gherrmann44

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  1. 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.
  2. Jackson As you can probably tell, I do most of my collecting art through the lens of a camera. In the end we both enjoy our respective Numismatic artistic outlets and that's what makes the hobby that much more fun. The recent collage I did for my journal header is one example. In it I made the silver dollar a certain number of pixels in diameter. Then the rest of the coins I adjusted relative to the diameter of the dollar to represent the diameter of the other coins. The Dansco, which by the way I need to complete was adjusting the size of the coin in pixels to the diameter of the slot on the Dansco page. It's all a lot of fun ...and more importantly it doesn't cost you anything! For instance , drawing a 1933 St. Gaudens Double Eagle from a picture! Very nice! Didn't know you had it in you Jackson!
  3. gherrmann44

    A Golden Opportunity

    Over the last several years I have been feverishly working to upgrade the gold coins in my collection since the spot price of gold has fallen from its peak valuation in the fall of 2011. In the last two years or so I have been able to upgrade several of the MS-62 and lower graded gold coins in my collection to 63 and 64. To date, I have been happy with the quality of the MS-63 and 64 gold coins I bought and I consider them to be the final upgrades for my gold type set. With the spot price of gold being relatively stable over the last few years, I have had the time I needed to buy these expensive coins at a price I can afford. This golden opportunity has also allowed me to add several nice circulated classic gold coins and varieties to my collection. Except for the 1907 high-relief St Gaudens Double Eagle, I fully expect to add all the major 1834 to 1933 US gold varieties to my collection. This brings me to the 1897-S MS-62 Type 3 Liberty Double Eagle in my collection. Over the last several months I have been looking for an acceptable MS-63 or 64 example. The problem is that I have not found a coin in those grades that is all that much better than the 62 I already own. The problem has always been the location and severity of the contact marks on the obverse. Dare I consider a gem-uncirculated MS-65 upgrade? According to both PCGS and NGC population reports, PCGS grades a total of 8,204 Liberty Double Eagles in MS-65 and NGC grades 9,221. For the most part, gem condition Liberty Double Eagles are very scarce and as a result very expensive. Now if all those 65’s were spread evenly across all the dates I would not be having the following conversation. Of the total MS-65 populations from both grading services, 65% of PCGS’s and 64% of NGC’s population are 1904 double eagles. With thousands of 1904 MS-65’s in the marketplace, the 1904 double eagle presents a wonderful opportunity for the type collector to own a gem quality gold coin at a relatively low price. This then is where a lower and stable spot price comes into play when making my decision to upgrade my current double eagle. In 2011, I bought my current double eagle when an ounce of gold was at its peak valuation. At that time I suspected that gold would continue to rise. Now they say that hindsight is 20/20 and since I bought this coin, gold has fallen to roughly the level it has held for more than a couple of years. Now when I decide to upgrade any coin in my collection I usually sell the lower graded coin to subsidize the higher graded coin. However, in this case I am going to hold onto that 1897-S coin until the price of gold goes back up. With that settled, I went on the hunt for an MS-65 double eagle to replace my 62. After looking around a little, I found about twenty-five 1904 MS-65’s on Heritage’s website as “Buy It Nows” with a few having a “Make Offer” option. Like all the rest of the grades not all MS-65’s are created equal so I picked the coin I liked the best and made an offer for $100 lower than the BIN. Now Heritage was supposed to contact me in three days and when they didn’t I thought they had declined my offer. That was until 11 days after my offer when I received an invoice in my e-mail box for the coin I wanted! With that I upgraded an MS-62 coin to 65 for only $32 more than I paid for the 1897-S! Essentially, I just got a 3-point upgrade for free! If I were to sell the MS-62 at a loss it would then cost me about $600-$700. Still not that bad for an upgrade to a coin of this magnitude. This all reminds me of the UNC-Details 1889-S Saddle Ridge Double Eagle I bought for about the same price as the two coins I am writing about. When I compare the Saddle Ridge coin to the 1904, I think the Saddle Ridge coin has a shot at MS-65 were it not for the cleaning below Miss Liberty’s truncated neck. The cleaning may not be all that apparent in the PCGS photo but in the hand it is front and center. Unlike the 1904, 1889-S double eagles are very rare in MS-65 with a NGC valuation of $36,000 and a PCGS valuation of $30,000! I only paid a small fraction of that price for this coin, about 1/14 to 1/15 of the fully graded coin! Thus, I am thrilled to own this coin even though it has been cleaned. The moral of the story is don’t even think of cleaning your coins, you may do them irreparable damage perhaps costing you thousands and at the same time representing a great deal for me (lol)! Merry Christmas to all!
  4. Rick I still hang around here and read every post even though my writing has not been as prolific of lately. There are several reasons for this. One, I like the old journal pages better than the new ones but to be fair, I had noticed the decline in participation before the transition to the new. Two, my own collecting interests have narrowed considerably giving me fewer topics to write about. For instance, I just finished selling off the bulk of my Morgans. While I won't be writing about my next new Morgan, I will at some point in the future summarize in a post my collecting experience with Morgan's. However, I am keeping my gem and Carson City Morgans. Three, I have been extremely busy at work and am a little stressed out the past 3 or 4 years. This has effectively caused me write less since all my time spent at home is chilling from work. The good news is I have six more years left to work before retiring. My problem is that I am too young to retire and too old to put up with it. Four, my focus going into this phase of my collecting life is to upgrade my type sets and buy new pieces for my custom sets. My custom sets give me the numismatic diversity I enjoy and my type sets have been my first numismatic love all along. This has led to a decline in buying that goes along with a decline in writing. What buying I do now is focused on quality rather than quantity. That said, it is likely that I will not be going off on any new wild goose chases. No more new sets or for that matter custom sets either. I will however, work on bringing quality to all my remaining sets. I will with great interest be following all the sets that are linked on these journal pages. I do enjoy and learn a lot from other people's sets. A few sentences ago I mentioned chilling, perusing other collector's sets is one of the ways I chill! Gary
  5. Jackson It will take a lot more to drive me away from the journals! Nice quarters you have there. I thought the 1932's were more valuable than they are. Maybe that's the MS coins of this date. At any rate I wouldn't mind owning coins like that in my collection. Good hunting and good luck on your upcoming submissions. I hope your granddaughter enjoys her bear coins! At her age she probably doesn't care what grades they are, only that grandpa lovingly gave them to her. All the best Gary
  6. Thank you for all your effort and research, I for one am enjoying reading the coin descriptions in your set. I read a couple every so often. Gary
  7. gherrmann44

    RMW Collection

    Your coin for a lesser grade has far superior eye appeal than the copper farthing. To my own taste I'll always take eye appeal over grade. I whole-heartily agree with your assessment and choice.
  8. gherrmann44

    RMW Collection

    I thought about the cabinet friction factor but then how do you differentiate between cabinet friction and legitimate wear? The key must be the other surfaces where there is no wear or break in the luster whatsoever. It is a very nice piece for a pre-steam strike. ...and yes I did get something out of this exercise, thanks for posting.
  9. gherrmann44

    RMW Collection

    OK, I'm game, AU-55. At times if a coin is weakly struck it is more difficult to differentiate between MS and AU. This coin however appears to be a decent strike. Thus what appears to be rub or wear on the highest relief due to the difference in luster, i.e. shiny spots, I give it AU.
  10. The National Geographic Hubbard Medallion is named after the first president of the National Geographic Society, Gardiner Greene Hubbard. It is the National Geographic Society’s highest award and is conferred on persons who distinguish themselves by a lifetime of achievement in research, discovery, and exploration. This prestigious award was first presented to Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary in 1906. [1] [2] The Hubbard Medallion redesigned by Laura Gardin Fraser in 1951 is struck in 14 karat gold, weighs 474 grams and is 93 mm in diameter. [3] The medallion in my collection is struck in gilded bronze that gives it a similar look to that of the 14 karat gold medallion. The edge inscription on my medallion is “MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE.” Thus, it seems probable that my medallion was a trial strike, perhaps struck with the same dies used to strike the gold medallion. According to Medallic Art Company historian and senior consultant D. Wayne Johnson on his databank, the redesigned Hubbard Medallion has a MACO die number of 1951-016. [4] This ingenious method of cataloging dies devised by D. Wayne Johnson himself signifies that the dies for the new Hubbard Medallion were the 16th job in 1951. (Incidentally, Medallic Art Company retains all the dies they ever used in an environmentally controlled die library). [5] That said the first recipient of the redesigned Hubbard Medallion and the 15th overall was Arctic explorer Donald B. MacMillan on January 9, 1953. Ironically, Commander MacMillan was an aide to the first Hubbard Medallion awardee, Robert E. Peary. The obverse of the Hubbard Medallion features the Western Hemisphere seal of the National Geographic Society and the year of the National Geographic Society’s founding in 1888 with an oak leaf cluster on each side of the date. On the reverse appear land, sea, and sky, races of man, animals, birds, and sea creatures. [6] Of particular interest to me is a non-cited quote by Laura Gardin Fraser concerning her design of the Hubbard Medallion: “My idea in using animals was to have them represent, along with the races of man, the continents of the globe. I chose such creatures as would readily be recognized as having inhabited their respective regions from man’s earliest remembrance.” “The hemispheres are those shown on the cover of the magazine the Northern, Southern and Eastern Hemispheres since the obverse shows our own Western Hemisphere as the seal of the National Geographic Society. A decorative element is two groupings of oak leaves on the obverse. They were also taken from the cover of the magazine.” Finally, when I examine a piece of medallic art I sometimes wonder what the sculptor of that medal or coin intended to communicate through it. I also believe that the said sculptor derives a certain degree of satisfaction when he or she sees the desired effect of their medallic art on its recipients. In some cases, the legacy and effect of a sculptor’s work continues after their death. Such is the case with Laura Gardin Fraser (1889-1966) and the Hubbard Medallion. The following is the story of a very proud woman whose great-great-great uncle received the Hubbard Medallion posthumously. Matthew A. Henson was an Arctic explorer and right hand man of Robert E. Peary. Unfortunately for him, very few African Americans were recognized for their contributions in discovery and exploration in the early 1900s. In fact, evidence seems to suggest that Matthew Henson was the first human to stand on the geographic North Pole, not Peary. Then on November 28, 2000 some ninety-four years after Robert E. Peary was awarded the Hubbard Medallion, Matthew A. Henson finally received his long overdue recognition when he was posthumously awarded the Hubbard Medallion. [7] Leila Savoy Andrade had been a security guard at the headquarters of The National Geographic Society for three years. Few people where she worked knew that she was the great-great-great niece of Arctic explorer Matthew A. Henson. When she showed up at the award ceremony in civilian cloths the president of the Society, John Fahey asked her, “What are you doing here?” She replied, “That’s my uncle.” Leila was one of nine family members to attend the ceremony and she was quoted as saying this about her uncle, “Everyone in the family always said great things about him when I was growing up.” Somehow I believe that if Laura Gardin Fraser were alive today, she would be thrilled about this story and the role she played in it. [8] 1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubbard_Medal 2 https://www.nationalgeographic.org/awards/hubbard/ 3 http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19144/lot/182/ 4 http://medalartists.com/fraser-laura-gardin.html 5 http://www.medallic.com/die-library.php 6 The National Geographic Magazine, April 1953 pg. 564 7 http://joytripproject.com/2014/the-legacy-of-arctic-explorer-matthew-henson/ 8 The National Geographic Society Magazine, June 2000, “The Ties That Bind” A medal ceremony becomes a family affair
  11. gherrmann44

    Sold Out?

    If there is anything fake, it's the mint which reported the sell out on the 1st which turned out not to be true. Good thing to, I bought a set yesterday.
  12. 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
  13. 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 http://www.beastcoins.com/Topical/Deities/AncientDeities.htm
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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 ( http://www.icollector.com/1867-Canadian-Confederation-Silver-Medal_i10734270 ). I also found the record of a bronze medal that sold for $800 USD ( https://www.emedals.com/a-rare-confederation-commemorative-table-medal-1867-c0881 ). 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, http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/honours-history-awards/conf-medal.page . 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. Not at all, since Dansco re-issued the album for a limited time I got it from a supplier for $32.44 with postage!
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.