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  1. Stepping Up Again

    Hi Rick, I think it's really admirable that you trade to help others improve their sets. That is numismatic goal that we all should strive for.
  2. Our next monthly meeting is February 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Reston, VA Community Center. Hope all members can come! Based on the recent interest we had at the Vienna Show we expect to have a decent number of visitors and possible new members. This month we will hold an auction of 22 lots consisting of some U.S. coins, some World coins, some proof and mint sets, and a numismatic book. Please check our website at http://www.FairfaxcoinClub.com for an auction lot list. We will hold a raffle for an 1873 Belgian 5 Fr. Also, plan on testing your numismatic knowledge once again with some coin trivia! As always, there will be time for bourse activity, so bring something to share with other members. We had a lot of buying & selling activity at the last meeting at the World Coins section! And don't forget, our following meeting is March 13th, where our very own member, and numismatic author, Roger Burdette, will conduct an educational session. Roger would like to get some feedback from the members for any topics you would be interested in discussing, so please come to the meeting and share your thoughts.
  3. Congratulations to the 2017 Registry Award Winners

    "I'm just a Poe boy & nobody loves me; He's just a Poe boy from a Poe family" can't top that! And congratulations on your best presented set award and to all the other 2017 set winners.
  4. https://www.acsearch.info/ is a good option for world coins in addition to the ones mentioned above. When it's been certified by one of the main TPGs you can sometimes find your exact coin in auction archives.
  5. My introduction to the term "simple minded accumulator" is from this post on CCF
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Thanks, Dena. I'll see if I can add a contrasting section to the background.
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. How do we post an event to the calendar in this crazy new forum application?