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Beyond the "Red Book": Basic Reference Books for US/Philippine Coins

A personal numismatic library is an indispensible resource for the serious collector. This is particularly true for collectors of USA/Philippines coins. The 2012 "Red Book" devotes five pages to US/Philippine coins. Obviously with this space constraint the amount of information that can be provided is very limited. If a collector wants to learn about the unique characteristics of a particular coin or obtain a better understanding of this historically important series they need to consult one o

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Kudous to the U.S. Mint for a great new product

2012 Birth Set - The perfect Baby Shower Gift! I revieved an email from the U.S. Mint this morning announcing their "2012 Birth Set". This is a great addition to the mints product line and a wonderful way to introduce numismatics to individuals who do not normally purchase mint products. My daughter is expecting her first child in August and a "2012 Birth Set" will be the perfect Baby Shower Gift. "A precious memento to mark the arrival of a newborn baby in 2012, is the first Birth Set issue

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What's in a Type Set?

The Red Book defines TYPE as "A series of coins defined by a shared distinguishing design, composition, denomination, and other elements", and TYPE SET as "a collection consisting of one representative coin of each TYPE, of a particular series or period". While there is general agreement about these definitions there is often a lack of consensus in the numismatic community regarding which coins represent distinct TYPES, and what slots to include in a particular TYPE SET. For example if you

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Belated New Years Resolutions-Historic World War II Photograph of the Liberation of the Philippines (Ft. Stotsen

My 2012 Numismatic Goals and Objectives In my first draft for this journal entry I included a lengthy discussion on the importance of knowing your Philosophy of Collecting and having clear numismatic goals and objectives consistent with that philosophy. While I belief that this is an important area for discussion I will leave that topic for a future journal entry and concentrate on documenting my personal Numismatic Goals and Objectives for 2012. Although I formulated my 2012 Numismatic Goal

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Wartime Alloy USA/Philippines Five Centavos

In order to conserve Copper and Nickel the wartime alloy of the Five Centavos was changed to Copper (65%), Zinc (23%), and Nickel (12%). The 1944 and 1945 Five Centavos use the same obverse and reverse designs as the pre-war Five Centavos but have a different Wartime composition. The pre-war Five Centavos had a composition of Copper (75%) and Nickel (25%). Both Copper and Nickel are important strategic materials during wartime. Copper is needed for the production of shell casings and Nickel

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Battlefield Brass to Brass Centavo - No Tin about it!

The 1944-S USA/Philippine One Centavo was made from salvaged shell casings. Since this wartime alloy used no Tin the resulting coins were actually Brass rather than Bronze. The 1944-S USA/Philippine One Centavo uses the same obverse and reverse designs as the pre-war One Centavo but has a different Wartime composition. For information about the obverse and reverse designs see my USA/Philippines Type Set at: http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=512

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Problems with getting my Journal entries to post on the Chat Boards - Repost of my Journal entry re the new NGC

My last two Journal entries did not appear on the Chat Boards. For that reason I am reposting my Journal entry regarding the new NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) imaging service. My NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) images are back. See how they compare with the old Low Resolution (72 DPI) images, NGC Photo-Proofs, and PCGS True-View imaging. The bottom line is you get what you pay for. Dont expect the High Resolution (300 DPI)images to be anywhere near the quality of auction catalog photos, NGC

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Introducing my newest Custom Set - 1908 USA/Phillipines Proof Set

Only 500 USA/Philippines proof sets were produced in 1908. The coins in this set have an average grade of PF 64.29 and range in grade rarity from R-6 to R-8.9. Most Journal regulars are probably familiar with my Competitive Registry Sets. My USA/Philippines Type Set http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 recieved a 2011 Best Presented Set Award. I also have a number of less known but equally interesting Custom Sets. As a matter of practice I

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My NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) images are back.

See how they compare with the old Low Resolution (72 DPI) images, NGC Photo-Proofs, and PCGS True-View imaging. The bottom line is you get what you pay for. Dont expect the High Resolution (300 DPI)images to be anywhere near the quality of auction catalog photos, NGC Photo-Proofs or PCGS True View images, however they are a significant step up from pictures taken with a home scanner or the Low Resolution NGC images. The difference in picture quality between these image sources can be readi

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The most gorgeous Five Centavos business strike that I have ever seen!

Sometimes Auction Catalogue pictures really to not do a coin justice. That is certainly the case with my latest acquisition. A always review the major auctions to see if they offer possible upgrades for my USA/Philippines Type Set. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 The recent Ira and Larry Goldberg Pre-Long Beach Auction had a nice offering of high quality USA/Philippine coins. One coin in particular (Lot number 4596) struck my eye

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Upgrade to my Registry Sets - 1903 USA/Philippines Peso PF64

I just finished uploading the latest upgrade to my Registry Sets You can check out the results at:http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 The coin and CD with High Resolution (300 DPI) images is still on its way back from NGC so I cant post a decent picture at this time. The images on the NGC Certification Verification web site are terrible and do not do the coin justice. Hopefully the High Resolution images will be better. I will post the

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Coins or Notes its all Numismatics

If you have not been reading the Collectors Society Notes Journals you are missing some very interesting and informative presentations. As you can tell by my Collectors Society Screen name (JAA USA/Philippines Collection) my primary numismatic interest is the Philippines under United States sovereignty. In addition to USA/Philippine coins I also collect Philippine notes, especially the historically important Philippine Emergency and Guerrilla Currency of World War ll. I am fascinated by th

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NGC Grading Results

The grading results are back for the 1903 Proof Peso that I submitted to NGC. NGC gave the coin a grade of PF64. In my opinion this coin is a solid PF65 and possibly PF66 so I may resubmit it at a later date, particularly if I can do so during a Meet the Grader Session at one of the ANA shows. in the past I have had some luck with having undergraded proofs upgraded and this beauty certainly deserves another review. While the PF 64 rating is disappointing it is still a beautiful coin and far

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NGC World Express Grading Tier

I reported in an earlier Journal that I had submitted a coin to NGC under thier World Express Grading Tier. As I stated in my previous Journal entry I am quite eager to have this coin graded and imaged so that I can add it to my Registry Sets. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 I have been monitoring this submission since I put it in the mail and am very impressed with the speed that it is being processed by NGC. According to my USP

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1937 M Five Centavos with Lamination

Check out this interesting error coin which I just added to my Registry Sets. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 This specimen has some very unusual strike characteristics. The obverse has a lose of detail on the right side of the volcano, and the left side of the pedestal, which is typical of 1937-1941 USA/Philippine Five Centavos. There is also a Lamination (Mint Error) on the rim at 3 oclock. The reverse has sharply struck center de

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1937 M Five Centavos with Lamination - The Other Side of the Coin

The reverse of this specimen has some very unusual strike characteristics. Check out this interesting error coin which I just added to my Registry Sets. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 As you can see from the attached picture the reverse has sharply struck center details, but has a great lack of rim sharpness. The Castle with Crown, and Half Lion/Half Dolphin in the central devise is the sharpest I have ever seen on a pre-war Common

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GEM Proof Beauty in the mail to NGC for Grading and High Resolution (300 DPI) Imaging

I'am really excited about my newest acquisition so I decided to submit it to NGC under their World Express grading tier. The coin is a stunning GEM Proof 1903 USA/Philippines Peso which should be a nice upgrade for my USA/Philippines Type Set. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 I purchased this little beauty from Cookie Jar Collectibles in their Philippine Mail Bid Sale XVI, but only recieved it Saturday (2/4/2012). This specimen has gr

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Eye Witness to History:The Battle of Manila - Additional Picture

Picture of destroyed public building This picture was taken by my father in Manila during February or March 1945 shortly after the Battle of Manila. Note the army tents and fuel drums in the foreground and the almost total destruction of the public building in the background. For further information visit my USA/Philippines Type Set at: http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New

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Eye Witness to History:The Battle of Manila and the destruction of the U.S. Manila Branch Mint

During World War II my father serverd in the U.S. Army, in the Pacific, and was an eye witness to the Battle of Manila (February 3, 1945 - March 3, 1945) During WWII Manila was occupied by the Japanese from January 1942 until March 1945. Although the Japanese general in command of the Philippines ordered all of his forces to withdraw from Manila shortly after the allies landed on Luzon the commander of the Japanese Naval Defense Force in Manila disobeyed his orders and fortified the city.

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New Variety - My Reaction

In my experience neither NGC or PCGS are open to certifing new USA/Philippine die varities. The USA/Philippine Fifty Centavos coins are a very interesting series. In my opinion the 1903 through 1906 large Fifty Centavos with the Territorial Reverse are the most beautiful. They are all typically well struck in both proof and business strikes and have excellent detail including the hair, anvil and volcano. When the mint reduced the size and weight of USA/Philippine silver coins in 1907 the

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Upgrade to my Registry Sets - 1908 Half Centavo, NGC PF65 Red

Last night I entered the newest acquisition to my USA/Philippine Registry Sets. The new acquisition is a NGC 1908 PF65 Red Half Centavo that I purchased from Cookie Jar Collectibles in their Philippine Mail Bid Sale XVI. I used this little GEM to upgrade the 1903 - 1908 Half Centavo slot in my prize winning (2011 Best Presented Set Award)USA/Philippine Type Set. If you have not visited by Registry set lately please click on the following link: http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry

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USA/Philippine Commonwealth Era (1936 - 1945) Reverse Designs

Design elements of the Commonwealth Reverse are steeped in the History of the Philippines. I thought that I would take this opportunity to update the information in my previous Journal entry (Crossovers - Part 2) with some interesting information on the history behind the design elements of the common reverse used on USA/Philippine Commonwealth era coins. Here is a picture of the reverse of the 1936 M Roosevelt Quezon Peso depicted in my earlier Journal entry and a link to the coin in my Regis

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The Collectors Journal

The Collectors Journal is a really GREAT feature!!! Although I have belonged to the Collectors Society for several years now and maintain both Competitive and Custom Registry Sets until recently I had never posted a Journal Entry. When I posted my first Journal entry last week I was suprised at the number of views that it recieved. In fact my Journal entry recieved more views in the first 24 hours than my prize winning USA/Philippines Type Set http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry

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Crossovers

No I will not crossover my PCGS USA/Philippines coins I have been asked on the Chat Boards if I will crossover the PCGS coins in my award winning USA/Philippines Type Set. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/coins/SetListing.aspx?PeopleSetID=51257 I think that it is worth repeating my chat board response as a Journal entry: No I don't plan to cross over the two PCGS certified coins in my USA/Philippines Type Set. There is no need to cross them over, at least at this time, beca

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Crossovers - Part 2

Further information & pictures Here is a picture of the reverse of the 1936 M Roosevelt & Quezon Peso depicted in my earlier Journal entry and a link to the coin in my Registry Set. http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/CoinView.aspx?PeopleSetCoinID=1129825

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