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  1. Good Morning Ali, I would like to see some new sets for Peru covering at least the date range of 1918 through 1945. The denominations are: 1 Centavo (Bronze) 2 Centavos (Bronze) 5 Centavos (Copper-Nickel & Brass) 10 Centavos (Copper-Nickel & Brass) 20 Centavos (Copper-Nickel & Brass) 1/2 Sol (Brass) 1 Sol (Brass) Thanks!
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    A rethink

    You should call/email the auction houses as well as the grading services concerning use of their photos. I think you might be pleasantly surprised at the response.
  3. I'm pretty sure that was me, and if not, it certainly could have been. As you say, the answer to your question is It depends... I am most certainly a collector/numismatist, but I can't afford to overpay for a coin just because I want it. My coins really are part of my retirement portfolio, so from that perspective I have to treat my collection as an investment. In my case, the answer to your question depends only on whether I already own a particular piece or I'm still searching for one. I'd like the price to remain low until I acquire a registry grade specimen and rise dramatically thereafter. The easiest (and riskiest) way to do that is to find a reasonably priced high grade raw coin and submit it for certification. I've also had some luck buying certified specimens and having them crossed or upgraded, either to a higher grade or by adding a variety attribution to the label. I lose a lot more auctions than I win, but it's pretty sweet when I can get a great coin at at a good price. Fortunately, I've had more winners than losers, so I'm going to keep at it until it's time to sell.
  4. I have had this happen to two of my primary collections. The first time was in October 2017 when the entire U.S. Philippine series underwent a point score adjustment. My USPI Complete set lost 31,951 over the course of several days. The second time was in April 2019 when all of the Cuban coin scores were adjusted resulting in a net loss of 9,439 points. I don't recall now whether I lost or gained standing as a result of these adjustments, but I do recall that the scores for coins graded below MS60 tended to rise whereas the scores for coins graded MS60 and higher tended to decrease, with the highest grades suffering the largest reductions. Virtually all collections had their total score reduced, but the sets with the highest graded coins suffered the largest decreases, so I can easily see how one could lose a position or two in set ranking. I have had a number of coins which were the finest known at the time they were graded only to lose that distinction as the certified population grew, so I understand the need for such adjustments over time. What I don't understand is how this causes a rise in the scores for the lower graded coins.
  5. Hi Gary, It was really nice to see you in person again. I just regret we didn't have more time to talk. I really enjoyed your Money Talk on Laura Gardin Fraser. Well done! I found your comment: "This year as a bonus for submitting a people’s choice ballot each submitter received a 2019 copper-nickel proof set!" very interesting. I too cast a ballot, but there was no proof set presented when I slipped it into the ballot box. You must be living right. .
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    Summertime Fun

    I'm looking forward to your presentation next week. It's an interesting topic and one I've delved into myself. See you in Chicago!
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    Is this a coin or a medal?

    The label states exactly what it is. It's a Piefort! Or more correctly, it's a Piedfort. A good description of what a peidfort is can be found here: Piedfort Coins - Heavyweight Coin Collecting. Piedforts are essentially an extra thick example (generally twice as thick) of a coin intended for circulation. Much like the U.S. Silver Eagle silver bullion coin, the Royal Dutch mint also issues a once ounce silver bullion coin utilizing the same design found on this piedfort. Although never struck, the U.S. equivalent would be a 2 oz. U.S. Silver Eagle piedfort. It doesn't call my name, but it is a piedfort (or piefort if you prefer the misspelling) of an official Royal Dutch mint issued one oz. silver bullion coin.
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    I Am Honored

    There's so much in the above quote that I like, but I emphasized what I felt like were the key points. When you're passionate about a subject and can express that passion through a well written story, it brings the coin (or medal) to life. Your posts are always well researched, well written, tell the story, and convey your motivation and connection. That's what connects with your audience. The awards and recognition are all well deserved. Maybe it's time to start writing some articles for The Numismatist.
  9. I'm very sorry for your loss. I've checked out your 1932 mint set several times and I appreciate the thought and effort that went into building it.
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    Tincture in Heraldry

    Great post as always! I ran into some of this when I was researching coin descriptions for my Curacao/Suriname set. Your description here is one of the best summaries I’ve seen, and your diagrams are a great piece of reference material unto themselves. Thanks for posting.
  11. Thanks for the reference! The source of this information is no big secret. The web site Mark Your Coin describes privy marks, mint marks, and designer marks for quite a few countries including the U.S.
  12. Congratulations on the birth of your son. You're in good hands. Best wishes to all of you.
  13. Just FYI, the website is dedicated to elongated cents. It also has a location page that lists the location of elongated cent presses all over the world, including the machines at the Houston Zoo . I haven't checked, but it looks like most, if not all, have photos of the elongated cents you can make there. There is also an Elongated Cent Collectors club. I'm pretty sure those are the folks that give away the free samples at the ANA shows that Gary mentioned above.
  14. This is exactly how I acquired the 1947 and 1948 coins for my Curaçao/Suriname set. My main interest was in the 1941-45 coins minted for Curaçao/Suriname by the U.S. mint during WW-II, but when I saw an MS66 1948 5C up for auction I put in a conservative bid and to my surprise, I won it. A couple of months later an MS67RD 1947 One Cent went up for auction on eBay. When I looked it up in the NGC and PCGS population reports I realized it was the finest known graded example. How do you not bid on that? Right? The day after that, I also won an MS66RD 1948 2 1/2 Cent which has an NGC population of 3 with none finer. The rest followed in a similar fashion with all but one at or near the top of the NGC graded population. These coins of opportunity cost more on average than most of the coins in the set, but it seems to have worked out well since that set won a Best Presented Set award this year. My thanks to NGC for both awards this year!
  15. I agree, it's probably best that your spouse (or any member of your family for that matter) not attempt to acquire a coin or note as a gift. Even if they somehow manage to pick that perfect item, there's always the issue of eye appeal. That said, books, supplies or tools of the trade can be pretty nice it you've specified your interests in something like an Amazon wish list. My daughter got me a numismatic book one Christmas and a digital microscope the next year. Those both worked out quite well.