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  1. Matt dac, are you satisfied with the debris reflected onto your coin. That debris appears to be on the inside of your holder, as I would think that you would wipe the outside of your holder of dust before taking pics. Anywhere, in the CAMEO reflection surface, that you see a white spec and a mirror spec nearby, that may be dust on the inside surface of your holder.
  2. "The waiting is the hardest part." ~ Tom Petty Just about every time I've dealt with NCG, and the coins have been gold since that's all I collect, I've gotten so nervous and impatient that I've actually called them. Everything has always worked out fine, and I've had good luck on crossovers from PCGS, where two or three of the coins came back with a "+" in the grade. Love the NGC holders, their presentation — especially for gold coins… the white contrast —, and with a plus mark, the coins just reek of classiness. All my gold coins reside in NGC holders!
  3. And I've also had a PCGS AU53 1881-CC $10 cross to a NGC AU53 1881-CC $10, it was my first coin ever purchased, and it photographs beautifully...
  4. I've had good luck submitting coins in their holders. Had a PCGS MS64 1932 $10 cross to a NGC MS64+ 1932 $10, and go on to CAC bean. Had a PCGS MS65 1925-D $2.5 cross to a NGC MS65+ 1925-D $2.5, and go on to CAC bean. And had a NGC AU58 1849-D $1 reslab into a scratch resistant new holder with a NGC AU58+.
  5. Type III - Long rays on obverse, sharp obverse stars, motto on reverse. This type pairs Barber's earlier, improved obverse with a new reverse adding the Congressionally mandated religious motto just above the sun. Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. Here's a Type III from Denver. In hand, it has a slight tint to it, unlike any other gold coin I have. Sort of a violet tint. Bob
  6. Just happened to be using the Coin Price Guide on NGC, wanted to see a past auction result, and read that Heritage was down when I clicked the Central States Auction. And a victim of malware, confirmed by them. In many ways, I miss the simplicity of life from my youth, a time when people walked their dogs without staring at a cell phone while doing so. Love the Internet… and hate the Internet. A Love/Hate relationship.
  7. With that medal? That thing will get carted around in an armored truck, guards with machine guns, a time lock that resets constantly, and two people with half codes, who also have fingerprint IDs for the unlocking mechanism. NGC CAG Robbins Medal It has plenty of info on its slab.
  8. If you're spending this kind of money, there will be plenty of identifiers. Like never published, micro-detailed photos of the slabbed coins that the general public is never made aware of. I have a guitar from 1936, a Martin, and the serial number that the guitar was stated as being does not match the serial number of the guitar. But the guitar's advertisement, that enticed me to buy it (after playing it, of course) assured me that the guitar is the one I thought I was buying. There are ways to be assured you're getting what you think you're getting.
  9. I was cruising Wikipedia, Apollo XI, and clicked on the famous photo of Buzz, and then found my way from the bottom of the screen to an upcoming Heritage Auction, just 20 days out from today. It looks like a starting bid for Neil's "original" and "flown" Robbins Medal is $250,000. It's in an NGC slab, and whoever gets it will be "over the moon" delighted. Gold, and graded MS67. It's beautiful!
  10. CRAWTOMATIC, Thank you so much for taking the time to research this and post your results. As I am currently submitting coins to CAC, in batches, along the way I have wondered if they would just look up the Verification Number, and then move on if the coin had already been "passed over" by them. Now I feel a lot better. You never know, a "sticker" or "no sticker" on a coin that is on the knife edge of stickering just may sticker if it's a warm, sunny, Spring morning. Hoping for the best.
  11. The worst symmetry you can have with a holder is when the coin is not aligned correctly. NGC doesn't have a method of nailing this down "precisely." I tend to think, from watching the NGC video, that it is a one shot approach to coin placement, and if it is "close enough" to being properly aligned, then that is "good enough." Isn't there an old saying out there… "Good enough" isn't good enough anymore." (It's a 'quality" saying.) Wish they'd get alignment improved to being imperceptibly under, or over, rotated. Matter of fact, though, I've seen some coins in PCGS holders that have drift-rotated to being almost sideways, from the holders getting bounced around over time.
  12. Alan Shepard was lucky that that flight was only a sub-orbital flight. Such an incredible life he lived. (he'd be 94 if he were still alive; died in 1998, age 74) Just to become an astronaut is against all odds, but to have been the First American in Space and also one of the 12 astronauts who have actually walked on the Moon — and no one has been back there since December 1972 — is, dare I say it, Astronomical!
  13. See for yourselves: 4910559-001, 70. Looks nice with the light-blue Early Releases label, but, then … … this is an odd comment (not my first), and who really cares?
  14. Thanks… Put the numbers in and saw the images. I'd post pics but that would involve taking iPhone pics of the screen (NGC's verification images are copyright protected, so they can't be copied with just a double tap and Copy command) and that's too much playing around. (my iPhone doesn't even have a "plan" right now, use it just as a camera, and the battery dies rapidly) Wish they had rotated the coin "just a touch" counterclockwise for perfect alignment — to bring the two side moon-phases, date, and IN GOD WE TRUST squared up better with horizontal-level — but my order completion has involved me making NGC jump through hoops addressing another coin they had slabbed before, that has a fiber lying on its surface, so inspection by NGC for the fiber (need a loop to clearly see it), removing it, and then doing the reholdering. Just want the coins back since my Registered Mail receipt of my shipment to NGC shows a date of February 6, 2019… damn, it will be around 50 days, minimum, by the time I have them back in hand again.
  15. OK, my $5 Gold coin graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo. Apparently, they send a confirming email when the shipment ships. Since I have other coins shipping, from a separate filled-out form, but everything to ship together, I haven't gotten the email that confirms, and so I can't look at my coin on line since I don't know its verification number. So I wait… but the hard part is over. The coin made the grade. But it's the least of my worries… because it's … a horrible day on the stock market. Brutal!