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25 Jun 2019

cleaned, scratched?

Coins | user_6581

Is anyone else upset by what NGC and PCGS are doing? Perfectly fine coins are given bad grades like cleaned or scratched. I don't see any cleaning many times. And a scratch; is it microscopic? What do you think people; should we take them out of their holders? Also I've seen poor grading - what's with these companies? This stuff is important to alot of us.

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25 Jun 2019

This Place is Getting Kind of Boring

| Well worn Copper

As much as I hate to say it, this place is sure getting pretty boring. As a non-Facebook, non-Twitter, andnon-Instagram user, the ANA Blog was my sole indulgence regarding social media (i.e.: friendship & communication) with others. Sure, it was just a niche, but it possesed a lively, authentic, sharing, and friendly atmosphere that I always looked forward to. Anyone who does not have the luxury of a local coin club knows what I'm talking about. It can get pretty lonely waiting for the next issue of The Numismatist to arrive in the mailbox. Restricting the Blog and Forum sites has taken collecting back 30 years...we're all just sitting around the house with our books. Whatever the ANA administrators are doing with the site, I trust it's worth it in the end. Hopefully they won't tinker with it too much (remember the New Coke?). This was never a place to simply show off, it was a place to share knowledge, ask questions, and get answers, it was even fun! I hope web traffic has not dropped off too much lately. Until then, I'll wait it out with the rest of you. It's sad...knowing that one one can respond to this...about as fun as talking to a mirror.

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24 Jun 2019

A Nice New Vam Except......................

| Just Mokie

My Friends, I received a very nice 1923 Peace Dollar, VAM-1, in the mail today. I bought it with the proceeds of an EBaY sale of Diecast Ford Mustangs. I had hoped to get over $100.00 for the set of 4 NPD Greenlight 50th Anniversary Mustangs, but sadly the set only sold for a little over $50.00. But, with the proceeds, I was able to purchase the Lovely VAM you see pictured on this blog. The only problem? There is a small scratch on the slab that runs from the base of Liberty's neck to the last T in Trust. I am pretty sure it is just a surface scratch, and not a crack, but I still think I need to get it reslabbed in october when I attend the next PAN show. I will be bringing 3 other coins so I will probably just pay the 10.00 for reslabbing and have a nice brand new pristine slab. I guess my other option would be to return the coin the seller, but I am just going to hang on to it. Hope you are all enjoying your Summer Time. I can't wait until we are whole again and can communicate freely.

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23 Jun 2019

Blogs.

Coins | Pat

Hi. We're all waiting to see what they have planned. I hope I'm sure it's good. However I was taught differently. Comments. There the other half of blogs. Without them are they blogs or everyday bits of information. I personally don't understand. No pictures no in depth information. Just filling space. That's my opinion . I just can't read a paragraph I want to learn and share . Before this we had good blogs. Good comments we all could see. I can sit and read the readbook. I have blogs waiting but I need your help. I need to know what you think. I personally can't do this. I will wait it out. I don't see any other way. We have no idea if anyone is reading these. That's why i say write your blogs now and save them and then we will be proud to call it the best site there is. We can do that. Write great blogs now for opening day. Then it's great reading and good sharing with each other. That's how I feel. I know the auction is coming and I can understand that. I hope all the yn's do well. Let's hit a homerun for our site. Pat

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23 Jun 2019

Deemed "Ineligible" by NGC: What it all means.

| Well worn Copper

I recently submitted various foreign patterns to NGC for encapsulation and all except one was slabbed. The piece in question was a undated Philippine Pattern Peso attributed to Jose Tupaz circa 1966-67. Tupaz was the governments official engraver, and at their urging, submitted several patterns in 1966 and 1967 when Philippine coinage was undergoing design changes. These patterns, listed in Krause World Coin catalog as "Heroes of the Revolution" series, were considered "unofficial" since they were designed and struck outside of normal mint channels. They remain highly collectible among Philippine collectors and are affordable as well as interesting. My undated peso, however, came back as "Ineligible Type" by NGC and therefore was not slabbed. I have a similar pattern of the same design (obverse sower facing left instead of right) which was previously slabbed by NGC. Go figure. I looked up "ineligible type" and discovered the coin in question was considered a "grey area" by NGC and it appears they simply did not have enough information to technically encapsulate it. I have heard fellow bloggers who have come up against similar problems (like Pat with his extensive Conder Token collection) and it usually requires providing NGC with additional information. In other words, go off and do some homework and try resubmitting it. Strange thing is, my coin has no obverse legend, which means it could have been an early die trial, and has a antique bronze finish usually found on medals of this era. I figure its probably unique, which means they know less about it than I do. At least until I figure it all out. Until then, I miss keeping up with everyone out there, and am looking forward to chatting with my fellow collectors soon.... I hope.

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23 Jun 2019

Strange Interests

Tokens | user_17552

I have always had a fascination with coins, tokens, and replicas. When I was a kid I had a Huge novelty penny that was almost big enough to be a coaster for a drink. And when I was a teen someone found a strange token when doing some yard work, and they gave it to me. Need to find out if I still have those somewhere. I have always collected little things, like wheat pennies, foreign coins I found at work (which I have a ton of, working in a college town for many years), and random old or 90% silver coins and two silver certificate Blue ink pre-war paper dollars. But with recent years, talking to my dear friend David Smock, and with the West Point Quarters emerging, I find myself now searching for them like crazy. I have been luck enough to find 22 Lowell fresh from the mint quarters, but still on the look out for the others that are out. And now my interests have grown to odder things. I am on the look out for a novelty coins. the Area 51 Alien 2004 Quarter.

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23 Jun 2019

What Type?? Part 2

| Just Mokie

The next portion of our Lincoln Type Set encompasses the years 1959-2008, the Lincoln Memorial era. This series, although not as revered as the Wheaties, still has some interesting additions to our growing Lincoln Cent Type Set. I will not include the various DDs as they are very expensive and are not traditionally included in any commercially produced coin folder or album. 1. 1959-2008 The Lincoln Memorial in Bronze.

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