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  1. Wildman Coins

    An earlier appearance of the wildman in literature is the character of Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh (circa 2100 BCE). Here's one on a thaler from the 16th century -- from the reign of Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and ruling Prince of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.
  2. NYINC success

    You can read several show reports ATS. The New York auctions have the best items but also get the highest bids. I snagged one beauty at nominal value last year but rarely have any luck even in the second tier auctions.
  3. My Silver Riders are Galloping Away

    Thanks for your comment, Rick! Participation in the forums and especially the journals certainly has fallen off a cliff. ~jack
  4. RMW Collection of England and Great Britain

    Dear Mike, It must be difficult to discuss your health concerns with others and I hope that sharing in this venue, with like minded souls that share your enthusiasm for coin collection, brings you some measure of consolation. I sincerely wish that you have the time to bring all your affairs to a satisfying conclusion, of which the disposition of your impressive collection will be just one. You may want to talk to NGC about how to get your pedigree onto the labels for your collection. Wouldn't that be a great way to commemorate your special participation in this hobby? With heartfelt sympathy, Jack
  5. PCGS coin "Did not Cross"

    When you submit a PCGS coin for crossover you can also specify a minimum grade. If you did specify a minimum grade then that answers your question.
  6. 2017 was a tipping point for me. After many years of relentless collecting, I slowed down to the point where I only purchased four coins, and actually sold four coins. Three of those that I let go were Silver Riders -- ducatons of the Dutch Republic. You will find these beauties cataloged under the coins of the Netherlands, or more properly The Kingdom of the Netherlands as the modern nation is a constitutional monarchy. Back in the 16th century, seven of the Low Country provinces threw off Spanish Habsburg rule and formed a globe spanning mercantile empire. In North America, the Dutch established the colony of New Netherland in the early 17th century and its capital at New Amsterdam in 1625 (later renamed New York in 1664 after its capture by the English). The Dutch Republic minted several crown sized silver coins with the ducaton having the higher value of 60 stuivers. Produced from 1659 to 1798, the ducaton got the nickname of "Silver Rider" from its obverse design of a mounted knight. The reverse shows the coat of arms of the republic, with the lion holding a sheaf of arrows, symbolizing the unity of the provinces, and brandishing a sword in defense of their liberty. These are impressive coins -- 43-44 mm, 32.78 g and 91.4% silver. My initial foray into collecting ducatons was filled with mistakes due to lack of study and patience. For those of you that might consider collecting a nice example, do your homework and take your time. There are rare types but most are not particularly scarce; well struck, problem-free examples from the provinces with the largest mintages are not expensive relative to other contemporary world crowns. However, there are plenty of examples with issues and all three of the ones that I sold recently fall into that category. Two of them came from shipwrecks and show varying degrees of environmental damage. The one that I was happiest to sell is the one pictured here. This example is from the province of West Friesland and has a very nice obverse but a weakly struck reverse. When I previewed the auction I decided to pass on it because of the poor eye appeal of the reverse. But in the middle of the on-line bidding, I only looked at the obverse and forgot why I initially passed. Selling my coins couldn't have been easier. They were all originally purchased in Heritage Auctions and they were sold through the Heritage "make offer to owner" program. I set the prices as low as I could to account for the 10% (minimum $40) commission and still get close to breaking even. Then you wait and either accept an offer at your price or negotiate if a lower one comes in. It's all conducted through email and the Heritage website -- you mail your coin to Heritage so your anonymity is maintained. Going forward, I feel my collection has matured and I want to sell coins that are not part of the core. I'm not in a rush -- my plan is to try selling in a variety of venues with breaking even as my goal. As for Silver Riders, I still have a few better examples -- notably a 1760 AU-58 from West Friesland in my Silver Dollars of '60 set and a 1791 MS-63 from Utrecht that will get a place in a new set I'm calling "My World Crown Affair". ~jack
  7. Thanks, Dena. I'll see if I can add a contrasting section to the background.
  8. This one was reported and yanked from the auction. It's got a fake countermark and the host coin is probably fake too (no-one would put a fake C/M on a rare host, would they?) https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/3-963KZ
  9. I like the photo that was set up for my journal but the journal title is almost invisible because the font is white and the photo background is white. Can anything be done about that?
  10. How do we post an event to the calendar in this crazy new forum application?
  11. Our next meeting is January 9th, 7:00, at the Reston Community Center. This month we have no auction but instead a training that will be taught by our very own Jason Tungli. The Bourse will be open by 6:45 pm for those who arrive early and the meeting will start at 7:15 with general announcements and updates from our recent Board Meeting. We will then proceed into Jason's presentation on Coin Conservation followed by Q&A. We will close with meeting with our monthly raffle. Here is a little teaser from Jason regarding his presentation... "Don't clean your coins!" You often hear this piece of advice, but what does it really mean? At the January 9th club meeting, come learn the ins and outs of numismatic conservation and find out the proper way to keep your coins looking their best."

    I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. As you say, it's something that we all have or will have to experience. Selling from your collection will be difficult for you and I hope you can find the best way to do this. My only experience with selling has been when someone uses the "Buy from Owner" option at Heritage Auctions for one of my coins (four sold so far). Today, our hobby makes it so easy to buy coins but I think it mostly hides how hard it is to sell for a reasonable price. I think it would be a very valuable to hear from you on how your process works out. Best wishes, Jack P.S. I misunderstood your post and now understand that it is your health that is failing. I sincerely hope you have the time to settle the disbursement of your collection to your satisfaction.
  13. 2016 Journal Award Icon

    If well told coin stories can interest YNs I think that's a fabulous way to expand our hobby. Regarding posting, I can recommend cointalk.com and coincommunity.com as very receptive forums.
  14. 2016 Journal Award Icon

    Gary, lol, and that's a real shame for such an outstanding and exceptional history of journaling at NGC. It still bothers me that journals from 2016 and before are disconnected. I believe many new readers will not be able to find your informative entries from previous years. I don't visit the ANA site very much but I know you have posted in their blogs section. Have you been continuing that?
  15. 2016 Journal Award Icon

    Congratulation to 2017's journal award winners. I hope you get a nice icon.