NGC Journals

Do we give USPS the benefit of the doubt? I think... No.

So a package ships out from Queens, NY late on a Friday night on 12/13. Tracking says it's due to arrive on 12/16... Every day, it updates to say, at midnight that day, that the package is "In Transit to the Destination." It doesn't say where it is. This makes it rather useless as "tracking" information... It's been 5 days of basically getting updates saying "it's coming. We promise." No measure of progress. Part of me wants to give them the benefit of the doubt - it is mid-Decemb

Revenant

Revenant

Coin Cover Wall Art

I've had a set of Westward Journey first day coin covers for years. I always liked the designs (of both the coins and the covers). And I am a big fan (maybe the only fan? hah!) of the Sacagawea dollars. So I bought a coin cover of the first issue, and then had it signed by both obverse designer Glenna Goodacre, and reverse designer Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. (after we had a nice chat about his design via email). But all six coin covers have been locked up in my safe for years, where I

Lastufka Collection

Lastufka Collection

General Observation

I write this to protest NGC's decision to allow PCGS-certified coins back into the registry. After all, it was just a couple of years ago that NGC leadership made a big presentation about how PCGS coins could no longer compete in the registry. I feel that NGC's going back on this policy is a slap in the face of those collectors (myself included) who go to great lengths to ensure that their sets are 100% NGC certified   

Legionary1

Legionary1

We've all been there

I wanted to tell a story that we can all relate too that happened recently.  I had a rare instance where I wasn't paying attention and got caught flat footed, and now I probably paid a lot more than I should.  About two months ago the 2019 Antiqued silver Libertads were released, and they sold out without me even knowing about the release until it was too late.  So naturally I was kicking myself for not being on top of things, and after scouring the interwebs I couldn't find anything anywhere. 

Naked Angel

Naked Angel

My new $20.95, TOP POP coin… Patience Pays Off?

Well, I just ordered what will be a companion piece to my Zimbabwe note set / the first coin in a related project – I haven’t decided yet. The coin is a 1980 Zimbabwe 10 Cent piece, graded MS65 by NGC. The coin happens to be TOP POP. I say “happens to be” because it also happens to be the only one of its kind graded by NGC – hard NOT to be top pop at that point. Anyway… MS65 is a decent, Gem BU, grade. I saw this coin come up months ago on eBay and seriously considered buying it, but I

Revenant

Revenant

The addition of PCGS coins to U.S. Competitive Registry Sets.

I don’t know what other collectors think about NGC’s new policy but as for myself I think it’s good for these coins to be included.I don’t have many PCGS coins in my collection but I do have some I would like to add to my current Registry Type Set. I was able to use my PCGS coins in my Custom Set but not in any Registry Sets.To me this policy made no sense so I was glad to see the change.  I would like to know what my fellow collectors think about this new policy both good and bad.   B

VSI Collection

VSI Collection

You probably shouldn’t…

So over the weekend my wife met a friend for reasons we won’t go into because they’re unpleasant and my wife was there to be a friend but… Let’s just say this was someone we met back in March in the NICU… Anyway… After a while my wife sends me a message asking me if she can get away with going a little over-budget on my Christmas. I’ve been "pounding the table" so-to-speak on watching the budget. I just told her to do what she wanted but she probably shouldn’t. (Hey, I’m arguing agains

Revenant

Revenant

A new path for me

At a recent coin show, not long ago, I purchased 6 ancient Greek coins, 1 fairly old Japanese and 1 Spanish treasure coin.  I don't usually dive into a stack of unknowns unless I know a little bit about what I am doing as my stash got out of control, lapping up coins like a hungry cat on a dish of cream.  So, with not the irrational exuberance I used to be under, I have been shedding more common coins and looking to be the only one holding a certain item.  So, after asking a coupla dealers what

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

FIRST DAY OF ISSUE LABEL?

I was fortunate enough to have purchased the 2019 enhanced SAE  on opening day. I sent it in sealed mint packaging for the FDOI label and the COA number.  I am now told I cannot get a FDOI label. Why? If there was a 1 per household limit, did dealers send these in bulk to obtain one? Here is just one listing from a familiar place:  “2019 S SILVER EAGLE REVERSE ENHANCED NGC PF 70 FIRST DAY OF ISSUE 5826281-003 OGP AND COA INCLUDED” More than 10 available? I rest my case.

namvette68

namvette68

Interesting overdate - the 1872/1 Melbourne Mint Sovereign

1872/1 M overdate Sovereign: The Melbourne Mint opened in June 1872 after experiencing considerable delays. For one, the majority of the mint staff did not arrive until January 1872. Another problem was that Melbourne Mint had requested 1871 dies from the Royal Mint of England. They had requested 1870 dies, but that requested was not approved. While the dies were in transit - the Ship, Rangoon, sank in November 1871 before arriving in Melbourne. A second order for dies was made and arrived in Ap

Zebo

Zebo

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to keep some powder dry I think.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have fun eating yourselves into a stupor tomorrow. It's a little funny seeing everyone and their dog putting on a Black Friday sale this week - with many of them extending into next week - even the coin and currency dealers!. In the next several days I'll probably place an order with one of my favorite merchants that will probably be one of the last purchases I make for the Zimbabwe set for a while. The notes will be part of my Christmas present this year,

Revenant

Revenant

My First Journal

Hello everyone, I have been an NGC member for a few years now, and a lurker on the chat boards.  I have never posted on there, or created a journal, but I wanted to create a journal to document my progress.  I recently realized that I had made a tremendous amount of progress this year on my collection of Mexican Libertads.  Like a lot of people, when I first stated collecting I didn't really have a focus.  I just bought a lot of random "junk", like silver bars and rounds, silver bullion coins fr

Naked Angel

Naked Angel

Some coin fun at Renfest today.

My wife and I went to Renfest today, childfree, while her parents had our sons. While there I found a "penny" on the ground only to find that it was some weird, penny-like token with a Jolly-roger on it. I'll see if I can get pictures of it to share later. Later on in the day I was given a 1974 half dollar in change - and I couldn't even tell you the last time that happened. No one ever has half dollars these days. I didn't keep it though. I tossed it into a tip jar later in the day.

Revenant

Revenant

How Did I Get Here?

Numismatics has always been an obsession with me. It’s either all in or all out. While I have been able to maintain an even keel on almost all my sets, it has not been easy as she goes with my new custom set, “The Beginning, Dependability, and End of the Spanish Peseta.” This year most of my custom sets have seen some activity including my Inspirational Ladies set with a new French coin commemorating Joan of Arc and a Fantasy Crown featuring, “The Three Graces.” All my sets have had aesthe

coinsbygary

coinsbygary

I Couldn't Be More Pleased!

A few months ago, I purchased a Spanish Provisional Government 1868 5-peseta copper pattern from an E-Bay seller in Argentina. The listing picture wasn't too good and it seemed like the pattern was a little suspect. Still, this piece is scarce and I have wanted one for quite some time. If I could get it on the cheap, all the better. With what I thought was a fair bid, I won the piece for about half what I could expect to pay for a certified piece. When the pattern arrived, I was very happy

coinsbygary

coinsbygary

ONLY DAY OF ISSUE LABEL?

Now that the rush to obtain the coveted 2019 "S" "Enhanced" Reverse proof Silver Eagle lasted less than 15 minutes to sell out, there should be a new label? "ONLY DAY OF ISSUE",  xx,xxx of 30,000 should be added to the slab. Any thoughts?  I will be submitting mine for FDOI,  and the have the number that is assigned added.

namvette68

namvette68

You don’t always have to buy another coin to upgrade your set.

Every year around this time, I review my sets and pick one to focus on for documentation.  This year, the choice was pretty easy. I completed my U.S/Philippines Ten Centavos set in 2016 with a very low grade 1915S that I had purchased as a raw coin ten years earlier.  At the time, a total of just ten 1915S 10 centavos had been graded by NGC, with only two of those grading above AU58.  The odds of obtaining an NGC graded 1915S were virtually zero, and raw coins didn't come up for auction ver

coin928

coin928

Rare "W" mint mark park quarters????

Friends,  At the beginning of the year the excitement builds as the first 2019 "W" quarter hunt starts. Huge high bids roll out as the first hit the auction blocks. With the year almost at the end the 5th "W" coin has not hit the streets yet.  Just for fun I decided to go into the NGC research and check the census report on these rarities. Rarities --- Not even by a long shot!!!!  Truth is there are so many graded this year by NGC only that I can honestly figure that NGC

Six Mile Rick

Six Mile Rick

A Coin May Have Saved the Isabelline Line of Spanish Succession

When I research the coins in my collection I often pour through websites like “Numista” that list dates, mintages, and basic data about world coins. As I have previously posted, I am assembling a Spanish peseta collection. While I was going through the copper issues of the 1870 1, 2, 5, and 10-centimos coins I noticed some anomalies in the years these coins were minted. Interestingly, sometimes you learn more from the questions you ask than you do by the information you absorb. Below are some of

coinsbygary

coinsbygary

This time I totally bought the label

I know the first rule of collecting in registry-ville is “buy the coin, not the label,” but the coin I got in the mail at the end of this week was all about the label. A 2019, 1/4th oz American Gold Eagle, Early Release, Blue label, graded MS70. In 2007, I bought a MS70 1/4th oz AGE for my 21st birthday. It was my first ever gold purchase, 2 years before I started the 10G set. When Ben was born, I bought a 1/4th oz 2016 AGE in MS70 to celebrate and one day give it to hi

Revenant

Revenant

1993 5 onza Mo Tenochtitlan

Is there anyone who knows how many of these were minted?  Found some information any thing else would help; "This coin was awarded as the "most beautiful commemorative coin" in Busan, Korea 2008. It has the Aztec calendar on the front, with the legend “Mexico Tenochtitlan 1478”. Tenochtitlan was the Aztec capital city, it was located in what now is Mexico City. On the back of the coin there is the image of a coin press, one the original instruments used by the Casa de Moneda de Mexico to mi

COINSGALORE

COINSGALORE