Star City Homer

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  1. I may have asked before, but any chance at expanding some of the Japanese type sets and add a few more? The 1, 5, 10, and 50 sen denominations lend themselves well. The 10 and 50 sen type sets already present don't include ALL types. Also, how about a couple Albanian 1968-1970 proof set. One silver only, the other gold and silver (or just gold)?
  2. I had those on my watch list, very cool you got those! Yep, I sold a few and was not disappointed. Just nothing that was floating my boat to buy though. Sadly some of the best Albanian coins were the ones I was selling . And they were my dupes.
  3. My new set arrived and I made sure to get the 'family photo' with all in the same shot. You can see the sizes (though in retrospect I probably should have added a dime or something for more scale, oh well). Not my greatest lighting, I've diverted two plugs for my new baby chick nursery (apparently I have a new hobby) so two heaters and two lights for me to play with :D. So one shot with the whole set with some tweaking for exposure, then the other two photos for real relative sizing.
  4. Well, they were supposed to be for full circulation, but didn't make it. Depending on source the common may or may not have circulated for 1 to a few days. Millions were minted but release was held until there was enough for sufficient circulation. This plan was interrupted by the war ending. The coins are more durable than they might look, there was apparently a lot of effort into ensuring that. I've seen all of one broken one (not mine, but on another message board). One reference describes drop tests onto various materials, both individually and in groupings. The results were 'satisfactory'. And, it's not like this idea was original. Germany and their porcelain notgeld apparently were an inspiration to attempt coins rather than defaulting to small denominations of paper money. I put a longer post regarding the porcelain coins on a couple other message boards if you get curious as to more details. My alter ego name is different but the avatar should be recognizable. I lost my old handle when the message boards merged with the registry stuff so over here it's Homer. Look for Stork on the other chat sites. In any case, my examples are not close to hand, but my nearby reference lists them as 1 sen 15mm, 5 sen 18 mm, and 10 sen 21 mm after baking. Most of my shots are individual ones pasted together, but perhaps in the next few days I can take one showing a full set in one photo to make the scale perfect. My photos are trying for clarity vs. scale.
  5. I'm always looking for an excuse for this guy! Total 1926 mintage for the 1926 Prince Skanderbeg 20 FrA of all types 6000. Total mintage for the 1926 Prince Skanderbeg 20 FrA with the fasces mark 100. Total estimated survival 10. (90 were reported as melted)
  6. I went a little nuts in a Japanese auction. Let's hear it for the global economy and the ability to move money across denominations and borders. I have to admit I was a bit puzzled by the groupings. These were three lots. I'm not sure how this will format after loading up the photos so I'll describe and you all can figure out which photo goes with the commentary :D. The first lot contained four coins. The three 'Mount Fuji' common style 1 sen showing three different shades of clay (translates as porcelain, but is a clay mixture). Each of the three sites chosen to produce the clay coins used slightly different clay mixtures. This was just neat showing the same design, three colors. Oddly enough the fourth coin in the lot was the white 5 sen. Not sure why it was grouped that way, not even one of the other 1 sen coins! The white 1 sen was in a lot by itself. Now, all I need is the white 10 sen to complete that set. The last lot had the red 1 and 5 sen with the vertically oriented characters. Again, 10 sen missing, but it was a great to get some new varieties to my rather oddball (and otherwise tiny) porcelain Japanese coins.
  7. The USPS is being consistent. Certificates arrived over the weekend and the plaque and coin today. Very pleasantly surprised--thank you NGC! This will be my 'keeper' Morgan. I have another but that is in my 7070--and this one is NOT getting cracked! Very cool and super impressed.
  8. Personally, I have forgotten to delete a few coins after selling. It's hard to remember when it was some bullion-esque coin in a non-core set. Now, as for fraud, there isn't really much monetary motive. But I'm pretty sure there have been some high profile set or other that was crossed over to PCGS. So the same coins had both a PCGS cert and an NGC cert. Won on both sides of the street IIRC. That is pretty cheesy.
  9. Being an overcompensating sort, I use the Intercept boxes and put the slabs in Intercept lined coin slab baggies. It might be overkill but I've lived in some interesting places. Love the intercept boxes though. And the single row ones designed for baseball cards work great too.
  10. Agree with the NGC only for awards, which affects me not at all in terms of awards given or things my sets are competitive with. I didn't add my first registry set until after the PCGS option was removed from the world sets, and anything US I have (I don't keep track) is very, very far off the top tier set. Because PCGS coins are not allowed to compete in my 'good sets' I like to think I have an unbiased opinion (). That said, I have learned to appreciate some of the differences in grading between the two (at least for the coins I see, and sometimes I'll cross/try to cross things just to see what happens). There are some differences so IMO PCGS registry should award PCGS coin sets, and the NGC registry should award NGC coin sets. It's lovely to have a place where a mixed set can be shown off though, and makes me wonder whatever happened to that photo hosting site Stacks bought--it was great for showing things off but I can't even remember the name anymore. Also, not sure what the status is of the ANA project--hopefully it will expand to world coins too someday. Maybe it's time to look them over seeing as I just got my annual request for dues.
  11. I wish it were published! Any chance of a self-pub via Kindle (IIRC though it's been years, one can have a book formatted that is more appropriate for laptop or tablet viewed vs. an actual 'paper' type Kindle)? Or maybe a website? I remember some of your work on it and even though it's not an area I actively collect in, it would be fascinating.
  12. I'm closer to Roanoke than Roanoke Rapids :D. Shoot, I'm closer to Richmond. Sounds like Chicago has a big draw outside of the show too, that sounds very appealing. The NYINC is in the heart of NY and fun (if chilly). Rosemont is not. Had to take a long shuttle IIRC from the train station to the venue. Well, either show is great. And 2022 sounds much wiser.
  13. Hm, either show is a lot of fun and worthy of a visit. Not sure which would have more material you are looking for though. Free lodging will save a good bit of coin money. In my case (SWVA) it's a lot easier and less costly to get to NY, but I take the train. Had fun at both shows, but if I could only go to one it'd be NYINC. Purely on personal preference and has a lot to do with social aspects. And seriously, Amtrak makes it super easy, though not sure where you are in NC to make a difference. Edited to add: NYINC is cancelled this year so it may be a moot point.
  14. This sounds like the plot summary for a movie. This movie. Maybe I should rent it. Enterprising thieves breaking into the Mint and creating an error coin to sell to collectors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coin_Heist