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  1. I'm with you, lots of complaints, but in the end I'll pony up for the "CC" privy and the Peace Dollar. They are, after all, nice bookends for my complete Morgan "CC" collection and my currently owned MS-65 1921 Morgan and MS-62 1921 Peace Dollar.
  2. I just prepared and mailed off a 13 coin submission yesterday. It would have been 14 had I not decided to pull one of the coins out of the submission. The rim of that coin has a couple of shiny spots. Those spots led me to believe that at one time this coin may have been mounted in jewelry. Thinking to myself that this coin was not necessary to my collection I reasoned, why waste my prize money on the chance it will not receive a full grade? Now I'll probably sell the coin raw on e-bay. Like you I have been burned in the past with disappointing results. My choice then is to learn from my previ
  3. I'm sorry for your loss and it sounds as if Bill is a lot like an elder numismatic-statesman friend that has helped me in the hobby. In my case my friend has helped me with my Laura Gardin Fraser coin and medal collection. People like Bill and my friend are perhaps the biggest reason I love this hobby. They are selfless and freely pass on their knowledge to another generation of budding numismatists to carry on. Last year my friend sent me all his research on LGF. I am still scanning that information and I hope to upload it to a shared drive for any collector that can use it. He has freely pas
  4. You my friend have the heart of a collector! In fact we are almost kindred spirits. The engraving struck onto minted coins is my favorite aspect of collecting coins, no matter who struck them. Thus, I collect US coins, world coins, medals, and tokens both modern and classic, simply because I like the designs. Next I like to group my coins into types and themes. Custom sets allow me to do just that! Next, like you, I'm a Trekie. Since you mentioned Voyager after Deep Space 9, you must watch Star Trek on Heroes & Icons. Six nights a week, every variation of Star Trek (less the cartoon, Disco
  5. 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.
  6. Say, I just noticed the camera you have on your bookshelf is much like the first camera I owned as a youth interested in photography. My parents gave it to me for Christmas one year. The yellow focus adjust window connected to a gear that manually focuses the lens is exactly the same as on my camera. The only thing I wish is that I still owned that camera. I don't remember when I lost or sold it but I sure regret it. Gary
  7. 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
  8. There is a wealth of information in those old auction catalogs. I am not surprised that someone payed $550.00 for the one you have pictured! I own several medals designed by Laura Gardin Fraser. Much of the information I have found pertaining to them is from an auction catalog. Thankfully, I accessed these catalogs through the Newman Numismatic Portal. This database contains a wealth of numismatic information free of charge! Although the portal doesn't and can't contain everything there is to know about every coin and medal there is, it is, nevertheless, a wonderful legacy to Mr. Newman. The N
  9. Don't forget about the Spanish 20 peseta gold coin which went into circulation in 1890 through 1904 with restrikes of the original dies dating 1961 and 1962. The number engraved into the obverse stars denotes the year of striking. (For example, 19 in the left star and 61 in the right star stands for 1961 and 18 in the left star and 90 in the right star for 1890). The date on the coin denotes the year of its authorization. When Spain adopted the peseta, they did so with the intention of joining the Latin Monetary Union. This never came to pass but their coins were all aligned with the other "20
  10. Believe me, the thought has crossed my mind to sell the Una and the Lion coin. What holds me back is that I am a collector, not a dealer or an investor. Collectors have a mindset to hang on to their coins like they are precious treasures. Yes, at some point in my life my entire collection will be sold. But for now, I really like that coin. Therefore, a profit is not realized unless you cash in and I won't be taking out a coin equity loan on it anytime soon. In other words the coin will remain what it was worth to me when I bought it until I sell it. It just feels good to have my coin go up in
  11. In December of 2019, the United Kingdom launched a series of commemorative coins based on the classic works of “The Great Engravers.” The inaugural issue features the classic “Una and the Lion” engraved by William Wyon. When this coin was first issued, you could find the 2-ounce silver version on e-bay for less than $500. From then on, the resale price has sky-rocketed. Recently, I saw an NGC PFUC-68 Una and the Lion on e-bay sell for $4000.00! Fortunately, I bought mine long before the numismatic community realized what it had in this coin. Subsequently, I had mine graded by NGC at PFUC-69. O
  12. Wilhelmina has a lot going for her. First, the set is small at only 11 coins. The set has one key, the 1898 that is not all that difficult to obtain in lower MS condition. It is however difficult to obtain in high MS condition. My 66 is the top pop and the most expensive coin I purchased for the set. Next, it is not all that well known in the collecting community which means that demand for her coins is lower. Finally, high grade coins can be had for less money than other foreign gold coins like, for instance, sovereigns. Many of the coins I bought were not much more than spot gold priced. Wit
  13. @coinsandmedalsIf you can learn to work in layers you will know a lot of the power of this software. 2019 is the version I have. I don't upgrade it every year but use it for as long as Adobe supports it. I am doing an editing demo by ZOOM for my coin club on March 10. After that, if you want, I can do a ZOOM demo for you. Send me a message through NGC if you are interested. The most important tip is this, Elements can't make a poorly taken picture look good, it can only make a good picture look spectacular! Gary
  14. I am sorry for your losses, but I am thankful that its all stuff that can be replaced. We had a cold snap of below zero nights for 11 straight days. However, this is Wisconsin and this kind of stuff happens every year. I have a number of other friends and relatives living in Texas that have managed the kind of week you had. I felt so sorry for everyone living in Texas that week.
  15. 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.