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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Just one more to show that you can insert the green bean. John
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Obviously to have done all that I am a deeply disturbed person...
  9. The key point is that in 2014 there were no German 1 Mark-E Proof 67 Ultra Cameo coins in either PCGS or NGC holders. Now at NGC there are 2 in Proof 66 UC and 1 in Proof 67 UC. Now at PCGS there are no Proof coins above 65 in Deep Cameo. There are still only 3 coins in the population reports for this Ultra Cameo group all now at NGC, 2 in 66 and 1 in 67. But does that represent 1, 2 or 3 individual coins? So the possibilities fro your coin are 1) a new coin surfaced (weak theory, because what happened to the PCGS 67 Deep Cameo), 2) the lone PCGS coin was submitted for upgrading (i.e it
  10. After some digging I think I may have found your coin. A similar or the same coin appears at Heritage in 2014 in an NGC Proof 66 UC Holder and sold for 646.25 with photos that are not photoshop edited (Photo 1 & 2). So in 2014 at the time of that auction there were 2 NGC coins in Proof 66 with none finer and 1 in a PCGS 66 holder with none finer (3 coins at or above 66). Your coin has a high likelihood (at least 50:50 chance) of being the 2014 Heritage coin. The coin was crossed to a PCGS holder at sometime to bring the grade up to a Proof 67 Deep Cameo (PCGS simply give higher grades
  11. Although not for Lincoln cents there have obviously been over-dates after 1909. Specifically the two that occurred in 1918, the 1918 over 17-D nickel and the 1918 over 17-S quarter. That said I agree with Coinbuf and my best guess is that this is and example of grease strike through error. I have a great Lincoln 197 -D with no trace of the last digit, so only 3 numbers with the D below. I like it because when you say it, the D fills in the sound of 1970, but what year is it? Who knows. How much is it worth? Not much... to anyone but me.
  12. That is, without question, not a genuine number on the slab. The font is incorrect and the sharpness of focus is clearly sharper than the bar code below. This could be a seller protecting their NGC number on, say e-bay, prior to sale (but why not just white out the number and the bar code) or a counterfeit (albeit a poor one) or something in between. If you are being offered the coin for your purchase, get a real number first, unless you know the dealer and they have a valid return policy. With the certification number enter it and the grade into the NGC web site and you should see a photo
  13. The photographs are the same. The photograph that you have posted is the same as the photograph NGC used. Therefore the if the images are the same (based on subtle shadowing and the post photograph editing) there can be only one coin. I am curious how you came to have that digital image to post? It is indeed a stunning photo and coin. Enjoy!
  14. JTO

    Confluence of Collectors

    This coin is not a top pop, nor a high value or even a coin of striking beauty. Why would I buy it? It is an intersection between a man who was one of the most infamous collectors and a man who was the most accomplished US coin collector. The infamous man is King Farouk of Egypt who conspicuously collected coins en-mass. He is responsible for the legality of the only 1933 double eagle that is legal to own. That particular 1933 double eagle was exported by Farouk who actually applied for an export license which was mistakenly granted in 1944 (shocking that the Federal government screwe
  15. To the NGC staff and family, Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will rejoin the registry. As Mark Salzberg said when creating the NGC registry, he like most collectors have a mix of NGC and PCGS coins in their collections. If you buy the coin and not the holder that is the way it should be. I have not participated in the PCGS registry to any degree because they do not allow NGC coins. When NGC followed suit I stayed with it for a while but progressively lost interest. As someone who has a number of world coins, as a secondary collection to my U.S., NGC, in my opinion, is far su
  16. I think that coin928 hit the mark with his/her concern about the after hours work by NGC employees to do Show Service. I find the people at NGC to be remarkably kind and considerate. When you find a business where the people are "remarkably kind and considerate" you tend to want to interact with them more or preferentially over their competitor. There is the issue: the price of success is more work. More work is financially good but can be personally taxing. I too hope that the employees at NGC are being cared for as well as they have cared for us. The fact that the same faces return to
  17. There seems to be a growing corporate strategy for NGC to focus on the Non-US market over the US and leave the US to PCGS. I may be wrong and this is in no way a dump on NGC (you can read my laudatory comments about Mark Salzberg and NGC in the "A SLQ Problem Coin's Journey to Righteousness" journal thread.) https://www.ngccoin.com/boards/blogs/entry/292-a-slq-problem-coins-journey-to-righteousness/ It appears that while NGC is increasing its investments in the international market it is not doing as much on upgrading the U.S. platform. The data I use to make the conclusion that
  18. Unfortunately that is the rule not the exception. NGC offered more "Show Grading" opportunities in the past. They came to Long Beach, for example, then just stopped. Then they shortened the window for Shows Grading at U.S. shows that they did attend. This seems to be a growing corporate strategy for NGC to focus on the Non-US market over the US and leave the US to PCGS. I may be wrong and this is in no way a dump on NGC (you can read my laudatory comments about Mark Salzberg and NGC in the "A SLQ Problem Coin's Journey to Righteousness" journal thread.) https://www.ngccoin.com/boards/blog
  19. A blue one I think... what a guy!
  20. Here is a coin that I paid a whopping $360 for, obviously in 2002. I was proud of my find because all the other bidder appeared to be bidding on the holder not the coin. The value of a 1908 with "Motto" is, or was higher than the no motto variety. I paid $40 under greysheet for th coin which was about par for the with motto variety at the time. I took it to the PCGS booth at Long Beach and they aggressively offered to reholder the coin for free, I passed. So the coin sits misunderstood by its holder. I actually have a collection of these and in my experience I have had a easier time find
  21. I couldn't agree more!
  22. You are spot on and well within the the thread. Most SS Central America double eagles have a very distinctive orange peripheral toning pattern. The advice to keep a SS Central America OR SS Brother Jonathan (PCGS), SS Republic (NGC) OR SS New York (NGC) in the original holder with as much of the original material (Box, COA, Faux Book/ box, Outer Box...) is solid advice. This is true for either PCGS or NGC based on the ship. But the don't buy SS Central America's in NGC holders argument has two major flaws. First, a Mint State 1857-S in a PCGS holder, without pedigree is just as likely or
  23. Sadly don't expect the same courteousness, time and insight at PCGS, if D.H. is the expert. Just my experience. Like coin928 I was amazed at how down to earth, smart, caring and kind Mark Salzberg was. He is a true gentleman and scholar. My comment about the other grader comes from these two experiences 1) my first encounter with mark over crossing a 1872 business strike from PCGS to NGC, he had a cold and was clearly not feeling his best and as I waited in line one of NGC people asked if he wanted to stop as the Hour of " meet the expert" had ended but he said no not until everyone who was
  24. What a journey this coin has had. I bought it from Stacks in March 2012 as: "1923-S Standing Liberty Quarter. AU Details--Environmental Damage (PCGS)." I looked at the coin as said I just don't see the damage but I do see a full head. I bid up to $1,375.00 for the problem coin and took it home. Then I CAREFULLY conserved to coin. About a year later at Long Beach I took it to PCGS (because NGC had no at show grading) and show graded it. It came back in a PCGS AU-58 FH. I was quite pleased with myself. Subsequently, as the war between NGC and PCGS got going I decided to cross it to NGC.