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    Fire and Gas Protection Engineer
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  1. They don't seem to have a problem with it when it comes in big increments either. A few years back I got (through a friend) a few Euro coins, one of which is a copper-looking "1 EuroCent" coin. The date on the coin is shockingly small and my eyes aren't what they used to be but I think the date is 2015. Has the EU abandoned the 1 "EuroCent" coin yet?
  2. Ouch! How did that happen? Seems like there'd be a story there.
  3. I suspect at some point we will lose the penny / cease production, in part because I think most people don't use them or bother with them anymore. I don't think most vending machines even accept them so they don't even have that in their favor. I'm honestly a little surprised they've made it this long. I can only assume the people that make the blanks have a good lobbyist.
  4. We've been to the zoo a couple more times and gotten Ben a couple of new pennies. This almost immediately brought forward the idea of how do we help him not lose them and keep track of all of them? So I decided to see what I could get on Amazon. I was able to find some "Penny Passport" books for a good price. A seller was offering 1 for about $7.80 and a set of 3 for $15 so I just bought a group of three. I figured, one for him, one for me, and one for Sam and we'll all do it together over time. Each album holds 36 pennies so I'll just get more as needed. They each come with 1 random elongated cent. I let Ben decide which one each one of us got. I have a feeling in a few years Ben might have some regrets when he realizes that he gave Sam the one for Roswell, New Mexico with the flying saucer on it, but he took the one from the San Antonio zoo for himself. Recently Ben has been a bit spoiled by both his grandparents and us and almost every day he looks to see if there's a package that's been delivered with a "surprise" for him. This is partially my fault because for a few days we were getting several packages with things like water guns that he's finally old enough to start playing with. Expectations will have to be recalibrated but I'll deal with that later. But all of this meant we had to "find" the package on the porch (even though I'd gotten it from the mailbox earlier) and open it together. All and all I'd say he was excited. Later on, at bed time, he wanted to take it to bed with him. The next day, when they were getting ready to go to the children's museum, he wanted to take it with him to that. I'll have to see if I can convince my wife to let me sneak a few extra the next time we go so I can catch up with him in the books / collection. (the wife: "It's not a competition." … "It totally is.") I have 3 old elongated cents from my child hood from Moody Gardens, the San Jacinto Monument, and the Battleship Texas. I'd considered putting those in this new album. But, when I found them, I found that my younger self hadn't done a very good job with handling and storage and they all look a bit green. I'm considering excluding those, especially given their condition and just starting fresh, doing this with Ben and Sam.
  5. The more time goes on, the more convinced I am that it's better to have fewer sets. It's easier to let the ones that are mostly complete and which have been shown a lot of love stand out. Sometimes it feels like the sets that have been my main focus with all of their best images and descriptions become needles in a haystack, lost in all the low-ranking sets with 1-3 coins, bad pictures and non-existant descriptions. Even so, I can't convince myself to delete the other ones.
  6. I had no idea how to respond / wasn't quite sure what he was asking. But I agree a counterfeit is far more likely than finding a new 1944 steel penny.
  7. Nice to see / hear from you! I came back after a long absence a few months ago. Seems like lots of us have peaks and troughs that naturally correspond to peaks and valleys in how crazy the rest of our lives are. As far as the PCGS slabs go - you'll be out of luck. PCGS coins were removed from all World sets in 2012 (not sure if you were here for that). PCGS coins can no longer be added to US sets as of about mid-2017 - coins that were already in sets were grandfathered in. But since you removed your old sets / deleted them you won't be able to add them back. Hopefully you'll be happier with the change in focus. Collecting for points is a recipe for disappointment. I remember when they did a massive downward adjustment on the point values of the FDI presidential dollars. All the people that had been buying those up and making sets with huge point values saw them go down - I think by 50-70%. There were some fits thrown when that went down. In other sets I've bought something when it was worth 125 points, seen it go down to 37, and then go back up to 607 a month later. Point collecting is the trail of tears.
  8. It might help attract the right people if you could change the title to indicate what is whizzed.
  9. Revenant

    A Curious Strategy

    Well, the right person saw it and wanted it. Can't say much more than that. Value is subjective and people overpay for stuff all the time.
  10. Thanks! With Ben and Sam, I think there's some relevance in that quote, "give me a boy until the age of 6, and I will show you the man." If you want to get a kid interested in something, it definitely helps to start young - and there will be more on that soon. As far as the sets go: When I started spending more time here again there was definitely a purge and several sets got deleted. Most of what's left fits into three broad categories: The modern world 1 ounce bullion issues, which are still an interest of mine albeit not an active one at the moment, the sets that I built and manage with Choya, and the 19th century European gold coins I've started collecting more. It leaves me with a lot of sets but it's the best way I know of to show it. But there are still some sets that my yet get the axe at some point. Always interesting to talk to you, Tom.
  11. Thanks. There is one project that's soaking up all the attention and money I have to give it at the moment - and that's not the world silver bullion set, it's the Zimbabwe note set. I do like it and will probably try to build it up again one of these days, but it's just not what I'm pressing right now even though I did pick up some kiwis and koalas that fit in with it. When I got back to the Zimbabwe notes, I didn't even look at my old signature set. I just deleted it outright and started over from scratch with fresh eyes. I don't know yet if that's the approach I'd take with the silver bullion set, but I suspect that, when the time comes and I get back into it, it'll get reworked.
  12. Revenant

    A Curious Strategy

    There was 1 time that I can recall (I think it was for my 1887 10G) when I was able to make something like that work. The seller had an established coin store in another state and I was able to get an email address from them and approach them about it completely separate from eBay. They agreed to take a somewhat reduced price vs what they were asking on eBay if we didn't complete through eBay, saving them the fees. You have to be a bit careful though as eBay has rather strict rules about that sort of thing - officially to protect buyers and sellers and unofficially to protect their fees.
  13. Looking back, I made the first entry into this journal on June 14, 2007, when I was not quite 21 years old (clocking in at 32 now, with a receding hairline. Oh, how it does sting a bit). This was 10 years before NGC would switch to the new (current) journal format and we’d gain the ability to give a unique name to our journals. I’ve given some thought over time to what I think I’d like to call this (other than just “Revenant” or “Revenant’s Journal”) and I think I’ve settled on an answer: “When I’m Wiser and I’m Older.” It’s a reference to a song by Avicii that I’ve loved ever since the first time that I heard it, called “Wake me up.” The first versus and the chorus of the song are as follows: Feeling my way through the darkness Guided by a beating heart I can't tell where the journey will end But I know where to start They tell me I'm too young to understand They say I'm caught up in a dream Well life will pass me by if I don't open up my eyes Well that's fine by me So wake me up when it's all over When I'm wiser and I'm older All this time I was finding myself, and I Didn't know I was lost I had this idea when thinking about a comment I made about the hobby and life being a journey and the self-discovery aspect of that on thisistheshow’s journal entry a few months ago. The part of the song I’ve always loved are the last two lines of the chorus, “all this time I was finding myself and I didn’t know I was lost.” I feel like that fits well with my experience and the changes I’ve undergone in the last 12 years – spanned and covered somewhat unevenly by this journal. It's hard to think of a core aspect of myself that hasn’t changed much since this journal was started. I’ve gone from being a single, 20-year-old, undergrad college student to being a married father of two, with a PhD, 7 published peer-reviewed papers. The things that were the all-consuming focus of my collecting life 10 years ago are almost an afterthought at the moment as I pursue radically different endeavors. It’ll be interesting to see what I’m doing in another 10 years and if I’m still writing entries here. Naming the PMG journal “Gradually, then suddenly,” to match my signature set was pretty easy comparatively. That collection of entries / writings basically exists as a testament to my obsession with those notes and hyperinflation notes in general – and, one of these days, when I’ve completed or mostly completed the Zimbabwe set, I am going to expand to include Yugoslavian, Venezuelan, Hungarian, Argentinian and other hyperinflation notes. At least, that’ll be the plan / hope. Who knows? Maybe one of these days all of this will offer my sons some insight into how my head works.
  14. Revenant

    A Curious Strategy

    I've seen sellers sit with something on inventory for years and never bring the price down. There's a note I've been watching for a while. The seller had it listed for $32.50+$7.50 shipping as a BIN with best offer option. I don't think it's worth that. Apparently no one else does either. After a while he switched to listing it as an auction... except he listed the starting bid as $32.50+$7.50 shipping... why he thinks anyone is going to bid when the starting bid is a price that no one has been willing to snap it up at I'll never understand, but he's relisted this auction with no luck more than once now. I did buy another note from him a while back. It was also listed at $32.50+$7.50, but I haggled him down to $25+$7.50 shipping. But at this point I just don't want to haggle with someone who just doesn't seem to want to accept that it's not worth what he's asking for. Why do they keep banging their heads on that wall? Why keep paying fees to eBay when it isn't selling? If you don't really want to sell it, if you aren't willing to let it go at a price someone is willing to pay, why list it? Why not just keep it? I did see a case a while back where a similar item that was listed for about $42 after shipping finally sold after sitting for months, so maybe they're just hoping that if they wait long enough they'll find the right buyer. But I think in some cases they're going to have to sit on that inventory for a LONG time.
  15. Why? So you can complain about them on a chat board that they host in about 5-10 years? Maybe that's harsh, but... seriously. Grading has some subjectivity and always will. The risk of drift is always going to be there. Changing companies doesn't really fix anything about the problem you're complaining about.