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  1. I used smoo because there is no meaning. The last thing I wanted was to defend myself from some self appointed language cop screaming how I offended them.
  2. I have been collecting for 50 years and have yet to understand the concept or practice of competitive collecting. If you are a smoo with one coin you are a smoo with another., no mater what name or number is on the holder. If you have the money and where-with-all to obtain them, and it gives you pleasure than I hope you get them. I retain the right to think you are a smoo, (or not) with or without them.
  3. The 'conversation was in a thread like this and not overly memorable. As to "However, if like RWB, you don't believe in the coins unless there's official documentation, there's no point in reading." If you would have said this to my face you would have not finished the sentence. I BELIEVE IN nothing. If you have to BELIEVE IN it for it to be real then It ain't real. MY big issue is not if the coins exist it is what they are being named. They are not Special Mint Set. The mint is a machine shop with a lot of employees doing a lot of things. I have worked in a machine shop and have first hand seen that not all things happening are documented or official. You mention the 1913 nickels, These are obvious 'government work' as is the 1804 dollar 're-strikes'. Many popular varieties can be most reasonable explained as 'sabotage' or tinkering, ie misplaced numerals, extra leaves, and so forth, Branch mint 'proofs' are likely the work of a 'manager' who took the best die available, the nicest planchets, and some well placed and timed orders and instructions and voila! undocumented 'branch mint proofs' which he buys through the normal process and no one is the wiser. I again think they should be called proof-like, not proofs. I think that the 1964 coins were made in such a way. They need to be called specimen or presentation of first strike but not SMS.
  4. I am nobody. I am not a great numismatist, grader, dealer, or authenticater. Therefor what I say may be ignored by everyone. So be it. I have collected for my enjoyment for 50 years and have no iron in any fire. I collect for my enjoyment and only my enjoyment. I do have some serious issues with the whole 1964 SMS discussion... FACT: 1. The mint did not make Special Mint Sets dated 1964 2. The mint did not market sell or provide to the public anything called a 1964 special mint set 3. No one purchased a special mint set Therefore calling any coin dated 1964 a Special Mint Set coin is a purposeful untruth. By definition a LIE. I once asked @MarkFeld to describe what proved to him a coin was a 1964 SMS coin. His answer was (I paraphrase) when you have seen thousands of 1964 coins you can see the difference. For me this answer is akin to 'God works in mysterious ways', 'I am the mommy, that's why.', and the one the town clerk gave me a couple months ago, 'Because I say so'. They all get filed in the same pile I put what my bull leaves on the barn floor. @RWB is probably seen more mint records and archives than the rest of us combined and has found no record or document mentioning the manufacture of special mint coins dated 1964. He like any trained historian, scientist ,or scholar thinks that if there is no evidence to support a conclusion than the conclusion must be considered wrong. Several have mentioned the argument of 'Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence'. I have seen the argument used for the miracles of Jesus, the existence of ghosts, and alien abductions. I do not think that this argument could be used in a court of law, a scientific laboratory, or a hall of academia. It is a foolish argument. For those who think otherwise try this In 1615 the Flying Spaghetti Monster instructed the King of Dragons to poop out special planchets Then in 1702 He had the Queen of Unicorns use the Magical Press of the Elf Prince to mint the 1964 SMS coins Then had the stork deliver them to the Philadelphia Mint in 1964 where the Troll King presented them to Director of the Mint. And that is where 1964 SMS coins come from. What? There is no evidence? Does not mean it did not happen.
  5. I would call it a family heirloom and not sell it until I had no other way to buy food.
  6. Sorry. all I can see is a hog-tied rhino falling 1000 feet
  7. That was a lot of money to lose in 1796. Not sure what the French copper exchange rate was, but in 1790 the average American yearly wage was right around $65 or $1.25 per week.
  8. Truly? In June of 2019 no one would have thought that in "our lifetime" that the federal and state governments could or would force shutdowns of entire sections of the economy. In June of 1932 no one was predicting that the government would or could outlaw gold ownership "in our lifetime" In June of 1929 how many people were predicting a stock market crash by the end of the year.Just off the top of my head.. So what if a couple of large gold holding countries need cash more than a gold reserve and start dumping huge amounts of gold onto the market? Do you think it would take more than a year of a market glut for gold to drop to $500 or less?
  9. It looks to be a double struck Evasion piece.
  10. How would he feel if it $500,4, 3 or even $200
  11. this made me remember a story or article a saw in a book I read a long time ago. I think it was one of Q. David's work. A famous numismatist bought a number of coins at a famous auction and was in his hotel room cleaning them and drinking. Somewhere in the night he confused his cleaning solution for his drink, never did finishing ruining that batch of coins