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  1. I will be winning two registry Awards again this year. One for the Walker one per date set any other for the early Walker set. I don't compete much, anymore, since I am 98% done with my full Walker set. I never upgrade, as I am perfectly happy with the examples that I have selected. It is very nice to be recognized and I thank NGC for all they do. They have been more than accommodating. I buy the best I can afford but I also buy the best quality, which makes a huge difference. It's not only about price. When I first start collecting early Walkers I was buying mostly 64s that looked better than 65s. That way I got more bang for my buck. You have to know your series. That's difficult to do these days, since most of the good coins have been 'mined', meaning they have been cracked and regraded. Someday, I will have mine regraded but, since I am a true collector, I will not be doing that anytime soon. At this stage in the game, it is just nice to kick back and relax and enjoy what I have accomplished. Don't know where prices will be down the road but I plan to hold. We shall see but I think that I'll be okay.
  2. Garrett is a good author and I enjoyed the article. I met him at the ANA. I did buy a nice Morgan from him and he sold it to me for wholesale, which I thought was nice.
  3. Always wanted one of these. Got it cheap. I like it a lot, even though it isn't a GSA.
  4. An old dealer once told me that a lot of LARGE CENTS are HOLED. This is because, back in the 1800s, it was supposedly GOOD LUCK to nail a penny to the wall of your barn. Has anyone else heard of this? Fact or myth?
  5. Nice pick!! The coin has very nice color. Congrats on the grade/attribution/pedigree....It looks awesome in that holder!!
  6. Agree. Proofs were minted in far fewer numbers than business strikes and should be duly noted.
  7. A 1921 D Walking Liberty Half at 208,000 minted. I also have a 1885 CC Morgan at 228,000 minted. Both are MS 64s. The former is an NGC and the latter is a PCGS.
  8. I don't care for the concept and I will not participate in it over there. I'm guessing that I only have around 20 coins that are CAC certified....mostly, because the others have never been to the bean factory. Of those 20....only about 3 are NGC graded. So NO, I don't think it's a good idea....over there and ESPECIALLY here.
  9. Wonderful collection! I enjoyed it and appreciate all the time and effort that you put into it!
  10. Very sorry to hear. Thanks for the update and for letting us know that our financial info is safe. Hope that you are able to resolve it soon.
  11. It's an NGC generation #3 fatty (my personal favorite), CAC endorsed and it is a GEM! Thanks for looking!!
  12. @Norinn Radd That's a NICE type 2 San Francisco Double Eagle!
  13. I agree with the others....it's not even close to being uncirculated. It's an XF 40, at best, and may have been retoned. Eagle's breast and hair above Liberty's ear are well worn. I certainly hope you didn't pay a mint state price for it! If you did; I would march back there ASAP and attempt to get a full refund!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!
  14. My core collection has always been my mint state Walking liberty half dollars. I focused on it for 12 of the last 14 years. I hardly ever strayed or bought any other types of coins. I was very disciplined. I started with the early dates first (1916-1933), as they were the most difficult and expensive. I believed in the theory that they would only get more costly and more difficult to locate and acquire, in the future, and I believe that has become true, so it was a good strategy. After I finished most of my early dates; I branched off into the middle (1934 to 1940) and late date or short set (1941 to 1947) And have completed both of those. A lot of the branch mint coins of the 1930s are a lot rarer than people give them credit for and difficult to find nice. And S mints of the 1940s are very rare, if found with good strikes, even though these coins were mass produced with the mintages being very high. I am now almost 100% complete with the full set (1916-1947) and only need one out of the entire 65 coin series. It is a Key date early Walker and I will be happy with an AU 55 or 58 example that has a good strike and nice original surfaces. I believe that it will match well with the rest of my MS coins. I may upgrade it later, someday, to a mint state 63. Now, that I am almost complete there’s a certain feeling of liberation in being done and not feeling compelled to buy anything anymore. I also was never one of those people who were addicted to constantly upgrading, as I was always very happy with the examples that I had chosen to have in my collection. I bought coins that I liked and paid up for them, because I knew I would keep them and be satisfied with them. After I’m done with my Walkers; I am just going to kick back and casually collect Morgans and Standing Liberty Quarters. I’ll probably work on a one per date set of each of those in grades MS 63 to 65. But I will do it at a much slower pace and it will be way more laid-back and I’ll not be buying nearly as aggressively, as I did with my Walkers. I may never finish either of those and don’t really care. But I feel very satisfied, now, in having almost completed what I set out to do with the Walkers in 2005. It was really a quest for me. I was so driven, determined and focused...Obsessed really. Now, that I am nearly complete, it’s a real feeling of accomplishment and I have satisfied my numismatic hunger. Now, I will just appreciate and study.
  15. That one just glows with frosty perfection. Congrats!!
  16. I've been to all of the big ones except for Long Beach and FUN. I'd enjoy going to the NGC Luncheon at FUN and meeting all my friends, fellow participants, administrators and executives. Sometime; I'm sure I'll go but just not this year.
  17. Yes, I agree. Why have they disappeared?
  18. There are great coins in BOTH of the two top tier holders. You would be missing MAJOR opportunities, if you restricted yourself to just one service. Crossing and cracking seems risky, expensive and unnecessary to me....Besides, I like older slabs and refuse to destroy them. Even more crazy would be spending large amounts on key date duplicates that may or may not be superior or even equal.
  19. Yes, I know--I picked up the expression from you. The only business decision by NGC that I didn't agree with was the one concerning the Registry. I don't think that the software is that bad, though---I like the looks of it and have had no trouble with the user interface. Despite that; I have still decided to remain loyal. I am very sorry that you feel, as you do, since you are one of the earlier, long-standing members both on the Registry and here on the boards. You've been a great contributor and I'm glad that you still check in from time to time, at least. I always enjoy your posts and I like seeing your coins.