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LOOK AT GOLD & SILVER GO & GO!

It's definitely NOT "too late" to get on board! in coins or scrap! Greetings Collectors, Gold punched through $1300 "inter day" this last Friday but with almost a $12 gain today, it's well above that mark. (just a while ago I checked and gold was $1310.30 & silver was $21.77) I predict that gold at under $1200 may never be seen again. Those of you that have some, buying now, is "NOT" an unwise move. Those of you that don't have any but want some, wait and you may get a correction around

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A 14-YEAR GOAL FINALLY COMPLETED, AT LAST!

Today I received the "final" piece to the 25 part puzzle. Greetings Collectors, Today I finally was able to hold in my hand, the last roll needed to be able to always put together #20 complete sets of United States Silver Eagles. This is a quest that began in 1996. This was the year I bought my very first "mint roll" with the green top of what may be America's most widely collected silver coin. Of course this last part of the statement may be one that could be argued against. The Morgan Doll

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THE MOROTORIUM HAS ENDED...

Very In-expensive coins are very hard to pass on... Greetings Collectors, With several items being watched/followed on eBay, this is a coin that was up for auction that no-one made the starting bid on. I actually would have done so but it ended while I was out of town and away from the computer. I emailed the seller and asked if the coin was still available and if so I would offer "X". It took sometime for him to get back to me and after writing him for the second time, he responded in the a

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BROKEN "VOWS" & CHEAP 70 YEAR OLD COINS!

Very nice looking coins for "next to nothing" prices. Greetings Collectors, Even though I said my "buying days" were over, it's hard to pass on coins that are being "given away".I was browsing one of my "favorite sellers" and saw a couple coins that were very nice looking and also dirt cheap. The total price paid for this MS-66 1941-P Lincoln and also a 1941 MS-66 Washington quarter totaled less than the fees it would cost to grade both. Since seeing the two '1941's together, I thought what

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MY "NICEST" COIN WITH THE LEAST POINTS!

If God weren't so darn busy he'd kick someones tail for only assigning 45 points to this gorgeous coin!!! Greetings Collectors, Just a short post about the Franklin I mentioned in my previous post. I have owned this coin for eons. I bought it back when the PCGS holders looked like this, just to give you an idea of how long it's been in my family of coins. I have done an enormous amount of research on Franklin proof coinage. So much that I feel as if I have a "PHD" in it. A while back I did a

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A "VERY" RARE "MODERN" COIN IN HIGH GRADES

The U.S. Mint gets back into the "Commemorative" business... Greetings Collectors, I have had quite a bit of extra time on my hands lately and holding off buying anything, has enabled me to start to build up my rainy day fund for future gold & silver purchases. Having said that, I'm not sure if the correction I predicted in the metals shortly after the Nov. 2nd elections will be any less than the price is of late. Gold and silver have just "blown through" past records and both are up big

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BLINDSIDED BY A DAYLIGHT ROBBERY!

My collection is safe, it's just the "dam" points... Greetings Collectors, Well, this may be a blessing, after all. TPETERS and I have been kinda running neck and neck for some time. He would pull ahead and then after some major purchases I would reciprocate. I had been hovering at the 200,000 point mark for some time. I have sold a few coins and then I would add a few. Then came my "self imposed" moratorium on any future coin purchases unless monies were freed up by sales. In other words, m

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Replacing The Expence of "BUYING" with the Fun in "LOOKING"...

Have you ever really contemplated the loss of one of your "major senses"? Such as being able to see??? Greetings Collectors, I want to thank all who have written me of late. I never tire from hearing from a fellow collector. I have a real passion for this hobby as I'm sure most of you do. In fact, it's such a passion, rarely a day goes by that I don't pull out a past issue of Coin World or Numismatic News or the many other monthly publications and read or re-read an article. I will also some

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BACK TO THE HOBBY OF "COIN COLLECTING"

There sure are some beautiful coins to be had for those that have the $. Greetings Collectors, Forgive me for my last post (I have followed suit of the C.S. member in question, and deleted my post as well) but what was said was way too much to keep my mouth shut about. But now, I'm over it for the most part and just want to say "Gary" don't change a thing. Keep the excellent posts coming. You didn't make "Journal Author" for 2009 for nothing. I have stopped my buying for the most part due

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Finding "Peace" with PEACE DOLLARS & Mint Sets...& silver bullion...

It's actually quite "Peaceful" on the other side of the Numismatic "Rat Race"... as long as there is still "silver" involved... Greetings Collectors, I have been spending a great deal of time on research and photography and find that this "slower" pace suits me well. I had thought that with the hiatus put on any significant coin purchases would be awful. But this slowdown to "smell the roses" has been a good thing. I am trying to see where I stand with my 1/2 dozen mint sets that I've been

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HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH???

The "path" I have taken in my collections/sets needs to be re-thought... Greetings Collectors, I have watched a great deal of movies in my life and have some personal favorites. I remember "quotes" by the different actors as many of these stand out in my mind and I have used/borrowed them on many occasions. I have used several in my posts here at the Collectors Society. A few that I remember are ones that I use most often. In the movie "Cool Hand Luke" with Paul Newman, has a classic quote m

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TO "SLAB" OR NOT TO "SLAB"?

Is sending in "raw recruits" a feasible, economic alternative, to purchasing "slabbed dates"??? Greetings Collectors, I have been watching as I am sure most of you have as well, the price of the "metals" slowly inching higher. This of course, due to the fact that our economy, like the rest of the world, continues to weaken, even with all the massive spending. This is, as I have said before, a "double edged sword". If you are selling, this is a good thing. (the rising price of gold & silv

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ENJOYNG THAT WHICH I ALREADY OWN...

Medical expenses taking a priority over new purchases "Newps" Greetings Collectors, I have had to temporarily suspend purchases of additional coins for all of my much "needing & wanting" sets. I have really been trying as of late, to fill holes in my 3-4 mint sets I have been concentrating on, that being the 1853, 1892, the 1901 and the last being the 1923. I have been successful in filling some holes in all four but after reflecting back on the grade of the pieces added, I have thought

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JUST A PHOTO WITH NO JOURNAL...

I'm pretty much OK with everything, and for once, have little to say. Miracle??, I doubt it. Just a little common sense for a change... Greetings Collectors, I finally got to the post office before they closed at 5 and picked up the last package I have been expecting. In this package was this really nice, "1st year of issue" Barber quarter and my 1960-D Franklin from Teletrade. I love the "old holder" AU-50 Barber and the FBL-ms-65 half. I will add pics of both to their respective places thi

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THERE'S NO JOY LIKE THIS JOY!!!

Bringing some of my "babies" home for "weekend visitation" is a "Joy" only exceeded by... possibly the birth of another "baby"...then another, and of course yet another... and another and so on and so on...The Bible refers to babies as "Happiness is the man with a "quiver full" as in many babies. Just don't feel he (God) would be happy with me using this quote in reference to coins. Sorry... Greetings Collectors, Today was the one day I was not home when the mailman came by. Evidently the

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WHAT CAN AN EBAY SELLER DO IN THIS CASE?

This has to be the single hardest thing I've had to swallow Greetings Collectors, With the subject of selling having just been discussed of late, I wanted to share a "nightmare experience" I had a couple months ago. Actually after all the wasted emails to eBay's Trust and Safety department, I had told myself I was done wasting my time writing about the problems with this incident. But for the last time here goes: There are two things that bother me about eBay. One is that the buyer is alwa

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WHAT CAN NGC OR WE DO TO STOP THIS!

IT'S "WAY PAST" RIDICULOUS, Actually it's really starting to me off. Greetings, I have not started this post with the usual "greeting" as I am not sure a post to "Collectors" is proper anymore. Sure, the vast majority of us are collectors but there are so many other persons here who I would not classify as such. Without going into detail, I have now come to the conclusion that we have preachers, pundits, thieves, political "want a be's" (I stand guilty as charged), ego maniacs, along with p

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POINTS, SETS & OWNERSHIP

I may have gone a wee bit far... as usual.. Greetings Collectors, I want to apologize for the close to "Outta Control" rant of late. We are all collectors here. We all take part in a hobby that personally I believe to be the most rewarding, in more ways than can be counted. I could never emphasize that enough. As in any endeavor there are ups and downs, hills and valleys and also good times and bad. Having said that, I think due to pressures away from here, led to my "going off". The events

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EARLY 1920's HOLD SOME VERY HIGH $ COINS

A SUPERB ADDITION TO MY 1923 MINT SET... Greetings Collectors, I have somewhat recovered from a physical week helping others and had time to sit and read all of the postings of late. Always very interesting reading. A comment on "Moondoggy's post in that I think the person who was trying to list a coin in his/her set is one of those that "pads" their sets with coins they wished they owned & need to own but don't.(own) I have seen people rise quickly in the ranks and from past posts an

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IT'S SAD TO LOSE A "COIN FRIEND"...

SOME PEOPLE YOU JUST CAN'T REACH... Greetings Collectors, Life has been very challenging to me the last few weeks/months..years? My dads health is touch and go. My daughter just finished law school and from last Thursday 'til last night has been spent driving hundreds of miles to obtain a truck, and moving her back home. She will leave in 3-weeks to get yet one more feather in her "doctorial" cap as she will attend a year at NYU which will assure her starting salary of low 6-figures to proba

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Remember This site is a "Free Site"

I am a member for "Coin Submissions" mostly... Greetings Collectors, I'm in my mid 50's and really don't like change, even more so when I think the change is not an improvement. The change here along with the "So Called" "Change you can believe in" we all had to swallow a little over a year and a half ago are not changes I like. In fact I will go so far to say I "dislike" both, one a whole lot more than the other. But having said all that, the change at NGC here, I am going to save "strong c

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There's No Place Like GOLD...and home

One additional piece to the 1853 "puzzle" and... Greetings Collectors, I drove up to Brunswick Ga. this morning to attend church with my girlfriend, grabbed a bite to eat and returned home. I have had my two boys (14 & 13) for most of the last couple weeks and did a couple trips with them as well but have been hitting the auctions piece-meal as most of my time with them have either been in the water or in the country at my dads. The older one was tired of dad already so he went home last

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Reflections on Collections...Problems...Addictions...etc

I really don't know why I do what I do... Greetings Collectors, I just rolled back into town after a short trip to the country with my two boys 12 & 14. We went out to my dads for a few days and took a pile of firearms and literally "shot" a couple hundred dollars in various types of ammo. They had a bunch of fun but my mind was on my coins. The 38,44,45 & 30-30 shells were a small part of a very large hoard left over from my dads pawn shops but I still could not keep from thinking o

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Waiting Game Ends, & Starts Again...

I think coins must be like a "narcotic fix"... Greetings Collectors, Today was a busy one for me. Several errands and two doctor appointments. The day started off not so good as I was informed I have cancer. It's skin cancer from having been cooked on most every island within a thousand miles of here for the last 30+ years. I have a place on my arm that has gotten considerably worse and another below my left sholder blade. I have had a feeling that this was what it was but didn't want to acc

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"Don't Get RIPPED OFF"!!!

I am hearing more and more of this... Greetings Collectors, I had to have my computer picked up and taken to the shop as it was just getting way too slow with all the "sludge" that builds up. Before Alpha left I had him hook up a Sony Vio that had belonged to my daughter before she went away to school. I have Vista on mine and she has Windows XP. Of couse me being the villiage insufficiently_thoughtful_person when it comes to computers, I have spent the last several hours trying to figure ou

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