A cute, dopey, derpy set full of TOP POP coins?

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My submission of Zimbabwe coins, as of yesterday, is officially “received” at NGC, but it’s that weird new kind of “received” where you cannot click on the invoice number and can’t see any of the line items. They just took them out of the box and put the invoice number in to say, “See! We got it! Now go away and stop bugging us about your box!” lol Joking! Said with love, folks!

Anyway… I have been thinking about my MS65 10C coin, and the fact that it’s a TOP POP - that I got for $21 after it sat unsold for months - because it is literally the only one of those that has been graded. It got me thinking and got me to look at the pop reports… and the population of NGC graded Zimbabwean coins is… insanely small!

There are 28 Zimbabwean coins that have been graded by NGC. 28! That is it!

Twelve (12) of those 28 - nearly half of them - are S$10, 1996 Wildlife series issues that I’m thinking are NCLT.

Seven (7) of those, from what I can see, are proof and proof pattern strikes from 1980.

Only Seven (7) that I can see, are circulation strikes - only 25% of that tiny group.

There are 2 that are listed in the pop report denomination summary that I can’t find in the detailed breakdown for some reason.

Still, only 7-9 NGC graded circulation strike coins. Under 10. And I already own one of those.

Of the 13 coins in that submission, 10 are going to be the first and only circulation strike coin of that type that NGC has graded, including all of the 5 2014 Bond Coins I’m submitting. So, assuming no details grades, all 10 of those will automatically be TOP POP as soon as they are in the population just by grace of having no competition, unless someone else has their own coins ahead of mine in line in the pipeline! So, barring that, the set will have AT LEAST 11 TOP POP coins - no matter how terrible those grades come back! lol

The other three coins, the 1C Km-1b, the $10 Km-14 and the $25 Km-15 are all up against 1 graded MS competitor that they have to beat. The $10 coin wins as long as it comes back MS like the seller advertised - it has to beat an AU55. The $25 coin wins as long as it comes back as Choice Uncirc (MS63) or better - it has to beat a MS62. The 1C coin has the hardest job - going against a MS65RD. I think it will get a RD. We’ll see on the 65.

 

It'll be interesting to have a set with such a high concentration of top pops, even if it is mostly a technicality, just because I don't generally own a lot of top pop coins and notes. Most of what I buy is already graded and I'm usually just not willing to pay the incremental premium for a top pop. Many of the top pops I do have are things I graded myself and lucked into - like three Zimbabwe checks I have coming back. My 10G set - one of the prides of my registry - doesn't contain a single top pop coin.

This is going to feel like the NGC Registry equivalent of congratulating my 3 year old on his participation trophy in soccer - after I had to force him to put on his cleats and go out for almost every game. lol

Winning by default, folks. That’s how you do it!

The whole thing, just looking at and seeing those numbers, just really explains why searching on eBay for NGC graded Z coins always turned up NOTHING, and it honestly makes lucking into that 1 dime in some ways all the more shocking than it was.

It really drives home that the only way this set was ever going to get made was if I did the grading myself.

Now just to wait to find out the grades. I'm very hopeful for the bond coins and maybe some of the others… I think the non-bond 1C, 20C, and 50C at least will do decently well and grade in the MS range. I’m more worried about the 5C, 10C, $1, $10, and $25.

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That's awesome! Finding new pieces for my Buffalo Nickel set slowed down so last year I decided to search through the Registry sets and find smaller ones without much activity that wouldn't be difficult to complete.  I was thinking, if anything I can put together a set for display and in best case scenario I can win a best new set award.  Last year it was the Austria 2 Schilling, 1928-1937, Circulation Issue set.  Thought I'd be done in one year but having difficult tracking down a Mozart that doesn't look circulated.

Anyhow, it's super satisfying to see the Top Pop icon next to a coin so if you get a set with all of them - that's even cooler.

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"winning by default"  :roflmao:  I can totally relate to this.  While I did not win any financial awards I have 4 best in category awards for a set that had (still has) one coin in the set but to my surprise nobody else had or put together a set for several years.   It was a very cheap win and fun in its own way for the time it lasted.  ;)

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1 hour ago, Crawtomatic said:

That's awesome! Finding new pieces for my Buffalo Nickel set slowed down so last year I decided to search through the Registry sets and find smaller ones without much activity that wouldn't be difficult to complete.  I was thinking, if anything I can put together a set for display and in best case scenario I can win a best new set award.  Last year it was the Austria 2 Schilling, 1928-1937, Circulation Issue set.  Thought I'd be done in one year but having difficult tracking down a Mozart that doesn't look circulated.

Anyhow, it's super satisfying to see the Top Pop icon next to a coin so if you get a set with all of them - that's even cooler.

Yeah… I've thought about doing things like that in the past but I just don't like the idea of loading up on a bunch of coins I don't particularly care about and wouldn't necessarily want / buy otherwise just to compete for awards here. As Coinbuf kind of alludes to it works well until someone else comes along and decides to thump you in the skull. lol And if that happens then you're just stuck being #2 (then #3, then #4) in a category with a bunch of coins you didn't want that much in the first place. That's my reasoning anyway. if you actually like and want to collect Austrian shillings then more power to ya. :headbang:

I've had this happen recently in my Zimbabwe competitive sets with someone with deep pockets stomping me in a big way, but my set still "wins" on the basis of presentation and attention to varieties and sub-types IMO ("I reject your reality and substitute my own!" lol). I keep expecting someone to come up and give me a hard time with the 10G set, but, as a set of gold coins, and the 1888 in my set, at least beating that set isn't a trivial task.

7 minutes ago, Coinbuf said:

"winning by default"  :roflmao:  I can totally relate to this.  While I did not win any financial awards I have 4 best in category awards for a set that had (still has) one coin in the set but to my surprise nobody else had or put together a set for several years.   It was a very cheap win and fun in its own way for the time it lasted. 

To quote the immortal words of Homer Simpson, "De fault! De fault! De fault! The two sweetest words in the English language!" lol

Yeah. It's fun. It doesn't do much other than to just show that you can't take all of this too seriously the way some do. I don't know what this will look like yet but I'm hoping to build that set out to have nice descriptions and discussions and have it be a nice addition to my overall Zimbabwe collection / supplement to the note collection in the Registry.

It had occurred to me that I was giving up the chance to see how long that Zimbabwe coin set could continue winning awards with its 16-point lonesome self, but I'd rather build out this set to compliment the notes the way it was meant to.

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