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    I am gonna miss that car.

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  1. coin928

    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.
  2. coin928

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. coin928

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Congratulations on the birth of your son. You're in good hands. Best wishes to all of you.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. Hi Ali, I was looking at the new beta registry and currently have one disturbing observation. I've spent a lot of time crafting custom set descriptions and coin descriptions that include tables, lists, different fonts, text colors, links and additional photos by embedding HTML code. The final product looks really nice in the old registry format, but the code isn't interpreted in the new registry, so it just appears as regular text and the whole thing doesn't make much sense. As an example, see my 1900-O Morgan Dollar or my 1942 Ecuador 20 Centavos in the old format and compare them to the way the descriptions appear within the new format sets. That will be a real killer if I have to take all that out since I have literally hundreds of descriptions like this.
  11. If you do an NGC Cert. Verify on a coin that receives a BN/RB/RD modifier, NGC provides the exact date on which it was encapsulated going all the way back to the early 1990's. For example, this is what appears on the cert. verify screen for one of my recently graded copper coins: I suspect that NGC knows the exact date on which all but the very earliest coins were encapsulated, so why not include it for all cert verifications? As an aside, the disclaimer states that it applies to all copper, bronze, brass or copper-plated graded items, but the date encapsulated does not appear for any of my brass coins. One more thing... Good choice! I like the story and your rationale for choosing the MS65.
  12. Great post!. A coin is always more interesting when you know the history behind it. The story behind the coin is what makes it come alive.
  13. It all depends on how you ask the question… What year did a P mint mark first appear on a U.S. coin struck for circulation? --- 1942 What year did a P mint mark first appear on a coin struck for circulation? ---------- 1941 What year was the Philadelphia mint first identified on a circulating coin? ---------- 1895 I submitted 43 coins to NGC at the World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia this year. The majority were raw coins for grading, but some were regrades, some for attribution, and one for conservation, regrading and attribution. I finally got them all back in October and they allowed me to complete three sets that I have been working on for the past 15 years. Two of these sets apply to the phrasing in question 2 above, and the third set to question number 3. Taken together, they contain ALL of the15 coins struck before 1942 that explicitly identify the Philadelphia mint as their source. The sets listed below each have fairly extensive set descriptions as well as photos and descriptions for each coin in the set. Competitive Set: Curaçao/Suriname - contains 14 coins struck by U.S. Mints, two of which are dated 1941 with a P mint mark. (The set isn’t technically complete, but it is for my purposes.) Custom Set: Netherlands East Indies - Minted by the U.S. Mint - contains 20 coins struck by U.S. Mints, two of which are dated 1941 with a P mint mark. Custom Set: Ecuadorian Coins Struck by Mints in the United States - contains 34 coins struck by mints in the United States, 11 of which were struck between 1895 and 1934 that identify the Philadelphia mint by name or abbreviation. PHILADELPHIA is fully spelled out on the reverse of the 1895, 1914, and 1916 Dos Decimos de Sucre. I will continue to upgrade these sets as time and money permit, but for now I have at least one good NGC graded example for each of these coins. Thanks for reading and good luck to all vying registry awards.
  14. I totally agree. Change is highly unlikely, however your observations are very relevant. Collectors need to be aware that a single numeric grade that encompasses strike, surface and the ever subjective "eye appeal" is not sufficient by itself to determine value. You still need to look at these and other aspects separately. It's nice that NGC Ancients will do some of that for you, but there are now literally millions of PCGS, ANACS and NGC graded coins on the market, so the Sheldon 70 point grading system will be with us for a long time to come. Even if you could magically switch to a new grading system starting today, you would still need to define equivalences between the new and old systems. The numeric grades as defined by NGC are VERY general and cannot be applied equally to all coins. I would highly recommend purchasing a copy of The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins edited by Kenneth Bressett. This book goes into great detail about each numeric grade and all of the elements that go into determining a generic numeric grade. It then applies those principles to all of the U.S. circulating coinage from half cents through $20 gold pieces. All descriptions are also accompanied by full color photos. One very important aspect that you did not mention in your definition of Strike is die state. A well struck coin from a fresh set of dies is much more appealing (and potentially more valuable) than and an equally well struck coin from highly deteriorated dies, yet by your definition, each should receive exactly the same numeric value for strike. Of course you could always add yet another number to indicate die state. Ultimately, I think people like a single number. It certainly isn't perfect, but it does give you a general idea of what to expect and it provides a starting point for making comparisons.
  15. What a great story, and a couple of great acquisitions! It certainly helps to know the right people. Well done! Are these medals that NGC will certify? If so, a provenance tracing back to the sculptor herself right on the label would be exceptional.