NGC Journals

VISION - I

The blindness of a beginner. For the past few months, I have been thinking about the need for "Vision" in one's collecting pursuits. Then, about a month ago, Oldtrader 3 posted a journal entry that provided the catalyst that organized my thoughts. To start at the beginning, I began collecting coins in 1974. It was an impromptu beginning rather than a planned entry into the hobby. Not much thought went into my collecting, just, "This looks pretty. I'll buy it". My "vision" extended no fu

Wissahickon Collection

Wissahickon Collection

DMPL Dollars: If I Knew Then What I Know Now!!!

Yes, fortunes have been made on Prooflike dollars. Don't you wish you knew how desirable they would become before they did. I have a couple of stories I would like to recount that involve very high profits made on prooflike dollars by people (myself included) who were ignorant at the time they bought them, and did wonderfully on them from an investment standpoint.   My first recollection involved myself and a local coin dealer. I had just graduated from high school in the early 70's. I was wo

Johnny's Cartwheels

Johnny's Cartwheels

How many coin collectors/ investors world wide?

Does anyone have knowledge or know where information is available regarding the estimated number of coin collectors there are currently active world wide? Does this figure tend to remain fairly constant? It would be interesting to know what the estimated coin collector population is in the U.S. With the reduction of Corperate Pension Plans for employees and the trend toward "self planning" for retirement are more people investing in such things as collectables? Interesting questions!!

JerryB

JerryB

My Type Set is now Complete

I have <a href="http://jus">jus</a>t added the 102nd coin in my US Type Set. <a href="http://They ca">They ca</a>n be viewed at <a href="http://www.rodinsquarters.com">www.rodinsquarters.com</a> I finally finished a lifetime goal <a href="http://- com">- com</a>pleting my US non-gold Type Set. I finished with a flourish - upgrading both my 1796 Quarter and 1793 Wreath Cent (from "F" to "XF") and adding the hard-to-find 1796 Half ("XF"). Some of

smb12321

smb12321

Puzzled by NumisMedia Total in NGC Registry Set.

Check Your Values!! I wonder why the total value shown in my <a href="http://Morg">Morg</a>an Dollar Set (NGC Registry) is incorrect? If you add all the values for each coin that total is much higher than the amount shown as the "NumisMedia Totals" figure. The actual total is 14% higher than the total shown.

JerryB

JerryB

Modern is Premium

Most grading tiers running far behind... Yes, my friends, <a href="http://you ca">you ca</a>n send in your coins for the upper grading tiers only to wait for an eternity (<a href="http://minus">minus</a> a day.. didnt want to exagggerate too much) to get your graded coins back. Recently I sent in to NGC to invoices. The first was for "Modern Service" at $11.00/coin (less my member discount), the second was for "Early Bird" service at $30.00/coin (less discount). The sec

Admiral Mike-migration

Admiral Mike-migration

Day 1+

My journey has now begun. The pursuit for a complete set of NGC PF70 Silver State Quarters... My journey has now begun. The pursuit for a complete set of NGC PF70 Silver State Quarters... 3 down, 47 to go. :-)   Ok, you it is going to be a long journey...and perhaps pricey. In my recent search I have found an abundance of '04 and '05 with some '01 through '03 mixed in. What I have not found, however, is too many '99 and '00. I know they are out there and I believe it is best to get th

NumisGuard

NumisGuard

All Sets Now Ranked in Top 100 Updated 3/03/06

Still have a few coins to be graded and then added! Just added 18 more coins from the Long Beach Auction. Some very hard to find in any grade coins. Looking Good!I have bought and sold coins for years, but just got hooked on collecting graded coins over the last three years. My wife doesn't like it but I'm not doing it for her. Ha Ha I finally got all my sets ranked by NGC under 100 with the addition of a 1892-S Morgan AU 50 NGC which has been my goal. Just added two more coins 1878-CC M

Mike Sollers

Mike Sollers

1949-S Wheat 1C Error?

Do I have a error coin here? I recently purchased a fist full of wheaties from a <a href="http://loca">loca</a>l coin retailer. I put them in my binder without much thought as <a href="http://I us">I us</a>ually do so that <a href="http://I ca">I ca</a>n let my thoughts cool off for awhile. The other day I was looking at my set when I realized something different about the reverse of this coin. At first I thought it was an abrasion of some sort, but now I

Sampson

Sampson

2005 Legacy Set

but our <a href="http://glorious">glorious</a> & renowned Marine Corps wasn't there .... <a href="http://Jus">Jus</a>t received my 2005 Legacy Set & like it! Course I am a lawyer (Chief <a href="http://Jus">Jus</a>tice Marshall Silver Dollar) & a military history buff (Marine Corps 230th Silver Dollar). The "bookshelf" lists several of the Corps' <a href="http://famous">famous</a> battles: Iwo Jima, <a href="http://Guadalca">Gua

JeffRef

JeffRef

A few new features worth noting

We've added several new features to the registry and the Collectors' Journals that are pretty fun. On the set detail page, we've now added a gallery view:   http://www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/PeopleSetDetail.aspx?PeopleSetID=5673&Tab=list   We have also put in some code to block people from spamming views on their sets. Back when we put this feature in, we did put in a simple block to prevent logged in owners views of their own sets from counting in the views, but we di

Architecht

Architecht

PCGS versus NGC

How is it fair that PCGS coins sell for more than NGC coins? Recently, I have looked at auctions with teletrade and noticed that PCGS coins seem to carry a significant margin in price over NGC graded coins. I was already aware of this, but just not to this extent. The 2005 MS70 Marine Corps commemorative graded by NGC sold for $150 in one auction, while the same coin graded MS70 by PCGS sold for $1,100! I feel that this is just absolutely ludicrous. I cannot believe that collectors will pay so

The Sun Collection

The Sun Collection

In re: PCGS v NGC

BUY 'em up qwik ! There really is no reason for the huge price difference between PCGS and NGC coins. Personally I think NGC is better (else I should be in the "other" registry, which I am not). NGC doesn't seem to base thier grading on the number of coins that a person or company submits, nor do they try to curry favor by giving higher grades to favorite customers. Just goes to show that people who pay these unreasonable price differences just have more dollars than sense (or cents). Now s

Admiral Mike-migration

Admiral Mike-migration

Beautiful 1917 Coin

1917 Type 1 SLQ MS65+/67? I thank everyone for their particular reasons as to not get this particular coin cleaned (professionally) by the NCS.   Nobody, ever told me of ever trying this medium for themselves.   However, after many chats with NCS and NGC. There is the possibility that <a href="http://it ca">it ca</a>n go up a grade point. This coin has already been graded MS66FH.   Go look at the numbers. Would you Dare???   Made My decision. Have to wait for p

terry chestnut

terry chestnut

As collectors, have we gotten too stuffy.

Are we pricing new young collectors out of the hobby? I recently exchanged e-mails with a young collector who is just getting started. His collectors' society name is chaosxemperor. He took the time to share his excitement about getting a nice MS-63 1904-O morgan (see "The Newest Addition" journal entry). In expressing his excitement he stated that the coin was expensive ($52.00). Apparently he has recieved e-mails stating that the coin was neither rare or expensive. Shame on you. This youngst

Johnny's Cartwheels

Johnny's Cartwheels

This coin is worth....

Whatever YOU are willing to pay for it. There has been some discussion as to wether we are pricing young collectors out of the hobby, and to a lesser degree, the value of some of these coins. There is a price range availibility for any level of collector and that is the beauty of this hobby. Now matter how much we can spend or how meager our budget, there will be something we can add to our collection. Something we can hold, look at and admire. Something that will continue to inspire our col

Admiral Mike-migration

Admiral Mike-migration

Kennedy 1964 Proof Accented Hair PR-70?

About to make first entry, came to a complete halt! I was about to make my first entry and when I came to the population report I could not believe what I seen there. I thought I had something very special with a PR-68 DC 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar with Accented Hair. When I looked at the population report, it showed 6,089 in Proof 70! WOW! Can that be true and accurate? If it is, I'm just blown away with my coin, what is up with this? Thanks, Tom

WoodenJefferson

WoodenJefferson

Phase 1 - The Bucks - A Long Journey to Completion

A substantial accomplishment* that, over time, will only slide in to obscurity having never reached the top ten.   *In my humble opinion anyway. Well, I finally got as close to the top ten as I ever will with my registry set for "Modern Commemorative Silver Dollars 1983-Date".   My labor of love (read obsession) is 100% complete as of today; simultaneously debuting as a full member of society and reaching the zenith of its existence.   I knew from conception, by its very design, that

JMMinPhxAZ-migration

JMMinPhxAZ-migration

The Newest Addition

One day on the DLRC(David Lawrence Rare Coins) I found a beautiful coin. A 1904-O Morgan Dollar. Just one problem. It cost 52 dollars! So after much debating, I took out my hard earned cash and bought it. On a side note, it was a 1*****(A beautiful coin). The days passed by and I literally was running around in circles waiting for it. Then it came! It was beautiful! I guess I have DLRC to thank and myself for being crazy enough to take out a wad of cash to buy it!   EDIT: After being messag

chaosxemperor

chaosxemperor