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Invalid certification

I have an NCS coin that comes back as an Invalid certification. Why would there be an Invalid certification on a coin in a NCS holder?

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

Mercury Wings

I have been wondering about if I should put coins into... I have been wondering about if I should put coins into the one coin per date or the full set. I have collected several coins lately, and wondered which is the better way to go. I have some pretty bad dates, such as AU 58, then I have some average dates such as MS 66, with everything inbetween. My collection isn't spectacular, but I am proud of it. Sooooo, which way to go? Both with the best in the One per Date, or just the one I have no

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

Kids & the Collector Society

To join the Collector Society, the minimum age is 14, a raging teenager...... To join the Collector Society, the minimum age is 14. By that time your kid has hormones kicked in and is a raging teenager. To get them to do something with you is a miracle, much less to sit down at the computer and/or discuss coins. My question is this; Can we as a society get the age lowered to age 4? 6? or 8? If so, we have several years to get them into working with and/or performing with coin activities,

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

Burnished Coins

Why is it that the burnished NGC coins aren't labeled as Burnished? Why is it that the burnished NGC coins I have, like my Silver Eagles aren't idenitfied as "Burnished"? For instance, Proof is identified as PF, and Mint State is identified as MS, so why can't Burnished be identified as BMS? The label dosen't even state "Burnished" on it. My eyes aren't as good as they used to be, so I have a difficult time identifying burnished coins from some mint state coins. I know that it is the surface p

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

How Do We Get The Best Photos?

I don't know the way to shoot my coins to proudly display them. I am displaying two fo my brother's Double Eagles because he would like to sell them. We tried to photograph them for excellant display, but they came out lousy. I tried to shoot them with the highest resolution possible on my digital camera, then compress (or decompress?) them to 120K to upload, but that didn't work. The pics came out unusable. I tried to shoot for e-mail, and that didn't work. They came out fuzzy. So... How do I

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

How Do We Get The Best Photos?

I don't know the way to shoot my coins to proudly display them. I am displaying two fo my brother's Double Eagles because he would like to sell them. We tried to photograph them for excellant display, but they came out lousy. I tried to shoot them with the highest resolution possible on my digital camera, then compress (or decompress?) them to 120K to upload, but that didn't work. The pics came out unusable. I tried to shoot for e-mail, and that didn't work. They came out fuzzy. So... How do I

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

Birthdays for our Children

With our children in mind, we sometimes try to set up collections. I know that I have done my journals about my children so far, and this one is no exception. Well, when I turned 50, I realized that 2/3rds of my life was over, and I have to leave my children something other than bills. My father didn't include me in his coin collecting life, and I don't want to do that to my children. With our children in mind, we sometimes try to set up collections. Some are small, and some are large, but m

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

Fueling the fire

Keeping my children interested is something that I hope to keep in the family tradition. My brother tried to get his kids into coin collecting. He got them to finish putting together a set of Memorial pennies. They completed it like it was a job, rather than an adventure. The quicker they got it done, the quicker they could go out and play. I want my children to get more out of it than that, so I give a little, and teach them as I go. I don't know if that will keep their interest, but we'll se

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

Continuing the collecting fever

When I turned 50... When I turned 50, I realized that I was at the 2/3rd junction of my life. My children are still quite young yet, so I needed to give them the collecting fever, or what I have collected will end up on the market and in a lot of other people's collections. Now I have started my children on the path of collecting. Hopefully, that won't happen to all of my coins. I have collected primarily NGC, so I started my daughter with PCGS coins. It is a nice way to break the collection.

Sportyperson

Sportyperson

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