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Everything posted by LINCOLNMAN

  1. Questions like this inevitably end up discussing preferences rather than market value. In a free market, I'm not sure one can argue that anything is undervalued, although we all have opinions about which series is underappreciated. Differences in collector preferences are healthy and expected. BTW I think coins in general are undervalued compared to pop art, baseball cards, and designer purses, to name a few crazy (IMO) money magnets, but the market speaks. Most of the time I don't listen but just shake my head.
  2. A favorite of mine. Large and a great design IMO. Well done.
  3. I keep everything on a spreadsheet. I use PR for all proofs (as does eBay). Use SP for SMS as it looks cooler (eBay does not).
  4. I should have elaborated. I put a 1965 SMS together as part of my type collection (I like to use first year coins to add interest). Ended up with a mixture of NGC and PCGS. All of the NGC coins are graded MS[xx] and all the PCGS coins are graded SP[xx], which I assumed is for "Specimen". Both NGC and PCGS identify the coins as "SMS". I'm inclined to think that NGC is more conservative not treating these as Specimens, reserving that term for specially prepared and exceptional coins. Could have researched of course but thought it would be of interest, and I'm congenitally lazy.
  5. I noticed that NGC designates SMS coins as MS whereas PCGS uses SP. Rationale for either?
  6. Re Eliasberg: At that rarity and price level, to me the coin would be everything. Much lesser coins, provenance could add to the value as a point of pride or interest, sort of a curiosity like an old slab.
  7. The title of the list is an odd choice as it appears that only living persons are included. Should just say 2020.
  8. I collect anything in the category of coinage that circulated in the US, although I try to stick to more commonly recognized coins or examples of coins found in archeological digs (e.g. look up Jamestown coins) or by metal detectorists. I also stay with 18th century or earlier examples. In other words, I'm more inclusive than exclusive. I suggest you use a a liberal definition of "US Colonial" - you'll have a lot more fun. Finding these coins isn't always easy and more often than not they're raw and tough to price.
  9. Whether a coin should be submitted depends on more than cost, as mentioned above. As a collector I have coins graded so that my collection is uniform and protected. This often means that I don't buy raw coins (such as modern type) as the economics work far better and there is relatively little wait time when the coin is already graded. The raw coins that I do buy and have graded tend to be foreign coins that are virtually impossible to find graded, in which case I'm sure the economics are poor, but I end up with an attractive and secure set. Of course liquidity is a major factor for anyone as
  10. No clue whether fractional ownership of collectibles will "sell" or be sustainable, but I would bet against it. The only sure winners will be the owners and whoever manages the instruments, and possibly owners of similar collectibles. But only for a short time IMO. As a collector I would have no interest, would rather go to Vegas. Important works of art on the other hand have broader appeal. I might take a piece of a nice Monet.
  11. I haven't been to the museum in many years, so I just took a virtual tour. An interesting experience involving much more than displaying coins. However, judging by what is on display, there must be a significant stash of coins out of the public eye that may never find their way to an exhibit nor will be used for research (how much research is done using the museum's collection?). Assuming no strings attached I would sell these at auction, give it a lot of fanfare as a fund raising event.
  12. The more prosaic coins appeared to do okay, as did the vivid toners, at least to my eye and based on the estimates provided. I didn't check prices against other sources.
  13. An amazing coin. I've dreamed of owning the denarius, now this. Time to buy a lottery ticket.
  14. Another GIII. Evidently these were saved in quantity.
  15. More words of wisdom. I give myself an out by believing that I'm not "pre-occupied" by cons or other possessions, not most of the time anyway, Actually, when it comes to coins it's the research and the chase for me, more so than possession.
  16. A lot of wisdom in that observation. However, it is sadly lost on those of us afflicted with the collector gene.
  17. Ok, found True Views on a couple of the dimes in my type set.
  18. Here's the reverse of the 1870 dollar. I love the reverses on the seated series as well.
  19. Oh for Pete's sake. I'm a BIG fan of seated coinage. But I don't have any pictures of my dimes and am challenged in the photo department - sorry, all I can offer are the pictures I kept of some of the other denominations in my collection. Hopefully we can get some more players to join in.
  20. Lord help me, I'm slowly being drawn to some of these "coins", some of them are actually pretty cool. Very unlikely that I'll ever pull the trigger on line, but perhaps at a show and I'm a little bored.....
  21. Thank you Conder. After looking up Spence's bio and noodling around eBay, the three Thomas's reverse (?) is paired with themes consistent with his history, but the pairing with three men hanging is obviously someone else's doing. Still a lot of nonsensical misinformation out there in numismatics.
  22. I'm thinking may give an overall indication of the market for expensive coins. You may be right as far as MM coins, they may be in a tier of their own, unaffected by the lower ranks. The 94S dime might give us a hint. Will be entertaining for we of the hoi polloi in any case.
  23. The Simpson auction tonight might give some clues.