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  1. Barbara Gregory, the former editor-in chief of The Numismatist, retired from her long time position at the ANA earlier this year. In the September 29th issue of Numismatic News she wrote a viewpoint critical of the ANA. She wrote "I fear a few elected officials and appointees have used the current COVID-19 pandemic as a convenient excuse to essentially cripple and dismantle the Association, with utter disregard for its legacy of education and guidance." Those are very strong words from Ms. Gregory. The little I know is that the new ANA president said that the ANA's finances are in very bad shape and I believe he also made a controversial statement that the ANA's Board of Governors should not be elected from the general membership. Anyone know why Ms. Gregory would make her statement?
  2. Interesting outcome to be sure. These are tremendous coins, but have a very limited market given the nature of their values. Great "box of three" coins to own though.
  3. No, it's not okay. Once a coin is taken out of a holder, then that cert # should not be used again. Simple as that.
  4. Wade Boughton, a well known and respected RI coin dealer, passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2020. Wade was a very knowledgeable and fair coin and currency dealer who was well known throughout New England. He was a native of NY and would also attend the Albany show. Wade was also president of the Newport County Coin Club. He will be missed.
  5. Dave Bowers said that the Garrett collection was the most important collection of the 19th century. What would you say the most important collection of the 20th century was? By the way, I have his book on the Garrett collection and I just bought his book on the Pogue collection in which he highlights the 100 most important coins of the that outstanding collection.
  6. Last night, at my local club meeting, I had a chance to buy an 1835 Classic Head half cent graded NGC 55. I decided not to buy it as it had a rotated reverse and I don't care for coins with a rotated reverse. I'm aware that some collectors like them especially if they are rotated at least 45 degrees or more. What would you say is the average collector opinion on coins with rotated reverses?
  7. Excellent article. There's no substitute for learning how to grade coins or at least be able to recognize the low end coins in a given grade. The number on a slab says nothing about strike, luster and eye appeal.
  8. I just saw that Don Willis resigned as president of PCGS. First David Hall, now Don Willis is gone.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.