15 Oct 2021

Vermont's 2020 quarter mystery detail...

Coins-United States | AC coin$

The 2020 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park quarter was commissioned as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters program,representing the state of Vermont."The reverse (tails) design shows a young child completing the planting of a Norway spruce seedling near an established tree, resembling the continuation of the life cycle of our forests. The child represents the conservationist seeking to maintain a sustainable forest for future education and enjoyment." -nps.gov***Look, look, look the inverted coin art. Seek for the dinosaur. (brontosaurus)***AC coin$

15 Oct 2021

Look, look, look go fish in Delaware...

Coins-United States | AC coin$

Delaware 2021 QuarterThe obverse (heads) features the familiar image of George Washington by John Flanagan, used on the quarter since 1932. The style of the design and the inscriptions return to how they appeared on the quarter before the 50 State Quarters Program began in 1999.The reverse (tails) depicts General George Washington commanding his troops through the overnight crossing of the ice-choked Delaware River prior to the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War.*

10 Oct 2021

Added Appeal

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Having only a few years away from fifty years of steadily collecting I find myself adding things to the hoard which, until the past year or so, normally would have been passed over. The subject in question being fancy encapsulations. While third party graded specimens have found their way into the mix, it has been a long belief in collecting in the raw. In the previous blog subject designer labels were covered for the Bicentennial coinage of 1975-76, so this week it seemed fitting to continue as much with a different coin, one picked up since then. Enjoy!

10 Oct 2021

A Look into the Toned Lincoln Cent Set (and a Huge Update to My Set)

Coins-United States | CentSearcher

Hello everyone! I know, it's been several weeks since my last blog post. I really did mean to post, but the photos wasn't working, so I decided to wait until the problem was fixed. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (but don't worry, I'll still give you a thousand words for you to read). The main discussion of this blog will be the toned Lincoln Cent set, and a huge update to my personal collection of toned Lincolns.

09 Oct 2021

20 Cent Pieces

Coins-United States | user_95183

The 20 cent piece was a beautiful silver coin made from 1875 - 1878. This short - lived coin was designed by William Barber and showed the classic seated liberty design with some slight revisions. The series is filled with key dates, a rich history, and an amazing design. This series is so unique and there is so much to know about it.

04 Oct 2021


Coins-United States | Longstrider

At the risk of boring people with my articles on Peace Dollar VAMs in general and extra hair specifically, I am writing today on another one. The 1923 VAM 1AA is commonly referred to as an Extra Hair Elite 30 Peace Dollar VAM. I can’t help myself. This is an amazing example of one and I would like to share it with you.

02 Oct 2021

The Case Of The Missing 1975 Quarter

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Here's some shocking (or maybe not shocking) news: you will never find a 1975 quarter in pocket change because they don't exist. The quarters that were made in 1975 are dated 1976. Those were minted in 1975 and 1976 because the mint wanted lots of them. But the 1976 dated quarters didn't begin production until July 4th, 1975, so couldn't the mint just make the 1975 dated quarters earlier in the year? It's not that easy.

26 Sep 2021

Deciding to grade a 2021 Reverse Proof Silver Eagle set

Coins-United States | user_64580

I was trying to decide if I should grade my 2021 Reverse Proof Silver Eagle set which is coming in the mail soon. Since I'm also learning statistics I decided to do some research. I looked up all the NGC and PCGS graded Reverse Proof Silver Eagles to see how often they get a PR70 instead of PR69 or below. I added up all the submissions and divided the number of PR 70 grades (see spreadsheet link below).I also assumed that an ungraded coin was worth about the same as a PR69, so the only grade that could be worth more than just selling the coins is a PR70. I then multiplied the percentage of PR70 with the additional value or a PR70 above a PR69 to get what is called the expected value of a submission. Basically this says that a 90% chance to win $1 is worth $0.90 while a 1% chance to win $100 is worth more ($1).The results are that PCGS has a 54.35% chance of grading PR70 and NGC has a 59.13% chance. Looking at sold recently (pre-sales of PR70 sets) vs the sales of raw sets on Ebay, PCGS PR70 adds about $350 while NGC adds about $300.This means that the expected value for PCGS is $190.36 and NGC is $177.40. Both are above the submission prices. So unless you get a set with obviously defects (you don't need to submit sealed packages), then you should submit your coins.Link to data used in this blog to determine expected value below.\/ \/ \/Data used to do find expected value of grading the 2021 ASE Reverse Proof.


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