Bobsr

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About Bobsr

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    Learning the Ropes

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    Retired
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    Coin Collecting, Fishing, Gardening, TRAVELING
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  1. Bobsr

    cleaning pennies

    Ok Nikki: I'm going to add my 2 1909 s-vdb's worth ( cents ). There are 212 ways to erroneously clean coins and only 1 right way. the right way is "Don't ". As a newby, we all go through the phase of wanting our coins to look bright and new and clean and shiny, when in actuality the natural tone coming with age is very desirable to a lot of collectors. You should never ever attempt to change the looks of any coin worth more than $100.00. Leave that to experts. As a newby, you are going to ruin a lot of coins trying to get that look, Trust me, I have a BIG Bin full of Junk that used to be worth a few dollars that nobody will even look at today. If the coins are just dirty and you are in no hurry, drop them into a small dish and cover with olive oil and leave for a while, checking every couple of weeks to insure the oil doesn't go stale. May take a year or 2 for the dirt to come off. Additionally you can drop them into a splatter screen or strainer and put in your dish washer,, which will rinse off the oil and air dry. Again very NOT recommended as the coins will be jostled around and add scratches and dings and unless you are ABSOLUTELY Positive they have very little value Don't try this. I had a Gold $ 3.00 piece that was an MS 62 value around $2200.00. A previous owner had lightly dusted ( cleaned ) the coin in its past and was not readily visible to the eye even with a loop. I sent it to PCGS for grading and it came back " Uncirculated Details " which meant cleaned. I finally unloaded it for $850.00 barely 30% of its value uncleaned . All that being said, they are your coins and you can do as you wish with them , But if you are collecting as an investment, if you clean them when you go to sell them, don't expect more than pennies on the dollar . Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  2. Bobsr

    Bummed Collector

    Hi MarkFeld I guess I didn't express myself well in trying to keep it short. Yes the price paid for that coin was too much for it to be an altered coin and it is absolutely Bad morals for the dealer to not disclose the state of the coin when sold ( if he was a DEALER, He knew). When I search out a coin, I don't look for the grade or marketability. I look thru thousands of coins to make a decision. I then decide on the one I want. I don't initially inquire about price. It doesn't matter if its too much or not. THATS the coin I want for my collection. I recently bought an 1837 Capped Bust half, asking price was almost double the price guide not even close to CDN and It had obviously been lightly cleaned in its past. Didn't matter, I wanted that coin, it had a really beautiful Bulls-eye toning from outside violet to red to orange to green. I was trying to express to the OP that the focus should be as collectors to buy what we like not what the TPG's opinion is, and to be happy with his purchase and not disappointed enough to quit collecting. Personally, I have found so many fake/cleaned/whizzed coins on The Bay That I don't even go there anymore, and encourage him to focus on sites like this one that exhibits a high degree of reliability and integrity from real professional dealers. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  3. Bobsr

    Bummed Collector

    Ok FairTradeAct_1935. !st Why did you buy the coins? Because you liked them ! Buy the coin Not the Slab. Those are very good looking coins. Yes, you may have paid too much for the grade but you didn't pay too much for the coin or you wouldn't have purchased them in the 1st place. Be happy with the coin. You didn't buy them for an investment, you bought them because you liked them. That is what collecting is all about. Not saying its right or giving credibility to unscrupulous dealers, just saying sometimes as collectors we get less than what we paid for but the joy is in collecting. If you're going to collect for investment then you should only buy from local dealers you have developed a relationship with or buy certified coins from reputable TPG's. I have bought numerous coins from people here on the board and not once have I been disappointed. I don't buy anything from online sources I know nothing about, period. No matter how cheap or how good the deal is. Just sayin. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  4. Hey Jason Shoot me a P.M. with an address. I have some wheats and a few silver quarters U.S. I'm not in love with. I also have a good quantity of Canadian and U.K. stuff I'm not currently doing anything with. Let me know what you need. No charge as they are going to Y.N. 's . How many YN's so I can get right amount of coins. Only Boffalo's I got are slabbed. can't help there. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  5. Always interested in buying Wheat Pennies. Traveling across the U.S. Looking for that special Coin to add to my collection. Seeking the perfect cup of Coffee.

  6. Bobsr

    Kennedy half face not frosted

    With over 10,000 coins to search, You are going to be at it for a good long while. I would recommend 2 approach's . 1. Contact a trusted local dealer and have him view everything. Realizing they have to make a profit on their sales and a reasonable return for you would be somewhere around half of retail. I realize this may be difficult as you don't have a personal relationship with anyone locally but your family member did. See if you can identify them. 2. There are several large auction houses that will handle everything for you. The most noteworthy is Stacks & Bowers. You will have to have an amount of trust for them as they are well known in the Industry and very respected. They charge a buyers premium on what they sell so you can expect to lose about 20% of the realized sell but I would think that would be offset by the higher prices paid. If it were my family and my collection, I would suggest to them this approach. Sorry for your loss of your loved one. I hope for the best for you. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  7. Bobsr

    Crazy weird!!!

    Not an expert here but in a 7 with overdate 9 the 7 would appear under the 9. That strike has the 7 over the 9. I suspect either a piece of material got stuck in the die and was transferred to the coin or something appearing as a 7 got dinged onto the 9. And I repeat " Not an expert here". Still an interesting enough coin. I would probably be inclined to take a chance and send it off to grading but that's because I have gotten awfully lucky with previous submissions. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  8. Hi John; I would love to come to the show, however, I am currently in Tennessee, and we are battling My Wife's cancer so I'll probably miss the show. But I would certainly enjoy having a copy of your book so I'll order it from the net. Thanks for the offer. I don't think of myself as an SMA as I truly don't hoard anything except base metals Silver and gold. Most of my collections are because I like them or their history. I don't collect types or series. I like 16th & 17th century history and I have accumulated a small collection of those years coins. I am partial to U.S. coins but I think my favorite is a half penny 1773 State of Virginia copper that is British. It joins both Continents at a time that was so formative for our country. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  9. Dang Just Bob . When I read your Jan 24th post, I thought maybe I had inadvertently change my text option to a foreign language of some type . I read it 4 times and I still don't understand what it meant. Now I'm so confused, I don't remember what the post was about. Ah well, I'm going to order the book and see if I can figure out if I'm a counterfeit or a simple minded accumulator , or UHHHHH durn it I forgot what the third Option was. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  10. Bobsr

    Ephesos AE12?

    Possibly a Greek Ephesus 360BC- 130BC but the stag is usually right facing and only shows the front half of the stag. Try looking in ForumAncientCoins.com or Vcoins.com Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  11. Bobsr

    Coin grading questions

    Some people like bright and shiny others prefer Natural, toned coins. If you want it valued, NGC can certainly do that, If you want it restored, they can also do that and grade it for you also. Just depends on how much you want to put into it. The price guide shows $50 difference from Au to MS 60 and $50 difference for MS 60 to MS 63. I would just submit it and see if A. Its authentic and B. if it would benefit from restoration. Don't try cleaning it yourself under any circumstances as that destroys any value other than base metal. Very solid strike, the luster and color is a bit off, But overall a nice looking strike. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  12. Its 2 coins not particularly of notable value soldered together with a loop for a bracelet or necklace. More sentimental since your father thought enough of it to keep it. I agree with JKK. Put a nice chain on it and give it to a Grand-Daughter or Daughter as a memento. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  13. Bobsr

    Very very old coins.

    That looks like an 1940 British India 1/4 Anna. And since I'm only a couple years younger than the coin, I think "VERY VERY OLD" is subjective. On the other hand its worth a buck or two ,showing some overall wear and in that light, I would guess we are about even. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  14. Bobsr

    Grading Question

    Without pictures or the certification number, hard to tell. Depends upon the type of details, cleaning or harsh cleaning etc. Generally speaking and as a guideline only, the Value drops 1 or 2 grades to a lower level for valuation. Unc details would drop to AU58 or AU 55 to AU50 values. Again generally speaking unless the coin is one of the rarer types, It's going to be difficult to get rid of. Sometimes, you have to just bite the bullet and cut out the Cancer. Depending on the History and the sentimental value, You may want to just keep it or give to one of the family. Bob Sr CEO Fieldtechs
  15. Bobsr

    The U.S. coin that found in phillipines.

    Actually MUMU the full phrase is keeping someone on the straight and narrow and was shortened to just keeping someone straight in the 1930's and 1940's it originates in the 16th century and comes from the bible where Christ said Strait is the gate and narrow is the way in Mathew and was published in 1611 as published by Tim Lambert in "Some old phrases and their origins." Additionally as I was one of the Non Com's during that time 1950's & 1960's and actually lived thru that era the phrase was Treating a malcontent to a" G.I. party " where socks were filled with soft soap bars, a blanket was stretched over the malcontent and they were pinned down while others treated them to "Harsh discipline" and I never heard the words Keeping him straight. Superior Officers never once lifted a hand to an enlisted member. They delegated that to Non Commissioned officers commonly called Sergeants. In keeping with this thread, The coins represented are obviously a low grade fake . It is our responsibility not to be Net cops to ferret out crimes but to call out issues that a few have knowledge of, this in keeping with the phrase " The only thing necessary for evil to abound is for a good man to do nothing." I applaud those who have the courage and conviction of " A GOOD MAN " to stand up and boldly be heard.