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Everything posted by JIM F.

  1. What would be insightful is what did Jules Reiver consider the coin? The HA auction lists some previous sales, but unless one can refer to the sales catalogs from those sales, it is unknown what grade was assigned by previous owners.
  2. Recently purchased from Stacks auction as PCGS PF-63. Just found out it was previously in a NGC MS-64 holder. Clearly identified by the marks at end of nose and in left obverse field. Totally different values. What should I do?
  3. Perhaps that is true for some years. 1857 proof half cent Breen varieties B-1 and B-2, however, are due to 2 separate and unmistakable dies, and have nothing to do with die states. But if NGC doesn't attribute them, well, so be it.
  4. Does NGC have a census on the B-1 1857 proof half cent? Also does NGC currently denote this variety upon request? Thank you.
  5. True, but the full set of Prussia 20M has some expensive coins also. If one wants a complete set of any pre-33 gold coins, the $2.50 Indian is a viable option, with just the 11-D being a high value coin. I put 2 sets of these together in the past, and they are all readily available with a little bit of patience.
  6. You do know they stopped making these in 1913, right? Edit - I may have misread your remark. I find the older gold far more interesting than the "modern" (post-1933) items. These gold 20 mark coins have such a low premium over melt, they are hard to overlook. British Sovereigns would probably be another choice, but they are still being made and not a closed series.
  7. For the common ones, I bought several from bullionexchanges.com at a very low premium over spot. Although the dates are random, I got a good mix. If you call them, they might be able to assure different dates, I bought them just as bullion so I didn't care. Here are some pics so you can see the quality of the coins I received.
  8. Mohawk, I think the face poking out of the coin makes is very unusual. This is the seller's description. Islands off Caria, Rhodes AR Drachm Circa 205-190 BCAristakos, magistrateObverse: Three-quarter facing head of Helios, head turned slightly right Reverse: Rose; caduceus left, magistrate?s name ARISAKOS aboveReferences: SNG Helsinki 588, Ashton 285Size: 16mm, 2.84gNumismatic Notes: Good VF and nice tone!
  9. I am pretty sure it is holding its value at 25 cents.
  10. Recent pickup, I liberated this 1880-O from the GSA packaging and got some crud off with acetone. Anyone want to take a guess what it might grade, and/or identify a VAM? Thanks for looking.
  11. This Ebay listing comes to mind, listed for $19,950. With the description Yeah, I'm gonna believe this Ebay seller.
  12. His show offers some education, and sometimes interesting facts. As far as pricing, it's simple to instantly compare on Ebay, and from what I have seen, his prices are crazy high. Also, from time to time you can see either from his commentary or the price sheets he holds up, many of the episodes are reruns from several years ago, when for the most part prices were significantly higher. I don't believe the lousy spotted flat pack proofs he shows of examples of "typical proof sets" really are "typical", I suspect he searches for the worst ones he can find and just calls them "typical". I ha
  13. Wouldn't a raw coin with these same attributes also indicate stability? Not sure of your logic, please explain. Thanks.
  14. Is this MS-66 gold CAC coin an 1892-micro O? C'mon don't hold back! Having said that, do you care to post pics of it?
  15. I agree with Mark's assessment. If the photos are accurate, it's AU at best. Obvious wear on both sides.
  16. Keep in mind, a gold sticker indicates it should be worthy of 1 or more higher grade. And, keep in mind, the older slabs these are often found on, are before the TPGs had the * and + grades.
  17. My observation is that many/most of the gold CACS are on the old NGC and old PCGS holders, such as the one shown by the OP. Here's one of mine.