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  1. 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.
  2. @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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Wow, I overlooked that until you pointed it out. I’ve since corrected it, but maybe I should have left it. Thank you!
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. @Revenant, this is a point that I likely would not have stumbled upon as I primarily collect copper. I assume this will eventually settle back down after some time? It seems like you and I are taking similar approaches @Fenntucky Mike other than a few very inexpensive coins to hone my photography skills, I have only purchased two pieces this year. I am so excited to share my most recent addition as it is ripe with interesting history, but I have much research left to do on it. As luck would have it, the progress on that project is likely to be suspended for some time as I finally got the
  10. The world coin market seems to be on fire so far in 2021! Even the relatively common certified pieces that I collect are fetching 3-4 times what similar pieces brought just a year ago. I may be spoiled, but it seems ridiculous to pay such a steep price hike for relatively common coins, and as such, I have been making fewer purchases. This is not all bad, as it has allowed me to focus my attention on acquiring high-quality or unique pieces that would have otherwise been more financially difficult to obtain. However, I shouldn't complain too much, as the recent hike in prices has also played to
  11. It looks like I scored 7 out of 10. I have never collected Sovereigns, but I have learned a lot by reading posts from those who do. Thank you for taking the time to create the poll.
  12. These were a bit more difficult, but I think I got at least 3 correct.
  13. I believe I got them all correct except number 4. I had to guess on that one.
  14. I agree it is always best practice to do it right the first time. The editing I do for coin photography is mostly limited to cropping and fixing any minor contrast issues. The free Canon Digital Photo Professional is far more sophisticated than I need. Photoshop is something I mainly intend to use as a cropping tool for irregularly shaped coins. I have used PowerPoint and 3-D paint in the past, but these have limitations that I hope to overcome with Photoshop elements. Had the license been more than $10, I probably wouldn't have purchased it as I do not think I will use it often enough to just
  15. I can't speak for the 10G coins, but from my experience with English and Irish copper, NGC is far more consistent in their grading. I have viewed countless PCGS and NGC graded coins in my area of focus, and more often than not, the PCGS pieces do not meet my expectations for the assigned grade. That said, it can be very hit and miss if you do not have accurate images to rely on. In my experience, PCGS is far more liberal and inconsistent with English and Irish copper. I have read similar sentiments related to other areas of world coins, so I doubt this is an isolated issue. I would be curious
  16. Wow, I am sorry to hear you went through such a tough time. We were very fortunate here in Northern Mississippi, but I know many people temporarily lost power. The extent of the damage here was not even remotely close to what your area experienced. Hopefully they can get the work done quickly, and kiddos can have their play area back soon.
  17. @coinsbygary this is incredibly generous of you. I will send you a message shortly.
  18. @coinsbygary I haven't tried it yet, but I found a license for the 2019 version of photoshop elements in the Walmart discount aisle for $10. I have it installed on my computer, and it seems to have a lot more editing ability than what I am used to. It may take me a bit to figure it out, but it never hurts to have more tools at your disposal. Any tips would be much appreciated! I haven’t tried axial photography, but I hope to in the future. I have several nicely toned pieces that I can not fully capture with my current setup. Excellent photos, by the way! The clash marks are apparen
  19. @coinsbygary I agree. Dark copper can be very tricky to photograph. I've learned a few lighting techniques over the last year that have helped me, and I hope to learn more at the 2022 ANA summer seminar. The 2019 and 2021 seminars were canceled due to COVID, but luckily the ANA scholarship I received transfers to the 2022 event. I have had a fair amount of experience with raw and certified coins. Glare and fine hairlines on the plastic are the two biggest obstacles to overcome with graded coins. The real challenge is when you come across a dark, albeit slightly toned, copper piece in a holder
  20. When I first started collecting coins, I purchased whatever caught my attention with little to no discipline. As I matured, I found myself focused on EAC and early U.S. type coins. Eventually, I abandoned those areas of focus and shifted my attention to world coins. More specifically, almost all of my collecting efforts are focused on English and Irish copper, emphasizing the Soho coinage. Perhaps it is this intense focus that makes my newest purchase so odd. It is not copper, it not English or Irish, and it predates the bulk of my collection by multiple centuries. Given that this coin is
  21. I have decided to create a thread in the marketplace to sell the remainder of the books. If interested in any of the titles listed above, please comment on that thread. Thanks!
  22. Thank you, I am happy to report that many of them have found new homes! To my wife's disbelief, this list only represents a tiny portion of my numismatic references. I may do several more purges between now and when we relocate.
  23. I originally posted this list seeking advice about where to sell these books. Although it was never my intention to sell them from that original thread, a couple of members expressed interest, and we subsequently made a deal for several of the books. Those have been removed from the list, but there are plenty of good titles left. I will do my best to price these books fairly. More often than not, this equates to a 50-75% of current going rate (based on sold listings) for comparable books on eBay plus a reasonable amount to cover shipping. If interested in multiple books, I am willing to chip i
  24. I primarily collect the coinage, tokens, and medals produced at the Soho Mint. More broadly, the bulk of my collection consists of the numerous patterns, proofs, and business strikes of English and Irish copper spanning the 17th to 19th centuries. I imagine this will be a lifelong pursuit as there is no shortage of research topics to explore. I would ask what you collect, but I already know!