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    All-American perspective: flat-picked acoustic guitar renditions of songs I liked growing up, classic movies, puzzles, rare US gold coins, précis writing, pro sports, fly fishing, NASA space program.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Matt_dac, That penny will look drop-dead gorgeous when you get it back in a brand-new Scratch-Resistant holder, and finally get the "bean." The "s" looks nice and sharp on it, too. Beautiful!
  11. Happy St. Patrick's Day… a great day for emerald green. And congrats to Rory winning The Players on St. Patrick's Day. (Outside of the USA, I've spent more time in Northern Ireland than anywhere else in the world. Part of my attraction to a CAC "bean?")
  12. Every one of my coins is either in the process of CAC review or headed in the next month for CAC review. They're all in NGC Scratch-Resistant holders, now, too. Incredibly clear views of beautiful old gold Clean, white background framing-inserts Crisp, black-print detail on holographic NGC security labels And if lucky enough, beautiful, emerald green, holographic CAC stickers. A CAC bean on an NGC holdered gold coin is a thing of beauty to behold. Just a stunning presentation-combination that "pops" like nothing else can!
  13. Just spoke with Customer Service. My $5 Gold is "done." The grade is… … still don't know. That is revealed when the coin gets to shipping. Shipping is waiting to combine two services: the $5 coin and 3 other coins I submitted for reholdering. The reholdering coins bogged down when I called to make sure NGC would inspect/remove a fiber off the surface of one coin in one of those holders. Since everything will ship together, things are mostly at a standstill, now. I asked when the reholdering coins would be done, and was told that that will be by the end of next week. So, I expect to get my coins back sometime in April… maybe April Fools' Day. That might be a double bonus for me. On April Fools' Day I have a telephone appointment scheduled with Social Security: The beginning of my venture into monthly checks for the rest of my life.
  14. Nice, Coinbuf. Good analysis and commentary. Haven't looked at any silver, myself, ever, and your analysis makes me feel like I'm at least be in the ballpark. Thanks. Bob