NGC Journals

Reponse to an email.

Threats of a superior set. Here is an email message sent to me regarding my previous Journal Entry about where to buy coins. "Can't afford PCGS Coins? I Like your collecting style. BUT I will never respect a collector who will settle for second best. Thanks, ANONYMOUS P.S. Watch your lincolns fall to a PCGS set. I will log them soon." Just because I am a little more frugal with my money? I still get the same or higher quality coin (for a given grade) from NGC than from PCGS. Doe

VUMC4091

VUMC4091

It's just business after all

PCGS knows how to corner their side of the market.... It's funny to me that a 70 in a PCGS holder costs $750 and NGC at $500 for a particular coin. Look at who's putting the prices together. PCGS puts their price guide together and NGC has the more independent NumisMedia group do that. PCGS can say all they want. Yep.. higher prices to grade, our coins get higher prices..Of course they are going to look attractive to collectors, and they can possibly take more of your money in grading f

Rayshield

Rayshield

Fact About Images and Descriptions

Is anyone aware that images and descriptions count toward your postion in the registry? I was puzzled by why a person with the same score as I had in the 1992 proof category was rated one position highr than I was. After an email to NGC, I got a reply taht stated that if there is a tie in score, the person with more images and descriptions will be rated higher. If both have the same images and descriptions, than the one that was at the position first gets the position. So images and descrip

JasonWinters

JasonWinters

Buying Help

Where do you go to buy the best examples of the dates you're looking for? My first love is small cents, particular the Lincoln Cent Proofs from 1909 to present. Not to say that I don't have a wide range of other coin varities, but those copper/nickel coins really do it for me. I have been an amateur collector for about 20 years. I started my collection by purchasing only raw coins at Flea Markets, by looking thru the change of anyone that would let me and just about anywhere else I could f

VUMC4091

VUMC4091

"PQ"

"FRESH" & "Double Sharp" Like VUMC409, I have also purchased many of my coins on eBay. I?ve found that some dealers use their own terms to describe their offerings. ?PQ?, I believe, means ?Proof Quality?. Says who? One eBay seller who sells mostly raw coins loves to use the term ?FRESH?. Fresh from what? Another likes ?Double Sharp?. What the !#** does that mean? I find that NGC and PCGS slabs are the safest bet. I examine the Numismedia and PCGS price guides before maki

MarkW

MarkW

PQ !

What it usually doesn't mean... PQ is actually a term used by dealers. It means "Premium Quality" and believe me the "Premium" will be in the price you pay for the not-so-good "Quality". A long time ago, when God was a kid, somebody said "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". You, the collector and potential buyer need to decide for yourself what exactly IS "premium quality". This decision will (or at least should) change from coin to coin too. Use your lense and have a good reference book w

Admiral Mike-migration

Admiral Mike-migration

re: BUYING HELP

Heritage is the best i've found... There are a number of auction sites out there, and depending on the level that you collection has reached, you might consider Heritage Coins (heritagegalleries.com). i used to be hard core eBay (and still patrol those murky waters), but when i found heritage, i was hooked. first, they have an auction archive, which lists the prices paid for any given coin over the past 10 years--that alone is a superb asset. secondly, list the major list prices for the coi

hardin2413

hardin2413

MS or better

Anybody can have one, but what does yours look like? Just keeping up the pressure on those of you who aren't posting photographs of your sets. I mean reallly, what is it that you are trying to hide? Can I take a guess here? I would imagine that a lot of you have bought coins for either the grade on the holder or the holder itself. We all know that every MS-66 is not like any other MS-66. Some of the MS-65's look better then your MS-66's. Don't be frightened about what we, your peers, thin

Rktekt 007

Rktekt 007

Totally Awesome !!!

That so many people are uploading pictures. Several weeks ago I kind of went on a tirade about current sets without any pictures. A few very nice collectors emailed me back telling their situations, and some were actually valid reasons. I have all but two up, and so now I have decided to try something different. I figure a slab is a slab. I want to see the coin and maybe a little hisotry and description. To that end I have done things a little different, actually, it is now a work in progr

Admiral Mike-migration

Admiral Mike-migration

Finally got pictures up

Finally got pictures of each coin up I have only been collecting coins for about 8 months and I know I will probably never even reach the top 100 of the morgan entries but I finally got all my pictures croped and uploaded to the site. Wish more people would do the same because I love just sitting here looking at other peoples collection. I am disabled and am unable to travel to shows to see all the wonderful looking coins, so this and very few other places on the web are about the only place I

Bryan1315

Bryan1315

Silver vs. Clad

Ever wonder why silver UC proofs look better than nickel-clad UC proofs... I was entering a clad PFUC70 clad dime today and thought it didn't look as good as its silver companion. I noticed that clad was a 1 to 4 shot at 70 vs. 1 to 2 shot for silver. While, this is not the case for all certified coins, there is a difference that can be accounted for (with some help from the internet and engineering experience). Let's look at coins from a material property standpoint. For general discussi

Rayshield

Rayshield

New Category(?)

Westward Journey All Coins Set Under the Nickel sets, there are a few specific years called out, like wartime nickels, to reflect changes in the design. Would a new category for the Westward Nickel Series (2003 - 2004-2005 Westward Nickels - 2006 Return to Monticello for All Coins) be a worthwhile competition in itself? (spelling errors corrected 1/10/06) Untitled-5

Rayshield

Rayshield

Matched "TheCoinGuy"

Images, folks! Matched ?TheCoinGuy?. While my sets do not reach the scope of TheCoinGuy, I too have finished imaging my sets in the registry. Much experimentation with a new digital camera was necessary and I?m sure I can improve on some of my photos. But, like TheCoinGuy, step one is complete. We coin nuts should be able to enjoy each other?s sets. Come on folks, image those sets. [attachment=:name]

MarkW

MarkW

Nice photogs!

The new Red Book edition gave me an idea... Hat's off to the TheCoinGuy and MWit as those photos and detail look great! In trying to find a unique way to describe a set, my wife's scrapbooking set and this year's Red Book got me thinking. Maybe I had too much time on my hands, but it is a bit of work to take a X-acto knife and cut around the NGC holder with various colored papers (7 different colored frames to date). For the PCGS coins, the cut out is a red border and with the NGC cu

Rayshield

Rayshield

HOW GREAT WOULD IT BE TO HAVE MS67FT 1963 P & D DIMES?

It would be "GREAT" enough to get you top honors in the 1963 mint set catagory, even if you didn't have any of the other coins for the set. I have been working hard trying to find the best affordable coins for my 1963 mint set and I have actually found a nice example of each coin in the set. I am currently ranked in the #2 spot as 100% complete. Nick Cascio has the honor of being ranked as #1, but his set is only 40% complete with only two GREAT dimes in MS67FT, and P & D quarters in MS6

dleonard-3

dleonard-3

re: OK, new approach

Round 1 is in the books... consider it a lesson learned... Ok, so I have officially entered the world of coin submission. While I had originally had a more optimistic view of the grading outcome, some of you were kind enough to point me in the right direction. I would have liked to see more 70's and no 68's but C'est La Vie. I will sell the 68s, and 69s and use the money to buy 70s. I will continue to submit coins for the thrill I find in waiting for the results. Below are the results fr

NumisGuard

NumisGuard

Obscured sets

I thought a main goal of the registry was to show-off collections and encourage friendly competition? I notice there are a lot of "obscured" sets, including category winners. I believe that if a collector wishes to hide his or her set or their company's set, fine: do so. But if they want to hide them, why are they also eligible to "win?" If they don't want to share, then fine - unregister the sets and keep them out of the sight and minds of others. Just my opinion.

kimocoins-migration

kimocoins-migration

Don't do it! is a great answer

My second lesson with coins was to leave them alone..... Older collectors, you've probably been through this before and thought it would be good to journal this for younger collectors. It's easy to understand that having a great number of one type of coin could tempt a person to start cleaning to find those great pieces to show off from the collection. "Wow! It would be great if they didn't have the brown stains on them." Several coins dealers in the area and books recommended dish soap f

Rayshield

Rayshield

ANACS---REGISTRY? Re MR. COOPER

I have met Jim Taylor...impressed me Met Mr. Taylor at the Boston show a year or so ago....must say I was impressed with his bearing and knowledge....have you seen the pictures of the new ANACS slabs? pure sex huh? The idea of a registry that accepts graded problem coins (in other words--ALL coins) is so appealing to me that I am sitting on the edge of my chair waiting the word. thanks for the heads up Mr. Mike Cooper

silver dollar

silver dollar

re: Cleaning Buffalo Nickels

better living through chemistry... my only advice is acetone. it doesn't react with metal--it's been suggested to my by the nabobs at the grading service as a way to get surface off, everything from pvc to generic dirt. make sure that you get pure acetone (walmart or a local hardware store will carry it), dip the coin in for about 10 seconds, rinse with warm water, and then dry on a soft cloth. i did that and then sent my coins in and presto, slabbed with no problems (by the nice folks at

hardin2413

hardin2413