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  1. except these days do Coke machines even take coins?
  2. yep. But while finding its appeal hard to understand personally, I have to figure, to its credit, that: the chances are slightly higher someone finds out there are actual identifiable coins from the ancient and medieval world they can hold IF THEY DO get roped into a US mint / PCGS gimmick than if they DON'T. A much easier-to-understand and deeply benevolent plan to grow interest in USA coins has been to spend lots of buffalo nickels and other worn old coins into circulation again. I saw this on youtube, sponsored by some dealers and organizations lately. That would do it for me if I was a kid and got a 1920s nickel in my change. I could try to stuff some denarii into a Coke machine for the cause
  3. I'll google funko pop in a moment. But what's their melt value? Hard to go too wrong with old gold. It is kind of remarkable how low over spot mint state graded examples of a lot of late 1800's USA and Euro and even some South American gold is. Speaking of LEGOs, I need to move, to get a basement, to store my LEGOS. But, these are just bags and bags of "circulated" pieces. Junk Legos.
  4. Ask a post office clerk to weigh it. A satisfactory digital scale is about $20 or less on Amazon or Ebay as long as you do not need to weigh anything over a pound. Sadly when we were kids, my little brother and/or I disappeared a roll of my dad's steel cents He has not forgotten decades later.
  5. Those notes you got sent look crisp and clean. clad, electroplated, gold and silver coins are going to be great for kids. I have been dumb enough to let my kid handle and lose a couple real coins of more than $10 value already. He doesn't have an XRF scanner and can't read, so those are a perfect substitute.
  6. Yes, it'd be nice to be able to send yourself money back in time, and instructions on what to buy. But you couldn't easily have access to so many auctions around the world except in the present. I could have put together an awesome collection of ancient coins 2,100 years ago. But what'd they wipe with? Ben Franklin is a guy who deserves a run of coins. By the time I grew up clad Kennedy halves would have been the $0.50 piece, but I never remember them showing up in circulation.
  7. I did not know about and have not seen this exclusion of PCGS coins from sets? Is it coming soon? Or just in registry sets but not custom sets? That'd stink. But, I secretly did plan to reholder my PCGS coins to NGC eventually anyways, since when they are all next to each other on a table the different holders are a little distracting. I prefer the NGC holder too, as long as it is the modern kind with prongs where you can see some rim. Maybe the contrast of white against gold is what does it for me, who knows. But more importantly for me, I can't make my set of coins from ancient to modern time in the same holders unless it's NGC, because PCGS does not grade ancients. I guess I could use ANACS. But, if my next of kin had to sell the coins, I am ashamed to admit, I believe they won't do as well in ANACS holders. I have had NGC grade up, and down, coins I broke out of ANACS and PCGS holders and sent into them. So I think they are awake there. My wife doesn't even believe my coins are real, so, there's still convincing to be done
  8. Liberty $5s and $10s are my favorite US coins My mania yesterday just caught up with me as I arranged for the wire today
  9. Nobody agrees with me. Numismatically, when the Netherlands stops minting their standing knight gold ducat, struck since at least 1586, because of what that globe-trotting sword-wielding armored colonizer supposedly symbolizes to some, that will be what I was critical of. I wasn't able to find a link to your coins through your journal. But I'd rather have some gold coins from the era you are collecting in than US gold, for what it's worth!
  10. I think the tough part is ages 13 through 21. 1980 is a perfect number. 39 isn't, but, that's life. I just crossed into that territory myself a month ago. It is nice to be able to see and share collections on here, and to hear from someone else who also looks at the coins as a vehicle to pass something on through the generations. Not just the coins, but also ideas, people, and the stories associated with them. We are the lucky few to be collecting in these times. It is disappointing to see my peers and the country around me growing increasingly hostile to its own history, and increasingly dedicated to disposable consumption. But, on the other hand, the internet really has opened up auctions around the planet to us, and easy payment means, with simple translation tools. I totally abandoned any interest in coins between about age 12 and 25, but, I remember in the late 80s and 90s picking out Indian Head Cents from Coin World or other price lists my dad got, and then sending the $$, then waiting for the coin in the mail that I have never even seen a picture of. Just "XF" or something. I still have that Whitman book and the pennies look pretty good 30 years later. Anyways, if my kid wants to finish filling that book, and if Indian Head pennies have not been forbidden as insensitive, he will have the best selection any collector ever had (since the 1880s).
  11. I should get my kid a coin bank. We just take change and throw it down the 20-story stairwell to hear it ding around, then find it later, and check the damage.
  12. you done good. thanks for these photos including your "rig"
  13. $200 say I! But "VF" means not a lot with these coins. Something, for sure, but it is not enough enformation. No VF denarius is going to have that brilliant luster of the mint state example shown here. Which we all want. But the dies within the same series of denarius are often pretty different from each other, some crappy, some beautifully engraved. These are thought to be a military issue, from a traveling mint, so we expect a little haste in their preparation. But I think you should log onto Numisbids or Sixbid, not Ebay, and search "SULLA" and you will find some raw examples going to real auction in the next 45 days that will close under $300 + commission and shipping. What grade? Who knows. But some might be (1) well centered (2) and contain all the legible letters of "SULLA IMP" on the back and (3) not have too much of the Sulla figure's head cut off and (4) have the obverse head well centered on the coin. People after these coins, we have to assume, have read about Sulla, and that is why these coins sell at some premium over contemporary issues without his name on them. Raw coins are important to start with, or at least have around. I have a dish of denarii I accumulated 10-15 years ago off ebay. Those are for handling, not slabs. I have about 10 venetian and netherlands ducats raw that are pretty worn down. Also for handling and not grading. You like ancient coins because they're old right? And old people used them, right? So you want to touch them and feel their density. I wanted to literally get my hands on these coins after I read a book mentioning them and their significance, or mentioning them in passing while discussing the historical periods. Whether they were filed, clipped, bent, worn down, or even holed, was of secondary importance, and even lent to their credibility. Keep in mind, my wife doesn't think my ancient coins are real, whatever NGC says. NGC sent back one gold coin, a 1576 Hungary Ducat, as "questionable genuineness" and my wife said "of course they're going to do that sometimes, so you believe them." Anyways, raw coins are awesome, and when they are in not-great-shape, they are surprisingly affordable. Once you want to collect for something to pass on, or that might even increase in its ability to attract demand, then you want incredibly preserved perfect looking coins, and you might want to verify their perfection and protect them in an NGC slab. Helps your heirs figure out what the stuff was too, even if they don't believe it.
  14. Yep this is the guy. I have always wanted a gleaming mint state example of this coin, like this one. This is one of the better looking obverse engravings too; some of them are kind of clumsy
  15. deposito

    Et Tu, KOSON?

    thanks for this, I was researching these myself a couple months ago and did not find a lot of this. The XRF testing of metal composition is the next frontier. One passage I found in my own research about Thrace and Brutus and Gold is from Appian, where there is a reference to gold and silver coins bearing the face of Brutus himself struck from the treasure entrusted to Brutus by Polemocratia, the widow of a Thracian king Sadalas. King Sadalas had been murdered by his enemies. Those coins bearing the portrait of Brutus and the words "eid mar" are super expensive, in silver or gold. But this is a semi-contemporary reference to a Thracian source of gold and silver for Brutus n friends at about the same time these "KOSON" staters are thought to come from.