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For a good portion of the summer I stopped buying any coins, gold or silver, proof or bullion, because I felt a bit overwhelmed by all the series that are available. There's the Chinese Panda series, the Chinese Lunar series, the Britannia Series (my personal favorite, but not much love from a lot of collectors nowadays), the Great Britain Lunar series, the Perth Lunar series, the Canadian Lunar series, the Rwandan Lunar series (these are quite lovely, but I didn't set aside cash for them or buy any 😥), the Canada Predator series, the Kangaroos, the Kookaburras, the Saltwater Crocodiles, the Birds of Paradise, the Emus, and the Sharks. The Queen's Beasts, the Lion Dollars, and the Bisons. Not to mention the Ukrainian Archangels, the Isle of Man Nobles, the Niue hawksbills, superheroes, and star wars coins. Colorized coins, incuse coins, concave coins, egg shaped coins, coins that are square, coins that have scalloped edges, and privy marks on everything! Just tossing a discussion out to the Forum in general. Does anyone else feel overwhelmed by all of these? Are there forum members that have culled down their collections and eliminated collecting certain series? If so, which series are you avoiding or stopping?
Well the coins finally came back today! I was very excited to sign for and open this box from NGC and I will post the remaining successes and disappointments from this submission in the coming weeks as there are "themes" to my submission. I posted last week about two coins I really enjoy having in my collection and showed images of them - as purchased - in their ANACS yellow holders. See the link embedded in this topic. The first was a 2013 50P SS Gairsoppa Britannia coin which was graded MS 67 and the second was a 2014 50P SS Gairsoppa Britannia graded MS 69. Some mentioned the ANACS grades tend to come in one step lower (I would expect an MS 66 and MS 68 respectively) when submitted to NGC. I'm very pleased that this was not the case with these coins! The 2013 came back an MS 68 DPL - a full grade above the ANACS holder and with the Deep Proof Like designation. The 2014 came back an MS 69 same as it went in and also with the desirable DPL designation. Aside from the grading results making me very pleased with my original purchase, I wanted to post that I submitted these as NCS/NGC combined modern tier coins. They are conserved and graded in this selection for the price of $28 each. Another added benefit...the NGC holders allow me to better see the edge of the coin showing off their thickness (reminds me of a chunky silver pound coin) and the edge lettering with the shipwreck's name. Enjoy the photos!