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  1. The blue/brown color of that Farthing looks great. Super nice example.
    4 points
  2. Congratulations - I have several #1 sets but for most of them mine is the only set!Quite easy to do in the 'World coins' - move to the dark side the possibilties are endless
    3 points
  3. I tend to think gold will continue to trend down, don't know if it will fall as far as 1,400 but that's my trigger to loosen the purse strings. That being said, I have purchased some gold coins over the past year + and if the right coin comes around spot price be damned.
    3 points
  4. coinsbygary

    Old habits die hard!

    Though it's not free, I use Photoshop Elements with exceptional results. Elements can be had for less than $100. Of recently, I have been dabbling with axial photography with great results. One of the pieces taken using axial photography is this half-dime with unusual die clash marks. The other coin is one of my non-round coins.
    3 points
  5. When dealing with the public, run-ins like this are inevitable. Hopefully, they are few, and far between.
    3 points
  6. In my opinion, no, it would not be cleaning. It would be conservation. I collect Three Stooges memorabilia.
    2 points
  7. coinsbygary

    Yesterday’s Delivery

    That's right, now I remember, mine was also an Argus! However, it had a brown body as opposed to your black body. I can't tell you how much fun I had with that camera and the darkroom that I used at my high school to process the pictures. All I did then was shoot black & white but I didn't care, I had a blast! When I was a youth I asked my parents for a 35mm camera, and that Argus was my first. Today I have a Nikon Z-5 mirrorless, full frame camera, and now I'm finally back to shooting 35mm pictures. Yes I know that I need the right lenses to take full advantage of the larger CMOS sensor.
    2 points
  8. Revenant

    Yesterday’s Delivery

    Congrats to you again. I'm sure you'll have more coming your way in the future.:) I am a little curious as to why you say that. Is it appreciation for the set that its linked to, do you like PMG / notes collecting more these days? Interestingly, I think the PMG plaque (PMG plaques in general and the PMG Best Presented more so) are rarer / fewer in absolute number than most NGC awards just because PMG gives so many fewer, but I think there are more of them per registered user on the PMG side because the PMG user base is so much smaller. Thanks and congrats to you. It'll be
    2 points
  9. dena

    Yesterday’s Delivery

    Well deserved indeed
    2 points
  10. dleonard-3

    It has arrived!

    Did you know that you said you were going to "display it along with the plague"? I assume you meant plaque, but I found it funny. Congrats on your very prestigious award.
    2 points
  11. Revenant

    It has arrived!

    I find that sticking to agreed budgets goes a long way in securing and keeping support and goodwill. Give it time. As they increase in number she'll probably roll her eyes more. It's even better when they tease you for how you win awards for how you write about how much of a nerd you are. I pick up my stands at Michael's. They have a nice, simple clear plastic one that's a really good size for these plaques and I've been able to have them all on the same exact stands over the years even though I've needed to add more stands over a span of years now. Where do you go for yours?
    2 points
  12. Oh boy....... the gauntlet has been thrown!!!!!! Just wait..... OH..... Just wait... until I submit my Lincoln Set Coinbuf!!!! (If only I had one.....). COMPLETE CONGRATS on your accomplishment Coinbuf!! I know you are a devout and long time Lincoln Collector and I am sure it will take some serious doing to "unseat" you. Great Job!!
    2 points
  13. You never know! There's someone on the PMG side that beats me in Zimbabwe notes now but I still have some #1 sets because they don't compete / list in every category. Of course, PMG doesn't do certs or ribbons, so there is that major difference.
    2 points
  14. you need to make sure the kids and wife know how to avoid depressing the floor tile that fires the spear
    2 points
  15. Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't you still curb-stomping the competition in the Wilhelmina 10G category? Seriously love that set. Makes me jealous but I'm not touching Wilhelmina until I get finished with Papa's set and get a few more type coins I want. Seriously, Gary, I know you don't do this to "compete" per se but I think you do just fine in some areas. 👍
    2 points
  16. I am on the school board where I live and EVERY SINGLE Day I am reminded how rude, disrespectful, and down right spoiled people really are. He showed his tail, while you showed your good character and, of course, good character always prevails. In fact, he may have watched how well you carried yourself and thought to himself, "Wow, I wanna be a man like that when I grow up (if I don't die of old age first)" or there could've been that young man you didn't see who saw you and decided that you were the tye of man he wants to be. Don't ever be sorry for doing the right thing because someone, even
    2 points
  17. Just Bob

    Old habits die hard!

    You did a good job with the photography. Can't beat the provenance, either.
    2 points
  18. One of my daughters is a waitress while taking collage classes, the stories she has told me indeed. Its a good for me that I don't work in a service industry where I would have to interact with lots of these types, I'd lose it for sure.
    2 points
  19. I feel ya bud! i used to be a waiter then a bartender......there are some folks out there that you can not please even if you hung them with a brand new rope. they just arnt happy unless they are miserable and making other people miserable.
    2 points
  20. You did the right thing and kept your cool. Better that than sitting in a bullpen somewhere being asked, So what are you in for?!
    2 points
  21. As I get older, and I go about life, I am thankful for the perspective, sympathy, and empathy I gain. It sounds like this person did not utilize these things. And it also sounds like you perhaps added to yours.
    2 points
  22. 1) Maybe the guy was just having a bad day. 2) Or maybe he’s just a total jerk. My bet is on #2. Hope your day improved from there.
    2 points
  23. I just pray all involved were triple masked
    2 points
  24. I'm pretty much a flip guy mainly because of the 2X2 staples. Prying staples from 2X2's to move them into a cleaner holder with new writing area can be very risky. It only takes a slight slip of the hand to damage the coin inside, especially if it is a larger coin like a silver dollar because the margin for error is much less.
    2 points
  25. I converted to the non-PVC flip way of life a few years ago, and I have not looked back. I have found that the Saflip brand does the job well, and they also have 2 ½ flips for my larger pieces. Good quality flips can be expensive, but I enjoy seeing the entire coin and the far more generous space for note-taking on the inserts. Speaking of which, I have some work I need to do for a few of my newest additions!
    2 points
  26. Welcome to the dark side my friend. I'm a Flip guy myself and they do have some drawbacks as you've stated but so do 2x2's. I prefer the 2.5 x 2.5 Flips, then storing them in 8.5L x 2.75W x 3T storage boxes. Biggest plus to me (besides protecting the coin) is the insert, I like to write as much down as possible and an insert allows me to have a more thorough/comprehensive description.
    2 points
  27. Mine are mostly modern Euro coins. I like the style of the post modern, sometime I'll have to look into these coin. UPDATE: I just realized I uploaded the wrong coin. I also have a gold one of Kennedy from Ireland as well.
    2 points
  28. Pristine coins and a top-notch collection! I look forward to your future posts. A guy in my coin club collects Irish coins but his are medieval coins. I photographed a few of his coins for him and for conversation pieces I'll post them here.
    2 points
  29. No, this is not my coin, it is in a competitors set getting THOUSANDS of registry points.... (See "100 Greatest US Modern Coins"). It is one of the obstacles in my long running attempt to obtain the number one set. Do I have any recourse...or is it up to the owner to be honest and report the mislabeling? Coinbuf....the reverse is also obviously proof.
    2 points
  30. looks like a proof to me
    2 points
  31. I find that I quite enjoy writing about things I'm knowledgeable about and which I enjoy, which is probably good considering writing reports is a big part of my job. I 100% agree with you that none of what I write is art - I often find I'm rather self-indulgent, going off on tangents sometimes that I'm sure many don't care about and digging into details. I do a lot of dialing myself back sometimes. I hold the record for the longest report where I work, clocking in at over 2400 pages - but I only had about 400 of that. Most of the rest was automatically generated results / data outputs t
    2 points
  32. Revenant

    I'm eligible!!

    Somehow I knew what this was about when I saw that title (not the specific sets but what you were eligible for). You're clearly doing this wrong though. You're supposed to put all of your hopes and dreams into one set / basket and set yourself up for disappointment. The discussion about reconfiguring your penny set is interesting given the conversation we've been having in the Registry forum.
    2 points
  33. that means it's worth it. someone else wants it. they even pearl harbored you with it in Nov. Your October surprise. They will pay. More.
    2 points
  34. Greenstang

    The Canadian Quarter…

    Maybe it was just co-incidence. Anyhow , FYI, here is a photo of the twelve coins in one of several aftermarket holders.
    2 points
  35. Revenant

    From PCGS toNGC Grading

    If you're looking to make money by doing it you're probably right. It can be hard enough to recover grading fees on resale as it is for some coins. Recovering a 2nd round of fees and shipping can be darn near impossible unless you're dealing with high-end coins. But, I wouldn't call it a waste if he wants it. One of these days I'm likely to reholder my 10G set and maybe send some of the ones in fatties for review to see if they can pick up a point. Just reholdering these coins would likely cost close to $200 after shipping and fees but I would love to have all the coins in the set in the
    2 points
  36. Just Bob

    From PCGS toNGC Grading

    Do you feel better after venting your frustration in three different threads?
    2 points
  37. coinsbygary

    It has arrived!

    Congratulations coinsandmedals and all the 2020 registry award winners! My journal award and coin also came in the mail yesterday. Naturally, I was very curious about the special-label coin that NGC was going send with my plaque, and I knew they weren't going to send a valuable coin. That said, what could they send that was both inexpensive and nice? Let me just say that I was pleasantly surprised by the MS-64 1881-S Morgan Dollar that I got! Though the 1881-S Morgan is a very common and inexpensive coin in MS-64, consider the following: NGC sent the 2020 registry winners a choice-uncirc
    1 point
  38. One of the things I didn't do was take "before" pictures when I sent in the ones that needed conservation. The 3 coins in my last batch look so much better than when they left, so I'm hoping for the same results with that batch of 7 coins. The batch of 30 looked good.... but NGC may see a need to conserve.
    1 point
  39. Very nice and congrats on "filling the box". I have just a handful of graded gold but many that are raw, its a very fulfilling feeling to hold a large gold coin like a double eagle and wonder if it was ever used to buy goods and services or has it lived a life of luxury in a bank vault. Like you my first gold coin was a 1/10oz eagle, just NLCT but still a thrill and I still have that coin sitting in its original mint box. I very much enjoyed putting together an AU set of Indian head quarter eagles luckily I was able to do that when they only cost $150 each for the commons. Enjoy building
    1 point
  40. The top picture is exactly what I have only the date is 1942 and very good but not as good as the one in the top photo although it is darker but great detail. Do you collect these ? Is this a good date or very common. I have 5 or 6 more that appear to be silver and go from small to large with the reverses of a whale a deer I think and other wildlife if you like I can give you the dates and denomination with each creature on them. The obverses are all the same as your top picture. I have many foreign coin which I do not collect and have no idea about. I am going to try to find someone to help m
    1 point
  41. Fenntucky Mike

    5 Years

    Congratulations my friend! Here's to many more. (I'm holding my Busch Light can in the air as I type this)
    1 point
  42. thisistheshow

    Time to begin the chase again

    Congratulations! That's very impressive. Hope the new year brings some great new additions as well!
    1 point
  43. impressive n im not easily impressed....irish copper n bronze r very difficult to find pristine, partly due to the corrosive ocean salt environment that used to permeate everything, also there were few true irish collectors for many decades and preservation standards were a bit lax...yes i too am a devoted ireland coin collector...one of my most favorite areas of collecting....challenging n so many rare dates....missing one coin in my free state n republic collections.....again congrats on ur upgrade....
    1 point
  44. ColonialCoinsUK

    Pieces of Italy

    I recommend a trip to Italy as I have visited Rome and northern Italy for work reasons many times (do not try and drive in Rome though) although holidays tend to be in the south around Naples - we usually stay in the hills surrounding Sorrento and it has absolutely nothing to do with my interest in the coins of Napoleonic Italy or the relationship of the area to the French and Spanish, they still seem very fond of these periods of their history. You will need to resist the urge to start collecting ancients and this becomes much more difficult following trips to Pompei, the islands etc - the ki
    1 point
  45. I expect we all do this to some extent, even if we don't realise it, and documenting it is surprisingly difficult so congratulations on your article in the Clarion (which I had to look up ). We are a bit short of numismatic publications here in the UK which is more or less now limited to 'Coin News' which does a great job of trying to cover everything from ancients to new paper money releases.
    1 point
  46. Both are fine, I have my world crowns in both holders.
    1 point
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  48. Iceman

    The Canadian Quarter…

    OHHHH YEAAAA They certainly stole the idea from the Canadians I too was never aware they did this but then I don't collect Canadian coins.
    1 point
  49. coinsbygary

    Elliptical Clip Mint Error

    That's a really neat error coin, congratulations on winning it. I'm glad to see you are doing well with your collection. I have always enjoyed perusing it on NGC and your displays at coin shows. Gary
    1 point
  50. GW

    NGC vs PCGS? (who’s the best?)

    It's too bad they don't have a 3D CAT scan of coinage to determine the grade. Maybe artificial intelligence will be the next step in grading coins. Take the human error out of coin grading.
    1 point