coming years. I hope we can change a few minds. Thanks for your ear.
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    Absolutely stunning coins everyone, I really enjoy seeing them... Congrats! My newest addition isn't much to look at, but I seldom get a chance at these older pre-holo NGC slabs and had to buy it.
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    Added these two to my reference library: By Don Taxay The L. W. Hof*ecker Collection. Auction Catalog, Hard Cover. Hof*ecker was the designer for the Old Spanish Trail half dollar and distributor of the Elgin half dollar.
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    two great buffalo nickel pickups from buffnixx the PROOF is in the photos!!!
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    That half eagle is stunning! I picked up this silver dollar today...
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    Welcome to “The Greatest Coin Thread on Earth!” Did that get your attention? In hopes that it did, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for hosting all forums associated with Numismatics and also for all the other NGC chat rooms here on the World Wide Web. I doing so, it promotes the exchange of knowledge and a growing interest in the hobbies/livelihood we pursue. The presence of a place to gather allows us to broaden our horizons making us as a whole, a much more informed collector/dealer. I want to thank the moderators of the NGC chat rooms for the tolerances allowed, especially when it comes to the open discussion of our particular interest. In doing so, you allow us to share information and images that could be paramount in our decision making process. ~Knowledge is Power~ Again, Thank You
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    Got this out of a box of coins left to me when my paternal grandmother died about 30 years ago. I had no idea she (or my grandfather) collected coins, as I didn't start collecting until about that timeframe. The images are by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.
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    Images by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.
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    Well since i am retired now and wanted to get back into collecting after raising 3 children and can now spend money on myself,I went full throttle to try and catch up over the lost years i i been out of the hobby.. here's just a few
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    I picked these two up yesterday at the Grand Rapids Coin Club Show, fantastically enough they are both O-111 and both die marriages I did not previously have!
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    Images by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.
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    There isn't a single price guide out there that has any inkling of what a PL is worth. Sure, they've got some Morgans in there, but nothing else. This is particularly entertaining on my Registry set, where the values are included (except the PLs.... they're left blank). The Registry says my set is worth $6.9k. Hahahahahahahaa
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    RE: " The PCGS response explained how the 1912-S nickel population exploded by stating PCGS graded two fresh rolls that were recently discovered. So out of 80 coins 44 of them graded 66? Sounds a little fishy and isn't he helping with the NGC argument?" I'm not out to "chide" the poster or infer anything untoward. His comments are entirely in line with those of nearly all modern coin collectors. However, the above comment is more likely related to inexperience with legitimately original coins. Very few alive today have seen a roll of new 19th or early 20th century coins preserved at the time of issue. And that means very few understand the high quality of mint products that was normal Until the 1930s, US mints did not use mechanical counting machines -- they used counting boards. The sub-Treasuries and FRBs used counting machines, but the Mint refused to do so because they were concerned about damage to their coins. A roll of 1912-S nickels would have been, overall, noticeably higher in quality than a roll of 1935 nickels or 1955 nickels...and that is after being handled in bags and probably by bank tellers. To have 40 out of 80 coins grade "MS66" is entirely plausible, and would likely have been the result regardless of which authentication company did the work. (As a point of reference, go back to the book From Mine to Mint and count the number of handling steps for pre-1930 and post-1930.) Once the FRBs took over much of coin distribution in about 1925, the overall quality declined due to additional handling and mechanical counting.
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    Starting last summer, in order to better play "Follow the Lead Picture" post, I began to try and fill in date "holes" in my run of US coinage from 1794 - 2017. (Note, this just means, at a minimum, to try and have at least one coin from each date). Needless to say it's still VERY much a work in progress for the earlier years. Here's a Jefferson I picked up last summer to fill in a date hole. So, what is Tom saying, or is he just blowing smoke? The images are by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.
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    I think tokin Tom grew hemp on his farm...again, not sure but plausible.
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    Very nice, I was going to bid on it but I got distracted by a few other coins. It's mirrors looked very nice.
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    Here are the 1936 PDS Washingtons for the Dansco. All three were bought raw at local B & M's. The images were done by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.
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    Well, here we are again, another show and another show report. I appreciate everyone who came up to me during the show to thank me and tell me how much they enjoy my show reports (and to ignore the naysayers). This one will have a lot of photos of some amazing coins but also a bunch of photos from the sites in and around Baltimore and D.C. I left OC on Tuesday. This is me very happy to be heading to the Baltimore show! It was a very beautiful day and I always enjoy flying over the sunny Southern California coastline. This first picture is of the popular Fashion Island in Newport Beach This is a neat picture showing Newport Harbor. The gorgeous SoCal coast: Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente, etc. I changed planes in warm sunny Phoenix Shortly after I settled in my window seat on the plane, a guy sat down in the aisle seat next to mine. The flight attendants (who were based in Baltimore) began fawning over this guy, then I heard a couple male passengers calling him coach, asking for his autograph, etc. Obviously he was someone famous, but I had no idea who he was. So once we were underway, I turned to him and said, "You must be someone pretty special, but I apologize, I have no idea who you are." He chuckled and said he was John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. I said "aw, at least I know who the Ravens are!" Coach Harbaugh was extremely nice, kind, and patient, especially with all the fans that kept coming by his seat, shaking his hand, asking for his autograph, etc. During the flight, he mentioned that his brother, Jim, is also a coach in Michigan and at one time was the head coach of the 49ers. He then told me the story about a few years ago when his team played his brother Jim's team in the Super Bowl (the Ravens won). I actually remembered watching that game and hearing the story of brother coach vs. brother coach. I asked him how his parents handled it, and he said it was really tough on them, but he said they handled it really well. He said his mom said it best, that at the end of the day, it was still about family and feelings for one another. 5 hours later, we landed in Baltimore At the baggage claim area, several people recognized Coach Harbaugh and asked for photo selfies, and he graciously complied with every request. I finally thought it would be nice to have a photo with this handsome famous coach. When I asked him, he laughed and said "Of course especially since we were seat mates." I arrived at my hotel pretty late. This time I stayed at the Days Inn, but I'm not sure I will stay there again. Although it was a lot less expensive than the other host hotels, they ran out of kind and queen bed rooms, so I was stuck with a full sized bed. They also "accidentally" ran my card for double the amount they were supposed and couldn't correct it until I checked out. I may give them one more try since they are right across the street from the convention center, but we'll see. Anyway, once I was checked in, it was a long day so I went right to sleep. The next day, I headed over to the convention center to view the auctions, including the Pogue coins. Wow, I felt honored just to be holding some of those amazing pieces of copper! This is the 1909 vdb Matte Proof Lincoln cent that was recently discovered by Chris Simpson in the circulation strike spot in an old coin album. And of course the super amazing 1804 dollar! In the lobby on my way out I ran into one of my most favorite coin dealers, Dino Koromvokis. Note the light lipstick kiss on his cheek from yours truly! Since we had the rest of the day to kill and it was a gorgeous day, Rick and I decided to rent a car and drive to D.C. to see the cherry blossoms. I had never seen them before, and wow, they were so beautiful! We also took a driving tour around the city and saw several other famous Washington sites. This of course is the Washington Monument The Capitol The Jefferson Memorial The Bureau of Engraving and Printing The Executive Building The Watergate Hotel For lunch we stopped in Georgetown and dined along the Potomac Then it was time to head back to Baltimore. Due to the heavy traffic along the highway, we took a more scenic route back to Maryland. We then spent a few hours at the Horseshoe Casino, then it was time to call it a day! Set up the next day was at 8am! Boy was that early!! But Thursday turned out to be very active, both buying and selling. These are some of the coins I bought (I was pleased that several pieces I bought at the show were sold pretty quickly). I bought two beautifully toned cents, one was a rainbow toned 1936 Proof in NGC PF66 RB but that sold right away. The other was this violet magenta 1886 PF66 RB Indian cent Then several people stopped by to say hi! This is Louis Tibor who brought me a deliciouss bottle of Biltmore Merlot! My dealer friend, Mark Simon, brought this wonderful bottle of Chateau St. Michelle to share! Yes, that's another Charmy kiss on Mark's cheek! Emily who now works for Americana Rare Coins/Glenn Holsonbake Don Hosier, the east coast rep of Goldberg Auctions, came by to say hi This is a very cool scarce Triumphal Arch encased 1901 Indian cent that I recently acquired for my penny exonumia collection and brought for Todd to photograph After the show was over on Thursday, we went to one of our favorite Baltimore restaurants, Di Mimmo's in Little Italy My usual posse, Neal, Rick and Ron These are some of the meals we had, we all enjoyed each of our dishes! And the wine was also amazing After dinner, we went around the corner to Vaccaro's where we met some more friends for dessert. These are the desserts our group shared. You can see how huge they are! Back at my hotel, I ran into another great dealer buddy, James Sego! Friday morning I got to sleep in until 8:00am since I didn't have to be at the show until 9:00am, yay! This is right inside the convention center facing the doors to the bourse floor When I got inside, I took the opportunity to walk the floor looking for coins on my customer want list. I also took a few photos around the floor. This rare 1943 copper cent was on sale at Northeast Numismatic's table right across from my table. David Lange at NGC PCGS folks The Honorable David Bowers! My dealer buddy, Ron Mirr, from Liberty Coins in Virginia Back at my table, Steve/TheCharlotteDude, stopped by my table to say hi Late Friday afternoon, the bourse floor was still quite busy After the show on Friday, I headed out with my foreign coin friends to The Black Olive where we get to dine at the one table in the wine cellar of the restaurant. Each time we go to the Black Olive, we make reservations for the next Baltimore show. It's a whole experience and usually lasts from about 7-11pm. We start my having chilled white wine at the small bar while we wait for everyone else to arrive. One of the more entertaining foreign coin dealers is Charles Adams of Artifacts in the Cayman Islands. He has an entire trunk full of carefully crafted up to the line jokes that artfully delivers throughout the night. He is such a hoot and I adore him so I gave Charlie one of my lipstick kisses as well! This humongous bottle of wine sits up on a shelf on the wall above the bar. I've never seen a wine bottle as huge! After everyone has arrived, we all head down to the cellar where our table awaits. There were 8 of us this time. Several of the people in this group have been coming to this restaurant for at least the past 10 years, so the waitress pretty much knows which wines to set aside for us. And she's usually right on the money as we enjoy each of the wines she has chose for us. The most popular appetizer dish among everyone in the group is the octopus I actually forgot to take photos of the some of the main dishes, but here are photos of a few of the different desserts they offer, including honey and nut covered donut holes, an apple tart, and everyone's favorite baklava ice cream. Back at the hotel, I again ran into James Sego who was having drinks with with some friends, so they allowed me to "crash" their party. These are my new young friends, Danny Pfeiffer and Matthew King who graciously bought me a Jägermeister Since I couldn't make the Pogue auction, I asked Rick to take some photographs for me. Since the auction was held at another location, this is the bus that was shuttling everyone to and from the auction The auction was held at the Evergreen House estate which is the home of T. Harrison Garrett and John W. Garrett (of Garrett collection fame). The room the auction was held in was the Carriage House, where the carriage and horses were kept. The grave stone is of one of the horses and it was right by the front door to the Carriage House. This is D. Brent Pouge with (his wife?) next to Q. David Bowers The catalog and auction paddle (photo courtesy of Luis Ramos) Various shots during the auction. Rick said the young man in the photo below was very enthusiastic throughout the auction. Saturday is usually a slow selling day, but busy with kids and families looking around. However, for a change, I had great sales on Saturday and was very pleased with the show overall. Thursday as I mentioned I was very busy buying and selling, Friday was rather slow, then Saturday was very good. So overall, my show was probably a B+ and I am hopeful that the market is turning around. Soon it was time once again to pack up and head to the airport. Bye-bye Baltimore.... As usual, I was very happy to be back at home to see my hubby and my little chubby Penny! Next up: Westgate Las Vegas show (April 7-9), Santa Clara Show (April 20-23), and Central States (April 27-29)
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    Firstly, I don't think he goes to auctions. Secondly, when he does bid (on line), other than in extremely rare instances, he bids on CAC coins. And thirdly, in the extremely rare instances in which he bids on non-CAC coins, I seriously doubt that he checks to see if the coins have been rejected by CAC.
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    I have this one to commemorate our country's centennial struck in white metal.
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    I like it. We will have an S and W Proof this year. The mint has done a great job of keeping this program alive.
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    On the bright side, at least you know it's genuine. This was a commonly counterfeited type, with many of those counterfeits subsequently used in jewelry.
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    That's not from Charlotte Just kidding... that is a spectacular piece of gold!
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    Unless you actually care about the "points", you can display all your coins in a custom set, including your raw ones. The trick for displaying raw coins is to mark them as "want", instead of "own" -- you can still upload photos and add your notes.