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About jackson64

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    The Post-man always rings twice. Uhm... ring ring?

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  1. I noticed that also, 3 or 4 slightly different slabs. I was wrong in my journal--it is 5 coins in each set with the reverse forward and one, lonely coin in each set has the Queen forward ( and each of these have the ANA golden lamp to the left of the grade on the label.)
  2. One thing I feel that is needed in coinage is a uniformity on deciding what is an obverse and what is a reverse. Almost all US coinage is quite simple as we declare that the side with the Bust or Lady Liberty is usually the obverse. There are some instances with modern and classic commemorative issues where there remains inconsistency with opinions on which is the obverse and which the reverse. Things are far less clear with world coins. Many nations don't use busts at all but have National Shields, emblems or simply have variance on both sides with all issues. It remains often unclear which is considered the obverse. Is it determined by the side with the nation's name? How about the side with the year/date on it? The grading services seem to have no idea either- or maybe they just don't place any priority or are unconcerned with the issue. However collectors seem to have a certain inherent desire for uniformity or order in our collections.It seems as if the obverse should always be facing forward on the same side of the coin as the label, be it the Queen's bust, Liberty in one of her depictions or a former POTUS. Yet we don't even see this simple consistency. I have seen PCGS deliberately invert the reverse onto the label side simply because the reverse had some nice toning on it and the TPG decided of their own volition to place the coin in encapsulation with "reverse side up." I have a simple Canadian 10c Proof issue set. The Queen's bust in all its aging glory is depicted on the obverse of all 43 issued coins and my set is 100% complete, yet 11 of my 43 coins have the reverse on the label side and 32 of the coins with the Queen's bust on the label side. I do notice a trend though. Six of the coins with the Bluenose Schooner on the label side are perfect 70's...4 of the other 5 are commem issues with the commemorated event on the label side ( and one PF69UCAM just seems to be reversed for no reason at all, no matter how I try and reach.) Oh well, not the biggest of issues unless the coins in their slabs are meant for some type of display or group encasing. We can always just flip the coin over in-hand if we want to see the other side... What brought this about is the 2 sets I just finished--each having 1 coin inexplicably reversed with the obverse of the coin on the back of the slab. Am I the only one this happens to or has nobody else noticed this randomness? As we always say, it's about the coin and not the holder so que sera sera........ Happy Hunting everyone
  3. Thanks for the tip--such a simple solution that I should have thought of hundreds of dollars ago. I usually don't like to bother people by asking for them to provide extra/personal assist ( I always envision those people who drive waiters crazy by asking, "can I get a drink refill" one minute later, "can I get more napkins" " can I get lemon for my water" etc) but at this point, I am really tired of " ineligible, not gradeable, outside mint, not recognized...yada yada. Maybe I should go back and count how many there have been in the decade+ of submissions and see if they'd give me at least half credit for all of the charges for "grading and encapsulating" that never happened but that I was charged for.....
  4. Along with my recent submission which finished 2 of my Bahamian Silver MS sets, I also added 8 more coins to my granddaughter's growing " bear coins" themed collection. She really does enjoy these coins I find and is not just humoring her pawpaw with the ooohs and aaahs. It is fun to see her loop the 20x loupe around her little finger and stare down at all the small details--shifting and turning to get the right light and focus to get the clearest image ( just as I taught her!) This submission was a strange one from the start. As I checked to make sure the package arrived safely to Sarasota, the initial logging of the coins had 3 of them as "ineligible.' Since I have seen all 3 of the coins that are marked as "ineligible" in NGC slabs on websites, I figured that what the cataloguer really meant was "illegible" since my writing style is somewhat unique in its -script style. As the coins progressed through the process, two of the coins lost the "ineligible" moniker and just one retained it--the North Korean coin. I later received an email informing me that N Korea is on the banned list for grading ( I presume Russia, Syria, Libya, Iran and other boogeymen countries will be soon to follow on the list.) Both of the other coins did end up with issues though--the Greenland coin, which has a value of 1 Piastre and is minted at a legit mint is labeled as " fantasy issue" on the slab. The British Virgin Islands coin which is gold gilt and coated in Rhodium was also bodybagged like the N Korean coin because, "colorized outside of mint.' This simply isn't true, the Pobjoy mint which both minted the plain silver issues and the 500 limited edition, gold-gilt issues is the #1 private mint of European countries and mints hundreds of issues which are recognized as legal currency and are in NGC slabs by the thousands. I have the government packaging and coas to prove it is officially licensed product of the BVI govt. If we accept dozens of FM issues, and coins from small countries without their own independent mints, this coin should be allowed. The least they could do is put the coin in a slab without a grade and say "private mint, ungradable"--then I could add it to a custom set or inventory it as well as have it protected with encapsulation, after all-I PAID FOR IT. I was surprised to be given a credit/refund for the N Korean coin--the first time over the years that I have received my money back ( out of dozens) for NGC not providing the paid service but I'm still hundreds and hundreds in losses for coins they wouldn't grade but kept my cash anyhow. Maybe once they open the box it counts as Tier Service?? Whatever, my bellyaching won't change anything--I'll just blame it on the Russians, like everything else......here are three of my prizes that did get encapsulated. My Greenland "fantasy issue", a wonderfully artistic, geometric rendition of swimming polar bear with cub, and the final one is my newest favorite--a polar bear ( also under northern lights) with actual diamond dust mixed into the silver to give the appearance of glistening snow--really cool stuff...enjoy and happy hunting....
  5. Gary--in 1973 the Bahamas claimed their independence so starting in 1974 their coinage began with a new coat of arms on the obverses--I have a large 1.5 oz "Independence" $10 coin silver coin dated 1973 which has a large , wooden ship as the sole theme...nice coin if you can find one--sometimes around melt value.
  6. Fabulous album set--please post images of the other pages too please
  7. I set the lights up on each side pointing laterally instead of directly towards the coin. The slab was set on a plastic display pedestal? ( not sure what those small triangular, easel like things are called)-- then I used my 50x zoom camera from about 18 inches away and zoomed until auto focus kicked in. steadied the camera and clicked--the images start pretty large so I downsized to 35% and cropped... The camera I got on ebay for about 1/3rd its cost as new...Sony DSC-HX300 also says cybershot and AVC HD and has 50x optical zoom which is great for the fine details of a coin or for imaging the craters on a full moon........I'm not much educated on the nuances of photography so I credit the camera for most of the quality of my pics.
  8. My most recent submission is worth at least 3 separate journals after some issues I had, some newly discovered info, to discuss the coins and overall grades ( 8 of the coins were for custom sets) and of course, the completion of 2 of my Bahamian Silver Registry Sets......... The Bahamas Mint State silver coins had a relatively short lifespan. There are just 6 years of these issues with quite limited mintages ( it is a smallish island nation so 10's of millions would have made no sense.) The first issue was in 1966 with your 8 coin sets and the 50c, $1, $2 and $5 coins being silver. The $5 coin has an ASW of almost 1.3 oz's and the $2 coins are well above the silver content of the US silver dollar, so these are large and heavy silver coins. After the 1966 issue, no new sets were made until 1969 and then they were produced yearly for 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973--after 1973, only the proof sets contained the 4 large silver coins ( and some SP sets and commems also were silver) but the mint sets had switched to cuni and alloys. I started collecting these coins originally because of the beautiful designs and the fact that I could sometimes even snag them below silver cost as it seemed 10+ years ago that not many people realized the ASW of nearly 3 oz's in each mint set. I have also fallen in love with the finish of these coins which appear almost burnished- containing an "inner glow" as they have a simmering sort of shine which does not reflect as much or cartwheel like the very light reflective silver. Who knows, maybe they are burnished in some part of production-much like the burnished silver eagles which have the planchettes spun in a tumbler with fine sand or tiny metal beads. Anyhow, with the wonderful additions of the 1971 "Dancing Marlin" 50c and the 1973 "Flamingos at sunrise" $2 coin, I have now completed 2 more sets. I recently got some free photography lights so I may try and improve my pics ( or at least make them all uniform.) now that the sets are done--and with just 12 coins to photo/crop/size it won't be too big of a project. Here are the pics, what do you think? Burnished finish?
  9. Maybe this can be a thread? How about a Permanent Thread for Coins in hand that can't be added to correct slots? I have a 2017 Canada Polar bear coin $2 Twonie- 150th Anniversary slot--cert # 4542548-046 PF69UCAM--I am holding the coin, typed it correctly 3 times and it says " not valid for set/slot, yada yada....please add my coin if you can also............
  10. Thanks CBC, I remember someone mentioning something about this but I forgot which ones required all lines..
  11. Crack the coin out first--I run about 75% on crack outs at the same grade ( and several higher grade) but only about 1 out of 3 for crossovers--I think there is a bit of "politics" involved for sure. Doesn't PCGS require both middle and bottom rim of the bell to be full for Franklins but NGC just the middle lines? PS: why do you guys cross coins over into holders that sell for about 25% less in the market and at the primary auction houses when they have the same grade? PPS: As a walking liberty half collector, the difference in grading is quite different between NGC<>PCGS. NGC is very technical and tends to grade by # of contact marks and strike...PCGS overemphasizes luster and color I think as a coin with multiple hits or more weakly struck can get an upper grade---both trends are lacking in my opinion as ho-hum coins get upper grades in NGC also but they are "clean" of marks or distractions.
  12. Hey Gary--if you ever do decide to break the set apart, I need the 10c and $2 "twonie" coin to update my Canada proof sets ( these past few years have kind of been frustrating with multiple annual proof sets--this year is no exception with 2 different proof sets and different designs)...let me know if you change your mind--then I can buy just the one set for my 2 coins instead of two complete sets for 4 coins..........
  13. Yes, I noticed the larger than normal amount that were available also. I could have filled at least 5 more slots of my set with available coins but I already have several of the dates in raw coins and am just waiting to submit them, and a few others were not quite "the look" I was hoping for. I actually like an aged, brown almost milk chocolate color to 1800's copper--but this orangish/golden mix along with the luster I found appealing.
  14. Please do not add any "likes" to anything I post on journals ( or the chat boards). I find the whole facebook phenomenon to be a sad indictment of our self involved society. An entire aspect of modern society focused on self-centered, "hey look at me, what I did, ate, drank, vacationed" etc-- in desperate need for some petty validation by being "liked". Thank You............ Now to you, journal.... One of my strategies I've had with collecting is to keep several sets in the process of building simultaneously. Often I will have a world set or 2, a themed "custom set", an album of thumbuster grade/quality coins, and a few US coin short sets. This strategy has worked well since I have many items to look for at each premium auction or when my coin budget is flush. I never feel like I have not added any additions to my set and am then never tempted to overpay for a new hole-filler to sate my collecting desire. With several sets going at once ( but not too many) I can usually find a few hole fillers for different sets, then I simply weigh which one to purchase ( factoring scarcity, a good price, PQ quality, likelihood of finding another etc) based on the varying factors. With my 2 US coin sets down to the final 2 or 3 slots needed and pickings slim, I looked toward my themed sets and world sets. I snagged 3 really nice coins for my Bear themed coin set. A 2017 polar bear coin with diamond dust sprinkled to make it look like the snow and ice sparkle--very cool coin. The second bear coin was one I've been watching for since Gary posted his ( he got it because the obverse is an allegorical female, I bought the Greenland coin because of the regal beast which is on the reverse.) The 3rd bear coin was a clever geometric configuration design which forms a swimming polar bear and cub under the northern lights...all 3 are already on their way to Sarasota with a few others. I did find a few coins to add directly to registry sets however--my Jersey 1/12th Shilling set is a cool set and I just like the series. The series encompasses 89 years from 1877 until 1966 but only has 23 coins in it. There are several combinations of the reverse shield ( lion design, pointed or rounded shield, size of shield, lettering, etc) along with 9 different busts of monarchs on the front from younger Victoria to the youthful Elizabeth II and all of those between. There are no extremely scarce or pricey issues but they are low enough mintage to make it a challenge--especially if you are going for BU quality coins. I added a 1923 Rounded tip shield and the 1937 issue--pictured is my newest addition the 1937 with Georgus VI..............
  15. Well Done--truly a nice score.........