Lastufka Collection

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    Music and coins!
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. @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!
  5. 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.
  6. Congrats! Glad they didn't do away with it, I love reading everyone's journal!
  7. Congrats on the pickups and the giveaway win! I love those Libertad proof sets, I need to own more of them.
  8. Thanks! I plan on doing a couple a week for the foreseeable future (have a long list of video ideas written down so I can start researching), then we'll see where things go with regards to feedback and interest.
  9. Yeah, the big dealers are pre-selling hundreds/thousands of them at that price, they are setting the market price (for now, anyway) on these coins. Why would anyone come along and sell for less when a.) there's no profit to be made already, and b.) they know they can easily sell it for the same price as MCM and the others.
  10. Based on last year's numbers, you can expect 87% 70s and 13% 69s. And yes, the 69s lose money. The only way I can see making some decent money here is by getting First Day of Issue Labels, as those only cost $8 on bulk submissions per coin, but you can charge $35 more for them (meaning, MCM and the other majors *are* charging $35 more for them). So that takes you to a $20 profit (once you subtract the label fees and increased selling fees on the higher price). But with how backed up the Mint's shipping is right now, good luck getting them to your house and then back out the door to NGC within 7 days, which is what they require for FDOI labels.
  11. I considered buying 100 of these from the Mint and sending in a bulk submission to NGC so I could then sell them on eBay. With pre-sales for PF 70s at $97.95 from all the major bullion dealers, should be some decent profit, right? Then I ran the numbers... Ouch!
  12. Yeah, it's a few of the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Silver Medals and the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, along with the 2018 and 2019 proof Innovation Dollar sets.
  13. Made a quick unboxing video of my latest US Mint order. I sent most of it off to NGC yesterday for grading. I'll post a follow up video once I get the order back from NGC so everyone can see the grades I get.