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  1. So when did this extend to dollars? My understanding, from a quote by John L Riddle, melter and refiner at the New Orleans mint, in his "Monograph of the Silver Dollar, Good and Bad", 1845, was that "The policy of our government has been to issue a great preponderance of halves, and the smaller denominations of coins, under the impression that they would be less likely to be exported from the country."
  2. I have a few holes left in my Colonial Mexico City 8 reales sets that are very scarce to rare varieties that I would fill with any grade level and would not exclude "details" coins. It all depends on what series you are trying to complete.
  3. Like most Americans, my ancestors arrived from other shores. One Grandmother is Swedish -- although she arrived well after this coin was minted.
  4. The underlying reason contributes to why there were mostly trade dollars vs trade 1/2 dollars or trade 1/4 dollars. It may be the same amount of precious metal but the labor to count or assay is 2x or 4x, respectively.
  5. I just bought my copy. Probably should have bought it sooner but better late than never, eh?
  6. You might consider a visit to local coin shows to talk to dealers or look at setting up a table to sell your inventory. If you are near any of the cities that host the bigger coin shows, that would be a way to meet dealers that might buy large lots.
  7. It's kinda hard to answer without knowing how much you know about the coin business and how much of your own time you want to invest to get the best value out of your inheritance and how quickly you want or need to sell. Did the coin shop keep any books or an inventory on paper or in a digital spreadsheet? If not, then first place to start is to generate that catalog. If you don't know how to estimate the value of what you have, you should probably start by hiring a professional to do the estimate. With an estimate in hand, you can then start talking with coin dealers about buying bulk lots.
  8. Your iPhone photos using the macro lens are quite good. What brand is the macro lens? I have the Moment telephoto lens for my iPhone and I know they also have a macro lens.
  9. Graders do the grading, someone else is in charge of generating the label. Always, always, always check your submission as soon as you see it on-line and call or email for corrections as soon as possible. Whatever happens in quality control does not involve catching mistakes on the label.
  10. Have great fun with your new camera lens! How is your photography on the road project going?
  11. jgenn

    Looking for Some Feedback

    Dan Carr impresses me as a savvy businessman, positioning some of his issues just within the legal boundaries but close enough to generate considerable discourse and plenty of attention. I think he is an expert technician and has a pretty good design sense, his original work is no worse than what comes out of US mint these days. I would consider collecting some of his hologram strikes.
  12. Thanks for your comment but your question doesn't fit with the theme of this journal entry. I suggest that you start a new thread in the Chat Forum for each coin that you have a question about.
  13. The graders are not responsible for typing up the label. There is a separate QC at the end of the process but apparently it doesn't involve looking at the labels.
  14. jgenn

    Is this a coin or a medal?

    I'm sorry if my post seems too critical. I own some modern commemoratives too and realize that it's a popular collecting area. Let me just close by saying that actual daalders from the 16th and 17th centuries are not difficult to find.
  15. jgenn

    Is this a coin or a medal?

    You probably don't want to hear my opinion because I don't consider any mint issue that wasn't intended for actual circulation (or proof strike made during the production of a coin intended for circulation) to be a coin. Restrikes, replicas and non-circulating commemoratives all fall into the non-coin category for me. There are, of course, official definitions for coins but I think these just serve the mints that make money by repackaging bullion for collectors and the TPGs that make money grading these things. I don't collect medals but I imagine they have a definition that doesn't automatically include non-coins. That place in-between coins and medals I just call "tokens".