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  1. coinman_23885

    Don Willis Resigned

    PCGS made a press release that Hall's employment was terminated... It didn't sound voluntary. There have been other high level departures there. While it is possible that it is a coincidence for Don Willis, it does look like PCGS is in the process of a great purge. I'm sure falling stock prices has a lot to do with it. It is kind of sweet justice for booting Coinguy1 (especially with Hall), RWB, and you ATS.
  2. coinman_23885

    Don Willis Resigned

    It's no great loss. Don was nothing special IMHO.
  3. coinman_23885

    1983 - 1983 D value???

    The pieces are worth face value.
  4. Maybe Hall should create another grading service to compete with PCGS.
  5. coinman_23885

    Prooflike (PL) Buffalo Nickel

    I agree there is a major problem in determining populations given that PCGS will not attribute PL buffalo nickels. I have never seen a nickel in a PCGS holder close to mine, but with tens of thousands of coins certified, there is no way to say definitively. As for auction records, there are none so the first person to sell one at a fixed price or who is brave enough to face a no reserve auction will ultimately set the market. The price sounds very high especially for the grade to me, and my personal interest level in PL coinage is nowhere near that for any 20th century coin. I think they are trying to extrapolate from other rare PL series (e.g. Peace Dollars), but it is unclear that a PL buffalo would fetch anywhere near what the PL Peace Dollars do even though the nickels are rarer in PL. I hope they do sell it successfully for $7,500 but that would be a fantasy for me.
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    Prooflike (PL) Buffalo Nickel

    I agree. It is now listed with Park Avenue Numismatics. If it sells for anywhere near that amount, I will wet my pants as it would provide pricing data that could only be helpful to me some day. I think my MS63 PL coin has nicer mirrors.
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    Proof Like Wheat Cent Penny ?

    Did they at least give it a star for semi-PL fields if it didn't make a full designation? Awarding a star for a just miss coin is very common.
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    Proof Like Wheat Cent Penny ?

    I don't recall any die polish lines on my PL buffalo nickel, but it is the only PL coin that I have owned or had occasion to view from the 1930s through the mid 1950s that didn't have heavy die polish lines. This includes pretty much every series that PL designated coins exist for including steel cents, Mercury Dimes, silver Roosevelt Dimes, Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Franklin Half Dollars, Washington quarters, and Jefferson nickels (including war nickels).
  9. ANACS and ICG are the only ones that I am aware of, and the pieces are given straight grades. To my knowledge, no top tier service recognizes his pieces.
  10. It's no worse than ICG and ANACS grading Carr's overstrikes.
  11. coinman_23885

    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.
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    What is a Fresh Coin?

    It is all marketing hype IMHO.
  13. coinman_23885

    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.
  14. There may also be sticker or star collectors who might help you out.
  15. My understanding is no. Unless you paid a super strong amount, see if CAC will buy it at cost.