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  1. gherrmann44

    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
  2. gherrmann44

    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
  3. gherrmann44

    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.
  4. 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!
  5. Ahh, but it is recently graded. I can tell by the fancy, more modern hologram on the back of the holder!
  6. ...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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. My prayers of comfort go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Yesterday, upon hearing the news I perused your 1932 mint set in honor of your step-father's father. In a strange way I had a connection with that set in that I notified you that it won the best presented award. That has always been a fond memory of mine that I immediately thought of when I heard the news.
  12. I have no doubt that if coins is something Ben does with his dad that it will go a long way towards him collecting coins on his own some day! Showers of silver rounds sounds like a lot of fun for both father and son!
  13. I am glad to hear things are going much better for your family. Tokens are very collectible for kids. Kids love to collect different tokens with a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. What's nice for the adults is that they are very inexpensive to get for your kids. Funny thing about 3-year old's is they have no concept of value and could care less what their tokens are worth. With kids as long as the tokens are numerous, colorful, and different, life is good!
  14. I think the mint does this because collectors generally want it. This kind of thing goes back to at least the 70's when the silver 1970 Kennedy Half was only available in mint sets. I think collectors really want coins that at least aren't run of the mill and a little scarce. They want coins with lower mintages over the coins that are produced in the hundreds of millions. That said, the argument of too much of a good thing can be made concerning the frequency of manufactured rarities.
  15. gherrmann44

    Back Again For Keeps

    Welcome back to the fold! I remember when you moved to California and announced that your collecting activities would be seriously curtailed. I felt kind of sad for you that day. Today you are more than just coming back into the NGC fold so let me warmly welcome you back to numismatics! You're good people and I look forward to conversing with you on both the NGC and ANA blog pages! Gary
  16. gherrmann44

    Tincture in Heraldry

    Have you ever looked at the shield on many of our 19th and 20th century coins and wondered what the lines across the top horizontal bar of our national shield represent? How about the lines on the vertical bars? Beyond the vertical bars representing the 13 original states holding up the single bar representing the federal government you may be surprised to find that the lines or the lack thereof on the bars are defined by certain colors in heraldry called tinctures. Tincture is a relatively small palette of colors used in heraldry dating back to 12th and 13th century Europe. These have been adapted to numismatic uses by certain patterns which represent the colors in heraldry. For instance, on the 1883 shield nickel I picture the horizontal lines across the top bar represent the color blue. The vertical bars with stripes represent the color red and the plain bars represent the color silver or white. In my NGC seated imagery custom set, I have an MS-64 NY 1863 NEW YORK F-630AM-1a CHRISTOPH KARL token featuring a seated image of Germania. The image on the obverse of this token has been incorrectly identified by some as “Liberty”. However, by applying tincture in both the flag and the shield the seated image is clearly not Miss Liberty but in fact Germania. Apart from the tincture, Germania is wearing a mural crown. In the 19th century mural crowns were used primarily in Europe to represent republics or in the case of this token the German Confederation. Following the pattern of heraldry, the flag has the black, red, and yellow bars of the German Confederation. The only problem I have found in this flag are that the bars are vertical instead of horizontal as is the German Confederation flag. I googled this discrepancy for an explanation and found that the vertical bars were easier to see by the belligerents, both friend and foe on the field of battle. Another give-away that this token features Germania is the double-headed eagle of the German Confederation coat of arms in a field of yellow as defined by the pattern of the gold tincture. For more information on Tincture click the following Wikipedia link: For more information on Mural Crowns click the following Wikipedia Link: For a detailed write-up about my token click the following link: Below is the credit for the use of the tincture graphic: By Original:MontrealaisVector:Wereonderivative work Hagman adding DE language, 3 October 2011 (SVG switch and optimization by Perhelion)Hebrew by Ori~ - Own work based on: Tinctures.gif, CC BY-SA 3.0, Gary
  17. Oh, one more thing, I just had to chuckle to myself when I saw the picture of you holding Sam on your chest. The look on your face is priceless! The look of pride in your face as you hold your son speaks volumes! This is good and the way it should be. Congratulations! You have a fine son!
  18. I am so glad to hear Sam is doing better. As each day passes his chances improve and that is really good news! Is there anything new on the bleeding in Sam's brain? You're all in my heart and my prayers. Your pictures are very heart-warming.
  19. I explore the halberd for my Wilhelmina I 10 Gulden set in my write-up of the 1913 coin. Additionally, I also name the mintmaster represented by the seahorse privy. The way I understand a mintmaster is that it is the approximate equivalent to our chief engraver. The mintmaster may or may not be the coins designer as is the case of the 1898 10 Gulden coin designed by P. Pander (P. Pander signature located directly below the truncated neck on the obverse). In fact all 4 Wilhelmina I obverse bust designers are different from the mintmaster represented by the privys. Something else of interest on the 10 gulden reverses is the shield on the coat of arms has horizontal lines with dotted rectangles peppered throughout the shield. These markings are equivalent to heraldic tincture that represent colors. The following Wikipedia link explains the correlation between markings on metallic coins and colors. As you can see the horizontal lines are equivalent to the color blue and the rectangles to yellow or gold. These are the exact colors of the Royal Dutch coat of arms.
  20. This is how I did it for the medals I bought with a provenance to the Fraser studio. First it didn't hurt to have an article in the ANA's June 2018 edition of "The Numismatist" entitled, "Fraser Studio Finds". In that edition was an interview by name with the curator of the Fraser Studio artifacts. A friend with a common interest in the Fraser artifacts called me to tell me he had an appointment to visit the studio and asked me if I was interested. Seeing as fate would have it, he lived about an hour away and I finally ended up with two medals. The first thing I did before I sent anything to NGC was to send an e-mail to customer service. In the e-mail I gave them my phone number and the person in charge of grading medals called me. I told her that I had a signed receipt and a cancelled check of which I sent both with my medals to NGC. Afterwards NGC called me back and we agreed on the wording of the provenance. We finally settled on "Fraser Studio Achieves". Now I have a provenance traced back to Laura Gardin Fraser as the owner and designer of the two medals I now own. NGC was very willing and helpful to work this out with me. Gary
  21. My heart and my prayers are with your family.
  22. Revenant At your son's age I think that the chances he will continue with collecting are much better than it was with my kids. My daughter had no interest in coins and collecting whatsoever and my son only had a passing interest. When my son was in his pre-teen years I got him a state quarter board that he enthusiastically started but quickly lost interest. As he grew older he worked at a Wendys restaurant and brought home $2 bills and Buffalo Nickels exchanged from the till. Seeing at least a little interest, I bought him a sheet of $2 bills and had them framed for Christmas. As a young adult he bought a set of colorized Star Wars coins from Niue housed in a Millennium Falcon model that when you opened the Falcon to view the coins it went into hyperspace with the hyperspace sound effect. However, when push came to shove and he needed money he wanted to sell them. Thinking that it would be a shame to sell them I told him I would buy them from him and hold them if he ever wanted to buy them back. Now that he is getting settled into a professional career he has not asked to buy them back yet. I also bought him a gold Mercury Dime one year for his birthday but I'm afraid to ask him if he sold that also. Still all those little sparks along the way failed to ignite any lasting interest. With limited or no interest in coins from my kids, I'll probably sell my collection at some point and make it a part of my estate for their inheritance. Gary
  23. Here's the link BTW, I go by the handle coinsbygary over there.
  24. Jack It's not as difficult as you imagine. When I edit a picture I resize all my pictures to 800x800 pixels. This works pretty good for any application I want to use my pictures. As is the case with all my cropped pictures they all start bigger than 800x800 pixels so I am never taking a lower sized picture and making it larger. Now I happened to use the Peace Dollar at 38.1mm in my collage as a reference. Not many of the pieces in the collage are much bigger than the Peace Dollar except the 1876 centennial medal at 55mm. Therefore, knowing the diameter of all the other coins and using the Peace Dollar as a reference I resized them as a percentage of the Peace Dollar. Using Photoshop Elements as my editor each of the coins were their own layer on a larger matte. I then moved each layer independent of the rest into the collage you see. Merging the layers and resizing the collage to a manageable size finished the picture.