An yet another honor for J&L--a few days ago, this being written on 3/26/2009, J&L was called by the long standing #1 Commemorative Dealer in the country, Larry Shepherd. Larry is also on the Board of Governors at the ANA. Larry asked that this #1 Commem Short Set be put on display at the ANA museum in Colorado Springs during the summer of 09. He volunteered to fly to Las Vegas to pick up the set and also deliver it home.
Selected by NGC as the best Classic Set in 2007. In regards to this Type Set NGC says--- "Z Willie - J & L Commemoratives Type Set
United States commemorative coins have long been prized for their variety and beauty, and this type set includes some of the most beautiful pieces in existence. Each would be the showpiece of most collections, but here they are gathered in one. Standout rarities include an Isabella Quarter grading MS-69, a 1938-D Boone in MS-69* and an 1892 Columbian certified as PF-66 Cameo! Many of these coins are pedigreed to some of the most prominent names in commemorative collecting." A Type Set of Silver Commemoratives that is unmatched in both quality and eye appeal. Many of the coins you are about to view are pedigreed to Helen Carmody, Anthony Swiatek, JFS, Jewell, Bruce Scher, David Schweitz, Larry Shepherd and other well recognized individuals in the commemorative field of collecting. This type set has been 25 plus years in the making and includes: Isabella PR-66, Columbian in PR-66CAM, Hawaiian in PR-64, New Rochelle PR-68 and Norse Gold Matt PR-67. On Monday Nov. 7, 2005 numismatic history was made. The Las Vegas collection, assembled by David Schweitz was purchased through the King of Commems, Mr. Larry Shepherd of SIMCO. J & L, Bill Johnson of Pahrump Coins, NV and Larry Shepherd then using only the best coins from each of these WORLD CLASS COLLECTIONS created the most technically perfect, highest graded with spectacular eye appeal set of the 50 Commem Type Set ever assembled. A majority of the coins in this collection have been graced with magnificent color as though touched by the hand of God Himself! Please take a moment of your time and share with us the beauty of these coins. In May of 2006 the President of American Numismatic Rarities (Christine Karstedt) and her Chief Photographer (Doug Plasencia)* flew to Las Vegas to photograph the J&L Collection. The photographs will be used as plates in a new publication on Commems being published by Q. David Bowers and Larry Shepherd. Enjoy------
* Thank you to Doug Plasencia, chief photographer at ANR for doing most of the photography for this collection. ** Of special interest- In its 20-year history, NGC has awarded a grade of MS69 or MS69* to exactly five classic commemorative coins. One is an Isabella quarter, now in a PCGS MS68 holder and no longer available as an NGC-certified coin. The records show one special 1938-D Boone graded MS69 . A single 1937-D Oregon commemorative has achieved MS69 as well. Surprisingly, the other two pieces belong to the same issue: not the Norfolk, a logical guess, but the Antietam. PCGS has graded just 3 classic commemoratives in the grade of MS-69- 38-D Oregon, 37-D Oregon and 38-D Boone. In our three commemorative registry sets, NGC Long, NGC Short and PCGS Short, J&L is proud to house an example of each of these coins with the exception of 38-D Oregon in NGC 68 STAR. *******Of special note*****
In June of this yr. 2009, Mr. Larry Shepherd, world renown authority on US Commemorative Coins & Executive Director of the ANA, flew to Las Vegas and picked up the J&L NGC Commem. Short Set to display for a period of time at the ANA museum in Colorado Springs. It is Larry's humble opinion that this is the finest set of US Commemoratives ever assembled!
Of note- PCGS and NGC combined have only graded 9 Commems with an MS-69 in the 1892-1954 Complete Set (144Pcs), 6- 69's at NGC- Isabella-1, Antietam-2, 38-D Boone-1 and 37-D Oregon-1 and Norfolk-1. PCGS has graded only 3 69's in this set- 38-D Boone-1, 37-D Oregon-1 and 38-D Oregon-1. Of the 6 different coins known in MS-69 J&L has an example of each with the exception of 38-D Oregon, one of which exists in a PCGS MS-69 holder. Will the owner plz. step forward and sell it to us? We would be willing to make a strong offer in the $2000 range??????????!!!!!!!!!!!! Read more...