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  1. What is a Fresh Coin?

    Fair enough, but there is a little subtext to my comments. I have seen certain dealers justify premium prices and argue that putative “freshness” is an important factor in pricing. I do not think that the frequency a specific specimen trades or how long ago that specific piece appeared at auction should in itself have any effect on its marketability or price. The coins speak for themselves. The coins are what the coins are. A coin that has traded frequently may very well be a problem coin, but there could be other possibilities. Maybe a flipper gets carried away in bidding and needs to move it. Maybe the original buyer had a medical/financial emergency and must sell the piece. Maybe the original bidder defaulted, and the auction house is trying to dump it through a back door on eBay before relisting it where it could have the appearance/stigma of appearing to be a return (i.e. a reject). There could be a number of explanations that don’t warrant condemning the piece. On the other hand, I have come across fresh collections of junk or widgets too. There are advantages like finding original coins that have proven stability; however, that applies with older slabs whether exposed to the light of day for the first time in a decade or if the pieces have traded 3 or 4 times during that same decade. The coins are the coins. The real advantage, as I think you might be implying, is the ability to cherry pick, but by the time the coins appear at auction or a dealer’s inventory where I see soaring prose about “freshness,” the coins have already been largely cherry picked. Finding fresh hoards might pique my interest if viewing a collection for a collector in private, but for me it shouldn’t make a difference in value or liquidity. I usually only see the term “fresh” when it is being promoted by a dealer or auction house. For that reason, I think it is mainly marketing hype. All else equal, the coins are what the coins are.
  2. What is a Fresh Coin?

    It is all marketing hype IMHO.
  3. Such a shame

    This is really not a fair statement. Yes, there is a lot of garbage, but with a little knowledge, you can avoid pitfalls.
  4. Does Heritage Allow Returns for Auction Wins?

    There may also be sticker or star collectors who might help you out.
  5. Does Heritage Allow Returns for Auction Wins?

    My understanding is no. Unless you paid a super strong amount, see if CAC will buy it at cost.
  6. 1981-P "MS65 PL" Susan Anthony Dollar

    Cool find! Unfortunately I don’t think there will be any premium above that for the 1999 coins if that is what you’re looking for. A 1999-D graded MS67 PL sold for $69. You might get $50 for it.
  7. Early MS-70 American Silver Eagles

    I've always been impressed by your ability to sell moderns at or near full retail. You should seriously consider opening a dealership.
  8. Prooflike (PL) Buffalo Nickel

    Very cool! I would love to see pictures when you get it in hand. It is always interesting to see what else is out there/available.
  9. 1982 D Small date copper penny

    Please... You mean this isn't an ultra rare transition piece?
  10. 1937 liberty head dime

    It is worth melt value (currently $1.19) because it is .900 fine silver. I would sell it as is or leave it if you want to keep it.
  11. Collection of Great Collections.

    Yes. I think there are a few NGC custom sets in the registry with this or a similar theme.
  12. Early MS-70 American Silver Eagles

    I don't think it would work if you tried to effectively silver plate the coin. The flow lines which create luster are created during striking process and would be obscured.
  13. PCGS Incorrectly certifies California Fractional Gold

    I'm sure PCGS will plead "mechanical error" if these are ever submitted under the guarantee.
  14. Where are all the NGC coins

    You're absolutely right. I was thinking this was posted in the U.S. Coin forum. My comments were as to U.S. coins only.
  15. Prooflike (PL) Buffalo Nickel

    Thanks everyone!