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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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?")
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. I'm going to guess MS64+ or MS65. Nice coin. Beautiful coin, actually. But silver is not my thing… YET! The only reason I'm replying is because my first coin ever was an 1881-CC AU 53 $5 Gold. (Still one of, if not thee, favorite coin in my collection.) Damn that's a crisp coin you have there!
  13. Oh, you mean that "CC." Nope! Not seeing it, either. But, what would be your premise? Somebody would take a $400 coin and manipulate it into an $80 coin. Or the Mint was just "fooling around" that day, and wondered what would happen if they, um, if they… uhhh… you got me.
  14. Interesting, Karen, how you couldn't get your computer photos to load on this NGC site. I just came through a 3 hour troubleshoot of my Apple MacBook Pro, to get it to work because it froze when I had email and Internet running, and then I opened Photos, and upon on/off button restart I got the Green Apple of Doom "insanity" screen. I can post photos from the Internet (just not my computer, which risks the screen freeze up) and here's what the Green Apple of Doom looks like: Bob