The Neophyte Numismatist

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  1. @J P Mashoke Awesome! I love that the dealer took good care of you. I love that we have good people in a hobby care about it, and cultivate true relationships with collectors with a long-term lens. Short-term profit sharks are a dime a dozen - that dealer is a gem!
  2. @VKurtB I am sure that cabinet will be beautiful. I have seen these cabinets and they are quite ornate. It will be very special to have one made with elements of home - truly an heirloom piece.
  3. In fairness, I would think "dipping" anything copper in something like MS70 would bring subpar results, nickels included. Blue Ribbon Conditioner may be a better choice
  4. "Original Skin" is another way of saying "original surfaces" of the coin. This coin could be in the same holder, and dipped "blast white". However, I appreciate its originality and color.
  5. I have to admit, I would be very torn here. I have that "penny jar" from my grandfather's closet when he died - mixed date copper and zinc. He died 6 years ago, and I still have not opened the jar. I keep it exactly as he left it. To me, I am preserving a piece of him (sounds silly to read that). I thought about building date runs for my kids of their great-grandpa's coins, but there is such a mix in the jar (from what I can see), I may not be able to provide all of my kids with a decent run. The jar sits on my desk next to his glass "Pop" beer mug that now holds my pencils and pens. If you were to give them away, I love the idea of giving them to a kid to spark or maintain interest in coins. You could go the coin club route, or hand out rolls to kids at a big coin show and see their faces. You could 2x2 them individually and play Santa Claus all day handing them out to kids. Lots of ways to have fun and reward yourself when being generous to others!
  6. I needed a T1 for my Type Set. This one is PCGS MS65. I just loved the original skin and color on this coin.
  7. In terms of cabinet friction; I do agree that any amount of true wear could disqualify the coin from being "Mint State". However, I also agree that coin grading is subjective... MS in NGC, PCGS, ANACS, EAC can all mean slightly (or very) different things. Are we talking straight grade, or Net Grade? I definitely could see a slightly "frictioned" coin getting into an MS holder. But, I could also see EAC net grading it AU or even XF. Not trying to take us on a subjectively-rabbit-hole... but... In terms of Voodoo vs Vodu.. I think the Hollywood fictitious (VooDoo) is likely more appropriate than the religious sect of Vodu here. However, some dealers/collectors would use a holy relic angle if they could .
  8. Not feeling hijacked at all. My question was answered, and really quite a simple answer. The conversations around "Breen" and/or "Cabinet Friction" have been just as enlightening. I have never heard the term "cabinet friction". In collecting Half Cents, I own and have studied much of the Breen work (however, I also study Manley, Eckberg, Fuhrman...etc.). I am certainly not defending Breen's character, but in old copper - he did get a lot right (and some things wrong). He was the first to speculate that the Half Disme and 1793 Half Cent were created by the same person (later validated by Eckberg's analysis on hubs). I look at these books/authors similar to old science books/authors. People write to the best information they have, speculate/hypothesize on what they do not, and the bias grows over time. Cohen's emission sequences are also questioned today, and I assume Manley's dies states will be one day, too. It is up to us to become the expert in the discipline that we choose to study, and question with healthy skepticism anything that no longer aligns with conventional wisdom. That's a scientific view, however, this is collecting... and you will never be able to fully remove the "voodoo", because voodoo sells coins, books... we all love a good voodoo (even when it is irrational. Wild lies will always travel further than the boring truth). All of this said, Been's heinous acts against children cannot be overlooked and forgiven. I was not collecting coins when Walter Breen was alive. It is a shame that his existence created so much trauma and abuse to children. For that, I will agree with the rest that his contributions to the hobby are not worth the wrongdoings outside the hobby. I believe the numismatic "black eye" never came to roost, however, the numismatic is the least important part of Breen's personal crimes - the children abused and the families that suffered by his hand are truly what matters.
  9. From my perspective....I did get my question answered, and learned about cabinet friction. Thank you all for that.
  10. @RWB I have never heard the term "Cabinet Friction" thanks for sharing. @GBrad and @zadok you two have a future at Heritage and Legend marketing lots! "Lot #152 was taken from the 'Neophyte Stained Mattress Collection'. This coin exhibits vibrant brown Folgers and Maxwell House toning - and currently resides in a marred 2x2 cardboard holder.
  11. Lol. So no deeper meaning than an actual storage cabinet. I was thinking in terms of the “literary canon” or some other form of elite designation. I was clearly overthinking. Perhaps, I aspire to have the “Neophyte Safe Deposit Box Collection”. Maybe have a “Neo Slab-inet Collection” Doesn’t quite sound as sophisticated and elite, but accurate.
  12. I see this from time to time… the XXX cabinet collection. This is from the Pittman Cabinet… etc. I would consider a “cabinet” something in which to store your coins, but not the collection itself. Thoughts?
  13. @GBrad Thanks so much for the links. Lots of interesting context there. @Revenant I agree that @DWLange's answer is the one that best aligns to the references I am seeing. Thank you very much!
  14. So… I order and read a lot of old auction catalogs. It is pretty common for me to see things like this in the write up: ”slight bag marks visible at K10” “Rim ding present at K8” I always assumed that the K numbers represent the clock face (K10 is coin speak for 10 o’clock), however, I am far from sure of this… A search in Google took me on a wild, non-numismatic goose chase. Anyone have a simple explanation for what the K numbers represent in terms of a coin’s anatomy?