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  1. I think along the same lines as Coinbuf and my reasoning, which I suspect mirrors Coinbuf's reasoning fairly well, follows. A raw copper coin with blazing red color and/or clear mirrors might not have been the same red color or might not have had the same mirrors just two or three weeks ago. In other words, a raw copper coin could have had its surfaces enhanced, altered or otherwise changed in the very recent past and such coins are notorious for changing over time to a different appearance. They may become darker, they may get more brown, they may spot or haze. Regardless, the chang
  2. My post had meant to convey that all the dealers loved the coin when I first showed it to them and they all asked what I had paid to obtain the piece. I did not find this odd as I have/had a good working relationship with all of them (recall this is about 10-12 years ago so some might not be actively in the business anymore) and I told them honestly what I paid. At that point each dealer, except for one, told me he/she loved the coin, but that I paid too much and wouldn't be able to break even. The lone exception was one dealer who offered me nearly $20k for the coin even though he knew I p
  3. Not exactly. PCGS has a set of rules published in February, 2011 stuck at the top of their coin board. They are pretty much standard or common sense guidelines for a forum that is run by a public company and aimed at a niche market. Traditionally, PCGS moderation has been quite loose in enforcing those rules, which has at times resulted in spiked activity for trolls, alternative IDs and folks who merely post there to muck things up. At such times, PCGS has historically banned a few folks, though they sometimes let them back on the boards. In the last few weeks there was an extreme spi
  4. The reverse matches the obverse and might actually be a hair nicer.
  5. Wow! Interesting first post. What was your user ID ATS?
  6. Howdy Mark, and thank you for the welcome. The coin is an 1892 Barber half dollar and I have attached (I believe this was done correctly) an image of the coin, slab and sticker. At the time of acquisition, about a dozen years ago, one could buy an average (euphemistic term for "yuck") PCGS MS66 Barber half dollar in the $4,000-$4,500 range while really nice coins (if they could ever be found!) were in the $6,000-$6,500 range. I paid in the higher range for my coin. Also, at that time a PCGS MS67 Barber half dollar would run at least $12,000 and up to $18,000 or thereabouts. I don't re
  7. I can give a real world example of what a gold CAC sticker might be worth. There are only 17 gold CAC stickers for the entire Barber half dollar series and I submitted two of those coins (the only AU58 and the only MS66 gold CAC stickers). Until recently, the MS66 gold sticker coin was not only the single MS66 example with a gold sticker for the type, but it was also the highest graded gold CAC sticker awarded to the series. I paid nearly double the present PCGS Coin Facts price for my MS66 in its OGH shortly before the establishment of CAC and I thought the coin was great. I then br
  8. I picked up this small plaquette several years ago in an auction, yet don't know much about it. It was made by the Medallic Art Company for a dinner in honor of Augustus Saint Gaudens held on April 9, 1937. Hence, this post is on the sixty-eighth anniversary of the dinner. As I understand it, the plaquette was given to each of the invited guests. You can imagine that such a plaquette was not exactly inexpensive, yet I know little about it other than I was in a bidding war with njcoincrank for this piece. The obverse has a splendid and forceful bust of Saint Gaudens and, written