I started this set by dutifully purchasing each "Spouse" as they came to sale on the US Mint website. Then I took them all to NGC to be graded in person at the FUN show. I took them all at once so I could 1) get sequential numbers and 2) avoid having 20 ounces of gold in the hands of the USPS. First, NGC mixed up the coins, so no sequencing, and second, even though I paid to have them graded at the FUN show, at the "Show rate" ($$$) and had them in the day before they cut off Show submissions, on the last day (Sunday, I think) they were nowhere to be found. I had receipts and no coins with a sick feeling in my gut as to the potential fate of my ladies, the office was closed, of course, because it was the weekend so the nice people at the NGC booth (and they were very nice in truth) told me that I would have to wait until monday to find just where the ladies went. As it turns out someone had helpfully taken all of my coins back to the home office in order to get the first spouse label (which I really didn't care as much about as much as my coins and the original plan) so I waited and prayed that the the shipping Gods would be kind. They were the coins were found and sent to me USPS.
When they arrived most graded proof 70. Some, not all, of those that graded 69 had little post-it notes saying that they would benefit from conservation. Great, I thought upgrade to 70 without buying more coins. So I sent all but two (I just missed the notes on those) for conservation. The result: a 50% upgrade to 70 rate for coins that had never left the original Government capsule.
What was the value of conserving new US Mint coins if there is no effect?
Then I couldn't leave well enough alone and I picked and picked until on the 4th of July 2018 I joined the tie for first place. I finally learned how to crop coins (circles) in Photoshop (as I tried, however, I looked up how to "crop a circle" on the internet and kept ending up in sites on "crop circles" and UFO's).
My comments show that a little knowledge is truly a dangerous thing. But I tried to put legitimate comments to earn the #1 tie.
Rather than naming the President or saying proof 70 or just putting a comma in the comments box. I found some interesting factoid about almost every spouse. I hope that you enjoy the photos and comments.