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    Learning the Ropes

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  1. First post of 2018!

    Ah OK, I understand what you mean now. Yes maybe we can ask NGC to let us choose which coin picture to use to represent that set. I checked several of my other sets and each set chose random coin to be featured (and always with the NGC label facing forward). Cheers and enjoy Lawrence
  2. First post of 2018!

    Hi Star City Homer, Thanks for the reply, I have been travelling and usually I only browse the boards while relaxing at home Anyway I use the Hong Kong website because I submit my coins at NGC Hong Kong and have to download the submission form from the HK website. However it doesn't have submission tracking so for that I have to go to the US, not sure what NGC plans to do with these two country versions going forward. As for your comment about which photo is featured, I don't understand what you meant. Don't you get to upload your own photo if you want when you edit the coin? So far I've been lazy and only use the default NGC provided pictures but if I upload my own it will replace the default ones. Lastly thanks for the kind words about my Japanese 1000 yen set, I have every intention to remain number 1 in that set, ha! Cheers and happy collecting, Lawrence
  3. Coin Photography as Macro Photography

    Thanks for the share My problem with coin photos has always been the reflection when it's a proof coin, any ideas? Cheers
  4. First post of 2018!

    Finally managed to figure out this "new" journal, and here we go: Things happening in 2017: Completed Japan 1000-Yen Proof set, huzzah! Added and won 13 first ranked sets to my collection, yay! Should have been 14 if I hadn't been lazy in entering the last Australia Stock Horse set Should have been more than 14 had I known that 7 January 2018 was the date NGC distributed awards (need to pay more attention), not the deadline for award submissions, lol? Lost my first place in the Somali cat set Broke top 300 Things to do in 2018: Add more coins to the newly added Australia Silver Proofs sets, 2010, 2011, 2012, etc until 2018 Complete Netherlands and other types of Wilhemina 2.5G silver coins, 1929-1944 Crossover some PCGS coins Regain my first place in the Somali cat set (those 68s are killing my score, bah) Break top 200 Things not to do in 2018: Add more non maple RCM coins, they are legion, Things to suggest to NGC if anyone from there actually reads this journal: Combine and synchronize all the different country websites (I only use US and HK versions). The Hong Kong one is prettier than the US, but has no submission tracking Accept crossover from ANACS slabs Cheers. below is the pretty page that the HK version ( of NGC has (maybe the US version also has it, but I cannot find where it is)
  5. The Beginning

    great story! I started with stamps when I was small, but in 2000 I realized that it will have no future, so I switched to silver 1 oz coins.
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  7. First Strike, and Early Release BS!!

    I was one of the suckers who fell for it in the beginning when I first started buying slabbed coins (around 2011). About 6 months in I read that US Mint article and have stopped since, let's just call it 'tuition fee', lol.
  8. Finished Two Sets With This Past Submission

    Can I ask how you setup the pictures? They look very nice
  9. How crazy are the mints? This journal is posted with the context of modern silver bullion coin issues Not content with just a regular version of the normal coin, I am calling out the mints by the amount and varieties of bullion coins they make in a given year. 1. BU (brilliant uncirculated) or MS (Mint State) or business strikes 2. Proof strikes 3. Privy Marks 4. Burnished 5. Reverse Proof 6. Hologram 7. Colored 8. Gilded 9. Micro Engraved 10. Non-round shaped coins 11. 3-D shaped addition 12. non-silver attachment (opals, meteorites) 13. Glow in the dark Any more? When they make just 3 versions, I call them boring. When they make 4-6, I call them creative. When they make 7-9, I call them really creative. When they make more than 10, then I call them desperate for sales See more journals by ilLOminatus
  10. Yes, I do this for 90% fun, the 10% not-so-fun part is the money part, . Anyway I use my entertainment budget for this hobby so not a biggie. Silver modern coins are quite affordable. Cheers
  11. Well I have personally submitted to NGC over 300 modern silver coins in their original mint packages and so far the hit rate of 70 is about 30%. I have analyzed the business model of the big quantity slabbers (MCM, JMBullion, APMEX) etc and the calculation works out. Their ebay stores sell the 69s at cost and they sell the 70s at least with a 50% premium. So there is only profit when you have the time to spend (to buy, grade and sell the 69s). Sample calculation: 1. Buy 100 silver Britannia / Kookaburra / Kangaroo, etc, $20 each 2. Slab them $16.40 each (even cheaper if you do bulk, but I pay $16.40) 3. Sell 70 coins that return as 69 at $37 to $40 dollar to cover the cost 4. Sell 30 coins that return as 70 at $55 to $60 and up 5. Profit of 30 coins x $15 = $450 for 100 coins Notes: 1. Do not apply to US silver eagles, there is just too many of them 2. Do not apply to mints that have "bad" quality control, like Austrian Philharmonics and few others 3. You will make more if you do proof coins, as their base price is higher 4. My submission is about equal number of BU and proof coins so far
  12. Happy New Year 2017! Happy New Year 2017! It looks like it is going to be an exciting year for modern silver collector like me, with mints around the world racing to release as many varieties of their main coin series as possible. Cue in the RCM, with a record issue of privy marked maple leaves released (at least 8) in 2016. Seems that if you can think about it, they will privy mark it on their maple! So let's see what they are going to stamp this year. Which brings me back to the title of this journal, somehow it just comes to my mind that this is a game that I am paying: they release a coin, I pay to buy and slab it, then I get my reward when I enter that NGC slab number into my collection and see my points and sets rise! I am currently ranked #529 and was #609 at the close of the year 2016. A few of my sets actually made it to #1 which in turn motivate me to collect more so I can enter more numbers to rise higher and more and more and more! So who sets up the rule of this game? The mints? The slab companies? Our own competitive mind? Happily pondering this train of thought... Cheers See more journals by ilLOminatus
  13. I dont plan to challenge those guys, RCM silver maples are notorious during the 1990s - 2000s. Cheers, Lawrence
  14. Hi Jgenn, I would LOVE to collect those older coins but I like shiny coins and those will cost a lot with the older coins I have a type collection of just one each of the older coins like Morgan, Peace dollar, British trade dollar, Indochina piastre, British strait settlements, Netherland 2.5 Guldens, Chinese Dragon dollars, Japanese Meiji Yen, Mexican 8 reales etc Cheers!