I was apalled at the comments I read today from P.K.
I haven't said much in this forum lately, but felt I had to say something after reading the unprovoked, unnecessary attack by P.K.
Coin collecting is a hobby, enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life. I have been collecting coins since I was a kid, and still have my first blue Whitman Lincoln Cent album (starting 1941) that I began in 1968. I got every coin in that album from circulation, and many are in not-so-great condition, but to me they are priceless. My late father helped me with the collection. (I went thorugh his pocket change every day looking for the coins I needed.) The main point of this Collector's Society is not the competition. That's a marketing tool that NGC and PCGS use to get you to utilize their services. But that's not the reason (most people) collect coins. There's the history, the artistry of the designs, and the appreciation of beauty, as well as the sense of accomplishment in learning about a series and completing the set, as well as possible investment value (but don't bank on that).
To trash someone's set because it's MS69 rather than MS70, or because it's a short or modern set is not only ludicrous, but it's a sign of someone who obviously knows little or nothing about either numismatics or history. I really feel sorry for the man. Perhaps he should take up another hobby that will better serve his over-developed need for competition.
As for you guys with the Ikes and Sacagaweas, I think they're great coins, and I wish you well in your collecting endeavors.