World economy submission – The grades are in!

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Recap: I submitted a very complex order to NGC that spanned six invoices and several special requests. You can read about it here.

Much to my surprise, the world economy submission is already on its way back to me, but this was not by design. When I submitted these coins, I requested combined shipping to save on the return shipping charge. For whatever reason, NGC accidentally mailed out the world economy submission on 11-19.  I didn’t notice until I received the shipment notification from NGC later that night. I finally got a chance to call earlier today, but the coins were already on their way back to me. In line with my prior experiences with NGC, they readily acknowledged the error and offered a full credit for the shipping charge. It was nice to see that they are still very customer-friendly despite their massive backlog and continuous staffing shortages. Many, myself included, assumed that the longer turnaround times for the economy tier would delay my other submissions, so this was a big surprise.

The posted pictures are not my best work. My normal setup was out of commission when I first took these so I had to do the best I could with what I had at the time. I plan to take new images with my typical setup once they arrive back from NGC.

 

1.      373225146_1811BankofEnglandDollarDieTrail.thumb.jpg.c8f0336be8694e6d6478bcd25ccc8ce1.jpg

Description: Uniface die trial of the 1811 Bank of England Dollar

My grade: XF – Detail

NGC grade: Ineligible type

Comment: This one caught me off guard as this is a well-documented piece described and cataloged in no less than four internationally recognized authoritative guides. After discussing this with the customer service representative earlier today, I plan to write a brief email providing documentation for the piece and making my case that it should fall within the purview of the items they grade. I have been somewhat successful with similar requests in the past, so maybe this will eventually end up in a slab.

2.      709989571_1753GreatBritainFarthingAU-58BN2863844002.thumb.jpg.d32b2dad889d4ed8bd295b441b99099e.jpg

Description: 1753 Great Britain ½ Penny

My grade: AU-55 BN

NGC grade: AU-58 BN

Comment: I am not surprised by the grade this coin received. The pictures make it look dull, but in hand, it retains a good amount of luster.

3.      1667701165_1754GreatBritainFarthingMS-63BN2863844003.thumb.jpg.ce0a27cfbada2a5c827f73616ea12e18.jpg

Description: 1754 Great Britain Farthing

My grade: MS-64 BN

NGC grade: MS-63 BN

Comment: I am happy with this coin in an MS-63 holder. I am excited to get it back in hand to see what I might have missed during my initial inspection. Fun fact, a number of these pieces dated 1754 and depicting George II were actually struck in 1762 and 1763 under the reign of George III. This lackluster attempt to address the small change shortage of the era further highlights how disinterested the crown was in helping the average citizen.

4.      1494459767_1917CostaRica10CentavosMS-642863844004.thumb.jpg.af03708ee377bcec037eace9c7b555e4.jpg

Description: 1917 Costa Rica 10 Centavos  

My grade: MS-63 PL

Result: MS-64

Comment: I am happy with the numerical grade, but the lack of a PL designation is disappointing. I have images of this coin, but they all fail to capture how it looks in hand. The devices are slightly frosted, but the fields are fully reflective. At first glance it looks like a proof, but from my research, it doesn’t appear proof strikes were ever recorded for this coin in silver. On any note, it is an interesting coin that will soon find a new home. 

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@Revenant I have counted myself out of the registry race for this year. I just have not had the time to devote to it. Maybe once things settle down a bit, I can get back to it. Tonight was one of the first nights in a while that I have been free enough to do anything hobby-related. 

I appreciate your comment about the grading. I have done my best to hone my skills over the years, but I am always learning. 

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On 11/23/2021 at 8:48 PM, coinsandmedals said:

@Revenant I have counted myself out of the registry race for this year. I just have not had the time to devote to it. Maybe once things settle down a bit, I can get back to it. Tonight was one of the first nights in a while that I have been free enough to do anything hobby-related. 

I appreciate your comment about the grading. I have done my best to hone my skills over the years, but I am always learning. 

Don't count yourself out completely. You never know on the work you've done so far - they could decide its enough even if you don't think so -and if they give the Journal award this year (Never sure since they don't list it but they've given it the last two years without announcing it and I think participation is actually up this year) you'd be one of my picks. 

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Nice coins, it is nice to see the smaller denominations get graded, which over time may reflect just how rare quality examples are.

I seem to have bought more Napoleonic medals, as opposed to coins, this year - there is probably a custom set in there somewhere if I can put a theme together, anything would need a lot more examples though as I am about 3000 short of the full set xD

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On 11/23/2021 at 8:55 PM, Revenant said:

Don't count yourself out completely. You never know on the work you've done so far - they could decide its enough even if you don't think so -and if they give the Journal award this year (Never sure since they don't list it but they've given it the last two years without announcing it and I think participation is actually up this year) you'd be one of my picks. 

Beyond editing a few comments and updating several pictures, I haven't changed much within my three custom sets. What little time I had was devoted to building the new set, which I haven't made public yet. I hope that it will be ready for next year. I have enjoyed writing the journals way more than I thought I would, and it has made me a more active participant than in years past. Winning an award for them would be icing on the cake! 

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On 11/24/2021 at 3:32 AM, ColonialCoinsUK said:

Nice coins, it is nice to see the smaller denominations get graded, which over time may reflect just how rare quality examples are.

I seem to have bought more Napoleonic medals, as opposed to coins, this year - there is probably a custom set in there somewhere if I can put a theme together, anything would need a lot more examples though as I am about 3000 short of the full set xD

Thank you for your kind words! I do my best to preserve nice examples when I stumble upon them, even though they are no longer my primary focus. Some years are difficult to track down in higher grades as the lower denominations typically circulated for over a hundred years. Beyond long circulation periods, many of the halfpennies and farthings were melted to produce lightweight counterfeits.  

Oh, just 3000 short of a full set? Wow, I hadn't realized how expansive Napoleonic medals were, but it makes sense given the importance and the contemporary society's general disposition towards medal collecting. I am sure you will find an interesting story to tell with the ones you have! 

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