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Changing Gears With Yet Another goal...

My duplicates could finance a small war... a very small one.. Greetings Collectors, I am waiting on todays mail to arrive thinking my 1847-O $10 Liberty will come. I have so many sets that are in need, it's makes little sense to buy a gold coin of this cost that fits practically nowhere. I used the justification that I did not own a $10 from the New Orleans mint. Once I made the purchase I thought to my self that this coin could be the start of yet one more mint set. (like I really need to s

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Waiting, Watching, Looking & Buying...

Is there no end to the "Madness"? Greetings Collectors, Since my last post where I was crying about having a "problem", well it's confirmed. I do. And you know what? I don't give a rats a--. As long as there is electricity on at the house, gas in the trucks & Heaven forbid, the major auction houses are still in business, well, I'm fine. I just finished posting a few more pics to several gallerys and wanted to share several of the latest aquisitions. I picked up the coin you see picture

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Ever wished you could "Go Back in Time?

Duhh.. Dumb question...Would it be this bad if I collected "comic books"??? probably... Greetings Collectors, All this "Gold Fever" that has been sweeping the world got me thinking about the past. I started collecting in the early-mid 60's and even still have a "Red Book" from that period. My two most valuble coins at that time was a 1916-D Mercury dime AG-3 and an 1810 over 9 Classic Head Large Cent in XF-45. The former was lost in time and the latter I still own. I remember the large cent

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Buy Gold & Silver NOW!

Buy it at any time & in any form! JUST BUY IT... Greetings Collectors, In the past I have posted several journals about the wisdom in buying gold and silver. All of you see & hear the commercials on TV & radio about this. I posted a journal on 3/19/09 with the same title. Afterwards there were those who said that at $950 gold may have gotten a little ahead of itself and the better time would have been several months prior when it had corrected back to $750-$775. I then made anoth

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Coin Photography Made Simple (Part Four)

Basicly the final part... Greetings Collectors, Once again I am late. My dad had a slight setback and I am with him about 90 miles from my home. I am using the computer I urged him to get under the guise he needed to keep track of his stocks etc. But I must admit there were some personal needs of my own that kept me nagging him 'til he finally agreed it would be a good thing for him. You really don't apreciate what you have until you are forced to use another system. But even though the scre

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Proud Of This "New Addition"

Another Slot filled in an Important Mint Set... Greetings Collectors, Just wanted to share a new coin that came today. This MS-62 was won at auction on eBay for a very fair price for the condition it is. As most of you know my favorite silver coin set is the Franklin Half Dollar in mint state and to round out my "top three" in silver is the Walking Liberty Half and coming in third is the Mercury Dime. These latter two sets are ones I am trying to complete in what some call the "middle set" (

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Coin Photography Made Simple (Part Three)

re-ducing the file size of your photos. Greetings Collectors & Photographers, I apologize once again for being tardy in my continued posts of this very tedious art of coin "picture taking". Before I start I want to say that while there are many of you who have their own personal tips on "how they do it", for those of you who are as new to this task as I was last fall, with all due respect, try to ignore, just for the time being, urges to get too fancy too quickly. Again I can only speak

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Coin Photography Made Simple (Part Two)

Cropping/Editing your Photo Greetings Collectors, Sorry for the delay in getting to part two. I wanted to get this done Friday night, as I am sure most of you are very busy during the week, and the weekends probably give you a little more free time. As I continue this series I plan on doing one post per week and would like to have it done by Fri. eve. Saturday at the very latest. Some of you have your own brand of software you like to use when editing your photos so bear in mind that these

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Coin Show Gold Purchases

Anual Greater Jacksonville Coin Show Greetings Collectors, I just got home a few minutes ago and wanted to share the only two purchases I made at the show. The two coins pictured is the "reverse only", and were two of the nicest coins for the grade that I found today. I was busy with work yesterday and was not able to make it down to the show until today. This was actually the first Saturday of this yearly show I have ever missed. To try and make myself feel a little better, I thought that m

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The "FINEST" AU-58 I've ever seen!

This coin is absolutely "Amazing" Greetings, I am just sitting here in "awe" over this $10 I got today. For the last hour and a half I have been comparing the Obverse & the Reverse to over 30 different coins on Teletrade, eBay, & Heritage. Also I looked at the few $10's I have pics of here at the CS registry. None of the mint state 61's or 62's I own even come close. This 58 is "hands down" far superior to all of my $10 Libertys. The PCGS grader had to have seen something to give

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Just a pic of the Reverse "UP CLOSE"

What a coin, to say the least...Does this look AU-58??? Sorry for "hogging" the journals but I promise to "give it a rest" 'til the next post on photography. But I just had to share this "flip side" of this 05-S. Actually I may sleep with this coin tonight... but then again, maybe not. I fear the "coin fairy" may steal it and give it to a more worthy recipiant... I hope every one enjoys what weekend you have left. Me, I have to work tomorrow. Until next time, Happy Collecting! WKF P.S. I

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A Couple additional Tips...

For those of you without a tripod or copy stand... Greetings Photographers, I have had several of you write thanking me and looking forward to "round two". Thanks to all! One who wrote telling of a method he has used in the past without the use of a tri pod or copy stand. It actually reminded me of some of my "trial & error" days early on. I had alot of trouble keeping my camera still which now the tripod fixes that. I used 4 NGC 20-coin boxes. For closer shots I would stack them two h

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Coin Photography Made Simple (Part One)

Well... here goes... Greetings Collectors, Roughly 7 months ago (actually Oct.17th) I posted a journal titled "I want to buy your help". I had been a CS member for almost 2 years (would have been 2 years that next month in Nov) and I had yet to post a pic with a journal. At the time I had some really crappy pics of my silver eagle collection (they still remain to this day as my thoughts are, once you have seen one MS-69 SE, you've seen them all) but my daughter had pretty much done them and

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Two Large "Beauties" & One Small...

Many Thanks for the huge outpour of support for "photo help"...This, the "prelude" to that tutorial... Greetings Collectors, Thank you to all who wrote me, encouraging me to do a series on picture taking. I had many who have yet to post pics but want to and I had some of you that have but are open to picking up a tidbit of info to further their already worthy skills. I had those of you write that have been what I consider friends for some time and those that I had never heard of/from before.

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A "Pair" of 66's...

These look alot better up close in person...& even more so on the reverses... Just wanted to share a couple of the more common dates in the Franklin series. Of course that term is relative when you have only a few hundred that grade this high. So I guess a better term would be a couple of "not so common" common dates. Both of these coins have some beautiful reverse colors which are fairly common for mint set coins from this time frame. It is hard to see in these photos but the "greens" &am

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This may be the "Nicest" 65 I have ever seen!

The Quality of this coin is far superior to any other mint state 65 or 66 I own in the Franklin series!!! Greetings Collectors, I am out of town this week but this coin arrived on Saturday but since I wasn't home last week either, until after mail time on Sat, I had to take my little "pink slip" & pick up this package from the post office this morning. When I mentioned this eBay buy in a previous post I used about 4 or 5 different adjectives to describe it, among them, awesome, amazing,

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Would "YOU" like to learn to take Coin Photos to post here?

If the want/need is out there, I will do a short series of journals to help out... Greetings Collectors, This Fall will be a year ago when I posted a "plea" that I needed help in learning how to take "basic" coin photos. Ones that were good enough to post here at the Collectors Society in journals and also to have photos of my many coin sets that I am so proud of. I am fairly certain there are those of you that post journals from time to time that would love to share a picture with the rest

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A "Gorgeous" site to behold...

My "faith" in NGC may be somewhat restored...a little... Greeting Collectors, I just came back from the Post Office a little while ago with my last 4-coin submission from NGC. In a previous post I kinda let them have it with "both barrels" for a very bad job they did on some pre-1908 Gold. While I still think the results on those 4 coins were as wrong as wrong can be, I feel somewhat better getting these 4 "modern" gold coins back from them today. My construction business has been sufferin

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"Brown" or "Red & Brown"???

Where is the "cut off"? Greetings Collectors, Years ago while my parents and I were cleaning out the attic of my grandparents house to ready it for sale a few years after my "Me Ma" died we came across an old trunk that was filled with lots of old, mainly worthless items. But in the bottom was an old cigar box and inside was found a small "mini hoard" of coins. My great grandfather was a small time coin collector and I do beleive some of these items were his because the dates would have been

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Rarity X two in "Triplicate"

I really need to get a life...other than Franklin halves & silver bars. Greetings Collectors, There is nothing like working in the yard all afternoon and then coming in and winning a coin you have been searching for years for. Lately I have had a couple of good sources for FBL Franklins and actually the ones pictured here are from a source I bought around a dozen coins from over a 10 day period. All were auction buys and I have never seen such an abundance of ultra high quality NGC FBL c

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Pair of "Late Night" eBay Snags...

I have a hard time passing up a good deal on a coin or a silver bar... Greetings Collectors, I just picked up another example of a scarce Full Bell Line Franklin and while I already owned this same coin in 64, this very brilliant "blast white" P-mint was for sale rather than auction and I was able to get a great deal on it. The 1960-P is the easiest P-mint from the 60's to aquire but when they reach MS-65 and coupled with bold bell lines, common is a term that is way more than estranged. In

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"Talk About RARE"...

The number of modern coins rarer than this one can be counted on just a few fingers of "one hand". Greetings Collectors, Modern coins are not a passion of mine. Silver Eagles in mint state & proof once were but no longer. I don't dislike them. It's just that none of them can be considered rare or even "scarce" for that matter. It's pretty much the same with 97% of the gold issues as well. But the one modern issue that has some truely "very rare" pieces is in the Platinum Eagle series.

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Sure wish I looked this good at "My Age"

A "Cameo Proof" from my birth year... Greetings Collectors, I was just fumbling through a few coins when I came across this one. I actually own two examples of this date, and both are 67-Cameos by NGC. Now this is a series that those "in the know" would much rather have a PCGS coin because it's widely known they are "more strict" when it comes to grading cameos in general. If I were to send this exact coin to PCGS it's doubtful it would "cross". (For those of you that don't know, that means

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A very "Handsome Pair" from the 2nd best graders

A "questionable fact" to some but "downright true" when it comes to this series. Greetings Collectors, First off I would like to thank all of you who emailed me with their thoughts on the "possibe" 11-D Indian. I have answered a few of you but having received 24 emails thus far and being the slow typer/pecker I am, I beleive a "blanket" thank you is in order. In our hobby I am sure that the vast majority of you are aware that coins that are graded by PCGS on the average, bring more money a

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A $10,000 Question???

Should I, or Shouldn't I??? Only God knows for sure...Dam I hate when I have to make a decision such as this...Puts a whole new meaning to "the other side of the coin". Greetings Collectors, Pictured here is a ring I bought off eBay and ironicly it is from the same very large seller of whom I bought the 5 silver eagles from, for a total of less than $150. In my previous post a "Lottery win on eBay", one of those "raw" silver eagles turned out being the "so-called" rare 2008-W with the revers

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