BillJones

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  1. On another forum I ran into a suspect 1876-CC $20 gold. It is in "an NGC holder" which must be bogus. When I checked the serial number on the NGC verification site, the item in the bogus holder is not the same. When I tried to copy the picture of the coin to warn others about the counterfeit, I was not allowed to do that because "this image has a copyright." Okay NGC, you made your point, but I am trying to stop the sale of the bogus coin in a fake NGC holder and get the word out about it. It seems to me that this restriction is penny-wise and pound foolish. Here is a picture of the fake item. It is being offered on Face Book according to the person who started the string of posts.
  2. I have been posting on "Cointalk" for a couple of years, and have found it most enjoyable. It is great to be able to give an honest opinion about Third Party Graders and not get banned for doing so. The site is strong on giving appreciation to those who try to help other collectors. I have no idea what the OP poster did to get banned so quickly. There are a couple jerks on the "Cointalk." I have put them on "ignore" and the problem is solved. I don't even know they are there most of the time.
  3. I have also not been able to get into it. Perhaps it's for maintenance.
  4. It could be, but I would not pay though the nose for it.
  5. It looks like a PCGS holder, but there are not PCGS markings on it. I didn't know that these existed. I doubt that there is any bonus for "MAGA" unless there is some sort of "MAGA" registry, which I doubt.
  6. We can't help you very much when we have no idea what you have. It sounds like you have U.S. coins. Are all of your dad's coins in albums, or are some of them in certification holders? Either way, you could have a little or a lot.
  7. Here is a 1943 Steel Cent in MS-66.The zinc coat finish is not extremely bright, only rather lusterous.
  8. Has anyone heard if there is going to be a NGC event or luncheon at FUN this year? I have not heard anything about it.
  9. That is not necessarily true. At the time that the NGC registry stopped accepting PCGS coins, I was working on a set Classic Head Quarter Eagles (1834 to 1839). I was within three coins of completing the set when NGC made the policy change. Since I was that close, I decided finish the set with PCGS coins and posted it there. It is now the #2 set over there behind Hanson’s coins. I don’t like the format of the PCGS registry as well as the NGC registry, but given the circumstances, I used it. I looked at some graded NGC coins to fill the holes, but in the end, I pushed to finish the set with PCGS coins which I have done. The NGC move had the opposite effect for me. It lowed my demand for NGC graded coins. To me education is one of the most important aspects of the hobby. Now that I will be able to post my complete set here, I will be able to provide collectors with a commentary about each of the coins that is the set. My Classic $5 gold set has quite a mix of NGC and PCGS graded. Now I will be able to show that complete set here as well. My 1838-C is an NCG graded coin, and my 1838-D is a PCGS graded piece. It would cost me a pile of money to move either of those coins to the other service, and I don’t spend money on crossovers in any case. I buy the coin, not the plastic.
  10. I posted four PCGS graded coins for the registry early this moning. In the past, the PCGS coins were approved during one business day. It's now about 10 hours later, and I have not seen my coins come up. Now that we at a weekend it will probably be next week before can they be considered.
  11. I disagree. NGC is showing that they are willing to sponsor a registry that includes larger population of the best coins that are out there. I have spent a lot of money on building a collection composed of the best coins I could afford from both services. It really hurt me a couple years ago when NGC banned any more PCGS coins. I will be more active now that I can post all of my coins one registry.
  12. Now I have learned that the "Drag File" feature is next to useless. You have to use the "Choose Files." Here is a Swedish medal in silver. I have also have one in bronze.
  13. Here is the reverse of the piece from the previous post. The second set of photos, if they show are the large medal which has the same design. There was also a silver medal in the large size which is very rare.
  14. I was born and raised in Delaware, and I have a number of items from the 1938 celebration. In addition to the Delaware commemorative half dollar, there were also a number of medals that were issued at the same time. This first piece is about the size of a half dollar. It is listed in the So-Called Dollars book. Interestingly there were at least some these that went unsold at least 20 years after the event. I bought this one on my fifth grade field trip in 1959. I am sorry ... I find this site very frustrating. I don't know how to post more than one picture per message, no matter how hard I try. I have many items I could share, but I can't post them here.
  15. The 1802 dollar has a slight rub on the high points of the design. The main fault that some collectors might have with it is dark toning. I can’t see any aspect of the piece that would me to believe that it has been dipped or cleaned.