pcunix

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    Learning the Ropes

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  1. 1913 V Nickel on Ebay???? Please enlighten me.

    Not can I, but apparently there were some who thought it could be real. Ridiculously wrong, of course.
  2. I own a few Colonials - nothing in the price ranges at that auction, though. It is amazing though that you can still buy incredibly scarce pieces at 3 and 4 digit prices.
  3. A coin grading experiment

    Actually, I think the more coins, the more accuracy. Most of us can judge side by side more easily than against pictures. The more we have to work with, the easier the fine distinctions become. If you'd never seen an MS69 Morgan, you might think a nice 65 was it. But if you had a group of in betweens leading up, you might be more accurate. But 1,000? Yeah, that would take a bit.
  4. Petition for US Mint to change its gold coin lineup

    I can't support any of those as written.
  5. I picked this up recently. Jeff Shevlin is a collector, researcher and author who specializes in "So Called Dollars". I liked that this particular coin came from his collection.
  6. Website

    A lot of work to keep up that pricing.
  7. Retirement

    Our financial advisor came up with an absolutely ridiculous number that she insisted we would need. I guess we would if we wanted to go skiing in Switzerland and eat at the best restaurants every week and buy new cars every year. But we never did live like that, even when we could have. Be you're own financial advisor. No one is going to look after you're money like you. Absolutely. The key word is "advisor". To many, that may mean "I do what they say", but to me it has always been *advice* which I listen to and weigh and often ignore.
  8. Prooflike OR Cleaned

    Maybe it's just the photos but I don't like the looks of it. Kind of funny that he says "guaranteed to be in Mint State probably in the middle 60's probably 64 ". A genuine Morgan that blemish free with untreated surfaces would be a lot more than MS64. But photos can be weird.
  9. I'm sure it was a great post, but the images are gone now, so it isn't all that useful today.
  10. Retirement

    Our financial advisor came up with an absolutely ridiculous number that she insisted we would need. I guess we would if we wanted to go skiing in Switzerland and eat at the best restaurants every week and buy new cars every year. But we never did live like that, even when we could have.
  11. Retirement

    I can speak to that a little. I inherited coins. I later sold them, and deeply regret that. I've told the full story of that at http://coins.aplawrence.com/2014/02/coin-collecting-and-genealogy.html but I can sum it up as guilt: the coins I inherited were a family heirloom. I can blame my father for not explaining the significance to me, but he was somewhat estranged from his own father, so he may not have known. I feel that those coins should have been kept and passed down. I realize that it is almost certain that someone would have sold them eventually, but I wish it had not been me.
  12. Help me understand

    How so?
  13. Retirement

    I am PMR (Pretty Much Retired). I started retiring at 55, winding down my business. I now work at my business just a few hours a week and although I don't make much any more, it's enough to live decently with Social Security. We have not yet had to touch any of our 401K's and IRA's because of that little bit of work. As to collecting, I was stagnant for decades but have fired up again in the past few months.
  14. Help me understand

    First, just a little history so you understand. I started with coins very young when I inherited a partial U.S. type set after my grandfather died in 1954. I collected avidly up to 1964 and then the clad turned me off. In the 70's, I stupidly sold off just about everything including all my books. That was about it - I bought some gold eagles in 88 and a gold proof set in 2000 but then sold those in 2005, leaving me with just one large cent and one 1878 Morgan. I'm now 66. The bug bit me this year and I've been reassembling what I can remember of that original collection and extending it. OK, on to the real question. TPG had barely begun when I quit in the 70's, but somehow I had a blue box from that other company. Probably was given it much, much later, of course. When I started buying again, I was buying NGC or theirs, but of course I immediately noticed NGC slabs don't fit in that box, so I've been not buying NGC generally and when I needed more boxes, I got theirs. Then I start reading that they grade better. Well, I look at my stuff and I don't see it, but hey, I'm no grading expert, right? And I do see that their slabs tend to sell for more. So - is it all perception? In other words, because people believe it, it becomes reality? Or was it that it once was true but isn't now? I assume that most of the people here don't believe it? But then there is that price difference. Does that tick you off or do you think "Hey, I'm getting the same grade for less money" ? But if that's true, you get less when selling too. So how do you resolve all this? Yeah, you can tell me to just go get some NGC boxes, but that doesn't answer the underlying issue.