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Mistakes Happen – because we’re all human



We’ve had a fair bit of discussion in the boards lately on phantom sets, ghost sets, inactive sets, and sets with coins that a person no longer owns or never owned or what have you. It’s all a bit cloak and dagger for me. But the discussion did remind me of something that happened to me about 5 years ago.

I got a notification from NGC that someone else had tried to register a penny that I had registered in one of my sets.

I immediately started getting indignant and bent out shape because “how dare this person try to register my coin in their set because I clearly still own it and blah blah…”

Fortunately, for me, I had the idea to get the coin out of the box and look at it before saying or doing anything.

The coin(s) were bought from a dealer that had submitted a bunch of cents on one invoice. I think they’d even submitted a bunch of this date and mint mark – maybe even a full BU roll. When I bought my coin and registered it to my account, I got one digit of the certification number – part of the 3-digit section that is specific to the coin, not the 7-digit invoice number – wrong.

It happened that, in this case, the coin that had that certification number had the same date, mint mark and grade as the one I’d bought. So when I made that mistake the system accepted the cert#, the coin went into the slot in the set that I was trying to put it in, and I never noticed anything was wrong – until some other registry member tried to register that coin!

When I saw what I’d done I – rather sheepishly – released the certification number to the person asking for it and added in the coin that I actually had – double checking the certification number a little more closely this time.

Looking back on this 5 years later I’m happy to share it and less embarrassed by it because I fortunately took the time to check again and see what was going on before saying or doing anything stupid.

Ultimately, this is a pretty harmless example. I did own a coin of that type in that grade. I was never claiming anything that wasn’t true – I’d just entered the wrong number. But it’s still a funny story and something to think about, I think.



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On more than one occasion, I have thought that I was being wronged by someone, only to discover that the fault was mine. I have learned to check my facts (most of the time) before getting all bent out of shape. Good thing that you chose to do that in this situation. :)


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I've made more than my share of mistakes in the past and I'll make plenty in the future. Mistakes are of no value to the mistakee if you fail to learn from them. (I know mistakee is not a word, I made it up to make my point). Revenant, in your case a calmer mind prevailed! :)

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I am ever so careful with that first set of numbers but sometimes I get careless with the second set too.  That's what makes us human, Like Gary said, Mistakees who own their mistake are all the better for having learned a valuable lesson. 

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We have to accept the fact that we are human. And that we are imperfect. That's the whole ball of wax. I made.a.mistake once I thinnk.Haha.

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