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21 Jul 2021

Christmas In July - NGC Re-Holders

| Well worn Copper

It always feels like Christmas when you receive your NGC submissions back. I received mine today, 57 days after sending them out, but always worth the wait. All 15 submissions were simple re-holders. I thought that since the entire submission was re-holders that my order would be sped up, but like everyone else I had to wait in line. I don't like the old holders that hug or "constrict" the coin, and prefer the edge-view holders which allow the coin to stand out by itself. Most of the coins in this submission were foreign, or World, as NGC states on the paperwork. I also included a 1936 York commemorative half dollar because it was the only coin in my Classic Commem Series set that wasn't in an edge-view. An interesting point when submitting NGC pieces for re-holder is you can mix U.S. coins with World on the same submission form (and the only time you will get away with it). Quite a few of the old holders had appearance issues with them, such as scratches and old adhesive residue. It seems Heritage Auctions typically stuck a label with the lot number on the back of the slab. This is unattractive and harder to peel off the longer it remains there. Not sure if they still do it, but I hope Heritage stops. The bulk of the re-holders were world patterns. I have yet to crack into U.S. patterns because of the prices, but world patterns are much more affordable and just as interesting. Three of the pieces were 1996 Romania Olympic patterns in copper and brass ring-nickel center. One was a piefort, which you could never see in the old holder, but looks stunning in it's new holder. In the end, I chalked this submission up to collection maintenance, although I'm sure the new attractive holders will help when I sell them in the future. Re-holdering a NGC coin costs $12 per slab, and it's worth maxing out the submission form's 15 pieces when you think about it. Either way, I'm glad to have my babies back after two months.

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03 Jul 2021

Freaks & Errors DVD: Stamp Collecting Today, and Yesterday.

| Well worn Copper

Back when I was growing up, stamp collecting had always been considered something of a "sister' to coin collecting. You could go into a hobby shop and find coins and stamps being sold next to each other. While stamp collecting has dramatically decreased, it still has it's enthusiast's. "Freaks & Errors, A Rare Collection," is all about those who have chosen to remain stamp collectors in the long run. You are introduced to major dealers. You also meet major collectors, such as the Louis Eliasberg of stamp collecting, who has the only complete set of U.S. postage stamps. There are great auction tales, and the guy who once bought a $150,000 stamp and hid it from his wife (I can relate to that). Most importantly it's about the love and history of collecting something that not everyone understands, and how it has enriched their lives. As a numismatist, I understand where these men (and women) are coming from. If someone ever produces a film like this about coin collecting, I hope they treat it with the same respect that was done here. Collectors of all sorts would probably find this documentary very enjoyable. It runs 95 minutes, and was released in 2017. As one collector succulently put it, "You don't go to a stamp show just to buy stuff. You go to meet other collectors." Well said.

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