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  1. Good times, happy birthday, and thoughtful gifts! I got coins for my birthday once from my daughter. She ordered me the 2013-W West Point SAE set with the enhanced finish and reverse proof.
  2. My local coin club is just beginning to reach out to the YN's at our shows. At our last show we had a map of the world and a bunch of foreign coins for the YN's to place on the map. With the coins our YN's took home they got a geography lesson to go along with the coins. That said I loved how at one of your shows you had the YN's looking through penny rolls. With this post there are even more ideas that I might want to replicate here at home!
  3. I'm loving it Jackson! My own 7070 has brought me countless hours of enjoyment and knowledge. Right now I'm working on potential upgrades such as an arrows date for the obverse legend dime slot instead of the 1876 XF dime I have in that slot now. The 7070 has slots specific to the 1853-55 arrows coins but none for the 1873-74 coins. This is why I'm looking for that arrows dime to represent them all. Your choice of the twenty cent piece to represent the Carson City Mint is an excellent choice. Congratulations on your find. Gary
  4. I don't crack anything out anymore. NGC/PCGS it doesn't matter. If I like the coin, it stays in the holder. If I have an incomplete NGC registry set because the holder is not the right one, then so be it. Because after all, is it not more important that I have a complete set of coins than a complete registry set? Yeah, I wish things were the way they were but they are not. So I have adapted and moved on. I do try to buy NGC holdered coins but if I like a PCGS holdered coin and I buy it, it stays in the PCGS holder. That said, I'm glad for PCGS coins still being allowed in custom sets. There is another problem with crossing PCGS coins over and its financial. I cannot lie to myself about the market perception of PCGS holdered coins. The market favors PCGS when it comes to classic US coins. That's just my perception. Another thing that I find interesting is that the grading companies guarantee grade and authenticity. With that you are less likely to get a bump because the guarantee will fall to the new company. Prime example and I hated to see these crossed to PCGS was the Newman Confederate half-dollar and the 1854-S half-eagle. They both crossed at the same grade to PCGS. When big money is on the line grading is much more critical and both NGC and PCGS are a lot more careful handing out high grades.
  5. All Some of you may or may not know that I also blog on the ANA's website. There are two posts I made there on my Money Talks presentation at the ANA's World's Fair of Money that I have chosen not to post here. In one of the posts I write about my preparation for the talk and the other on the delivery of the talk. If you are interested I am posting the links to both posts.
  6. Congratulations Revenant! You most certainly deserve it! Enjoy that cruise with your wife!
  7. It all starts with little or no fear of public speaking. After that you'd be surprised. If you are passionate about what you speak of and are well versed in what you are speaking of you'll be amazed by what you can do. I have no doubt that you can speak intelligibly and passionately about your Icelandic coins! (It comes out in your writing). BTW, thank you for your kind comments. I must say that when I recorded the podcast I was a little apprehensive about how it would come out. However, after listening to it, I also thought that it turned out pretty good. Gary.
  8. As a result of my Money Talks presentation at the Words Fair of Money I came into contact with Coin World writer Chris Bulfinch. Chris wanted to talk with me about an article he was working on concerning Laura Gardin Fraser. At the end of that conversation he asked me if I would be willing to do a podcast interview with him of which I was only too happy to do. Last week that interview was posted on Coin World's website as episode 027. After listening to the interview I think it went pretty well. The first 19 minutes of the podcast was dedicated to a conversation between the hosts of the podcast Chris Bulfinch and Jeff Starck. My interview then occupied the rest of the podcast which was almost 43 minutes in length. Finally I want to thank the ANA for putting me in touch with Chris who was unable to attend my Money Talks presentation but followed up to contact me through the ANA. This was a lot of fun for me and I am amazed by the people I have worked with and come into contact with over the years through my Laura Gardin Fraser collection. It is truly a privilege and a blessing to be involved with so many of the fine people associated with this hobby! Gary The following is a link to my podcast:
  9. That is a loaded question that is impossible to fully answer in this thread. So instead, I'll list my equipment and recommend a good book. I use a camera stand with two daylight fluorescent lighting sources. My camera is a Nikon D3500 SLR camera with a Venus Optics Laowa V-DX 60mm F2.8 Macro 2:1 lens. Also, I use Photoshop Elements to edit my pictures. The book is the first and most important thing for you to buy. That book is entitled "Numismatic Photography" by Mark Goodman. In it you'll learn most of the tricks of the trade. You'll also be able to determine how much you want to spend on equipment from a basic point and shoot camera to more advanced cameras. Be patient, it takes a while to hone your skills. However, with digital cameras just delete the practice shots and start all over again! I hope you find this helpful. If I can be of further assistance, feel free to IM me through Collectors Society. Thank you for your comments on my photography. I hope to take my rig on the road to local coin shows to supplement my retirement income!
  10. If that much money moved into the Zimbabwe economy you'd see the exchange rate (Zimbabwe to foreign currency) significantly improve. Revenant, you might be rich then!
  11. Say, now that is a mighty fine coin and RD to boot! At the price you paid when in comparison to the asking price for the ANACS you could almost call the PCGS coin a steal! Congratulations on the find and a new addition to what is already a mighty fine collection. Gary.
  12. Since I am starting a new NGC Collectors Society custom set based on the Spanish Provisional Government coins of 1870, I thought to re-image all the coins in the set. It’s funny how when you give your coins another look that you notice new things about them. Or, is it that you haven’t looked in a long time and simply forgot. Either way its part of what makes this hobby fun for me. One of the coins I re-imaged is an NGC 1870 MS-65 Red 1 Centimo coin. This coin represents the lowest denominated copper coin of the series. It only weighs 1 gram and measures 15.5 mm in diameter. I was already fully aware of a couple of major die cracks and a few other smaller ones on the reverse of this coin. However, it only recently dawned on me that several of the marks in the field of the reverse were in fact die clash marks. Die clashes occur when the hammer die strikes an anvil die without a planchet in the collar and the dies leave their impressions on the opposite dies. The fields of the coin are typically incuse meaning that the fields on the die are relief. This is why the impression occurs in the fields because the devices on the die are incuse. Subsequently, that impression is transferred to every coin struck thereafter with that die pair. This can happen with any size dies but I have found it most prevalent on very small coins. Still, many of the Morgan Dollar VAMs are indeed die clashes. I have also found that the heaviest clash marks occur on the anvil die which is typically the coins reverse. That said I have a few coins with clash marks clearly visible on both sides of the coin. Having just noticed the clashing on my Spanish coin, I thought to do an overlay of the obverse on the reverse. There is a slight die rotation that you can see in my overlay picture. A side by comparison of my overlay and without overlay pictures clearly show how the clash marks line up with an outline of the main obverse device. In my pictures I have also pointed out a few of the major die cracks as if they needed pointing out. The other arrows point to the reverse clash marks. Maybe some of those cracks occurred as a result of the clashing. Interesting stuff to ponder. Gary
  13. gherrmann44

    In the Mean Time...

    Well it’s been a long time since I last wrote. Retirement has kept me pretty busy at my church having delivered the morning sermon last Sunday and again tomorrow. With all that I am doing, I have a whole new appreciation of pastors. However, I’m not writing about my outside exploits today but my numismatic ones. You see while I have been busy with church activities, I have been amassing several new purchases along the way including a new book! I also served as kind of a consultant for a Coin World writer who is publishing an article about Laura Gardin Fraser in the next issue. Oh, and I will have to write about the podcast I recorded for Coin World that is still being edited. But today I’m writing about a Spanish provisional government pattern I got in the mail this week from an e-bay seller in of all places, Argentina. First the new book. I haven’t got it yet but it is on order from Wizard Coin Supply. The book is by Roger Burdette entitled, “Girl On The Silver Dollar.” It is Roger’s contention that the girl that graces the Morgan Dollar is not Anna Williams and I have long wanted to know why not. These are indeed exciting times and without further ado, let me get into the meat of my blog. After the 1868 ouster of Queen Isabella II from the throne in Spain came a new provisional government and new coinage. Without a royal on the throne these exciting new coins featured the feminine personification of Spain, Hispania. I started collecting these coins years ago for my seated imagery collection but it has been a rough go. Because most of the coins circulated very few of them survive today in MS condition. Fortunately, I have been able to purchase all the copper coins in MS condition but the silver coins are difficult and expensive to obtain in that condition. My highest grading silver coin is AU-53. I am still missing three of the silver coins in my collection and need a miracle to get the 20-Centimos silver coin with a mintage of 5000 and a survivability today much lower. However, I digress. Back to the point of toady’s blog. Since I am a guy who only started collecting these for their design, I wanted to have at least one coin with design features as crisp as if they were just struck. In this copper pattern I get all that and them some. The relief on the pattern is much higher and sharper than that on any of the coins, bar none! When I happened upon the e-bay listing by accident I couldn’t believe it. Because it was an overseas seller, I hesitated a little. When I saw that he had an excellent feedback percentage with over 11,000 replies I placed a reasonable snip bid on what is now the first pattern in my collection. I won the auction with a bid that is about half of what certified examples had sold for at Heritage. Still this pattern has a few drawbacks with some sort of foreign residue on the obverse and around the rims and lettering but most important NO mechanical damage. There does not appear to be any nicks or scratches in any of the fields! Yesterday, I sent my pattern off to NCS for conservation that I hope leads to a good grade. With that I am starting a new custom set over at Collectors Society entitled, “The Coinage of the Spanish Provisional Government.” It is populated with all the coins I currently own including my new purchase albeit in “want” status until it is graded. There is a lot of information I have collected and saved that I will have to shake the dust from but it all leads to a great start to a new set! If you look there is a rabbit at the feet of Hispania on the pattern that is not on any of the coins. This design feature goes all the way back to Hadrian and the Roman Empire but for now I can’t remember what the rabbit signifies. I digress again! You know I’m getting excited by all the rambling on! Thus, I will leave you with a link to my new set. Oh BTW, I’m also posting a Germania Mint medal I just purchased featuring you guessed it, “The Allegories.” Germania and Britannia are the first in the series. Germania and Columbia are next! This looks like it will be a pretty cool series of medals that I will want to collect. Gary
  14. Congratulations Jackson! That is a really big deal! I have the 1974 Bahamas Flamingo $2 coin that I bought raw a very long time ago. As you probably know mine is not silver but the flamingo design is the same. Like you, I was impressed with the quality of my coin. When I sent it in for grading it got an MS-69 grade. With a few other MS world submissions it is the highest graded raw world coin I ever submitted. I was of course delighted with my grade as you are but a 70, its time to do cartwheels! All the best, Gary.
  15. The collecting family video on the kidzone page is pretty cool!
  16. I'm on the sell coins to buy coins agreement with my wife. I've bought several coins this year already and just completed a $2000.00+ coin sale with a few pleasant surprises and some not so pleasant. I'll post about the whole experience soon. Gary
  17. From the pictures you post that is a very attractive coin with lots of mint luster. While not a fatty, the coin is slabbed in an older style NGC holder. I am so glad to hear that your wife has the opportunity to visit her mom with Sam. After following your posts concerning him earlier this year, it's nice to see that he is traveling and taking it so well. Gary On the selling and buying of gold in the current market I found the following youtube video from a dealers perspective kind of interesting even though it may not match the fatty holder seller you described. It does however match my experience when I tried to sell a gold coin to a dealer and thought that I should have gotten more.
  18. My congratulations also on the grades you got. They are a reflection of a discriminating eye, and in particular your eye. It's just nice to have NGC agree with your assessment. BTW, my daughter is getting married and wants to have her wedding in Iceland. It seems that I will be traveling to Iceland in October of 2020. Have you been there before? Gary
  19. This year’s annual ANA World’s Fair of Money is perhaps one of the most memorable coin shows I have ever attended. Every show is special in its own way but this one was the first one in which I was a Money Talks presenter. The annual ANA World’s Fair of Money is a wonderful opportunity for advanced and novice collectors alike to locate those hard to find coins for their collections. For some it is a rare opportunity to roam a large bourse floor filled with dealers from across the country selling every type and category of coins. Literally, there is something there for everyone and more importantly every budget. I ended up buying a PCGS MS-62 1859 Indian Head Cent for my type collection. I also bought a new 10x loupe and a Kennedy half-dollar Christmas tree ornament from the United States Mint. (I kindly ask the collecting purists out there to not throw their shoes at me for that one, lol). The annual ANA World’s Fair of Money is a wonderful opportunity to view million-dollar coins you would not otherwise see. Among the many coins I saw was an 1804 silver dollar, an 1854-S half-eagle, and two 1913 Liberty Head nickels. The thrill of viewing these coins never gets old. What kind of made me sad about the 1854-S half eagle is that the new owner cracked it out of its original NGC holder to a PCGS holder. The kicker in all this was that the grade remained the same. I don't know why but I was disappointed to hear this, at any rate on with the blog. I usually take my wife with me to these shows. When I point out the million-dollar coins she has a hard time believing they are worth that much. This is when I impress her with my vast numismatic knowledge (YEAH RIGHT). For instance, I had the pleasure of telling her the 1854-S half-eagle is only one of four known. More often than not she responds with the single word, “WOW.” (Wife impressed; hubby points earned, ya gotta love it)! The annual ANA World’s Fair of Money is a wonderful opportunity to learn new things. My wife and I always enjoy viewing the competitive displays. This year as a bonus for submitting a people’s choice ballot each submitter received a 2019 copper-nickel proof set! I enthusiastically told the guy who gave me my ballot that this was a pretty good deal! He agreed! At every show I ever attended I have gladly cast my ballot for the people’s choice display. However, never before have I gotten something for doing what I am always glad to do. Now I must sadly confess that my first Money Talks presentation is the one in which I was the presenter. What a wonderful experience it is to share what I have learned in numismatics with others. Now I see that this is something I want to do again …and something I will have to attend as a member of the audience. For being a presenter, I was given a certificate by the ANA and a medal from the Chicago Coin Club with my name engraved on it. There is much more I want to say about this experience but it will have to wait for a future post. Stay tuned, its coming. The annual ANA World’s Fair of Money is a wonderful opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends …and to meet new ones. To me this is one of the best aspects of being involved with this hobby. There is nothing like hanging with like-minded enthusiasts to talk nothing but coins for hours on end. No one in my close circle of family and friends collects coins and to tell the truth it gets kind of lonely. This is why a local coin club is so important to connect with others of like mind. When we arrived at the show, we met up with a dealer friend of mine and another collector who is a common friend to us both. (Actually, these two guys were friends before I met them). BTW this is the dealer who found me the 1859 Indian Head Cent I bought at the show. Since our common friend is a local resident, he took us out for an original Chicago deep dish pizza. None of those fake wannabe deep dish pizza places, but the real deal. You know, there is nothing like talking coins over a genuine deep dish pizza! Our second day at the show was the day of my Money Talks presentation. At the presentation I met with a collector friend I know from Houston. It is always refreshing and enjoyable to see people you don’t often see and very good to have him in my audience. Also, in my audience cheering me on was a couple from my local coin club. Because of my proximity to Chicago my club chartered a bus to the show, many of which I also saw roaming the bourse floor. Many of my numismatic friends are sight unseen and people I only know because I regularly blog at the ANA and NGC. Thus, you can imagine the thrill I felt when preparing for my presentation that a blogger from the ANA boards walked up to me and introduced himself! How nice it was to have him in the audience also! Now no longer sight unseen, I feel like we connected and have forged a beginning to a new friendship. Exhausted from just two days at the show we drove home after having had a very good time at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money! Gary
  20. gherrmann44

    NCS candidate

    In all seriousness, I don't know what NCS can do with this coin since it looks to me as if it has two serious rim dings on it. Rim dings are something that conservation cannot fix since NCS will not do any tooling on the coin to change the surface. Never mind I see what you are talking about.
  21. Today I received back those two moon mission coins, the Kennedy half dollar and the 50th anniversary half dollar coins I sent back to NGC with crossed labels. All is good now. The friendly person on the phone recognized the original problem and told me what to do. It happened just as she said and I am a happy camper. Furthermore, this was at no expense to me. NGC sent a credit to my credit card for postage back to Florida.
  22. This has been painfully apparent to me as I own several gold coins that I bought during the last peak that I have wanted to sell for quite a while. Fortunately, I have not needed the money so I have held them all this time. That said I still have a little ways to go before I will break even. On the other side of the coin (pun intended) I have used the low prices of the last couple of years to complete my gold type set.