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  1. Hi Ali, I recently saw that you added the set "Peru - 2 Centavos, 1863-1879, Circulation Issue." That's great, and I've already added coins to the new set. There is one problem though. There are now three different 2 Centavos sets for Peru, but none of them include the 1895 2 Centavos. It is the only one that has "fallen between the sets." It would be great if you could also add a corresponding "Peru - Centavo, 1863-1877, Circulation Issue" set. I have four coins listed below that would fit into the proposed set: 2846612-015 - 1C 1863 6 INCUSE CORNUCOPIA LINES 2837034-005 - 1C 1863 (5 INCUSE CORNUCOPIA LINES) 2846612-016 - 1C 1864 COPPER NICKEL 2797545-004 - 1C 1864 BRONZE Thanks!
  2. My eBay purchasing profile is very similar to yours except that I had a higher percentage in the electronics category. I sincerely hope they don't make that change since the vast majority of my collection has been acquired through eBay. I've had a few disappointing purchases, but there have been many more winners than losers.
  3. I can see both sides of this argument and I have a suggestion for NGC at the end. In May 2006, I decided to start participating in an online certified registry. There were only two, so being an engineer, I made a T-chart to evaluate which one to commit to. The scales tipped towards NGC pretty quickly, but there were two key aspects that really sealed the deal: In 2006, the NGC registry accepted both NGC and PCGS graded coins in all competitive registry sets, both U.S. and foreign. I had coins graded by both services, so this was very significant. Going forward, I could buy the coin and not have to be concerned with the plastic surrounding it. No extra costs for crossovers to get a PCGS coin in the registry. My main focus is U.S./Philippine (USPI) coins and then, as now, the majority of certified USPI coins are in PCGS holders. Currently 57% of certified USPI coins are encased in PCGS plastic, but in 2006, I think that percentage was much higher. NGC grading fees were lower than PCGS, and membership benefits were better. I had accumulated quite a few raw coins at the time, so I wanted to get the most "bang for my buck" getting them graded. Every coin I've had graded has gone to NGC. The die was cast and all was bliss until February 1, 2012 when NGC purged all PCGS graded coins from the world coin registry sets. Needles to say, I felt betrayed and was not a happy camper, but at least the U.S. (includes USPI) sets were spared. That changed on January 1, 2017 when the addition of PCGS graded coins to U.S. sets was suspended, but any existing coins were allowed to remain. This was aggravating but my USPI sets were fairly close to being complete by then so having to restrict additions to NGC graded coins wasn't all that painful for me. It was unfair to others though that were just getting started or had less complete sets. Several collectors did manage to build very fine NGC only USPI sets, but they likely incurred some additional expense to cross coins to NGC holders. A cost that wasn't necessary prior to 2017 and wouldn't be necessary today. The rationale for the PCGS exclusion was that their standards had slipped and PCGS grades had become inflated relative to NGC. If that's the case, why not just discount the number of points awarded for PCGS coins relative to an equivalently graded NGC coin? NGC could discount the grade to the next lower grade (e.g. PCGS MS62 = NGC MS61) or use a fixed percentage discount (e.g. a PCGS coin only gets 95% of the points of an equivalently graded NGC coin). This still favors NGC coins, but allows PCGS coins to participate with an appropriately (albeit subjectively) reduced point value. There's still an incentive to cross coins to NGC, but it's not an absolute necessity to complete a set. This feels like a reasonable compromise and could apply for both U.S. and world sets.
  4. coin928

    PCGS coins back in Registry

    I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for world sets to be included. When the addition of PCGS coins was suspended for U.S. sets, any PCGS coins in a registry set were "grandfathered" in and allowed to remain. The last day PCGS coins were allowed in World registry sets was January 31, 2012, and on February 1, 2012, all PCGS graded coins were expunged from all NGC competitive World sets. I registered my euphoria over that event in the Journal entry The red ink flowed over the World Coin Registry last night. on February 1, 2012. The PCGS exclusion from the World Registry was announced on January 18, 2012 via email with a subject line of: Exciting New Updates to NGC Registry. I found this policy change more than a bit aggravating, and after many rewrites I replied with the following on January 29, 2012: To which I received the following reply on January 30, 2012: I hope I'm wrong, but I it seems very unlikely that the NGC-exclusive policy for the World registry sets will be reversed after nearly eight years.
  5. coin928

    PCGS coins back in Registry

    I'm pleased by the re-inclusion of PCGS graded coins too, since that's why I choose to participate in the NGC Registry over a decade ago. It's only for U.S. sets though, so your Canadian silver dollar would remain on the sidelines if it was in a PCGS holder.
  6. I've had over 1200 eBay purchases delivered from all over the world in the past 15 years and to date, only one was actually lost by USPS and never found. A few have been MIA for a while, but with some intervention, all but that one got delivered to me. The USPS internal tracking seems to have gotten much better in the last year or two. I've called my local P.O. and had them track deliveries that seemed to be in limbo like yours. I also had one that showed online that it had been delivered, just not to me. They were able to find the item pretty quickly and even called me back to tell me and again to make sure I got it. They've gotten much more service oriented, at least at my P.O. You may need to check on you package, but odds are pretty good that you'll get it
  7. I can't help you with that one. My main focus is on world coins minted by United States Mints. I've got plenty of 1945P half cents though since that's the only year the U.S. mint struck those coins for the Netherlands East Indies.
  8. Hi Mike, There are currently three cataloged 1945-D ten centavos with Allen variety numbers. These are all recognized by NGC in their Variety Plus. 9.05a - D/D repunched mint mark (RPM). 9.05b - Doubled Die reverse #1 ( the one you have) 9.05c - Doubled Die reverse #2 There are also two more doubled die reverse varieties and one more doubled die obverse that will be added in the 8th edition of of the Allen catalog 9.05d - Doubled Banner on reverse 9.05dd - D/D RPM and Doubled Banner on reverse 9.05e - Doubled Die obverse Now you can go back through all of your 1945-D ten centavos again and see what else you might have. You're very lucky to have found a 9.05b in such a high grade. I'm assuming that yours is one of the four certified in MS67 (NGC:3 & PCGS:1) It is not however as rare as Heritage told you. NGC has graded 21, PCGS 70, and ANACS 6, for a total of 97. There may be some crossovers, but it's still substantially more than 30. That's only coins that have been certified and doesn't include details grades. It's hard to know when to sell, but in this case I'd go with sooner rather than later. The price will only go down as more are graded. At one time, my MS63 was the highest graded by NGC. It wouldn't sell for anywhere near as much today as it would have 12 years ago when I had it graded. Good luck variety hunting!
  9. I've been using NCS for many years, and most of the time the results have very positive. Nearly all have been submitted on the recommendation of NGC personnel, so only a few have been a disappointment. I'm getting better at recognizing good NCS candidates based on their recommendations but I've still got a lot to learn.
  10. It's interesting that you mention the 1916-S 20C. I acquired a raw one last year for a reasonable XF/AU price and had it graded in August 2018. It turned out to be one of my most satisfying acquisitions.
  11. Hi Gary, This is one that I showed to Mark Salzberg last August in Chicago. Meeting with him at his "Ask the Expert" sessions has generally been the best 5 minutes of the ANA WFM. There was a good crowd this year and people really took advantage of the opportunity. Mark didn't explicitly say that it would upgrade, he just said it would look better in a new holder and that it might upgrade. And no, I did not crack it out first. As a matter of fact, I've never cracked one out before submitting for a regrade, but most have been reviewed by Mark first.
  12. Every year around this time, I review my sets and pick one to focus on for documentation. This year, the choice was pretty easy. I completed my U.S/Philippines Ten Centavos set in 2016 with a very low grade 1915S that I had purchased as a raw coin ten years earlier. At the time, a total of just ten 1915S 10 centavos had been graded by NGC, with only two of those grading above AU58. The odds of obtaining an NGC graded 1915S were virtually zero, and raw coins didn't come up for auction very often, so I just decided to grade the only one I had. Just ten days after it received a VG-8, a better looking raw coin came up for auction. I won it and had it graded in August 2016. That same month, yet another raw 1915S popped up on eBay. This one was much better looking than the one I had just sent for grading, so I bid aggressively and won it. This third coin now resides in my set with a grade of AU55. The current total population is now 13, so these three coins have been the only additions in the past 3 years. I have acquired one more raw example since then, but have yet to have it graded. I’ve been able to upgrade seven other coins since then, one in 2018, and all of the rest in the past 6 months. Six were upgraded to MS65 and one to MS66. I acquired a very nice looking raw 1904 in August for a good price on eBay and it far exceeded my expectations when NGC graded it MS66. Getting back to the title of this post, I had added an NGC MS64 1907S to my set in 2013. That grade always seemed very conservative to me, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally decided to have it reviewed. Sometimes your best upgrade is already in your set. (Before and after photos are below) There is now a full description for the set and all 30 coins have two photos and date/mint/coin specific information. More upgrades are possible, but I expect they’ll be coming a lot less frequently. Thanks, for reading.
  13. 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!
  14. coin928

    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.