Star City Homer

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  1. What a huge undertaking that has been! A quick perusal, and just an FYI but under Japan you have 1932 5 sen listed twice. One has a reasonable valuation ($7 for AU), but the other is $1350 for XF/AU. JNDA would put that at 80-150 yen, could that have been meant to be 1.35? 150 yen is about $1.41 at the moment. Looking at this I realize I had better start getting my collection/accumulation under better control. That is a lot of work to leave someone, even if it is a labor of love.
  2. A question I frequently wonder about. Before they let the US coins back in, oh the angst. I was like PCGS was selling kittens and not puppies. NGC was selling puppies and kittens. Then one day NGC decided to only sell puppies after all. And the outrage over it was immense. It's not like they were drowning kittens, just not selling them. And NO ONE ever complained about PCGS only selling kittens. Only NGC deciding to only sell puppies. One could still buy both. I started my registry stuff after the PCGS coins were removed from the world side, so I didn't feel the pain. They really do things differently with grading (at least with what I collect), so I'm kind wishing they wouldn't do that. I was a bit surprised about them letting PCGS back in on the US side, but once the whole ANA registry became apparent I understood what might have driven that sudden decision. Agree the out of date Collector's Society platform is...suboptimal. That said, NGC spent a crapton of money on a software upgrade and ended up suing the company for failure to perform or something along those lines (I don't know the status of the suit). I'm going with, the custom/final upgrades were part of the casualties there. I have quite a few custom sets (most are obscured as they are for my own amusement) but they are still fun to put together, and I do think they will eventually get the upgrade treatment. Hopefully. I have one set in dreadful need of updating but I keep hesitating waiting to see if the upgrade happens. I'm curious, what are your two Oceania coins? I went crazy awhile back going for the French overseas territories and have a few of them.
  3. I remember you posting before. Sounds like you have been putting in a fair amount of work. As a fairly country-centric collector I'd love to see what you have from Japan and Albania. Especially Albania as my last few 'want' coins are either gold, or a few base metal ones that have been harder to locate. But that is my selfishness talking. Now, you may not want to piecemeal it out to random people on the internet. But, going to a dealer you have to factor in the work load they are looking at as well as the liquidity risk. Tying up assets in a huge lot might be more than they are in the mood for in when looking at a risk/return/workload perspective. 20% seems weak, but as you are aware catalog values might not be reflective of reality and they may not think the value is worth the time it would take. Just speculating though. And being dismissive can be a negotiating tool, or just a poor personality. Or, the collection might be nice, but just not for them. Politeness would be nice though. I hope it wasn't either of the two I recommended to you! Considering how much work/sunk cost of effort you have put into this cataloguing, if you really want to take it to the next step you could dip your toes in the eBay waters. It would be more work and there is risk, and maybe you'd clear 40% of what you are thinking. And really, considering how much time you have spent, are you over it and want to be done? Or, are you into it enough to keep plugging away? What would I do? The $100+ coins I'd think about doing an economy version of slabbing and prefer NGC. I'd start with a BST here and see what sells. Start with the price you think they are worth and be prepared for lower offers. Take what seems reasonable. Batch the lower value coins by country and sell in lots perhaps. But raw coins from an unknown person will be a tough sell. So, move whatever doesn't sell to either GC ($100+ coins in slabs) and the rest on eBay. As for world events though, not sure if this is a great time to be selling anything other than bullion. So what kind of Albanian coins do you have :D?
  4. I'm genuinely curious, what are the minimum requirements (knowing that guidelines are only that)? I've been noodling around some ideas in my own favorite areas, but some of the 'series' are very short lived (like maybe two or three years), but are still an important part of an overall coinage of a particular country. Also, I'm beginning to dismantle a few of my Britannia sets. The registry is currently set up by denomination for these. Any chance there could be year sets in addition to the denomination sets? I'm not likely to ever get rid of my 1997 set for example, and it would be nice to have that as an official registry without having to have a one coin in 4 different sets. In my case it's more natural to collect by year, not by denomination, which makes me want to see the registry offered that way too :). I do have the custom set already, but 'official' would be nice too. https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=18261
  5. Well, poop. I totally missed that teeny tiny detail And here I've been wondering away. Oh well, no ANA sets for me I guess! At least none that matter. I think my Saints are ranked something like #42.
  6. I wonder how things will be handled where there is a discrepancy in how NGC and PCGS utilize cataloging. For Japanese coins PCGS has moved to using the JNDA, but there are tons of slabs without certain designations vs. NGC that follows Krause and is missing (and has at least one non-existent) variety. On a simple level for example, there are three 'types' for a Japanese 1 yen in 1870. For type 1 though, there are two varieties noted in JNDA and on the newer PCGS slabs. Krause only recognizes 1,2,3. So, would the ANA set include all four of the three types (I just like saying that :D), or only 3. Then how would the PCGS slabs get shoehorned in? Will the sets be more free form? Will the custom sets carry over? Would a top pop for a given service be awarded a benefit (I know one series where one company is about a point looser, and have no intention of crossing this way and that to get the looser grade just for a registry, but we know people who will). And what about +, *, and PL? Not all equally applied. So though the ANA registry will have NGC data, I'm assuming it will have different rules. NGC and PCGS can also run their registries too. Just which playground do you want to be in I suppose. This could get very interesting especially with the non-US collections. Ooo, and will my ANA account match me to my StarCityHomer account here? I use a different handle most other places. This one got defaulted to as this was the name I had my registries under. I lost my 'other' identity here.
  7. There are some good resources for ID'ing coins. I forgot the name, but there is an app for world coins. Plus sites like Numista (though it helps if you have an idea where to start). If you can get a paper copy of the Krause book sometimes flipping pages helps. The Krause also has a few introductory pages that include pictures of certain coin features that are associated with a particular country (like a specific icon, eagle type, etc). That said, posting a few of those good too. And Krause can be woefully off on value (and the NGC price guide is powered by Krause). Like mentioned above, condition can be key. No matter the urge, cleaning is to be avoided unless you know what you are doing (akin to the difference between washing and scrubbing). Maybe start a new thread with a new title too.
  8. Only on the US side. World coins still are NGC only. This announcement really is interesting given the rather sudden return of the PCGS coins--somewhat premeditated and strategic in retrospect. And, wouldn't it be nice if a set could be made on the ANA site that has ANACS, ICG, and even raw coins. How to score points on the later would perhaps be the owner could give their grade, which would count for 75%. Photos required and anyone who doesn't agree can ask for a more 'official' determination. We all have rose tinted glasses on when it comes to our own coins after all. And custom sets? That would be cool.
  9. If you are primarily interested in encapsulated coins then look through Heritage and Stack's offerings. They sell many that are NGC graded. CNG and Shanna Schmidt are also very reliable with raw coins (as is her father Harlan J. Berk). There are many, many reputable dealers of course but just off the top of my head those three are ones to mention. Civitas Galleries too, though his are mostly raw as well. I'm not a huge ancient collector, but I've bought from all of these and more. Too many to really list, but these are good places to start.
  10. He was referring to the subtype for year 8, not year 7. JNDA distinguishes between the two types for year 8 (as well as 4 types for year 7). The Numista photo is of a year 8. Sadly I don't read Japanese and rely on a partial translation of the catalog and a translation program. Neither of which is completely satisfactory, but the best I can do. In any case the JNDA does have a good illustration for the pearl spiral as well as the calligraphy of the 7 character for the varieties.
  11. PM sent, but I'm thinking it's the style of the 1 in the 416. One of the older years of the JNDA has a special section on the 1 yen. Can't quite remember it off the top of my head but maybe the 2015 or 2016. The google translate app can kind of/sort of help but last time I looked at it seriously it was about a different year.
  12. That's so cool. You really could do one of those display thingies at a show.
  13. In case I don't mention it ATS, always a good read! I like seeing the social aspects and Penny the Kitty.