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  1. Very nice dime, it's far from my area of expertise, but I would say it looks high AU, perhaps a 58.
  2. I think this is a nice looking coin, but my fear would be that NGC might net grade the coin for the damage on the rim. My experience has been that most TPGs are consistently inconsistent when it comes to grading bust material.
  3. I am going to guess 1918 for no real logical reason. Thanks for the fun contest and I don't envy your dirty fingertips!
  4. Yes, the RCM issue was the last one with a foreign mint.
  5. Well I just e-mailed to cancel my order for the one medal, maybe I'll try to get the set for under issue price in the secondary market, or maybe I'll just pass entirely...
  6. The announcement said they were available at noon! They are still available at the Royal mint site but that will cost you 195 pounds plus shipping. I really don't think the mint wants customers anymore... The product you requested a reminder for will be available on November 17 at 12pm ET. Due to the impact of COVID-19, telephone ordering is not currently available. 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set $150.00
  7. So after all the fiascos of late with the WWII eagles, WWII medals etc. I decided to try my hand at the new Mayflower coins/medals as I wanted to buy one of the sets with the British 2-pound coin and the silver US medal, since it seemed appropriate with the two countries deeply involved with what happened in 1620. Well, unlike all the technical issues last time, I waiting and kept clicking refresh as the time ticked to 12:00 and I kept getting the product not available message, just like it appears when I logged on just before noon. No changes, it's like it never became available for me at all. I went to just the US medal and apparently bought one of those, but I've never seen it before where it just never becomes available. And I know that a lot of folks have been frustrated by the Mint and rightfully so, and it appears the US silver medal is still available nearly 15 minutes later, so maybe people just gave up after the 2-coin set wasn't available?
  8. There's a local dealer that comes to the local show and he always has a box of random foreign silver coins that he sells for melt and sometimes I find something interesting like this 1898 Mexico 5-centavo. It was previously mounted for jewelry or something (I could imagine it might have been part of a bracelet) but still not bad for a dollar.
  9. It seems the mint never learns on these. I had similar frustrations with whatever the special proof was a year ago, had all sort of technical problems and finally got one. I found out later they were selling for like $1,500 but I didn't care, it's in it's little blue box in a closet with all the rest of them, just where this one will go. This one seemed as though the technology problems from last year were just exponentially worse as you had that idiotic "I'm not a robot" screen that it just kept going back to over and over again, then it was "you have been banned" which I've never seen before! Finally after about an hour and 20 minutes, I got a confirmation and took a screen shot to be sure (rumor has it the coin was shipped yesterday). Then when the WW2 medal came out I thought I'd try again since it was an attractive design in my view and although there were still issues, it wasn't nearly so bad and I ended up getting one in about 20 minutes. The Royal Canadian Mint seems to have a better approach (though to be fair most of their coin offerings are produced in small numbers that are well in excess of potential demand since there are fewer collectors there compared to the US) as they have a loyalty program that rewards you based on purchase level. So each level gets advance notice and ability to order, so platinum members might get to buy 5 days before the general public, gold might be 4 days, silver might be 3 days, but if gives some recognition to collectors who want to collect their coins and rewards them for loyalty. They also offer a percentage in rewards that you can use for purchases the next year. Overall, it's a reason that I've never been super ticked off at the Canadians like I seem to be routinely annoyed by the US mint.
  10. The 1920 is an interesting one, as it is plentiful, but not so much in higher grades. They used to see a big jump in price at the MS-63 level, but with grade inflation over time that break is now at the MS-64 level.
  11. Ok next project, what suggestions do you have for freeing the 1923 silver certificate my great uncle laminated?
  12. Certainly, if there is no price difference it would seem wise to buy the lower mintage coins, but often that's not the case since older issues might be harder to find. I just checked Apmex, and they have these dates available, but they are $39.60 for the 1988 or 1989 (the former has a slightly lower mintage) compared to current issue at $30.60. The 1998 might even be better since it has a mintage under 5 million and is only $38.60. In any case, these coins seem to command a premium which may or may not be justified.
  13. I agree @bsshog40, I signed up for subscriptions to the coins I collect from the mint earlier this year since they finally decided to waive shipping charges on subscriptions. I was stunned when I received an e-mail from the mint saying my proof ASE was shipped last week and the charge was $73! I thought that $54 was fair, and $64 was a stretch, but this is getting out of hand. I bought a 2003 proof ASE at my last coin club meeting and the dealer was asking greysheet bid which was just $35! Perhaps it's time to put the sets on hold and wait a few years to buy them in the aftermarket for something closer to melt.
  14. That's right, and I think it won a numismatic literary award, though I can't recall which one!