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  1. My first for 2010 would be my new Australian silver Koala. I don't expect to see any U.S. coinage for months other than the 2010 Silver Eagles which should be in my hands before the 10th. Love that silver!
  2. I have given up on finding the new Lincoln cents for my family and their collections. It is a pretty sad state of affairs when a life long collector can't afford a few new PENNIES (CENTS) at a fair price. The Mint ripped off collectors at $8.95 plus shipping at $4.95 after seeing the fools spending their life savings on Ebay for a roll. Guess I shouldn't complain as this rivals tickets to a concert or pro sports game. As long as the fools have more money than brains the prices will escalate! If I get them at a fair price, so be it. And if I don't get them, who cares! They are just pennies!
  3. One of the rumors floating around here is the mere fact the U.S. Mint got wind of all the fools bidding $20 to $40 per roll on Ebay Pre-sell Auctions for the 2009 Lincoln Cents. Ebay rules require pre-sales must be shipped within a specific amount of time so the Mint is making absolutely certain that does NOT happen. As we all know the U.S. Mint is notorious for trying to control the secondary market on THEIR coins (thats the way they see it) so if there is more money to be made the MINT wants to be in on it. If you think I am kidding just wait and see if those precious 2009 Lincoln business strikes aren't offered up by the mint in the next few weeks. Getting them for a measly $2 to $4 per roll, plus shipping of course, is going to kill those Ebay sellers and all the "I got to have them now no matter what the cost" bidders. The Mint is going to make certain a shock is coming for those who jumped the gun! Like it or not the folks who run the mint are in it for the MONEY just as everyone else is and a huge opportunity has NOW presented itself. You want 2009 Lincoln cents? The Mint is going to take care of you-----for a price of course. Me, well I want a few rolls but....which devil do I buy them from?
  4. I have the following two Vatican City coins for sale and I would much rather advertise them here than on the "bay"! I have checked various sale prices on the "Bays" and come up with the prices for both pieces. I will turn to Ebay auctions after Jan. 6, 2009 to sell off these items if no one is interested here. Thank you for looking. 2002 Vatican City Silver $5 Euro commemorative. Very beautiful design commemorating Progress of Women. I believe it shows a very attractive Europa standing on a bridge of time. And, of course, Pope John Paul on the obverse....$150.00 2005 Vatican City Commemorative $2 Euro. Commemorating the 20th World Youth Day.......SOLD.........................SOLD Both items are in their original folder and/or display case with certificate of authenticity. Shipping is free to the U.S. and $3.00 to the rest of the world UNLESS you require "Registered Mail" for safe delivery. Shipping costs would then be actual cost to be determined by USPS current fees. Payment by PayPal. Email if you have questions. CHANGED PRICE ON 2002 SILVER COMMEMORATIVE TO $150 with FREE shipping.
  5. Anything would be better than the current round of dead politicians. It is as if Congress is afraid we might forget one of them? And, quite frankly, most are not worth remembering! The dollar program is already a bust with some of the most boring designs (portraits) I have ever seen. Nothing more than re-sculpted Mint medallions. The only bright spot in the dollar program is the fact they are changing the reverse each year, from here on out, on the Sacagawea dollar. I can't cast my opinion on the National Parks quarters but do hope someone at the mint can think outside of the box with these designs.
  6. I have been collecting the Euro since it was released in 2002. I seek out a business strike set from each EU nation and then concentrate on the $2 commemoratives and silver commemoratives as I can find them or afford them. Needless to say the last couple of years getting the coins has grown a bit tougher. Costs are up, including shipping, and I just don't see many U.S. dealers willing to handle the silvers and, if they do, the premiums are through the roof. I have a complete set of German silver euro commemoratives (2002 through 2007) but I am now losing my connection due to a move to Australia. I keep plugging along with help of other European collectors and by using Ebay now and then but living in the middle of the U.S. does hamper such collecting. For what it is worth I too like the Greek owl but have found, since I started collecting the Euro, there is much to learn about the history of Europe our schools fail to teach us over here. Been one huge learning experience for me so I have enjoyed it very much.
  7. Well I have looked on Ebay and have not located any of the Ionian Miletos coins shown? I would very much like to add something that old to my collection, not for its value, but for its history. Did a little more digging and did find them on Ebay. Now all I have to do is BRING one home!!! Hopefully this will be a new start to my ancient collection as my lack of knowledge has been enough to keep me away from the ancients.
  8. I jumped on this coin very quickly and got it for $16.00 plus $8.00 out of Europe (Germany) and right now I am feeling pretty good about it. Just wish I had purchased a few more at that price as they escalated quickly.
  9. I have an Indiana "Heritage Trust" speciality plate which costs us extra in an effort to purchase new public lands such as parks. I am very interested in silver euro commemoratives from any of the Euro nations so I am sure we can work out something on this unusual "Hoosier" license plate. Let me know!
  10. Thanks Art. A great number of our past members are finding their way into our new website and it looks like business as usual again. Take the time to come and see us as we are probably the most pro-active coin group on the internet today. We just don't talk about it, we do it! Be great to see some of the collectors here stop in, pull up a chair and stay a while!
  11. If you are an avid collector of the Darkside (world coins) then this site and this group may be for you. Much of the site is closed to non members but it may be worth checking out. www.knightsofthecointable.com Our castle is open for those who insist on fair and equal trading with members all over the world. While we have been around for well over 2 years now we have just opened our own site. In the past 2 years we have issued wooden dollars to our members and this year brought 38mm silver, brass and copper medallions. A 63mm pewter medallion is currently being struck which will end our 2007 offerings. A 2008 Tribute to the Ladies is already on the drawing board. Come see what we are about!
  12. Basically, to most collectors, toning destroys not only the value of the coin but also destroys resale value as toning is damage to the surface of the coin. For every collector who pays a premium for such coins you will find a thousand who wouldn't pay silver value on any given day. Now I am not condeming your taste by any means but have found, due to age and circumstances, sooner or later coins and or collections may have to be put up for sale. It is up to each of us concerning the future and what it holds for our efforts but I, for one, make every effort to rid my collection of toned coins and have spent years in local coin shops seeing the results when toned coins come in. The only exception would be key dates and some classics but even then the end result can mean a lot of money. At least that is how it is in this area of the midwest.
  13. I have tried everything over the last 30 years and have found only one sure thing to protect my unc. coins, including my silver eagles and that is AIRTITES! Toning is fine is one cares for it but I absolutely don't and will not buy toned coins with the exception of a nice toned buffalo nickel every now and then and even then I am pretty darn picky. I prefer blast white, so to speak, and I find toning a distraction to eye appeal and regardless of what anyone says, toning is damage to the surface of the coin. I know there are a great number of collectors who love toned coins and are willing to pay a premium to get them. Thats what is so great about this hobby----something for everyone and every budget! And, the only person we really have to please with our purchases are ourselves!
  14. Take it from experience the coins can and will tone in an album. Put the the most expensive coins in airtites and be thankful, down the road, that you did. I had almost all of my collection in albums for years including my Morgan dollars and they ALL came out and went in airtites within a few years. I like my unc. coins to stay unc. and the albums over a period of time failed me and the coins. There are a lot of factors involved such as humidity, temperature and where the albums are actually stored and I removed all those worries by simply using airtites which can be bought in bulk to save money. I have NEVER had a coin tone in an airtite but have had them tone in slabs!!! Needless to say I don't keep slabs very long either!
  15. I didn't know how luckyI really am some time. And all this time I thought I was just cheap! Princess Grace has a little more meaning for me now!
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