brg5658

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  1. Haven't been to these parts much lately. Here are a few coppers semi-recently acquired.
  2. Well, starting August 11th, it will be 20%. I'll be giving preference to GreatCollections now. Heritage is a greedy, money-grubbing, price-fixing company. Stacks and Heritage always raise the BPs in concert...I'm sure that's just coincidence? Ha.
  3. I have no idea what the OP is referencing. All I see is sellers with very poor photography skills. I see no signs of UV light ("black-light") being used for the photos of any of the linked coins.
  4. The Lincoln Cent is PMD (post-mint-damage). It's worth 1 cent...no premium "collector" value. The Jefferson Nickel is a standard circulation intended nickel. Not a matte proof or anything else. 2001 is known as a very good year for high quality mint products in terms of strike. It's worth 5 cents...again no premium "collector" value.
  5. Pictures are worth a 1000 words. It's next to impossible for us to help you from text descriptions alone. Try to take some photos and post them here.
  6. Not sure how that got a 65 grade with the giant gash in the bell on the reverse and all the chatter and hits on the obverse. I also find the "PL" aspects of larger coins to be unattractive. To each his/her own.
  7. I sent in a handful of my pieces for slabbing before my $150 credit for NGC membership expired. Below was the nicest / highest graded of the bunch. I thought some of you may wish to see what the current labeling of these looks like from NGC. They are very clear that they are fantasy issues -- contrary to the way that PCGS labels these.
  8. Nice. It looks like doubling on the 5 in the date? No doubling. Just lit from the bottom, so it's the light playing tricks with your eyes.
  9. That's an interesting fallacy of logic. TV marketing schemes exist for thousands of items not valued in troy ounces.
  10. There are 12 troy ounces in a pound (versus 16 dry ounces). I still come out around $317k based on $1200 spot. Of course......silly me. Thanks for the clarification. Actually I was wrong too, 1 lb = 14.5833 troy oz not 12 or 16 oz. Sorry for any confusion! So it is closer to $386k. You could avoid all of the "pound" confusion if you just used the conversion of 31.1035 grams = 1 troy ounce Thus: 10 kg = 10,000 g = 321.51 troy ounces = $385,809 (@ $1200/troy ounce)
  11. There are four graded SP68 from the same dealer submission...You may not have lost out! I purchased this one Jan 4th from France.
  12. PCGS isn't using axial lighting on colorful proofs. Their throughput is far too high for that kind of nonsense. And, if by "outstanding color" you mean cartoonish blown out images. One of the biggest wastes of time in coin photography is axial lighting. Followed closely by using a light box/tent. I don't get what people like so much about "TrueView" images. I find them consistently non-representative of reality. Seems they should be called "WishfulView" most of the time.
  13. $65 is for the photos plus a laminated print of the images together with an historical write up on the coin and design. NGC calls this service "Photo Proof"...Regular high quality images are $15 as David Lange stated. Link here. Are people incapable of Googling something to learn more before they spout off about it? $65 is still expensive. If I recall correctly, I think I have seen large blow ups offered for about half of that from a respected coin photographer (minus the historical text). The price is what it is Kenny, I'm not here to argue whether it's expensive or not...I certainly wouldn't pay that for what you get with this service. But, the "Photo Proof" service is not just photos as a couple other posters were insinuating. That was my point.
  14. $65 is for the photos plus a laminated print of the images together with an historical write up on the coin and design. NGC calls this service "Photo Proof"...Regular high quality images are $15 as David Lange stated. Link here. Are people incapable of Googling something to learn more before they spout off about it?
  15. Roger, you know that the TPGs grade coins worth nothing more than their face value (or bullion value) all the time. In fact, a huge proportion of the income of PCGS and NGC likely comes from the hundreds of thousands of silver eagles they slab...the point being, whether the notation on the slab label adds value or not should not be the reason for why that notation is accepted. NGC slabs die state "varieties" all the time. Nearly a dozen have already been mentioned in this thread. 1943-S No "AW" Half Dollar 1982-P No "FG" Half Dollar (NGC has graded more than 700; it commands no premium) ... And, many, many more examples.
  16. Jason, the obvious implied question I was asking was "why"? NGC and PCGS slab coins worth only their face value all the time. Why should NGC care what value a variety may be worth? If it is a recognized variety that PCGS will note on a label, seems odd that NGC wouldn't do the same. I wasn't confused by your post -- I just didn't see that it added anything to the discussion. It just regurgitated what David already said.
  17. I don't think the common-ness or premium of a coin should be what dictates what NGC recognizes? The premium is *precisely* why NGC designates the varieties and so-called varieties that it does! The rarity is unimportant. Three legged buffaloes, two-feathered indians, bugs bunny die clashes - these are also various die states which command a significant premium (and are thus designated). Jason, and? I can read David Lange's reply. Not sure what your listing of more die state varieties (I already listed two) really adds to the discussion as to why that arbitrary decision makes any sense. If a collector wants to pay an extra $15 for a recognized variety to be added to a label, why not do it? The monetary value-added of that nomenclature shouldn't be the determining factor.
  18. Yet NGC gladly recognizes the 1922-D (no D) Lincoln wheat cent... ...and the "no-FG" Kennedy half dollars... I don't think the common-ness or premium of a coin should be what dictates what NGC recognizes?
  19. There is not a PCGS API. You have clearly never entered a PCGS coin into your coin manager. Nothing is automated via a web API.
  20. I know we are only in December, but I have no numismatic purchases on my radar for the remainder of the year, and I'm also in the process of putting together a submission to NGC in the next week or so. Thus, I don't expect to make any more purchases this calendar year. That being said, I wanted to start a thread where people can share their favorite purchases for 2016. Mine are below. In the year 2016 I purchased fewer numismatic items than any year in the past decade or so. My goal was to focus on fewer, but more unique items. It was a planned attempt to curb what I was starting to feel was a trajectory of "hoarding". My interests are still quite broad, and I don't ascribe to any one series, country, or other numismatic niche. Thus, my purchases may seem disjoint, but I hope the common thread of "quality" and eye appeal are evident. Happy holidays to all! -Brandon =================================================== January 2016 February 2016 April 2016 May 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 November 2016