Coloration on some silver proof quarters...
I'm finding some of my Silver Quarter proofs some orange/brown coloration showing. Is this the coin getting toned or am I seeing the beginnings of corrosion? I was thinking of sending them in for slabbing but I don't know if I want to pay $12.50 for NGC to tell me that it's a no-grade...
my 25c worth
what i've heard, and my experience with mod proofs seems to support this, is that the mint's casing can cause the toning (which, is a form of corrosion, insomuch as it is a chemical reaction between the silver, or whatever else, and the outside world, ultimately changing the coin). now, when i've sent my coins with mint-bequeathed toning, they have all been graded (one even ended up with a PCGS 70). thus, at least without seeing them, this is what i can tell you.
My first impressions of this web site
I have been a member of this registry for about a week now. What fun it has been to enter my coins into various collections and compare my scores to more established collectors. As I typed in all the numbers, and some more than once , I realized how scattered my collecting had become. In retrospect, I seem to go on binges where I am pursuing a certain type of coin and then I cool off and chase after another. The process of choosing which registry fit the c
I have been building this set for 19 years. I just recently got back into focusing on it, with in the last year. I am now going to be upgrading and adding. I found this forum where I could share with others, what has been a life long project.
My goal is nothing less then an xf 45 gold coin or better. As far as the rest, mostly MS, with the occasional AU. I originally wanted nothing less the AU coins, but this will be financially impossible. The price jumps are horrendous in the gold. from xf45
Gifts from NGC?
As I look at and admire some of the top Morgan Dollar sets, I can only imagine what kind of outlay was necessary to accumulate so many pristine examples of George Morgan?s legacy. I?m just a typical working stiff who has enjoyed coins, especially Morgans, for more decades than I care to remember. I had completed a set of ?raw? business strike Morgans and decided that my next logical step was to leap into a registered set.
There?s a reason that my Morgan registry set
Beginning to see our coinage as links to the world.
As my collecting continued, I gradually began to appreciate that our coins carry a significance greater than serving as a medium of exchange. They were "markers" of history- a reflection of what was happening at any point in time with our nation and our world as a whole. For example, a great number of our "errors" such as overdates seem to occur at times of world crisis, like wars. Low mintages, and even lack of mintage at all in the 1930's
Venting was my option and NGC had NO PART in it......
Although I stand behind my words I see no reason for any futher contact. Trust is an earned and very objective thing to extend on any level. It is my option alone to decide if I wish to continue a relationship with NGC.
My personal opinion is that NGC is being over run with submisions, hence the extended turn around. NGC is in the service industry and like everyone else I demand service for my hard earned. I did not intend to shake t
Thank you for the explanation.
While this is on the public forum, I direct this response to Island Antiques. I do not in any way pretend to speak for our collecting community. I am just sharing my opinion and those who MAY think like me.
I, like many of us fellow collectors have had a bad experience with one or even more of the third party graders. Personally, I will never send any more of my coins to PCGS, for my own reasons. That is not to say I dont like PCGS coins, as I have several in m
Is David Copperfield somehow affiliated with this site? Can someone make journal entries disappear?
Island Antiques made an entry claiming that he (or she) received the incorrect coins back from grading at NGC and stated that he (or she) was finished with this site and NGC. That journal entry has vaporized. If, in fact, NGC screwed up that badly, I am rather uncomfortable. I have coins in for grading at this time. If Island Antiques was wrong, I will not worry.
Yes you can!
You can delete your Journal entry! Just go to your journal entry, click on EDIT, at the bottom click delete!
I too wondered what happen to that entry. When I've had a problem with NGC, I just contact them and they fix it.
By golly, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Clay mentioned that we can, indeed, delete out own journal entries. I followed his directions and by golly he was right. Many thanks for that tip.
As for Island Antiques, seeings how the rest of his journals are intact, we can hope that he has had a positive contact with NGC and they will come to a mutally beneficial agreement. This is a great hobby and we as a family do not want to see hard feelings.
Who are they trying to kid, or worse, rip-off?
I dont know about you but I like to try and keep tabs on my collection. I try to upgrade when I can make a reasonable purchase and I always watch the values of the coins in my entire collection, not just registry coins.
Have you noticed a major drop in NM values?? I sure have. I have several of the Statehood Quarters in PF70UC and in the last 6 weeks or so, some have dropped in NM price by over 50%. Just before Christmas the Alabama quarter
Values are always changing...
The value of modern coins is unstable due to the Changes in demand and supply that needs time to settle out. Has anyone noticed the drop in price of the American Legacy that up until a few weeks ago you could sell on ebay for $325+ ? You can pick one up consistantly for under $200!!! Oh, I can hear the screams of those who had a bunch of them to sell and waited.... I guess it is the same with the quarters.1839 25c.j
Need 2 more photos to be 100%.
Well, it's taken a month of weekend days to finish photgraphing, cropping and posting my coin collection. But I am nearly there!
Until Michael's first scolding journal entry, I was one of those that just enjoyed others collection photos without sharing my collection. His posting opened my eyes and now I am 2 coin photos away from having 100% photographed.
To all thinking about it. It is a good way to get a good close look at your collection.
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.
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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