Star City Homer

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  1. Maybe things are different for collectors of elongated cents? Perhaps a gently worded email to her to suggest that she leaves the cleaning to the buyers would be well received. Or not and she might block you
  2. I was looking for the Great Britain Queen’s Beasts in platinum. Specifically the 100 pound mint state. Despite my resolution to separate my bullion from my collecting, somehow I’ve ended up adding a couple more ‘prettybullion’ coins. I guess Great Britain is my exception to that rule... Also there is a discrepancy between the registry and part of the census. One uses Great Britain and the other uses United Kingdom as the category name. Edited as I’m on my phone and it appears as though it’s either different app vs website or the categories are being edited.
  3. Out of curiosity, do the emails to registry@ngccoin.com typically get a response if it's just a slot/new set request? I've always gotten very positive responses here, but don't want to clutter up with what I consider a trivial set request. But then I'm not sure if my request went through
  4. If you could make it work on a Kindle or e-pub platform that would be great. Self pubbing on those have a lower cost of entry...but they'd have to be optimized for a tablet if you have any kind of nice diagrams, graphs, or photos.
  5. Penny looks like she is supervising. Dude at the NGC table looks kind of like Charlie Sheen. Always fun to read even if the reports make me hungry.
  6. I don't use it to bid as often, mostly to find things. Maybe 20-30% of the time. It's great for figuring things out and certainly has expanded my usable footprint of auction houses. And, considering some of the weirdo stuff I want to buy, that is very useful.
  7. @Zebo And today I had to re-log into their 'new' website and create a new password (with all the normal IT requirements like 920 characters, letters, numbers, special characters, in the form of a haiku, etc--I exaggerate only slightly). So, only my email, name, address, and phone number were on the account information. Sigh. On the plus side it looks like they are working on an archive. That will be useful.
  8. Uh oh, a stall out has occurred. Hm, maybe a different type of copper pattern. 1879, copper, Victoria, St. George, and, IIRC, 2001 was the year these came out. Maybe.
  9. When they first flashed the warning along the top it wasn't obvious that it was their system that was hacked. In fact, it's still not. I'm guessing this means they have people's preferences, bookmarks, names, addresses etc. I am very unhappy as it's not a stretch to think passwords too. My password there is not totally unique (I use it at a couple auction places). The only saving grace is I have no credit cards stored with anyone other than Heritage...and Heritage does have a different email AND password on file for me. But ugh. I mean, I did change a bunch recently but I get tired of that. Seriously tired. Thanks for the heads up that it's a more extensive breach. Sigh.
  10. If you are talking a nice reference book with color photos, then I would prefer the 81/2 x 11. More of a narrative with the occasional illustration, then smaller is okay. And, totally not trying to be rude, are you publishing to make money or to share information? (Not that these are mutually exclusive of course). You have enough books and information have you ever considered a website? Some of the reference materials and the parts that would truly benefit from the aforementioned zoomable pictures (maybe the Kindle app can do this...but that has to be specially formatted by the publisher IIRC) could be featured. Plus a small shop and/or links to your books for sale on Amazon or at Wizard Coin Supplies where I've seen your books. And bought a few... You could have shorter essays or a featured chapter for some of your topics (like from Mine to Mint for example), and then refer to the book for more information. You could have whatever it is that the large color plates are for too. Those who want the book can buy it, but the better images would be available online. It would be a pretty extensive website most likely, and there are carrying costs of course. And depending on your level of comfort with sites (developing and maintaining) it might not be something you want to do. That said, there are some pretty savvy folks on these boards who can probably give guidance if that seems interesting to you.
  11. Especially for a bullion coin. People who buy bullion want it as close to spot as possible. Some want it in slabs for an added layer of safety I suppose, but a diehard 'stacker' doesn't even want that. As an internet buyer though, and/or one worried about the fakes out there, a low cost genuine slab is worth it for some I suppose as a small insurance policy for the downside risk of a fake. On the other hand, people who do the 'collectible-bullion' (of which I have done and still have some of the Britannias left, so sincerely not casting aspersions on anyones favored way of collecting by any means) are generally interested in the highest quality. They'd rather have a 70 than a 69. And I am very unsure how much crossover there is between error-collectors and collectible-bullion collectors. The mind set is different. One wants perfection, the other wants the opposite. Not that collectors aren't a little scattered in their approaches, but these are two very different groupings. Plus, these were not made for circulation so you have to wonder how they got through. I'm pretty convinced that the British Mint does this on purpose every few years to stimulate collector interest, with their 'mule' coins for example. I have no proof of course, it just seems 'to happen' to them... Add in the fact it's a quarter ounce of platinum and that instantly throws the budget way up. That said, all it takes are 2 people who decide the reeeaalllly want it and bullion errors are the wave of the future. The real value will be in what the coin sells for. You can either do a true auction, or list it with a reserve. Or, put on a large BIN with 'make offers'. Or, if you want to do a bit better fee-wise than eBay, and with less hassle, try Great Collections. They get plenty of eyeballs these days and the coin should not be overlooked there.
  12. At risk of spoiling anonymity (as there are three responders so far..), I had to choose 'other' for two of the answers. I have a several things I do the date sets on (not so much mintmark as they are non-US coins), I love a good type set, and my mind is easily distracted by design or country or theme.... It was too hard to decide what is the main driving force as all can play a factor on any given day/coin/mood. I also picked 'other' for metal. I love gold (and my adult coin collecting was started by looking for bullion, then world bullion, and so on). However, that is not my main focus as that is too limiting for my interests (and too expensive for my pack rat tendencies). So silver and copper/bronze and even some base metals. My collecting does not use metal type as a parameter. So, I guess the answer to what I favor is 'all of the above, plus a few more'.
  13. Personally I try and add my own photos because then there is more coin and less slab. That said, I have several with slab photos too. I haven't gotten around to having the NGC photos added to all the coins, and not all the NGC coins have photos. I also haven't photo'd all my coins yet...too many so that is part of my upcoming retirement project. Eventually.
  14. 1693 6P, silver, William and Mary, Great Britain for the next player. My photo is 1.6 MB, see how it gets rendered here...