Lastufka Collection

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  1. The Royal Mint just started a new series called Music Legends. It's an annual program and each year they'll feature a different band on silver, 1/4 gold, and 1oz gold coins. The first band was Queen and the two gold pieces sold out immediately. Here's mine, got it to add to my Symphony Set. The first modern band to make it into the Symphony Set!
  2. It's always a great feeling, that anticipation before buying a coin you've wanted for a while. And even better when you feel financially confident in the purchase, that really lets you enjoy the coin and not worry about the sticker price. I know this feeling well.
  3. Thanks for watching! I don't yet, but you can subscribe on YouTube, or just follow along here as I'll post all of my coin videos as journal entries.
  4. Mike, thanks for watching! Sounds like you've put together quite the set, congrats! This coin is in my Symphony Set, which is also under the custom sets here on NGC, the direct link is here: https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=9450
  5. It really depends on the coin, from what I've seen, CAC can add anywhere from a 5% premium to a 100% premium (look at the selling price in MS Pre-33 gold for PCGS graded coins, CAC stickered gold coins sell for almost double in the same grade). I tend to think of CAC as a perk, a bonus, like credit card cash back... it's not going to get me to buy a coin I wouldn't otherwise, but when it's offered on a coin I like, it just makes the deal even better. In your example here, I would go with whichever coin has the better eye appeal to you. Which one do you like looking at more? Chances are other collectors will like looking at that one more too and will pay for that when the time comes to sell.
  6. Thanks! I wish there had been more accessible resources when I first started collecting. I fell into the conditional rarity trap real hard and real fast and it cost me a bunch of money for that education. Hoping to make a few more vids like this so others don't fall into the same traps.
  7. None of this should be news to most collectors here, but the vast majority of my online followers are not coin collectors and ask all the time why some coins are worth so much money! So I thought I'd attempt an answer for them.
  8. On the contrary, competition is good for the consumer. *If* NGC and PCGS combined to form one company, they could charge whatever they wanted for grading and you'd have to pay it, as you'd have no alternative. That $17 Modern tier could easily be $60 tomorrow if there were no competition. As it stand now, PCGS and NGC can't raise prices too much because then everyone would just use the other (cheaper) service, since both carry roughly the same premium when it comes time to sell. If anything it'd be nice to see a real third competitor enter the market just to help keep prices low and services competitive.
  9. I like the powerpoint idea, I might have to try that, I've been wrestling with how to digitally display my collection as well. I tried making PDFs of sets, and I might do my own online gallery on my website, but I hadn't thought of powerpoint. I just want something that's a bit cleaner and better organized while the Registry is such a split mess here.
  10. Funny, I just mentioned this in my video two days ago and a couple people challenged the idea, saying that the side with the date isn't always the obverse, which, while true, it is *usually* the side with the date.
  11. @Revenant Totally! Which is why I mentioned it is sometimes referred to as the reverse, I've seen listings describe it as both, there doesn't seem to be a consensus and maybe that's something Forster never even thought about, I don't know. I just didn't want to state "this is the obverse" so absolutely without mentioning that others call it the reverse, and then throwing in my two cents on why I consider it the obverse. Also, that's a nice 10G!
  12. This is the second in a series of posts which highlight various standout pieces from my personal collection. Today we're taking a look at my 1795 Middlesex-Forster's token, one of the first pieces purchased for my Symphony Set. You can view hi-res pictures here (or just enjoy them in the video!). Obverse: Crown and date surrounded by musical notation for "God Save The King", which is also the melody used for "America (My Country, Tis of Thee)". Reverse: "WM Forster. Violin, Tenor & Violoncello Maker" along with the address in a double circle, surrounding The Prince of Wales’s crest. Edge: Plain (some examples exist with lettered edges) Tokens like these were produced by private individuals and businesses in the late 18th century as population growth and the Industrial Revolution spiked demand and the government failed to supply enough coinage for every day use. This token was made by William Forster, a highly-regarded instrument maker. Forster had an instrument shop in London, which is advertised on the reverse of this token. Forster was also a music publisher and he entered into a deal with the composer Joseph Haydn to publish Haydn's works, including numerous symphonies, quartets, and solos. Thankfully tokens were popular coins to collect, even back at the end of the 18th century, so this high grade piece survives today. While it may not be rare or scarce or particularly valuable, it is one of the highlights of my Symphony Set and I treasure it for that reason.
  13. Congrats! Glad they didn't do away with it, I love reading everyone's journal!
  14. Congrats on the pickups and the giveaway win! I love those Libertad proof sets, I need to own more of them.