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    Fire and Gas Protection Engineer
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    coin collecting, photography, PC gaming, tabletop gaming
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    Houston, Texas

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  1. I got a nice "birthday present" from PMG today: They featured one of my Zimbabwe note sets! Granted, it's not actually my birthday, but it's close, and I don't think my birthday had anything to do with the timing of this, but it's fun none-the-less. My actual birthday present also arrived in the mail today, ordered just a few days before I found out this article was coming out - it's a group of new notes for my 2nd dollar set. My wife refuses to let me have them until the actual day, but that won't keep me waiting long. The new notes will include a P-47, a P-48b, a P-51, a P-57 and a P-59. Later on I'm going to be getting a P-48a in the mail soon as well. It's one of the rarer varieties in the 2nd dollar series and it'll be a real jewel for that set once it arrives.
  2. I have a few odd balls but my bigger issue is just a bunch of now mostly abandoned projects that I started ealry on but just couldn't or wouldn't keep up with.
  3. Yeah. This is probably one of the main reasons why that 1875 10G I have is still in a PCGS holder - the risk of cracking it out and losing the certification / grade it has is higher than I want to take.
  4. To be MS70 I think they have to be "perfect" under 5x magnification. Many of these coins are made of cery soft metal that's easily damaged. This leaves a few possibilities: 1) It is as you say 2) There was a small nick or flaw on the coin that the first company missed 3) Somehow a small flaw was introduced between one company grading and another company grading - maybe even during the first encapsulation process itself. If you crack it out yourself and send it in for regrading then there's even more chances for a coin to get nicked.
  5. Thanks! Crazy thing is, and I've joked with my wife on this, TECHNICALLY, my job title didn't change, but I am getting new responsibilities and with him gone I've technically gone from #2 to #1 in the office. Thanks! Plan to. She's talking about it constantly. Sooooo much of this. Yup. It actually so happens that this month one of my 4 student loans zero'ed out and now shows as "PIF by borrower." I'm hoping to see more of that soon.
  6. Hah! I wish! But it ain't gonna happen!
  7. Well, after 18 long months of him hitting 20% of his sales target, my former boss, the regional sales manager for North America, was canned about a month ago. In the month that has followed some things have come to light that have left me looking very good. This culminated on Friday in me being informed that I'm finally getting the raise I'd been hoping for in March, and it's actually better than what I'd been hoping for - it's more than a 20% increase over my current rate. I suspect, in some ways, this is in part an apology of 18 months of working 1-on-1 with a self-important looney toon as a supervisor - it's not fun. I also suspect it's partially to make sure I don't want to leave and go elsewhere. This drastically changes the path I thought things were going to be on, with my position increasingly safe for the time being and the potential that, in the near future, I could have subordinates of my own. This has, as you might imagine, lead to a lot of happiness and celebration over here. It also means that something that I've wanted to do all year has finally been green-lit, something that I've really wanted because it was important to me as a collector and a father - but more on that in the near future. More importantly, this means that we'll have a little more breathing room in our budget and be able to start rebuilding some of our savings again and wipe out some debts without having to strip all the fun out of life. So I'm definitely looking forward to that. My plan to finish paying off my loans is also back on, with a plan to finish paying them off before 2020 is over - maybe sooner. It has also re-ignited my wife's dreams of taking a cruise in about a year - sooner than we'd thought, even with her working some now. I can't really hold that enthusiasm and joy against her though. We haven't had a vacation in a while now - but that too sometimes comes with the territory of young children that don't travel easy. I guess I don't get to have all the fun in the wake of this news.
  8. Thanks! I'm glad you like it. The sad truth of it though is that, shortly after it was issued, the $100 Trillion note was worth about US$2 and could barely buy a loaf of bread. If you took one example of each pick number from P-1 to P-98, added them all up and expressed it in "first dollars" (only way to really add them up honestly), it would be $8,660,868,616,816,540,892,867,454,882.00. If you just naively added up the face values it would still be $180,267,755,317,238.00. …. and that is how I determined that the current version of MS Excel only stores up to 15 significant digits in memory.
  9. In my case that would probably be not seeing an 10G coins from 1880-1886 for several months until I might be able to afford to go for it! That and the Zimbabwe set have been my focus this year and it's usually not too hard to find things to add to that set. It's large, modern, and the notes are *mostly* pretty common.
  10. Wow. That's pretty! And not at all bad of a price for a nearly 80 year old coin.
  11. I finally convinced myself to pick up some more air-tite capsules for the British Queen's Beasts coins, since I've been out of them since I picked up the last of the Black Bulls I needed, and now I've ordered three of the Falcon coins. It'll be a while before they arrive because I ordered them with an echeck to keep the costs as low as possible. I've been thinking I needed to do this for a while because Christmas will be here before long and I've been giving these to my Step-father as presents because he likes them but doesn't generally buy such things for himself. I've given him the first 5 coins in the series and I want to continue forward with giving him a complete set. I also want to have a complete set or two at least for myself at this point. Getting three of these at least gives me one to give to Choya and one each for my sons. I'm still interested in completing all five of the sets I've started in addition to the one I've been giving Choya, but I find myself rather behind in the series, and I don't want to tie up too much cash on just one entry in the series right now given that there's two other designs to catch up on and some other things, like the Zimbabwe note set, that I want to make a little more progress on before the year is over. Looking back on it, my distaste for the Falcons has cooled. I don't dislike them anymore but they still don't really impress me. The Yule still doesn't do much to excite me. The recently released White Lion of Mortimer, at least, is a solid entry in the series and I like it, though I honestly find it inferior to the Lion of England design that kicked off the series. I've always thought it a bit odd and interesting that there'd be two lions in the series. It does do a lot to renew my faith and interest in the series with 2 more designs to go before it's all over. A couple of people from my company's home office were in-town this week - one from Scotland and one from England. I brought in and showed them the Unicorn of Scotland and Lion of England rounds, which was fun. Neither of them collects coins, even English issues like these. The Scottish co-worker is a fan of Scottish independence so he's not a fan of anything with Elizabeth II on it, so that was a funny exchange to watch.
  12. The images from auction sites are likely to be the intellectual property of the auction host (assuming the company has an employee do this). If they get images from the seller they might belong to the seller. If they pay an outside photographer to take the images, who owns the image will depend on the agreement between the photographer and the auction house. This, of course, applies in the US. UK copyright laws are somewhat different. You'd have to contact the auction house and see if they'd let you use the images (assuming they own them) in a free or for-profit book. They may or may not want to charge you for use. I've dealt with this both as a photographer and as a scholar, sometimes wanting to re-use graphics / visuals from other papers / scholarly works. Sometimes a publisher will let you license a graphic for a few dollars. Sometimes the usage fees are absolute murder.
  13. Congrats! That'll be the crown-jewel of a set for sure.
  14. I think price is a factor (and this belief is supported by the fact that they always ask about reciepts / bill of sale on recent sales / purchases if I have them whenever I request changes) but there are a number of things that go into it. I find in many cases that ultra rare and valuable coins get handicapped so that owning 1 or 2 coins is less likely to give you the win in the category rankings and common coins also get buffed - also to help foster participation I think.
  15. I don't call people out; I just reference ideas from outside sources. How are you lately? Hopefully doing well.