80s Kid

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  1. One of my all-time favorite coins. I like the strike on the obverse. So many have a big, flat area around the hair covering the ear.
  2. Thanks for the info about Gerry Fortin's website. I started uploading my Barber Half Dollars there. I'm just not able to upload photos. It's possible my browser is not showing the page properly or I just need to spend more time learning about the site. Otherwise, it's not too bad.
  3. Most of the raw coins I have come from a local coin shop that's been in business for a long time so the owner grades all of the raw coins himself. I understand the concept of you having the final say but I rarely ever disagree with the grades at this place. My only concern is the NGC Registry and being able to submit coins requires them to be slabbed. The creation of a "raw coin registry" would be interesting but would probably have to be informal with no points or some kind of voting system.
  4. Thank you! I was really tempted to get an 1896-O graded Fine (Raw) but it wasn't that nice of a coin for the grade (the 1896-O is very high on my want list). I'm really liking the challenge of this series... almost every date/mint is scarce @ Fine or better but the only real "Stopper" is the 1892-O "Micro O" variety. I've got a long way to go but I've only been collecting for approx 2 years with less than a year devoted to Barber Half Dollars.
  5. Newest Barber Half: 1896-S VF (Raw Coin). As much as I like having raw coins, I can't add them to the registry. I'm not against slabs (otherwise I wouldn't be here) but I have a lot of raw coins, many of which are not common dates.
  6. I acquired this coin (1894 Morgan) about a year ago when I was focused on Morgan Dollars but never posted it. I don't think I was even a member of this site yet but it goes along with my "Key Dates" collecting theme. I'm still trying to figure out how to narrow my focus since key dates isn't really a category. I could attempt to obtain a type set (I think) with one key date for each major US Coin but I still like the idea of completing a set of all dates and mint marks for at least one US Coin... Right now it would be Barber Half Dollars. Any ideas are welcome but I have a habit of
  7. I agree that the site is limited. I look at it more like a "tool" or one piece of a bigger puzzle. It's very difficult to find reliable info on returns for rare coins (for me at least) and I thought this site did a pretty good job considering how many variables that come into play. One of the issues I had was the reasoning behind choosing certain key dates over others. For example, he doesn't include the 1921-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar as one of the examples of key dates with solid historical returns since 1950. However, when you look at the historical returns for the 1921-S, they're
  8. Thanks for all the info. The more I read up on this topic, one of the impressions I got was that the term may have been somewhat of a marketing gimmick and/or jargon. The only reason I even looked into the topic was because the seller of my coin said some people would probably try and market the 1897-S as a Branch Mint Proof (even though he stated that coin was not or that if it was, he had no proof - pardon the pun). Barber Half Dollars are intriguing to me but I like big coins so I still go for the occasional Peace, Morgan or Ike Dollar (most of my Ikes came from the bank; just ask and
  9. Thanks for the insight RWB. I definitely appreciate it. If you have any recommendations on where to learn more about branch mint proofs, I do a lot of reading and I'd be interested in learning more. On a different note, I'm becoming obsessed with the 1914 Barber Half Dollar Proof and would love to find a great example that doesn't destroy my bank account in the process. I've seen a couple available but I'm being picky. I also told the owner of the local coin shop if he comes across one to let me know. I like buying raw coins when possible but obviously have to be able to trust the seller.
  10. Thanks for posting that article. I think I did eventually come across the same article when I was searching but it's a good reference nonetheless. Based on the info, it sounds like a branch mint proof would not be considered for an "SP" grade because specimens don't have the same characteristics of a proof strike. They're essentially "One-offs" typically handled with a higher degree of care compared to a circulation-strike... hence the "specimen" grade. With respect to branch mint proofs, the article is a bit open-ended in that it leaves room for additional, future insight as if th
  11. Forgive me if this is a bit of a stretch with respect to staying on-topic, however, when I purchased an 1897-S Barber Half graded "MS-63 PL" (NGC), the selling was claiming that some people would try to market the coin as a "Branch-Mint Proof." I've only been collecting for a couple years and honestly wasn't sure what he meant at the time (I do now). I just bought the coin because I like to collect Key-Dates (term is loosely applied) of mostly U.S. Dollars and Half Dollars with Barber Halves being my top priority over the past six months approx. The question I have is if the coin I purcha
  12. It's a very nice Ike regardless of the type. Send it in for grading if you really want to know and repost? I like Ikes and got most of mine by going to the bank and asking if they had any. Many of them had little wear or abuse. Where did you get the coin from if you don't mind me asking?
  13. I posted this in in a different forum a few months ago but don't think I ever posted it here. According to the population reports, this is the only 1897-S Barber with a "PL" designation between NGC and the other TPG company. I'll admit that I fell in love with this coin, however, if anyone is able to provide feedback on this, please do. This absolutely includes criticism (constructive) because I'm constantly trying to learn as much as I can. Thank you.
  14. This is a great looking coin and I'll admit I'm a little jealous. I collect "key/semi-key date" (term used loosely) US coinage and the 1892-CC has been high on my want list for a while. I'm surprised this didn't receive an MS64+ grade. The reverse is stunning but obverse still really nice despite the minor blemishes.