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  • Birthday 02/01/1972

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  1. i'm biased, as i say the Pistrucci George and Dragon design is the most beautiful reverse of any coin coin ever produced. I love the GB Crowns using this reverse design!
  2. Pisctrucci for me! If only for the simple fact that he designed what i find to be the most beautiful reverse of any coin every minted, anywhere; the GB Crown. I LOVE the George and Dragon motif that he designed. when well struck on a Crown, it almost seems high-relief and incredibly well detailed. Doug
  3. I'm looking for problem free (i.e. slab worthy) British Crowns with the George and Dragon reverse. I'm looking for the 1821, 1822, and 1887-1900 issues. These will go in my private collection, as i LOVE this design and i'm not picky about the grade. I have Fine through MS65 right now, and would like anything in that range. Please let me know if you have any that need a good home! thanks! Doug hdmiorandi@NOSPAMcox.net (please remove NOSPAM when emailing)
  4. Hey guys! I haven't been around for a long time. I've finally narrowed my collecting down the British Crowns with the George & Dragon reverse. To me, these coins are the epitome of of a beautiful design. Anyone care to share their Crowns with the forum? I'm at work now with no access to mine, but will post a few later. thanks, and have a great weekend! Doug
  5. personally, I collect mainly world gold issues. With that being said, I trust NGC because I like their turnaround, customer service and pricing better. Besides, in this genre, there doesn't seem to be a big preference on the marketplace for NGC vs. PCGS. In fact, NGC actually grades many world issues that PCGS won't, like medals that are so popular now. I also enjoy NGC's Sigature Sets, and certainly think that is a positive step in the collecting world. Now if i collected other types of coins, i may reconsider because PCGS brings more money on the open marketplace, depending on coin type. Doug
  6. for one day, may we have peace on earth and remember what we are truly thankful for. Doug
  7. Doogy

    NGC Signature Set

    I love the Signature Set idea. Here is my World Gold set. It is certainly a work in progress, as only have a few of my collection listed. I've been too lazy as of late to get to the rest of them. I like having the variety of choices, and deciding how I want to set up the set. I highly recommend NGC's Sig Sets. http://www.collectors-society.com/registry...ollectionID=605
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    NGC Signature Set

    congrats on winning the 2005 Sig Set award! nice set you have going there! Doug
  9. thanks VFox. I guess someone agreed, as it didn't seem to last long. thanks! Doug
  10. 1900 $20 Lib, MS61 and undergraded by at least a point in my opinion. older NGC slab. A very nice looking Lib. $ = current spot price +$50 1986 Dutch Ducat, minted on the 400th year of Ducat production in the Netherlands. still in original capsule from their Mint, these are truly historic coins. 3.4940 (.1104 troy ounce) of nearly pure (.983 fine) gold. $75 shipped CONUS '74-D Ike, NGC MS65 $8 + $1 shipping CONUS US Congressional commem set, proof silver dollar and half. light toning around edges. $20 + $2 shipping CONUS '72-S "brown box" Ike proof silver half. $12 shipped CONUS Note: payments preferred by Paypal, but will certainly accept postal money orders too. thanks! Doug
  11. from what i seem to recall, those coins were recovered in vaults from the WTC complex, but not the twin towers themselves. I think one of the reports mentioned World Trade Center tower 5 or 7, not the main towers 1 or 2.
  12. PCGS did slab a whole bunch of coins (mostly bullion) with the slab reading that it was recovered in the World Trade Center buildings. I have mostly seen ASE, AGE, Krugerrands, and others. I started noticing a few of these turn up, and posted a question on PCGS's US coin forum where i was quickly informed that this has been a subject of contention with the coin collecting community. I guess PCGS was blasted by quite a few collectors, as these were considered "death coins". PCGS's David Hall responded that a portion/majority of grading fees went to the 9-11 family charities. from what i remember, the coins were in vaults from an adjacent building to the World Trade Center towers that fell, and the building containing the coins didn't fall but was damaged. Personally, i don't know how to feel about these slabbed coins, but there will probably be a lot of hucksters trying to make bucks off the anniversary this year. Doug
  13. The values in the back of the book doesn't specify minmarks when talking about the auction prices. It only speaks of the year, with the amount. Strange to think about, considering how much more rare a coin can be with a different mintmark. Regarding Half Eagles, there is no price increase over the previous years for the Civil War timeframe, except the 1863. It lists the 1863 Half Eagle as: " Brillant Proof, $27.00 Very scarce, only thirty coined" The same can be said for the Double Eagles, Eagles, and Quarter Eagles; there is no price increase for the war years. Also, I can't find any mention of either ships sinking or the dates you mentioned being more scarce/expensive. Some of the "dollar" coins seem to be highly prized, in looking at their auction prices. Some of the more notable ones are: "1794: Flowing Hair, head sharply struck, the profile, eye and hair perfect; the legend and date very plain. Upon reverse, the eye and eagle and all other finer lines very sharp and distinct; $160.00 " "1804: On the 24th of May 1883, Mr. O.H. Berg of Baltimore, offered in New York City, at auction, a dollar of 1804. Obverse, evenly and handsomely struck; reverse, slightly double struck. Although a little worn by circulation, it is classed as very fine. The upper right star is very close to the letter "Y" in LIBERTY - barely escapes touching it - while the upper star on the left is very far from the letter "L". It sold to Mr. Garrett, of Baltimore Md., for $740.00 " "1836: Flying Eagle, "Gobrecht" in field; eagle and stars. Brillant Proof, $71 " "1851-1854: Brillant proof issues, $68 each" "1873 Trade Dollar, Brillant Proof, $3 " check this out! "Half Dollar" "1795: There was also sold, on January 29, 1883, in New York, a 1795 half dollar which formerly belonged to Mr. Chas. P. Britton, of New York City, which had its obverse countermarked at the British Mint with small head of George III., for $20.25" Wow, i bet you don't see those often! Anyone have any other quarters, dimes, nickels or pennies they want looked up? Doug
  14. I forgot to bring the book to work with me, i'll look it up tonight and report back. good point, i'm now anxious to look up other "rare" gold/silver issues to see what it reports. Doug
  15. I like vintage books, and vintage coin books are really cool! I picked up a 1884 book entitled 'The Current Gold and Silver Coins of All Nations" The spine is coming a bit loose, but hte pages have beautiful sketches or lithos of the coins, nice detail indeed! I really get a kick out of the 'current value' of these coins listed, when one compares them to today's prices for the same coins. Notably, there is a multi-page section in the back that says 'actual value of US Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze and Nickel Coins'. Below that heading points out that the prices are based on auction results compiled by the authors between Jan. and July 1883. Here are some examples quoted: "Gold Double Eagles" "1849: Only one coin known to exist, which still remains in the coin cabinet o the US Mint in Philadelphia. This unique piece stamps, therefore, all other double eagles with the date 1849 as base imitations. 1850: a sharp, uncirculated impression sold at $26 1851 - 1870: uncirculated issues, worth $22 to $25 1871 - 1882: Proofs, $23 - $25; uncirculated $21 to $22.50 1883: Brillant Proof, $20.50 - $21.00" note: it goes on to distinguish between 'brillant proof' and 'proof' in gold coins. The former "exhibit a burnished, mirror-like, reflecting surface", while the latter coins are "former brillant proof coins that are soiled or tarnished" "Gold Eagles - Uncirculated condition" " 1795: $15.75 1796: $ 20.00 1797: $ 16.50" etc, etc. "Gold Half Eagles" "The gold Half Eagle of 1815 is the rarest coin of the United States series. Only about three genuine specimens are known. One coin is now in the cabinet of Mr. Garrett, in Baltimore, for which he paid, June 26, 1883, $400.00. The second one is at present in a museum in Europe, and the third is supposed to be in the collection of the King of Sweden. An 1815 Half Eagle in the collection of Col. Adams is generally considered of very doubtful parentage." The book goes on to details the other gold issues, all of the US silver dollars up to 1883, and the rest of the coinage produced up to that point. I'll be happy to look up the 'actual values' for anyone's coin if they would like, just let me know the type and year. Overall, this is a pretty cool book, and a window into the souls of the early US coin collectors. Doug
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