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  1. Rick, what an outstanding choice for your final page. I own a 1921 Italy 20C and I am in the process of upgrading it. That said, it is among my favorite Italian coins. In fact there is a lot to like about early 20th Century Italian coins. The personal and sentimental link to your coin really makes it stand out and the MS-62 grade is icing on the cake. Outstanding! I own this coin but it is not currently graded and yours is a whole lot nicer than mine! I picture mine in my seated imagery set with an Italian 1 lira featuring a seated image of Italia holding Victory. I will be following your set and your progress closely. All the best. Gary
  2. I'm particularly interested in the images of allegorical gods and goddesses on ancient coins. I am also fascinated by the similarities between ancient coins and the modern interpretations of those very same gods and goddesses on modern coins. I trace some of those links within my custom set, "The Use of Seated Imagery in Numismatics." You may find the following link very helpful when researching the coins in your custom sets. Gary
  3. I hear you Jackson. I've also been moving that way slowly but surely. It seems that recent events are hastening that move for me these days. At any rate, I am consolidating my collections to those that I really enjoyed when I was younger. My focus today is my theme based custom and type sets. All the best, let us know how it goes for you. Six or seven years ago I stuffed a Mercury Dime folder and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After stuffing the album and with my photograde guide I set out to grade the dimes. What fun! Oh BTW, I still have that Mercury Dime album and I periodically take it off the shelf to look at it. Gary
  4. A couple of comments, first coins are minted to circulate while medals are not. Coins necessitate the need to be minted in a manner that they have lower relief to circulate with designs that are acceptable to the general public. Coins must also be made according to certain weights and measures. Medals on the other hand can be minted in high relief and struck on larger blanks made of a variety of metals. Furthermore, I believe that the sculptors of medals are less politically restrained. This allows them to create medals that are truly beautiful works of art. The other comment I have is that the medal you picture is absolutely gorgeous! The high relief on most medals make them artistically stand out and this one is no exception. The relief on this piece is absolutely stunning! Gary
  5. Well I got page 3 finished, two more to go! This picture is yet a little bigger than the other two just to see how large a file the boards will take.
  6. There are few things in numismatics that I enjoy more than strong allegories on coins and medals. Where the allegory is unknown, I endeavor to decipher it within the historical context of the numismatic piece. Because of this love I created two NGC custom sets, “Inspirational Ladies” and “The Use of Seated Imagery in Numismatics.” Researching the coins and medals contained in these two sets has given me many hours of enjoyment! One coin that I recently acquired illustrating a strong allegory is the 2017 Canadian .9999 Fine Silver $100 Coin, “Juventas et Patrius Vigor” (Latin for “Youth and Patriotic Strength”), 1867 Confederation Medal. This coin is 76.25 mm in diameter and weighs 10 oz. The mintage is 1000 and my coin’s serial number is 321/1000. This year Canada is celebrating their 150th anniversary of confederation. Marking the occasion, Canada is releasing a number of commemorative coins. The obverse of this massive coin features an 1867 profile bust of Queen Victoria and a current profile of Queen Elizabeth II along with their corresponding crowned monograms. The obverse represents Queen Victoria as the British queen in power at the time of confederation in 1867 and the current queen, Queen Elizabeth II. Faithfully reproduced, the reverse of this coin is modeled from the dies of the original 76.5 mm, 1867 Canadian Confederation Medal. Issued with Queen Victoria’s approval, this medal was minted in silver and bronze. It was awarded to persons of merit for their service to Canada. The original mintages are one gold medal presented to Queen Victoria, fifty silver medals, and five hundred bronze medals. The designers of this medal were brothers JS and AB Wyon. These medals seldom appear on the open market and are quite expensive. I found an auction record for a beautiful original silver medal selling at $2750.00 CAD + $550 buyers premium on 7/13/11 ( ). I also found the record of a bronze medal that sold for $800 USD ( ). The reverse features Britannia representing the UK, seated and holding a scroll on which is written “Confederation.” The lion resting its head on Britannia’s lap is reminiscent of “Una and the Lion” from Spenser's “The Faerie Queene.” Around Britannia and idealizing the motto “Youth and Patriotic Strength” are four young maidens representing the four original provinces of Canada; Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick . Ontario is holding a sickle and sheaf representing agriculture. Holding a canoe paddle is Quebec representing commerce. In Nova Scotia’s hand is a shovel representing mining. Finally, New Brunswick is holding an ax to represent forestry. I gleaned much of the information for this post from the following website, . Here you will also find a lot of interesting facts about the original medal that I had not mentioned in this post. Until next time, happy collecting! Gary.
  7. I don't know if they do, but you can by going to CAC's web page and typing in the certification number of the NGC or PCGS coin in question.
  8. Well it was raining most of the day today so I finished page 2. The last picture I posted I re-sized to 640x480. This one is 800x600 and hopefully it shows better.
  9. Nice coins and nice grades for the coins that NGC would grade. I kinda understand North Korea but the rest NGC didn't grade? I can also see your point about being able to add the other submissions to your set seeing that others have had them graded in the past. That said NGC is opening up on a lot of different coins and medals that in the past they would not have graded. For instance, all the medals I have added to my Laura Gardin Fraser set. On those I emailed NGC before sending them and actually had them reply once by asking me to send photos of the medals, just to be sure. The whole thing for us as collectors is to be able to display them in sets and in your case have your granddaughter to examine them without getting her fingerprints on the coins!
  10. Not at all, since Dansco re-issued the album for a limited time I got it from a supplier for $32.44 with postage!
  11. I'll post them in this thread as I finish them!
  12. I also have one of the 2 Flamingo coins that was burnished and graded on submission at MS-69. However, unlike yours mine is the 1974 struck in cuni with the coat of arms on the obverse rather than the queen. Regardless, I'm with you I love the burnished finish on any metal it is struck. (That said, silver is much better than cuni)! It looks like yours like mine was also struck at the Franklin Mint.
  13. With the advent of the NGC and PCGS registries came new and improved ways to catalog, preserve, and display the coins in your collection. This after years of collectors plugging raw coins into albums. Yet, I feel that there was something nostalgic about plugging coins in an album that may have been lost. PCGS has tried to recapture that nostalgia in their registry with their coin album software. I must say that for a while I was impressed and jealous. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer NGC’s registry and I do not currently maintain a registry with PCGS. However, there was something in me that longed to present my collection in that format, especially my NGC 7070 Basic US Type Set. After all, isn’t this set based on a Dansco coin album anyway! Still, there has got to be a way to get the best of both worlds and I think that I have found it! A week or two ago I got an email from a coin supply vendor announcing that Dansco would for a limited time make their 7070 album available for purchase. Jumping on the opportunity, I ordered the album with no intention of ever putting a coin in it! When the album arrived, I photographed the front and backside of all the pages. Next, I loaded them up to Photoshop Elements and started to plug photographs of my coins into the slots. I was in essence creating my very own virtual coin album with the advantage of enlarging the page to more closely inspect the coins. Eventually, I’ll put all the pages together in a power point file or something like that. Yes, the page files are a bit large to post. But for me, I am looking for many hours of enjoyment both plugging coins and enjoying them all together in one frame well into the future! So far I have page 1 of 5 finished (I’ll order the gold page 6 separately) and I’m posting a scaled down picture of that page with this post. Happy Collecting! Gary
  14. The last time I had visited the Smithsonian was almost 40 years ago, then they had the 1849 double-eagle pattern on display (Unique or is there another one? I've heard rumors of it). Is this coin still on display today? I'm guessing you'll never see this at a major coin show.
  15. Just got this one at the CSNS show for my gold type set.