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  1. Dear Ali, Thank you for all of your hard work on the best registry in the business! I would love to see NGC consider having a 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo So-Called Dollar set. This event is one that has the largest number of catalogued so-called dollars that: 1) have significant value and 2) intersect with a corresponding coins series (1915 Pan Pac 50c, gold $1, $2.5 and $50.). The go to person for this is Jeff Shevlin or just the HK book: So-Called Dollars, or me. You already have a 2 coin so-called dollars set (thank you) for the Wilson dollars so the request is not something that
  2. I have been here for a goodly period of time and am about to turn 61 and collecting more than 50 of those years. I like the pictures of the new system as it feels like a virtual Whitman / Dansco album. That said, in a prior time, I worked my way through school as a freelance photographer. I had an infuriating time trying to learn how to crop a circular coin. When ever I searched the web on how to crop a circle from a photo I would windup in crazy-town with "Crop Circles and UFO's". But now that I have figured how to crop a circular image (coin), I really enjoy the posting and reviewing of
  3. Daniel Carr is a gifted artist and engraver. His credits run from designing statehood quarters to designing and making fantasy tokens/coins. He is very careful to avoid breaking federal law so... Each U.S. "Fantasy" coin that he makes is made on a genuine U.S. coin of the same type employing a surplus Denver Mint coining press. When he started he prompted quite the discussion at the US Secret Service but... Because the coin he strikes is struck on an original monetized coins the "fantasy" coin is not a counterfeit but a genuine coin that has been modified, i.e. Hobo Nickels. So the Peace
  4. I have been collecting since I was 8 years old and turn 61 in 2 weeks. I had the usual starts and stops but for the most part my collecting was always there for me. I got more serious about a few series in 2013 when I got a new job and needed to escape to my coins. By way of back ground I am a Trauma Surgeon and have seen suffering, death and dying on a daily basis. Coins have ben my escape, my safe place, after God it is were I go for peace (this sounds weak and whiny but it is what it is.) My first passion is as a type collector of pre-1964 US coins. My set is not number 1 nor will it
  5. Seems to be post mint defacing to me. The only plausible mint defect, in my mind" is an under weight, thin planchette with after mint "adjustments". But... the "Monticello" is well struck. I say Nickel, Belt Sander, rough abrasion then voila. My 2 cents, John
  6. I agree with what's been said so far. He meant marks on the reverse from New Orleans and Carson City, with a faux Mint Marks, look silly. But, worthless? No. They will always be worth the price of the silver bullion from which they were made. John PS for Chrisinjesup from a prior posting thread, I am a surgeon and worked at both the VA Directly and through the University of California. If had the privilege of training many active duty military surgeons. I fully support that only the care of our active duty troops but more importantly the critical physical and mental hea
  7. Dear ChrisInJesup, First, thank you for your service to me and everyone in the country. This is my Mint to TPG story. I have very mixed emotions about submitting coins from the Mint. I dutifully collected each first spouse proof as it came out from the Mint. I waited I had the complete collection (prior to the Barbara Bush coin) and hand carried the coins to Florida to the FUN show. That was 41 coins, amounting to 20.5 ounces with a price at the time of roughly$1300 per ounce for a total value of roughly $53,000. My thought was without much money on the line I submitted the coin
  8. Dear NGC Staff, Thank you for your hard work on the great Registry. My 1804 Bank of England Dollar does not seem to be in your population reports. It is a ESC-144 in MS-62 Proof Like and none of this type and grade is listed in the population report. Below are pictures of the NGC Certified coin. Thank you, John
  9. I finally found an acceptable 1860 P $5 half eagle to add to my 1860 mint set. Oddly the 1860 D (Georgia) issue if far more available. By mintage figures for the two issues, ~20k vs.~15k, are comparable. The Charlotte is in the 15K range and rarely seen while the San Francisco is at 21k specimens minted and a tough find. Here is my new addition... John
  10. JKK got it. The coin looks funny to me but remember the hubs for the 1921 Morgan were engraved anew because the old hubs had been discarded. As a result the 1921 never looks like a real Morgan to me (flat stars...) The only reason to fake a 1921 Morgan would be to do so in sufficient quantity to take advantage of the increased spot price of silver. So the weight is the key. If you are in the situation where you can't remove it from the holder just place a genuine Morgan of any year in a similar grade on the scale with an empty 2X2. Weigh the genuine and then this coin and compare. If yo
  11. Just one more to show that you can insert the green bean. John
  12. Very nice lighting! I have taken a less laborious approach. I take my camera and mount it on my father's (now passed) 50 year old photo copy stand. This places the film/digital image plain of the camera parallel to the coin (the camera is mounted facing straight down.) I surround the copy stand, camera, holder and coin with a automobile sun screen (reflective silver foil bubble type) and aim my lights at the sun screen. This is just another way of getting indirect lighting. I crop the coins in photoshop in the shape of a circle to remove the holder or background. Then I crop the lab
  13. Dear Ali, I would love to see the 18th century world (mostly Europe) silver coins have competitive sets. Such as the France ECU Example 3479130-009. I have a collection of Dollar sized coins from arround the world to illustrate the origin of the Dollar. Other examples are the Thaler's from multiple countries and city-states. Hoping, John
  14. Hmmm... Doors are a good thing to close (my wife and I have 2 daughters). I wonder if you might have missed a decimal point on the $122.00. By my math $122.00 in cents is 122 X 100 = 12,200 coins. A roll or stack of 50 Lincoln cents is ~ three inches in length or height. I would not contest that you made a stack of that number of Lincoln cents but I think that if you did it was a bit taller than 19.5 inches. Just my 2 cents, John