With my anniversary present now in hand I have reached a milestone that I’d thought about a number of times over the years.
I bought my first gold coin in 2007 - an MS70 graded 1/4th oz gold eagle - as a way of celebrating my 21st birthday that didn’t involve getting drunk - which didn’t interest me much at the time (or now, really).
The idea of “first gold” seems to be special for a lot of people - people will often post about their first gold purchase in the “SilverBugs” subredd
Short version – do all the things I still haven’t done from 2020, 2019, 2018 etc
Longer version – I bought less coins in 2020 than I have done for many years, and this is not because of the current environment we all find ourselves in, but that the higher grade coins in my collecting areas, even the minors, seem increasingly scarce and have rapidly moved beyond by budget making completing sets effectively impossible.
At least partial acceptance of this fact prompted some specific resea
It's been almost two years to the day since my first journal. For any Futurama fans out there, I was just practicing my dramatic........................................................................................................pause! Anyway... during the last two years I have come a long way in forming the direction my collecting takes, learned quite a bit about the hobby, and had some great experiences. A few days ago, I came to some realizations that go beyond collecting. First, that it
I have found over the years that coin collectors often collect other things. Some pursue items unrelated to their numismatic interests, while others pursue tangentially related items. In my case, my side collections fall more in line with the latter rather than the former. Often this takes shape in the form of numismatic references published in the mid to late 18th century, with the occasional spattering dating back to the 17th century. These books often make for nice shelf decoration with their
So here I am..... struggling to decide what coins go in to NGC to get rated. Winning "Best Presented Set" for my Morgan Dollars has put me in a position that I thought would be simple.
Going through my raw coins and sets made me go "WOW!" at what my collection turned into. When I started organizing and picking items to get rated.... I was almost over whelmed. Currently I'm sending some coins in to be rescued (hopefully) by NCS because of poor storage by the mints (PVC). Others I'm deciding
So yesterday was our 5th anniversary - we are over 6 years into the relationship.
The 5th anniversary is supposed to be “Wood” so my wife had considered getting me a challenge coin / coin holder make of wood with the idea of putting a coin that relates to us / our relationship in it, but I don’t really have a coin that fits that bill - the closest I had was that Standing Liberty half she got me as an anniversary present last year, and, since it is in a slab, it wouldn’t have worked for this
Looking over the NGC registry awards this year, I realized that I had overlooked a valuable platform to share my numismatic journey, the journals. This year I intend to change that by sharing my collecting journey throughout the year. Each month I will do my best to share either a new addition to the collection, grading results from NGC, or any tidbits of numismatic knowledge I acquire.
With that said, this is my first journal entry since 2013! In this installment, I would like to share th
Many many moons ago...... ok..... let me try something different....
It was a dark and stormy night....... NAW.... that doesn't work......
OK..... this just out of Brooklyn..... nope..... that's not me.....
My parents kind of started me into coin collecting.... yea I know LOL
MY parents were the typical "Nuclear Family" raised parents. They didn't want me to be smothered and wanted to make me understand what money was all about. They did in a way that I didn't know I would be
Well the 2020 registry awards are in the books, it was a good year for me with 6 best in category awards one better than last year. Hopefully I'll be able to make a couple of additions and hang on to those for next year, that task may be much more difficult depending on if the launce of the ANA registry brings in more heavy hitters from the PCGS registry. But maybe with a couple of adds here or there I can keep up on most of last years wins. Time to begin planning and chasing once again to fu
So, this will be long and perhaps rambling, but I have several things to touch on and I don't like making multiple posts too close together, so I just refuse to break this up.
At a different time in my life this probably would have been posted yesterday but you don't always get time to sit down and write with 2 kids under 5 around in the time of CoVID, and I had cube organizers to build. I snuck in some posting on the boards mostly on my phone, but I wanted to take my time with this more.
I have not been active in this society for a few years. I have been slowly selling off my collection.
I have been battling a rare blood cancer. I may only have only a couple more chemo treatments left, fingers crossed. Prays are welcome!
I have lots of time on my hands and been forced to retire middle of last year. I decided that once I am indeed in remission, full time retirement
is not really for me.
I have recently started to submit coins to NGC once again. I got my
2020 what a ride, some ups and lots of downs. The year started off promising enough and then covid covered the world with a wet blanket like we have not seen before. A rough year of many especially those who lost loved ones to the pandemic, but a boon to some that were able to continue and even profit due to it. As I look back my life was not terribly affected by it overall from either a personal or numismatic perspective. As I do every December I looked back as what I did, what I bought, an
Well, when I was posting last time Sam was napping and we were getting ready to take him to Urgent Care hoping all the grabbing of his head and crankiness was an ear ache.
It wasn't an ear ache. We had a shunt revision today and it looks like his shunt catheter, which we already knew had shifted, had nearly completely failed and it wasn't draining fluid and pressure effectively.
He should hopefully be discharged tomorrow for a 1-2 week light recovery.
We're told he "beat the odds"
My wife and I are coming up on a pretty significant day for us and I've joked that it caps off a sequence of special Fridays.
12/25 - Christmas
1/1 - New Year's Day
1/8 - The NGC/PMG Awards announcement
1/15 - Our 5th Wedding Anniversary.
One of the things my wife has talked very fondly of the entire time I've known her is her memories of the time they spent in Italy when she was young.
I was finishing up putting her father's old coin bag in flips today (I'll have t
Presidential Numismatic Artifacts (aka PNAs) with ties to President John F. Kennedy are limited to a single issue (based on current research). However, the backstory of how original recipients were awarded the medal is interesting to say the least.
The Jack Medal. The original recipient of this medal was in the US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland when he received this presentation piece. A letter of provenance was initiated with his widow when the purchase was made. The original recipient was e
And I'm tired of writing, phew. Now I do not consider myself a natural when it comes to writing, I don't live on facebook or any other social media platform nor do I do much writing for my job so it just is not easy or natural for me the way it is for some. But I spent a great amount of time over the last month updating descriptions, writing new ones for both individual coins and for the sets themselves. I am quite sure that none of that will go down as great works of writing art but I'm v
In late December / early January I picked this Zimbabwe coin up as a kind of extension or part of my Zimbabwe note set. I added it to a set in the registry and it became a #1 ranked set with 1 coin and a total score of 16 points. We're after the awards cut-off now and its still #1 and I think it's going to get a "Best in Category" this year, with a total score of 16 points. This has me wondering what the lowest scoring set to ever win a "Best in Category" is / was.
A different time for most of us. As I lost my wife a year ago I stop in once in a while to check up on all of you collectors.
Collecting for me left my mind when my wife passed. I have started a few new small businesses to keep my mind busy and
seem to have no extra time to indulge in bidding for coins to add to my sets. Taking a little time to check ranks
on some sets this morning. Good Luck to those that have worked so hard on their collection for the awards this year.
Some of the 2x2s I ordered came in today and Ben wanted to play with them not really understanding what they were so I agreed to work with him with them when Sam was napping.
We sat down with the bag of coins from PawPaw and the staplers and tried to put some in the 2x2s. He lost interest quickly. He still struggles with the stapler. He's young. He doesn't get it fully. I'm easily more interested in these than he is, but maybe that'll change with time. He's four. I still need to remember th
Sam is obsessed with Goldfish, and shoving them in his mouth all day. He's started saying "Ga" for for Goldfish when he wants them. This means he's working on learning to say "gold," which is a lovely word if you like coins IMO.
Meanwhile Ben has recently cropped up with "poins" and telling me he took my "poins." I had thought we'd gotten past this and he'd figured out "coins," but it has made a comeback recently. My wife doesn't want me correcting him too much because she thinks its adorab
Ok down you animals I'm already spoken for, no what I'm referring to here is that this year for the first time ever I will have a registry set (multiple sets in fact) that are eligible for NGC major awards. My 1936 mint set has 10 of the fifteen slots filled and all the coins are NGC certified, yep not one PCGS coin in this set. And I expect that I will have high quality photos and descriptions for all of the current ten coins in the set by Dec 4th. I have set a goal for myself to have this