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Revenant

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I got an email today from Ali asking me if I really meant to use the word “Causalities” in the title of my set and not “Casualties.” She wanted to make sure I meant to do that before she sent the plaque in to be made with it printed like that.

I read that email and immediately wanted to bang my head on the desk. lol

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I do not think I will ever ever know how many times I have looked at that and not seen that, but, props to Ali, she caught it. I missed it. Shandy missed it. I have to assume Mike never noticed it in all the times we’ve talked about this in DMs.

One of those glorious times where you flip two letters and autocorrect / spellcheck says nothing because it is technically a properly spelled English word, just not the right one. lol

She was great to flag this up to me and nice enough to email me about it but I’ll just ruin her discretion because I just feel like a catch like that deserves some thanks and public praise. She wasn’t going through and copying & pasting. She actually caught a subtle typo that so many have missed and then took the time to flag it up to me and I appreciate that so much, because now they’re also going to try to fix it in the announcement and in the archives and I don’t have to have that typo taunting me every time I look at that plaque. lol

Oh jeeze… I’m going to be laughing about this for days.

So, Thank you, again, so much, for that that, Ali. The correction and the laugh.

 

As a small aside on this, perhaps as another indication that I hadn’t really seen that set as being "in the running" and saw it more as a work in progress and not a finished product, on the $1 coin in the set I just had a throw-away line saying that the reverse showed an old stone fort at the “Great Zimbabwe” ruins. I went back in last night and added more information on what exactly the Great Zimbabwe Ruins are but the more I look at it / think about it I still have some more work to do, adding some more information - like the fact that the ruins are a National Monument area and a UNESCO site, and the “Great Zimbabwe” civilization is where the name of the modern country came from, these ruins / this civilization is why they changed it from “Rhodesia” to “Zimbabwe” in 1980. (Probably, by the time you read this, I’ll have updated it.)

One of the things I’ve tried to do as I picked and compared and swapped out coins from different batches from 5-7 different dealers / sources is keep a record of where / what batch each coin that’s about to be submitted came from, so I could continue to incorporate that information and the story of the chase / how the set was built into the descriptions for each coin. And I’m starting to write some of that out and explain it without being too long-winded and boring in the process.  lol 

I’ve finished picking the seven 500 L coins that will go with the 22 Zimbabwe coins, filling out the paperwork and putting the labels in with the flips. About the only thing left is to pack them up and mail them, and the only thing holding that up is hoping for an answer from NGC on an approach to packing that I’m considering.

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In the past I’ve just had short stacks of coins and rubber-banded them together. This time I’m considering leaving them in a BCW page, accordion folding it and then rubberbanding that, and maybe wrapping a little bubble wrap around that. Anyone ever tried this? Have any thoughts?

I’m trying to get these out to get them “in line” With turnaround times currently at 71 business days for World Modern I’m thinking we’re looking at May or June before the grades and the coins come back, even if I get them mailed off next week. This also has some implications for something else I want to try to do / accomplish this year that is a plan I'll talk about soon. But this has me realizing that, if I want the coins back before December, I probably need to try to get them out by April or May and dragging my feet and sending them out in June like I did last year might not end well for me.

 

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Not only did the text editors/word processors auto correct the word, MY BRAIN auto corrected that word big time--and I've seen your award winning set title lots of times! And yeah, I kept reading it as "casualties"xD

I recall reading somewhere that as long as the first and last letters of the word are correct and the other letters of the word are there, that even if they're mixed up, our brains can make sense of them quickly. Must be true :) 

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On 1/12/2022 at 2:52 PM, The 12th Denticle said:

Not only did the text editors/word processors auto correct the word, MY BRAIN auto corrected that word big time--and I've seen your award winning set title lots of times! And yeah, I kept reading it as "casualties"xD

I recall reading somewhere that as long as the first and last letters of the word are correct and the other letters of the word are there, that even if they're mixed up, our brains can make sense of them quickly. Must be true :) 

Yeah. I've seen / heard that too and said pretty much the same thing to Shandy at lunch today.

Like I said: Major props to Ali. No clue how many of us have been looking at that and she's the one that actually noticed.

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On 1/12/2022 at 3:02 PM, Coinbuf said:

Great catch @Ali E. (thumbsu   However I cannot help but think what fun it would have been for you to have a forever plaque to commemorate the spelling.  lol 

Oh yes... Such fun... :frustrated:doh!lol But yeah... Once the initial "pain" wore off I'd have looked at it in later years and laughed. lol 

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I have to assume Mike never noticed it in all the times we’ve talked about this in DMs.

doh! Nope, I always read it as casualties, never notice the misspelling. Definitely a great catch by Ali, :golfclap:but I have to agree with CB that a plaque with "causalities" forever etched would have been hilarious. lol

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On 1/12/2022 at 4:21 PM, Fenntucky Mike said:

Do the pockets seal on those BCW pages?

Nope! That's why i was thinking maybe rubber bands over the columns once folded up hm

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On 1/12/2022 at 5:52 PM, Revenant said:

Nope! That's why i was thinking maybe rubber bands over the columns once folded up hm

Meh, maybe. Definitely gonna want to do something so the flips have zero chance of falling out of the pocket. It looks like everything fits nice and tight so you'd probably be ok. That being said my packaging for my coins has been nowhere near as nice as that and  they've all made it safe and sound. I'd love to see the look on the person's face who had to open my stuff and read my chicken scratch. xD

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On 1/12/2022 at 4:59 PM, Fenntucky Mike said:

Meh, maybe. Definitely gonna want to do something so the flips have zero chance of falling out of the pocket. It looks like everything fits nice and tight so you'd probably be ok. That being said my packaging for my coins has been nowhere near as nice as that and  they've all made it safe and sound. I'd love to see the look on the person's face who had to open my stuff and read my chicken scratch. xD

I think I'll go with just banding them up in groups of 5 or 6 like usual. When I tried to fold the page and open it up at one point 2 or 3 just popped right out. I might be able to get around that by only using every 2nd row and pointing the slot openings inward... but at that point I think I just need to bundle them up.

Shandy: "You reference Mike a lot." Me: "... I talk to Mike a lot. o.O"

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Well spotted to Ali, I spend alot of time proof reading things so I have been there, done that and will no doubt do so again:bigsmile:

Work now has at least 3 people check things before they go out as an 'a' or and 'e' can make a big difference in a word - both are correct in their own right but the science is very different!

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