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

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  1. jackson64


    You know Tom, I hadn't considered that someone might go to the extreme of adding a MM for the sake of filling a pesky hole in their own album collection. Maybe there was never any intent to re-sell or defraud anyone but just trying to fool themselves ( or anyone they might show their collection to)--- either way, a coin microscope, or even my 50x zoom Sony Cybershot hx300 would certainly be able to create a full-screen, clear image and see if the D was added or has smooth flowing metal around it's base... Would have loved to have worked at a coin shop in my youth--or even part-time when I retire in 20 years or so. Alas, I think the brick and mortar coin shoppes are passing ( unless they just use it as a face for an online business.)
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    Did a little research for you--found something peculiar-- most of the 1936-D coins I looked at with some circulation seem to have the dark area around the D mintmark. Zooming in very close, it appears as if the MM was stamped a bit hard on the die and has left a slight concavity around the "D" which seems to fill with residue/oils/dirt etc.... Most 1936-D's on Ebay have asking prices of about $60 for XF quality ( jumps to $150 ask for a nice AU) but the ones actually selling at auction on ebay are going around $35 in XF... Here's some pics showing the strange, repeat occurance of "the dirty D"
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    The black around the 36-D mintmark may just be an unfortunate coincidence also as those little dark spots pop up randomly on 80 year old coins ( on Indian Cents they are common and requires a lot of time and discipline to build a set with none) also have seen those black dots pretty commonly on SLQ's. Don't think anyone would go to the time and effort to add a "D" on an MS63 or below non-scarce coin that can be found for $50 or less. The 32-S is solid and your 32-D could go either way since the high points on the obverse appear to have the very slightest "slider" hints but the reverse does not have patina breaks or flat/dull coloring on the top of the wings or eagle's breast--I'd guess it as a 62...........
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    They killed the Collectors Society.

    Hi Ali--I won my first journal award back in 2006, that is at least 9 years of missing journal history-- that is a lot of personal, numismatic chronicling that has been eliminated.
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    They killed the Collectors Society.

    I have not posted a journal this year. I have been one of the more active posters for over 10 years however I no longer see the point. I also am kinda ticked that 10 years of journaling essentially has been wiped away and is inaccessible. I loved going back and re-reading where my collecting interests were at the time and how I have evolved and matured in my numismatic knowledge. I have not purchased a slabbed coin this year--- my longest period since the State Quarters were new. They killed my certified world coin interests, they made the journals tough to navigate and pointless and now graded US coin registries are pointless as it is about the holders and not the quality coins. Salzberg and his greedy ilk have destroyed the Renaissance of the Numismatic hobby--- there won't be a next generation of collectors ( except for the Upper Crust)-- who will buy their precious plastic holders then?--probably 1.4 billion Chines/Asians who it seems are the focus of the company now.
  6. More gold added with below melt start bids--4 dates of Peru 20 sols coins .2709 AGW...$300 or less are the current bids for items at near $350 for bullion price!
  7. https://www.ebay.com/sch/jax462/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from
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    NGC Registry Awards

    Thank you--and congratulations for once again receiving recognition for your amazing set...........
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    A Fortuitous and Artistic Side Effect

    Vickie--I do have hundreds of slabbed coins and also submit several submissions a year for "proper preservation." I also have 11 albums of quality coins as well as dozens of boxes with 2x2's, several velvet lined chests with drawers of nice coins. ( also several top-5 and #1 ranked graded sets) These coins are simply of roll quality and sell in bags as 90% silver bullion usually. Most are simply worth a few bucks above melt value. Preservation of 20 1942 Walkers, common date VF mercs or circulated Franklins would be pointless.
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    2016 Journal Award Icon

    Yes, mine finally works too. I sent a message to Arch once but no response. I wasn't sweating it though and it is nice to see it fixed now .
  11. jackson64

    Four Nice Pick-ups in one Shot

    I've been so busy lately with work, family, yard work and pre-Christmas activities I've barely had any time for hobbies. Even after I made a purchase last Sunday evening it took me 3 days before I even had time to swing by the post office box and pick up my new additions-- and this was because I had gifts for family out-of-state to mail. I've gotten into replacing some slots in my Washington album with mint state coins if the price is right and I found a nice 4-coin lot of all MS64 PCGS coins from the early 1940's at a recent auction. You know the drill--an early low-ball bid to get the items on my Bid list and then about a half hour before auction end I checked and the price was still pretty low. Someone had outbid me but not by a lot. I waited until 2 or 3 mins left and bid a moderate level with no expectations. Win or Lose I wasn't doing any chasing. There was one more bid under mine but I still won the 4 Washies for just $65 plus $8 buyer's fee-- a nice score. Out of curiosity I checked the Price Guides and the 4 coins combined have a $178 list value, so it seems I did well indeed. Three are nicely toned and the cheaper one ( 1942-P) is white--overall some sweet additions for my album. I haven't cracked them yet, all are solid for the grade so I'm not worried about cracking out over-graded coins which I never do. The Washington album is rounding out nicely with mostly 3 pages of AU sliders and BU coins. The first page which are the 1930's issues will remain problem-free circulated issues. Happy Hunting E1 and a very Merry Christmas to all.......
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    A Golden Opportunity

    Great buy Gary---and I fully understand the frustration of trying for a 1 or 2 point upgrade and not finding any examples better than the lower grade coin you own. I have been looking for a 1947-D MS67 to finish my Walker Set for about 3 years. Several have popped up at auction ( usually at inflated prices and 15 to 20% fees to boot), even ebay has 3 of them right now. The problem is my MS66 looks a lot nicer than all 3 of the "higher grade" coins. It gets frustrating not being able to find a nicer coin in the grade I want and also having a 99.9% likelihood that my MS66 would not get an upgrade in the politicized TPG world if re-submitted.
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    Numismatic Displays

    Thanks--just some other fun ways to enjoy the hobby
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    Numismatic Displays

    Along with the random silver trays of coins, I have also used numismatics to inspire some release of my limited artistic expression. About 3 years ago I did an ink and watercolor drawing of a 1933 St Gauden's. If you look closely you can see quite a few little errors in the design but overall I think it turned out well since I usually use oils for the few paintings I've done. Also when I was hunting for bear coins for my granddaughters Bear-themed custom set I came across these beautiful Arctic notes made in Norway. I bought 2 of each since the obverse and reverse of the notes each have such beautiful designs and framed them in a hand-made cheap frame I found. The third one was an ugly, generic picture of a vase or fruit basket. I removed the print, added a dark background and simply Elmer glued a variety of interesting coins and tokens on the page as they would fit and cover as much of the space inside the mat as possible. The final picture is of an old, antique mason jar from the 30's. I received the jar as a kid from my grandmother as a Christmas present full of homemade peanut brittle. The peanut brittle probably lasted less than a few days but the jar has somehow stayed in my possession, through dozens of moves and states, and now sits in my ( dusty) office with 100 Ike dollars inside. It may take another hundred to fill it completely but it is a nice display on my shelf. I've always wanted to build a shadow box to try and display slabs for a 20 coin short set of some series, or maybe even a custom coin cabinet or glass display table, but usually these bursts of artistic inspiration are quite brief so I'll stick with my simple wall hangings and knickknack items.....
  15. jackson64

    A Fortuitous and Artistic Side Effect

    I have had several of these old silver trays and bowls on shelves in my office for years. At various times I have displayed them as a sort of artistic presentation filled with world coins, Ike dollars, Sacagaweas and classic coin mixes. My granddaughter loves to rummage through the world coin tray with its strange coins of odd shapes, holed coins, different metals and strange writing. It can be quite educational for her when she selects one that has caught her eye and asks about it. I use my Krause to find the country of the coin with her ( teaching her to use research resources), explain the alphabet some ( as I am able) and use the computer to find the country on a map ( some geography learned). Lately I have been filling up an ornate and beautifully toned tray that is inscribed as being from an officer on a US Navy ship. A wonderful side benefit of working on some album sets lately has been the extra coins that don't make the album. I usually start with a few rolls to fill as many of the common dates as I can. Next I will try and plug the remaining holes to finish the album. Finally I will substitute out a few coins to make each page more uniform. One page may end up as white AU/BU beauties, the early dates may all just be evenly worn VF coins of consistent slate gray. Any coins removed for change-outs ( I won't say upgrades because sometimes I will actually remove a BU coin that sticks out like a sore thumb and replace it with a matching VF/XF example) end up in the tray. The trays end up almost as an artistic display--equal for my tastes as a collector to someone who would set a figurine or small bronze for display. Here is the latest tray I have filled ( I only spilled it over to show the depth of how many dozens and dozens of coins and the varieties these things end up with.) When I have time, I will show a couple of my "pictures" I have made with coins---I have found some old frames with ugly prints at consignment stores and bought them for a few bucks. Removing the print and adding a dark background, along with the mat and frame makes a nice display. Has anyone else used coins for artistic expression I wonder or am I just a little weird with it--whatever, they always seem to draw interest and if it sparks any flame for a future collector then that is just a bonus.............