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  1. Very nice. That is an impressive coin. I can see why this coin was so important for you to get it back with a numeric grade and a nice one at that.
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    The New '32.

    Those pictures are phenomenal and a definite upgrade to an excellent set!
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    I Am Honored

    You're right. But I never really started all this with the sole purpose of being recognized. I write because I like to write and I am always striving to improve my writing skills. The spoken word and the written word are two very different things. Learning to communicate through the written word has been a challenge. That said I have come into my own writing style that when you get right down to it is an expression of my personality. In other words, I like to tell the stories of the coins I collect. I have a love for history and history has a lot to do with collecting and story telling. That some people have found my writings to be worthy of publishing is really icing on the cake and never taken for granted or expected. Simply put, I enjoy writing and collecting and when I discover something of interest about the coins I collect I like to share it with as many people as possible. I really enjoy this and my hope is that other people enjoy it also. My love of writing started with my admiration for a pastor at the church I attended more than 30 years ago. This pastor was himself an author and accomplished writer. I never told him this, but privately I had a lot of respect and admiration for him. So much so that I wanted to be like him. So began my love of writing. If only you were to read my first feeble attempts at writing you might have told me that it was hopeless and to give it up. The advent of grammar software for my computer helped me tremendously with the technical aspects of writing and over time I came into my own. The Laura Gardin Fraser set started with my admiration of her as a person and an artist. In many respects she was a pioneer working in what had been up to her time a mans world. She effectively paved a trail for other women to follow without even trying. With her it was always about her passion and love of sculpting. As I started to research her life, I found myself liking her all the more. Writing about something or in this case someone that I am passion about is no chore, it is a joy. In many respects I also learned this from my former pastor because he was very passionate about the things he wrote of. Gary
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    I Am Honored

    Sorry folks no image this time! It just doesn't seem quite appropriate for this post. You see, today I have accidently discovered that one of my writings was linked on the website of a national humanitarian organization! I still have to pinch myself to see if this is really happening! This all started with my coin club asking for club members to give a presentation at some of our upcoming meetings. I thought it would be nice for me to do a presentation based on my Laura Gardin Fraser coin and medal collection and I went right to work on my power point presentation to be given at the next club meeting on May 8. I really enjoy my club and the opportunity I had to offer other members free imaging of their coins at a recent buy-sell-trade event. This upcoming presentation will give me the opportunity to share other aspects of my numismatic interests in research, writing, and collecting. If that goes well, I plan to apply for a "Money Talks" presentation of the same material at the Chicago "Worlds Fair of Money" later this summer. One of the medals in my presentation is the "National Institute of Social Sciences medal". The mission of the National Institute of Social Sciences is to "promote the study of the social sciences, to support social science research and discussion, and to honor individuals who have rendered distinguished service to humanity." The bronze medal in my collection was presented to Clara D Noyes to honor her for distinguished service to humanity. Though the bronze medal is no longer awarded, the gold medal is still awarded on an annual basis since 1913. Because the medal design has not changed and it appears prominently on the upper left hand corner of every page on the institute's website I thought to comment on the artistic numismatic legacy left to them by Laura Gardin Fraser. This led me to a page that described the medal. As I went down the page I noticed a few additional reading links, One of which curiously seemed familiar to me entitled, "A Beautiful Medal for a Worthy Recipient." I thought, no it can't be? Yes it can! The link directs you to an article I posted at NGC's collector's society on 4/14/17! How awesome is that! In fact, I've been a collector for a very long time and no other set that I have ever put together has brought me more accolades than "The Coins and Medals of Laura Gardin Fraser." My contact network of medal collectors is phenomenal, especially considering that I am not a medal collector and that my network has sent me referrals, watched e-bay listings on my behalf, and gladly have shared information without which my LGF set would not have been possible. I've had three LGF articles published in the PAN publication, "The Clarion." In fact the post from the link that I am referring is in the October, 2017 issue of the Clarion! I've had cold contacts from authors wanting to publish my images, other people wanting to sell me their medals, and the family of Clara D Noyes that wants to buy my social sciences medal back! Incidentally, I have every intention of selling it back when I find another example for my collection. In return the family representative has sent me a signed copy of a biography he wrote about Clara! All these things do me great honor along with all of you who follow my blog posts. This has all been a surreal ride for me that brings new and amazing things my way. As I always say, "Who would have thunk it?" It has just been a wonderful ride that I would have never in a thousand years anticipated. I am indeed blessed! Here are two links to the National Institute of Social Sciences website. The first will take you to the main page and the second to the page with mu link. Gary
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    OGH Rattlers There is evidence for the NGC black holder given in a 2015 Coinweek article written by Jeff Garrett. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. To best describe it I am also pasting a link to a picture of the doily holder. This link will also show you a picture of every generation PCGS Holder. NGC does likewise on their main website. Personally, I like the PCGS OGH holder the best of the classic holders. I don't much care for rattlers. Gary
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    OGH Rattlers

    I agree with Revenant on his points and I'll add just a little to his excellent response. The old holders are becoming rare in the marketplace. As such they are becoming collectibles apart from the coin itself. For example, the old NGC black holder and the PCGS doily holders command premiums for the holder apart from the coin. I have rarely if ever come across one of these in my search for new coins. Gary
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    Senior Momentum!!!

    Interesting, since I have always considered NGC among the most tolerant of anything-go's-posts. At any rate, its just a word and they are still tolerant of almost all opinions no matter how bizarre they may seem. As far as losing a prized coin or more properly forgetting where you last left it, they say that short term memory is the first to go. That happens to me all the time. Having scatterbrained thoughts all at once doesn't help either. I'm glad for you that all's well that ends well. Gary P.S. Just before my wife and I left for church this morning I couldn't find my brush to comb my hair. It wasn't in the place I always keep it but I finally found it in the place I had left it. Frustrating stuff.
  8. This is the day the peanut gallery (your fellow journalists) had been waiting, hoping, and praying for! Sam is home! Exciting stuff! I know the Zimbabwe postal woes are only a fly in the ointment and pales in comparison. Congratulations! Gary Oops, I should have looked up the term peanut gallery before posting it. It had negative connotations. However, part of the definition is true, we are rowdy!
  9. Ahh, but it is recently graded. I can tell by the fancy, more modern hologram on the back of the holder!
  10. ...And now I have it! A search encompassing a fair number of years has culminated with the purchase of an MS-61 1882-H Newfoundland $2 gold coin. This is like a dream come true from the first time I knew that this coin existed until now. FYI, I bought the book, "The Gold Coins of Newfoundland 1865-1888" shortly after it was published in 2017. In 1865 the Royal Mint began striking new coins exclusively for Newfoundland including a $2 gold coin for a then population of 122,631 people. You will notice the conversion values for this coin on the reverse of 200 cents/100 pence. This is related to Newfoundland's coinage being based on the British Pound well before Great Britain adopted the decimal system for its currency. Thus there was 240 pence to the pound which converted to $4.80 in Newfoundland currency. The Newfoundland $2 gold coins were struck for circulation irregularly between 1865 and 1888 from a low mintage of 2,500 to a high mintage of 25,000. Incidentally my coin has a mintage of 25,000. The 1882 coin also has an H mintmark denoting that it was struck at the Heaton Mint in Birmingham. This coin was designed to be nearly equivalent to the American Gold Eagle which also circulated in Newfoundland. A US gold eagle contained 0.48375 ounces of gold while the 0.91666 fine Newfoundland $2 coin had 0.0981 ounces of pure gold. Thus the Newfoundland $2 gold coin was worth $2.0277 US dollars. The diameter of the Newfoundland $2 coin is 17.983mm and the weight is 3.328 grams. I have been looking for a suitable yet affordable example of this coin for many years. My problem is that this coin is scarce and was popular as a circulating coin. Thus there are very few nice looking coins to be had. I had decided that if I was going to pay good money for this coin, I wanted it to look nice. With only a handful of MS-65 coins and steep prices for an MS-64 coin, I was looking for something in the AU-58 to MS-62 range. Without really looking too hard this coin popped up on e-bay with a best-offer option. I put forth my best offer and it was a sale. The gold toning on this coin gives it contrast. As such it is a very nice looking coin with lots of eye appeal. Gary
  11. I have longed for Frank Gasparro's Liberty since the first time I saw it as a senior in high school! … And yes I was hoping for this small dollar design over the SBA Dollar design. Today, what a classic this design would make as long as the mint is in retro mode. Gary
  12. There is something else about those Netherlands sets of ours in that we were competing in the registry with the same user for the top registry set. It seems that he was buying up coins like crazy to populate both sets. You came up with the term money-bags for him that I thought was somewhat humorous. Seems like when he couldn't compete he packed his bags, picked up his marbles (coins), and went home! Fond memories. Yet people like you and I are still there after 10 years.
  13. The last time I checked my old posts was before the current journal format. Interestingly Revenant, I don't remember recommending the 1875 MS-67 10G to you. I do know that I would of had to have known you were looking for that coin in order for me to recommend it to you. This is something I could have only known if you had written about it or I found that you had started a registry set. For me I love helping out other collectors whether it be recommending a coin to acquire or writing a journal of my good and bad collecting experiences.Though I do not remember, I think about the same time you recommended to me a 1897 MS-66 10G that I also still own. I looked back today at a few of my 264 total journal posts. Some were mundane, some ridiculous, and some had very poor grammar. In a few of them I was embarrassed because I either had wrong or incomplete facts about the topic I was writing. Like your current posts of lately, some of my best posts are the ones where the reader might catch a glimpse of my heart and passion. For instance, in my very first post dated 1/16/09 I wrote about winning the most creative award for my Inspirational Ladies custom set. My post with the most views is a 12/3/09 Virtual Christmas Card to NGC and Collectors Society. That post included a medal featuring a toymaker on the obverse with three children looking through a snowy window. The reverse features a winter street full of Christmas shoppers and the same children looking in the window. This medal was struck with dies engraved by Don Everhart when he worked for the Franklin Mint. That post has a whopping 3,348 views! For the most part I am proud of the things I have written over the years and they serve to remind me of where I came from and where I am going. Gary
  14. Mike, I didn't get the political spin in your post so I agree with longstrider that there doesn't seem to be any. That said, I do have strong opinions on this topic. I personally like Lady Liberty on our coins as a national personification. However, I know there is not enough public support or political will to go back to that. In its place the mint has tried to extend an olive branch to collectors by giving them the gold liberty, the platinum themed Liberty, classic designs on bullion coins, and the retro St. Gaudens Double Eagle, Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, and walking Liberty Half. As for change, nothing can stop it, be it in the work place or the treasury department. What we must do is learn to adapt to change and roll with it. The work force of 2019 is much different than 1976 when I turned 18. Even in the cellular phone industry in which I worked for close to 23 years I went through four generations of cell phones, each generation radically different than the previous generation. Without the ability for me to adapt and learn I would not have made it. We are working with technologies today that were not even dreamed about when I was a kid. The days of my father working at the same job in a factory for 25 years are gone. We're never going back to that. Change is the only constant, we must accept that to move forward. For now I'll take whatever the mint has to offer in terms of Lady Liberty on collector coins. If I like what they offer, I'll buy it, if not, I won't. Life with contentment is good...Gary