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22 Jan 2021


Coins-United States | Longstrider

I picked up something different the other day that I would like to share here. I saw this at my coin dealer and had to have it, a 1994 SAE or Silver American Eagle. What makes this uncirculated coin special is it exhibits a great “Strike Through” error across the date.

01 Nov 2020


Coins-World | Longstrider

The other day I received this kinda cool, kinda sad coin in the mail. Thanks to a fellow member here with strong likes for Canadian coins and The Royal Canadian Numismatic Society, I was told about these unique slabbed coins and was able to order one. As you can see in the photos this is a PVGS Sample slab with a Canadian 2020 fifty cent coin in it. The label states that it's from the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association Convention, this year to be held in Halifax. As is stated on the label, it was "Cancelled by Pandemic". Another one bites the dust.

30 Mar 2020


Coins | Longstrider

Just a quick notice to all. Also still PCGS. No wonder my token doesn't seem to be moving at NGC. Lets not forget our ANA Library is also closed.

19 Nov 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

My next blog is about a "normal" Peace Dollar VAM, in that any VAM is normal. I am using the word "normal" to mean a VAM that is not, currently, in any Top 50, Elite 30 or any other additional designation. This VAM is a 1923 VAM 1W. This variety is also known as the Die Break Hair Rear. Some of the readers here may know that I am working on collecting a Top 50 and Elite 30 sets. This is neither. I found this specimen while looking through some of the aforementioned sets. I thought it is a beautiful coin and does exhibit a nice die break. So here it is.

05 Mar 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

Well today I picked up my latest VAM, a 1923-VAM 1V-EXTRA HAIR. It is another Elite 30. It also is another in my sub-set collection of all the Top 50/Elite 30 Extra Hair varieties. I was able to purchase this directly from another member of Vam World 2.0 for a nice price. Thanks Aussie. I hope I'm not boring everyone with sharing my VAM collection coins. I'm very proud of them.

24 Aug 2018


Coins-United States | Longstrider

In the course of looking for nice coins for my collections, I have started noticing a new, to me, coin I have ignored. That would be pre 1965 silver Roosevelt dimes. I am a big fan of toned silver coins. There seems to be a lot of them around as well as being relatively reasonably priced. That being said, I decided to bid on a few and see what I get. Below are photos of a few of my auction wins. I have to say they are nicer than I had hoped. Great natural color on them. I believe these may be a profitable coin to collect for the future. How many nice, affordable Mercury can be left?

11 May 2018


Coins | Longstrider

As a follow up to my blog of may 8th. about NGC's policy of returning copper coins for re-slabing before 10 years is up, I thought I should do a blog on PCGS's policy on the same subject. Yesterday I called PCGS to find out, first hand, what their policy is toward copper coins to see if it was the same as NGC. The customer service guy I got had never heard of any such thing they had. He put me on hold to check further up the chain of command. End result was PCGS has no return for re slab of copper type coins. Thank you very much. Now being the sort of person that trusts no-one I hacked my way through the web site of PCGS. Guess what? They do have a policy, just not as ridicules. It is as follows:

14 Apr 2018


Coins | Longstrider

VAM man is back from the almost dead. Today I have a favorite type VAM for you. This is a 1923 Peace Dollar VAM 1F Chin Bar. It happens to be graded a nicely toned MS 62. I believe it deserves the star "*" or plus "+" for extra eye appeal but what can you do. I personally would photo grade this a MS 63. Maybe I'm biased. This Peace Dollar exhibits nice toning growing from around the edges. Blues, gold and peach are all present. Just as it should progress naturally. It is mostly on the obverse and edge but it is coming up the reverse nicely. The fields are very clean. Absent most contact marks. There is plenty of original mint luster. The reverse eagle is beautiful. High points crisp and sharp. In the VAM world, this coin as a VAM 1F is in the TOP 50. That is a made up number of different VAM's that we, VAM collectors, try to acquire as a goal. All need to be visible with the naked eye. The 1F designation refers to a normal obverse die with a vertical bar die gouge that runs from Liberty's chin just to the right of the letter "D" in GOD all the way down to the "1" in "1923". Peace Dollars, in general, were designed by Anthony de Francisci using his young wife Francesca as the model for Miss Liberty. They were issued from 1921-1935 with no issues in 1929-1933. They were minted in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. They are 38.1 mm in diameter and weigh 26.73 grams of .900 silver. They also have a reeded edge. Luckily for me, Peace Dollars are an underrated coin by most collectors. I am always on the lookout for another VAM TOP 50 to add to my hoard!! Thanks for looking. Please feel free to comment.


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