gherrmann44

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About gherrmann44

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    coinsbygary.com
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    Wisconsin
  1. Group Photos and re-imaging

    Coin photgraphy is a lot of trial and error. Lighting is key. My rig is centered around an f4 enlarger lens on a bellows. After many years of hard work, some coins still give me problems. My lighting is based on diffused LED bulbs. I don't know what I'd do without digital cameras.
  2. The Key Date!

    I checked out your set last night and it's coming along rather nicely. I can't wait to see your edits in the coming weeks and years. I for the most part consider my Wilhelmina set complete after a 7 year effort to get the coins I wanted. Gary
  3. Stepping Up Again

    Dittos for me on the wife thing. Every year my wife comes with me for an overnight stay in Schaumburg, Ill. to the Central States show. However, she is more interested in a night dining out on the town or shopping for things other than coins!
  4. The Beginning

    Ah, the memories of those early years! I think most, if not all of us who started collecting as children started with those Whitman folders! Gary
  5. The Key Date!

    Congratulations on a great pick up for a good price! To get a scarce high grade coin for low grade money is a good deal! All the best. Gary
  6. Congratulations to the 2017 Registry Award Winners

    I also add my voice of congratulations to all the winners! It's not only the coins but the creativity and persistence of the winners to assemble such great sets. It is also the patience required to find just the right coins to populate the sets. I see all these attributes in your amazing proof-like set. Congratulations on such a spectacular set. Gary
  7. Older and Wiser

    I always thought it to be a shame if a person only grows older without growing any wiser. People often classify such a person as a fool. Concerning my relationship to coin collecting, wiser after so many years has finally come! After going trailblazers buying Morgan Dollars several years ago, I had lost interest in the series and finally sold off much of my collection in 2017. Now my interest in Morgan Dollars only includes the following: MS-65 and higher Morgan’s, GSAs, and Carson City Morgan’s. The rest, more than 40 coins in all, were sold, most at a loss to acquire the coins that today represent my real passion. At that time several years ago, I was adding Morgan’s to my collection at a rate of two or three coins a month. E-Bay was an addicting and all too easy venue for me to buy coins. It became as if, “I see, I like, I buy.” Never mind if I saw a coin, bought it, and only a few days later saw one I liked better and bought that one. I often rationalized that purchasing the new coin was subsidized by the old coin. To tell the truth, I was compulsively and indiscriminately buying coins. This no-win situation only robbed me of my numismatic passion and subsequently turned me into a numismatic fool. My Laura Gardin Fraser collection has taught me the patience needed to not only enjoy coin collecting but to do it at a pace that is both reasonable and results in buying quality coins that will never need to be upgraded. You see, when the coins and medals you need in your collection rarely make an appearance on the open market, you have to learn patience. Patience then is a good indicator of passion. If I have no patience, I have no passion resulting in burnout. So far, I haven’t lost patience with my LGF set and now don’t expect that I will. In fact, I just picked up two scarce pieces at bargain basement prices, one with a mintage of only 30! I will post more about those later. That said, I will not be branching out into other numismatic ventures other than the following: • Allegorical and inspirational women featured on worldwide coinage. Since my wife’s mother died of breast cancer, I will be buying the “pink” gold half-eagle going on sale by the US Mint in March. • Seated imagery featured on worldwide coinage. • A US gold typeset featuring all the major varieties from 1834-1933, less the 1907 high relief St. Gaudens double-eagle. (Only the prohibitive price tag keeps me from acquiring that one.) • High-grade Morgan dollars, Carson City dollars, and GSA’s. • Final upgrades to my 7070 US type set purchased on my behalf by a dealer friend of mine. • …And of course my Laura Gardin Fraser coin and medal set! My dealer friend buys attractive coins for my 7070 type set from my want list in the grades that I can afford. My want list is a five year plan to acquire the coins that I will never have to upgrade and so finally complete a set that I will be proud to own going into retirement. This dealer friend also attends all the coin shows that I cannot. Thus, I am learning to patiently acquire coins via one of the oldest of collector venues, “The Coin Show.” Coins shows also give my dealer friend a chance to sell or trade my old coins at the best price possible. Therein is yet another opportunity for me to learn patience especially for my VG-10 1893-S Morgan. My friend held that coin for close to a year before finding a suitable buyer at the January FUN show. In 2017 I spent most of the proceeds of my Morgan sale to purchase coins to fill my gold type collection. Now only the no-motto half-eagle and no-motto Indian Head Eagle remain. Additionally, I am waiting until the spot price of gold goes much higher to sell the gold coins I purchased long ago and recently upgraded. This again is another opportunity for me to learn patience since many of those coins I purchased when gold was close to $2000/oz. In 2018, I expect my new purchases to be far fewer as I move more towards quality over quantity. So far this year with the proceeds from the 93-S Morgan I bought a beautiful E-bay purchased MS-64 1908 no-motto St Gaudens Double-Eagle and a FUN show pick-up, MS-66 1913 ty 1 Buffalo Nickel for my 7070 type set. I purchased both these coins with a couple hundred dollars to spare. Needless to say these two coins are not subject to upgrades as they are absolutely gorgeous for their grades. Through the patience of selectively purchasing only those coins that fit my narrowly defined passion, have I finally become wise.
  8. RMW Collection of England and Great Britain

    Just are sorry as you are to post this, so we are sorry to learn this. My prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time. Life has an uncanny way of putting the skids on passion. It seems that passion is closely linked to life. Your passion for collecting the coins of interest to you is extraordinary. You wore this passion on your sleeve every time you posted a new acquisition for your collection. You are truly an ambassador to numismatics whose passion was contagious. Since you focused on quality in your collection, my hope is that the new renters of your numismatic treasures will pay top dollar for them. Interestingly, I always considered myself as a steward of the coins in my possession to preserve them for the next generation of collectors who I hope will have the same passion for them as I do. Gary
  9. 1932 $10 MS 64+ (Grading missed Doubling and misstrike)

    Hmm, sometimes no pay extra, no attribution. You still have a very nice looking eagle there. Buy the coin not the label.
  10. 2016 Journal Award Icon

    Yep, but they have problems uploading photos, seems I hit the ceiling with data storage. I have to send them another e-mail asking them to to give me more storage! Sometimes I post my classic posts from here over there. It's a different audience with some who have never had a chance to read a few classics from over here. You get a lot of YN's over there. They eat it up.
  11. 2016 Journal Award Icon

    If you look at my main collector page you will notice that although I have a nice icon for 2017, it is crooked. Oh Well.
  12. NGC Registry Awards

    Thank you for the compliment. As for what constitutes the other custom awards, who knows? This much I do know, you are only the second person I am aware of who has won two custom awards for the same set. The first was for a set called "Horses" by "The BRG Collection" with a creative set first and a most informative set second. When I read the judges comments for your set I was not surprised to read about the time you have invested because perusing your set, I had thought the same. Congratulations on the finest ancient set and certainly most informative set even if it is not officially recognized as such. High school and college students can write essays based on all the information you have collected into one place, a veritable numismatic encyclopedia!
  13. 2016 Journal Award Icon

    Mine is also fixed. I guess this is a case of better late than never!
  14. RMW Collection of England and Great Britain

    This coin is a nice alternative to the MS 65. I think you will be happy owning this well struck and attractive coin. I often buy lower MS graded coins when the gems of that coin are in the stratosphere of my budget. No shame, I'm simply happy to be in the game!
  15. Four Nice Pick-ups in one Shot

    In the absence of acceptable raw coins this is a great way to add those attractive uncirculated coins for a great price. It seems that your Washington Quarter collection is coming along nicely.