The New Zealand Mint completely shut down its operations on August 17th of this year because of a covid outbreak in the country. Easier for New Zealand to do than most countries because it is an island nation. Yesterday they reopened and began shipping orders again. During their shutdown they were still taking orders on new issues they had scheduled for release. I had a concern because all of the coins I buy from the New Zealand Mint I submit, as soon as I get them, for the First Release label.
The Mother Of All Registry Sets when it comes to sheer number of slots.
When I first started looking at the larger Registry Sets when it came to the number of slots, I was not that surprised to find that the Niue $2 Proof was at the top with 400 slots. The majority of these have been added by myself and (friendly) competitor David (Dharma King / Go Mango), of course with the help of Ali, Jane, Lisa, Maribeth, Melanie and all of the other great people at NGC who worked so patiently in helping g
Review of the second of 3 Registry sets having over 300 slots, the Niue S$1 Proof
The Niue Registry $1 set has ballooned in the last couple of years. Unlike the first Set I reviewed, the Canada $20 Proofs, the Niue coins have a much more diverse set of features on many of the coins. Square, key shaped, animal shaped (horse's head), etc., there has been a lot more "freedom" (for lack of a better word) in the coin's design rather than the usual round shape.
Another interesting design that has
Building 3 Registry Sets that each have over 300 slots, one of them now at 400!
This year has been one of winding down the volume of coins I add to my collection each year. I retired at the end of last year and it's very expensive to keep up all of the sets I have. I decided to narrow it down to a few and after this year will narrow down even more.
As I was reviewing my Sets, I was curious on a few of the larger ones how many slots they each have. There are now 3 that have over 300 slots, h
Goal: 250 #1 Registry Sets
This last December I retired. No longer having the funds to continue building and keeping up with all of my sets, I gave in to the realization I would not make the Goal I had set for myself many, many years ago to reach 250 #1 Registry Sets. I was in the 220's at the end of the year and knew I would have to start selling off all of my coins to bridge the gap between retiring from work and waiting a few more years before starting to take social security. I decided to
2009 S$15 Canada King Of Hearts PF70 Ultra Cameo
Here is the latest addition to my coins with a population of 1 at grade 70. I currently have 155 coins in my Custom Set "The Dan Hughes Grade 70 Pop 1 Collection", this will be #156. In the world coin arena it is obviously much easier to get a pop 1 coin, still feels great when it happens. There are 4 coins in this Series, Canada $15 Playing Card Money Series - Ten Of Spades, Jack Of Hearts, Queen Of Spades, & King Of Hearts. I have submitte
What else, Canada Commemorative Silver $20, 1985-Date, Proof
Today I added my 300th coin to the World Sets - Canada - Commemorative Silver $20, 1985-Date, Proof. I haven't checked all of the Registry sets for number of slots but I would imagine this is in the top 5. Having retired last December unfortunately I will no longer be able to keep up with the volumes of coins the RCM churns out. If only the wife would get a job and let me spend her earnings on coins. Hmmmmm, don't think that will wo
What a year, glad it's over as far as the registry competition.
Another year come and gone. I was able to get my #1 Registry Set count up to 225. It was 228 until some last minute entries. I'll catch up to those next year. The majority of my collection I'm going to start selling off. It is just too expensive for me to try and continue maintaing and updating all of these sets (as the wife would say, I need to get a life). I have way too many sets to keep up. I didn't even realize that I had ano
100+ Pop 1 World coins in new Custom Set The Dan Hughes Grade 70 Pop 1 Collection
I decided to create a Custom Set of Garde 70 Pop 1 coins in my collection after realizing I had over a hundred of them and thought it would be interesting set to look at. When I first started reviewing coins to see how many Pop 1 Grade 70 coins I had I expected to find maybe a dozen or so. I was very surprised to find over 100 and I am still adding to it. I thought someone might enjoying seeing some pics so I cre
Finally hit my 200th #1 Registry Set
Years ago I had set a goal to reach 250 #1 Registry Sets and get in the top ten for overall points. I dropped that 250 down to 200 when the Royal Canadian Mint, whose coins make up a large portion of my collection, started spewing out a vast number of coins the last couple of years making it impossible, unless you're a millionaire with money to burn, to keep up with all of the new coins. I really focused on the sets this last year and a half to finish my go
RCM, where's the Cow Bell?
I noticed the Canadian Mint has now issued coins with the characters from the Looney Tunes cartoons. Sufferin' Succotash! Have you gotten so desperate for designs you're now doing cartoon scenes? I haven't seen a coin for a Kitchen Sink yet? How about it? What about a Cow Bell coin? You could even put a teeny tiny working Cow Bell on it, make it a Hologram Colorized Gilt Ultra High Relief with a Murano Glass Cow Bell. Instead of your usual denominations of $1, $2, $3
A year later, only 12 new #1 sets.
Each year about now I look at the number of Registry Sets I'm maintaining and first ask myself why am I doing this? Of course, the answer is I love collecting coins and enjoy the hobby tremendously. I had set a goal a few years back of getting to 250 #1 sets. A couple years ago I was just over 100. Last year 140, this year I really slowed down, only getting to 152. Having been laid off my job and being out of work for a year didn't help the cause. Buy a coin,
Kangaroos, Koalas,Kookaburra and Lunar
After suffering a difficult year building my collections, I did manage to achieve one goal, and only one goal, this last year. I wanted to get the #1 set for the Complete Sets of the Australian Kangaroo, Koala, Kookaburra and Lunar Series. The Kangaroo was the most difficult, which I added to that difficulty by mistakenly selling my 2015 proof $1 Kangaroo and having to buy it back a day before the Dec 3rd deadline for updating sets. I'm going to try and f
Where does it end?
A little over a year ago I wrote a Journal entry that I hit the number 100 for #1 Registry Sets. Today I'm up to 140. Granted, the majority of them are sets with less than 10 slots in them and with the exception of 1 they are all World Coin sets. I can't believe the increase in output from some of the World Mints on the variety of coins being issued each year. The coins themselves have their own varieties. Colorized, Gilt, Proof, Mint State, Proof Colorized, etc. It has come
At least it is for me.
What makes this Series rare (in my view only) is the population of the coins in the series. There are, to my knowledge, a total of 89 coins in the Series dating from 1991 up until 2009, when the Perth Mint discontinued the 2 Oz. version of it's popular Kookaburra Series coins.
Similar to the 1 Oz. version there are many varieties for several of the annual releases with the difference being the Privy marks added to that year's release. An example is on the coin I upload
Today I reached my 100th #1 Registry Set.
Well, granted the vast majority are Sets with less than 10 coins, but spread out over several different countries. I don't expect it to stay at that number for long as a lot of sets get filled up this time of year right before the close of the annual competition. My favorites are the Australian Lunar 1 Oz MS Complete, and the 1 and 2 oz Australian Kookaburra Complete. The latter 2 Sets are made up of coins the majority of which have a total population
10 years to build a set
Finally finished completing my 1 oz Australia Kookaburra Complete Set. A little over ten years since I started, the final coin back from grading and now in my Registry. The Kookaburra 1999 with Portugal Privy Mark proved the most elusive of the set for me to get. Even when I went on vacation to Australia I looked at coin dealers shops and couldn't find it. Never expected to find it on eBay but that's where just about everything seems to be. Now what to do with my spre t
1/2, 1 & 2 oz Australian Lunar Proofs
Another set finally completed after years of hunting and bidding on coins. My Australian Lunar 1/2, 1 & 2 oz Proof Sets were finally completed with the purchase of the 3 coin Lunar Ox set, for some reason proving the most difficult to get. Glad I started 10+ years ago, couldn't afford them today!
Are there anymore out there?
Finally after 10 years, a trip to Australia, constant updates to NGC for slot corrections, I have completed my Registry set of 2 Oz Kookaburras. I only need one more to finish my complete set of 1 oz Kooks and varities, the 1999 Kook with Portugal Privy. Never thought I was going to find them all. What next? Some of these I didn't even know existed, like the Victoria Cross Privy Mark, until I stumbled across them in my search.
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