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  1. Hi All, I was thinking about the posts I see on this forum, what comes up for sale on eBay, and what is mentioned in auction sites and on coin websites and came to the following conclusion. If it isn't old copper (think US large cents or British Colonial currency), ancient (non-PM roman coins for instance), or a Mint Error (some lovely mules, off center strikes, and planchet errors) then people seem to only want to buy, sell, trade, and talk about "silver & gold". Of course, the whole idea behind the silver forum is for people interested in silver (and gold), but I've noticed that trend in almost every other aspect of coin collecting. I mention this because some of my favorite coins are base metals and, at least in the US, some copper/bronze cents can go for significant amounts of money depending on condition and mintage figures. Is the PM market flooded because there is significant variety? speculators? an ideology? easier to collect these coins? Just trying to share my love of non-PM currency and find out if I'm simply strange or a part of a larger community that is a bit quieter.
  2. I bought these earlier this year, partly because I loved the design and partly because with the new "technique" the RCM developed to avoid milk spots I wasn't as weary to buy their silver coins, but I haven't seen much about these in this or other coin forums. I also, unless I'm not looking properly, haven't seen these on eBay or coin sites. So, any love for the Great White North Coins this year? Are these just not what forum members are usually interested in? The first coin pictured is a special design of the typical bullion Canadian Maple Leaf coin with a big "30" hugging the traditional Maple Leaf Design. Canada did a similar design on the 25th anniversary in 2013, but I didn't purchase that coin. There isn't anything remarkable about this coin, but I like the way the anniversary number looks around the maple leaf, the privy mark serves a purpose (it is for anti-counterfeit measures) so it doesn't bother me, and the fine radial background on obverse and reverse is appealing IMHO. According to the NGC website there are 126 coins of this type graded MS 70 across the label pedigrees (early release, first release, and standard). Mintage of 250,000 according to the websites I've seen. The second is an incuse design reverse proof Maple Leaf coin. This is an odd coin for the RCM to produce. I would love more info on this if others have it. What I know is it has a mintage of 6,500, and according to the NGC census almost 3000 have been graded by them and 93% of them have been PF 70. I don't think this coin is a part of a series, but not sure, and it seems the FDOI (first day of issue) pedigree is the one to have, but there are 1,000 of those kicking around in PF 70 with NGC holders according to the census data. I like this coin better than the first one because of the simplicity and contrast of the reverse proof as well as the edge lettering. These coins also bring up the question of rarity. The first, has hundreds of thousands minted, but just over a hundred in the top grade, while the latter has a low mintage for a coin, especially a commemorative proof, and yet the majority of them are "perfect". So one is a conditional rarity and one is a mintage rarity, but which one is more desirable???
  3. Another coin I sent off in the same batch as my other Britannia coins was this 1998. 1998 is the first year of issue for the Britannia silver coins in the business strike or "mint state" version, a year after the introduction of the proof version in 1997. This is not one of the rarer dates in terms of mintages, but it is desirable as a first year of issue in a series. I bought it on eBay for a decent price, but had no idea what the results would be for a cross grade. As with the other coins in the submission, this coin was sent in for the modern tier NCS/NGC conservation and grading combination. This costs $28 as of this submission, but with the shipping cost, insurance, submission fee, this coin cost a little over $30 to grade. This is not a true "crossover" as it is not a PCGS slab, but NGC will remove a coin from an ICG slab if the waiver is signed with the submission. This coin, as you can see from the photos, came back an MS 68 in an NGC holder. the 1998 does have a population of 3 in MS 70 on the NGC census and a fair few in MS 69. I believe the MS 68 is a result of a stain near the queen's effigy in the field near the back of her head. It looks like a drop of water hit the coin, evaporated, and left a ring like you would see on a coffee table. It is very small and not that noticeable, but it could of course knock a coin down a grade. One thing to note about this, the ICG slab designated this coin as DCAM for deep cameo. This is not one of the coins that is recognized as having cameo with NGC because the fields are matte and the design is reflective. I've noticed on modern reverse proofs they also don't get a cameo designation. As with the other coins the original label was sent back to be in the flip used during the grading process, but unlike the other ones this flip had two NGC stickers on it. It isn't easy to see, but beneath the second sticker there is a SMS on the original label that NGC used. SMS is an acronym for Special Mint Strike that is usually given to US coins that aren't proof coins, aren't business strike coins, but have a nice matte finish on them like this coin. Again, this doesn't add any value to the coin, but it was interesting to see the process that NGC first assigned the wrong designation - probably because of the ICG label showing the DCAM designation - and then at some point a grader or conservationist corrected it. Well SIlver Forum, what do you think about this coin, is it a grading success or failure?
  4. Continuing with my submission to NGC, I submitted two 2010 Britannia Silver 1 ounce coins that were holdered in ANACS MS 70 slabs. These coins were submitted as modern conservation, a tier that combines the conservation and grading costs to $28 total, and NGC will remove the coin from the holder, but will not honor them as a cross-grade like PCGS holders. I've received them back in the NGC holders, and have photos posted below. I was pleasantly surprised that one came back an MS 70 in the NGC holder as popular opinion is that these come back a grade lower. Even the MS 69 is a victory to me considering the price I paid for that coin. Total, the MS 69 cost me a little over $67 which includes the grading fees. I highly doubt I could get an NGC graded MS 69 2010 on an auction website or from another collector for that price. I'm hesitant to think there is an advantage in buying ANACS coins and then submitting them for NGC grades, since I have other examples I will post that didn't turn out as well. However, a good deal on a coin is a good deal regardless of the holder it seems. Side note! I really like how NGC sends back the original ANACS label in a flip as well. It is not worth anything necessarily, and I doubt it matters to most people, but I really enjoy seeing the "history" of that specific coin from probably a raw coin to an ANACS holder and on to an NGC one now in my possession. Silver Forum members let me know what you think!
  5. 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!
  6. A few weeks ago I put together a package to submit coins to NGC. I haven't received the coins back, but I have checked the status and see the coins have been finalized and graded. Below are two of the coins I sent in. One 2013 1/4 ounce silver Britannia and one 2014 1/4 ounce silver Britannia. What's unique about these coins other than their small size and limited mintage is that they are made with silver from a famous shipwreck, the SS Gairsoppa. There's edge lettering on the coins indicating this. I was hesitant to purchase these coins at first since they're in ANACS holders and I trust NGC and PCGS grades a bit more. However, I love the Britannia coins and these were so different and unique that I was drawn to them. I would be curious what forum members think will happen grade wise to these coins. Thoughts on ANACS? These coins and how they'll grade? Or, what about these coins in general, something forum members like? Thanks!
  7. Because they are in NGC holders it is very difficult to get a photo, but I was looking at some of my British 2 Pound non-PM coins I have and I noticed the edge lettering on the coins usually faces down away from the Queen's bust. I have a WWI Aviation coin from an annual coin set slabbed in an NGC holder that has the edge lettering facing up towards the Queen's bust. To put it another way, on the standard coins when the Queen's head is facing me and I tilt the coin to look at the edge lettering it is readable. The coin in question in this same position shows the letters upside down. The inscription is "The Sky Rained Heroes". Does anyone else have errors like this? The NGC label doesn't show it as an error coin, but I think maybe whoever sent it in for grading didn't realize it was an error themselves. I've seen a few comments online about some coins having edge lettering upside down, but couldn't find any information on this particular coin. In the picture below one can see the EROES of the word HEROES clearly facing the Queen's head side of the coin, which is not the way the other coins have the letters oriented.
  8. This is my second video for my new YouTube channel and I share my coin shop finds for the weekend, and talk about how important my local coin shop is for me, and how it should be important to others too. I hope you enjoy!!! Like, Share, Subscribe, Comment!!! Thank you!
  9. Hello Silver Forum, I'm relatively new to the Forum, but have been a long-time viewer of Numistacker's videos and a coin collector for years. Most of my collection consists of raw coins, but I've taken a liking to graded examples. My question to you all would be, how do you go about cracking coins out of slabs (like an ICG or ANACS slab) to prepare for submission to NGC or PCGS? There are videos on YouTube showing people crack NGC slabs or even PCGS, but none on the lesser known third-party-graders. Thank you all!