James G. Berline

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About James G. Berline

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    Collector is an understatement.

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  1. James G. Berline

    Log in failure

    Hang in there Ricky' it should be all worked out before to long,,,,,
  2. James G. Berline

    Confused

    I'm also hoping will put the Journal format back the way it was before . As I see it > 'NGC' has done nothing wrong' with wanting to make something look better' which they done very well in the registry' however > that does bring 'risk and sometimes backfires' in this case. Did I leave anything out,,,,,?
  3. I know what your saying'but believe me- There are collectors out there' if they want that certain coin bad enough, they will pay moon money to get it. That's regardless if it's toned or not.
  4. good morning Doug,,,, how have you been,,? An yes' these 2 I just posted are really nice looking coins. I was also searching for that 1939 rev of 38' in a fullstep' but realized it may take years before I'd get that lucky in finding one. Good luck in your search' you're going to need it! The 39-S Rev of 40' in MS67 that I just posted was a real treat in finding that one' I've been search probably 6 to 7 years looking for one like that. An yes, It would've been fantastic to find one like that in a fullstep as well, but I settled for this one. I wanted to have all MS-67's in all the Reverses' ,,, I finally got there,,,, Anyways' thanks for touching base with me' on the Jeffs' its getting pretty thin trying to find anyone in our area of interest. Does Paul (Lehigh) ever come in an visit? You have a great day my friend' Jim Berline
  5. The Philadelphia mint generated a whopping 120 million nickels in 1939 but only about 10% of them were with the reverse of 1938. The 1939-P Jefferson had such a huge mintage where it clearly reflects that both the obverse and reverse master hubs were revised from the 1938 coinage,the obverse at the beginning of 1939 and the reverse a little later.Searching for 1939-P Rev of 38 nickels are relatively scarce across allgrades,heavily worn pieces are mostly indistinguishable as to their reverse subtype, full steps are extremely rare. ------------------------------------------------------------ Jaime Hernandez: In 1939, the Mint struck 1939 Jefferson nickels with two different reverse designs.The first design isreferred to as a Reverse of 1938. The second design is referred to as a Rev of 1940. The transition took place due to minor flaws on the reverse design. The original design had weak and curved step details on the Monticello building located on the reverse design of the coin. The easiestplace to notice the curving on the steps is on the center below the last step on the Monticello, where it curves significantly compared to the new design. Therefore, on the new design or the 1939 Reverse of 1940 the design displays sharper details and straighter set steps on the Monticello building on the reverse of the coin. The 1939 Jefferson nickel with a Reverse of 1938 must have been produced for a very short period of time, since it is scarcer of the two different reverse varieties. It is important to consider that distribution of which reverses were used by each mint vary greatly.Philadelphia mint generated a whopping 120 million nickels in 1939 where only about 10% were with the reverse of 1938. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  6. The Reverse of 1940 just doesnt measure up in quality like the Reverse of 1938 from the San Francisco Mint. Most in this type the dies were worn and just didnt show eye appeal that well. It has been quite sometime since my last post but I had to show this beautiful coin. This was haunting me for years trying to find one in this grade. When I came across this 1939-S Reverse of 40 in MS-67 grade I had to take that second look. Why this particular coin is special to me is because of the rare quality condition and luster it shows. B. Nagengast These coins are not as nice as the reverse of 1938 most often seen with an off-luster with worn dies and weak strikes. Gem coins are quite rare. Ron Guth As a date, the 1939-S is attractive because of its low mintage. The Reverse of 1940 is even more attractive because, compared to the Reverse of 1938, the former is almost ten times as rare as the latter. The typical grade for this variety is MS65, and the finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS67. As of Sept 2016 PCGS POP Total Certified 221 / MS-67 (1) NGC POP Total Certified 94 / (4) in MS-67 with (1) MS67-FS! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  7. James G. Berline

    The 1956 Denver Fullstep Jefferson

    It took me years searching for this fullstep nickel. Like most Jefferson nickels in the 1950s finding one with complete fullsteps is very challenging,regardless of grade.My MS67 is a beauty in itself finding one in MS-66FS is the ultimate for me. In reference to David Bowers he mentioned that throughout the annals of the five cent piece,the Denver Mint has earned the lowest marks for quality of its coins.Finding any that show full details will be very challenging to find. I believe the Red Book of Buffalo and Jefferson nickels by Q.David Bowers would be an exceptional starting point for beginning collectors in which I have read many times over. Collecting in this series has been a wonderful journey for me and I hope new collectors starting out will also enjoy it as much as I have. AS OF AUG 2015 NGC TOTAL GRADED 449 with (6) where (5) in MS66-FS - none higher in FS . PCGS TOTAL GRADED 854 with (39) where (8) in MS66-FS - none higher in FS . To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  8. James G. Berline

    1952 San Francisco Fullstep Nickel

    I came across an wanted to show you this 1952-S Jefferson w/steps. There I go the bug is still alive in me and doing fine.I knew this 1952-S Jefferson was a semi-key,due to the fact thatmost were so weakly struck in the center explaining why fullstepsare so elusive and hard to find in the first place.Searching for any in MS66-FS,the premium would be extremely spendy. Ebay has two sellers wanting 6 to 8 K in MS66-FS. I am settling for this on it was alot easier on the pocketbook and it looks just as good.If you do happen to come across one no doubt its value will climbwith it. Good Luck to those in search for one. The following shows you just how scarce these fullsteps are.As of April 2015NGC AND PCGS COMBINED NGC 582/FS 17 PCGS 959/FS 95To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.