coinsandmedals

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    Graduate Student (PhD in experimental psychology: Cognitive aging with a minor in applied statistics)
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    Numismatic and military collectibles.
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  1. The two sound very similar in their general dispositions. Bill was the type of person who could easily connect with people. I recently joined the Conder Tokens Collector Club, and several members have mentioned how Bill's influence resulted in them pursuing an entirely new area of the hobby, often for decades! I believe I can safely add my name to that roster.
  2. ****I originally posted this in the journal section, but I remembered that many do not visit that section of the forums. I have decided to post it here as well. I apologize for “spamming” the boards, but I figure Bill’s passing deserves a larger audience.**** I learned several weeks ago that my friend, Bill McKivor, passed away. I have missed him sorely, but I refrained from posting about it until his family released an obituary (you can find that here). Many of you who knew him have likely already heard, but I wanted to post it here for those who have not. Bill and I did not meet un
  3. I learned several weeks ago that my friend, Bill McKivor, passed away. I have missed him sorely, but I refrained from posting about it until his family released an obituary (you can find that here). Many of you who knew him have likely already heard, but I wanted to post it here for those who have not. Bill and I did not meet until May of last year, but in the relatively short amount of time that I knew him, he quickly became one of my favorite people. Bill was an unusually kind and generous person who exemplified the type of comradery which often brings new people to this hobby. While ta
  4. You paid for an opinion, knowing very well the cost associated with securing it. Your disappointment with the outcome is irrelevant. When you submitted these pieces, you were required to sign the bottom of the submission form, which serves as your acknowledgment of the terms and conditions provided to you. It is the submitter's responsibility to review these terms and conditions before submitting. Had you read them, you would understand that you are liable for the associated fees regardless of the authenticity of the coins. This is an inherent risk and failure on your behalf to understand that
  5. I fervently disagree with most of your points, and they highlight an inadequate understanding, or a complete lack thereof, of the entire submission process. Your anecdotal evidence as it relates to your "$1200" coin is irrelevant. Based on what I can gather from your account, the dealer submitted the coin on your behalf and absorbed the associated fees when it failed to cross. In your example, the fees were still collected by PCGS because a service was rendered. Regarding the original post, several coins were submitted that NGC determined were not genuine. Like your situation, an opi
  6. Thank you for sharing! It appears similar technology was already in use at the Soho Mint by 1799. I can’t help but wonder what our coinage would have looked like had Boulton provided either coinage or machinery to the U.S. Mint from its onset.
  7. Thank you! The NGC registry has indeed been an invaluable platform for me to share my collection and passion for the history it represents. I imagine this is a lot of work on your behalf, but please know that it is much appreciated.
  8. @RevenantThe same thought crossed my mind. Despite the craziness of 2020 and the staff shortage they are experiencing, they still took the time to find something special to send us. In my opinion, that speaks to their dedication to the hobby and collectors alike. The effort is very much appreciated! I took the opportunity to share my experience on my "coinstagram" and it generated a fair number of comments. With any luck, it might persuade a few others to participate here.
  9. Congratulations to you as well! You make several excellent points, which are even more impressive when considering how many they gave out. I am thrilled with the coin I received, although it will likely remain the only Morgan dollar in my collection for some time.
  10. It looks like we will be in close proximately to both Hobby Lobby and Michael's this weekend. I might swing by both and weigh my options. The tip about the coupon is very helpful! I know Hobby Lobby does this most of the time, but I did not realize that Michael's ran the same promotion. My wife let out a little chuckle when she entered my office yesterday and noticed I had rearranged the top of my bookcase to accommodate the new plaque. Her sister and mom are coming to stay with us this weekend, so I am sure I will get a hard time from them all.
  11. Once again, congratulations! You have a rather impressive set of plaques there. For the record, the Morgan I received was number -036, but it would be interesting to see who received the first and last number.
  12. Wow, I overlooked that until you pointed it out. I’ve since corrected it, but maybe I should have left it. Thank you!
  13. The first part of your response really made me chuckle! I’m sure I have it coming if I keep up at this pace. Oh, Michael’s is a good thought. I purchased my last one at Hobby Lobby, but the closest one is over an hour away. I may check Michael’s if we find ourselves in that area this weekend. I appreciate the tip! Thank you! Likewise, you’ve amounted a good number yourself over the years. How many are you up to now?
  14. The last few weeks have been very busy. Perhaps this is why I was so surprised to find a package from NGC in my mailbox today. I was so excited that I did not make it to the front door before I had the package ripped open and the coin in hand. Usually, I make an effort not to open coin-related mail outside, but my excitement got the best of me. On any note, I received an 1881 S Morgan Dollar graded MS-64 with the notation of “2020 NGC Registry Award Winner” on the label. This is the only silver dollar I have in my collection, but I plan to display it along with the plaque. The cert verifi