• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Tyrock

  • Boards Title

Personal Information

  • Occupation
    State employee
  • Hobbies
    Coins, history
  • Location
    Rhode Island

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Tyrock

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving!
  2. I just saw that Don Willis resigned as president of PCGS. First David Hall, now Don Willis is gone.
  3. Yes, I bought two rolls. My dealer friend who was with me bought 18. You were limited to 10 rolls per person, so I bought the other 8 for him.
  4. I attended the U.S. Mint's launch of the 2018 Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter today in RI. The event was held at the RI National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Charlestown, RI. The guest speakers included David Ryder, the Mint Director. And Chris Costello, the coins designer, was also present. We were able to purchase BU rolls of the coin after the ceremony from a local bank that set up in a room for that purpose. Block Island is a small island off the southern coast of RI that's quite beautiful. It's technically the Town of New Shoreham and you can only reach it by the ferry or the island's airport. Sorry that I don't have pictures to post, but there will be media coverage. The coin is the 45th in the America the Beautiful series and the last to be issued this year.
  5. Tyrock

    What You Need To Know----Important

    I watch HSN and Mike Mezack all the time for entertainment only. Never buy coins from TV, newspaper ads, etc. You'll be paying too much for the coins. And expensive coins should be in PCGS or NGC holders only. ANACS lost their credibility a long time ago. They and ICG are fine for lower priced coins or circulated coins that you want graded.
  6. I imagine it's only a matter of time before the change to a 100 point grading scale. That will increase submissions for the grading services.
  7. Tyrock

    ICG and ANACS vs PCGS and NGC

    I started collecting coins in 1978 and I began using ANACS. I feel that they should never have ventured into grading coins as they didn't have a competent grading staff. They were fine at authenticating coins and should have stayed with that. When they started grading coins, they made many errors which hurt their credibility and in fact they never fully recovered. The photo certs are now worthless. When PCGS and NGC came along, they knocked them out of the picture. I still use them, but only for circulated coins. I'm sorry that things worked out the way it did for them, but their costly mistakes were mistakes that they could never overcome. And of course, if you attend a show, all you see are PCGS and NGC coins.
  8. No it's not. Unfortunately doctored coins have gotten by the top grading services. CAC gives you a second opinion that the coin hasn't been doctored and is what the label is saying it is. The TPGs do an excellent job of authenticating and grading, but mistakes do happen.
  9. In a Sept 2017 issue of NN Skip Fazzari had an article in which he said that sending your early silver AE coins in for grading could result in getting an MS-70 grade if you carefully selected them for grading. A look at the NGC price guide shows that AEs from 1986 through 2000 carry significant price tags in MS-70. Fazzari's idea is to come up with an MS-70, sell it and put the money into a "vintage coin with a past track record of slow and steady growth." Not a bad idea. I asked two local, prominent dealers what they thought. The first one said that he considers them to be just bullion and the second one said that with recent changes in the greysheet pricing of modern coins, he'd never pay anywhere near the NGC price guide listings for an early MS-70 NGC Eagle. As for me, I don't have any idea if the early MS-70 AEs have sold for anywhere near the NGC price guide levels. Any comments would be welcome.
  10. Tyrock

    outrageous auction fees

    Actually, I didn't plan on buying anything, but when I saw that seated dollar and thought I could buy it at a good price, I did. I have one already, but it was a date I sold years ago and always regretted selling. I've used Great Collections and I fully support them.
  11. Tyrock

    outrageous auction fees

    I agree. I just bought a seated dollar in last Sunday's auction at Heritage and had to pay the 17.5% fee.
  12. I always find it amusing when I see something I've looked at for years and then discovered something new. I have a letter from the ANA which is dated 6/6/90. It details the sale of ANACS to Amos Press. What I've completely missed all these years is the sentence that reads " ANA will retain its respected authentication service." I honestly missed that as I only paid attention to the part about the sale to Amos Press. I researched it on the ANA's website and if I found the right information, they discontinued the service @ 2002. I don't believe that it was very successful as the TPGS companies were also authenticating the coins they were grading. Anyone remember it?
  13. Mark has a point, but when I signed on just now and saw the "Rick Harrison" label, I wasn't too enthusiastic with the idea.
  14. I saw Mike Mezack show these on HSN. They are bullion eagles struck at Philadelphia as a way to help out the West Point mint. The only way they get certified is when a green monster box is sent to the grading service. Mike is calling them the "rarest" American Eagle there is. My problem is that if you break it out of the slab, you lose the rarity. Now it's just another silver bullion AE. He had some from ANACS. By the way, I would not recommend TV as a proper place to purchase coins. Coins bought on TV shows include a premium to fund the show. Watch the shows for information and entertainment only.