This morning I got the last of the three groups of coins I had graded by NGC. You may remember I dropped them off at the Long Beach Show at the end of January. I am glad my pharmacy doesn't take this long to fill prescriptions, or cost as much. The prize I mentioned from the LB Show, an Athenian Tetradrachm came back Ch AU, 5 Strike, 5 Surface. It is a little shy of MS so I have no complaints. My Roman Republics were no big surprises. I had already submitted the best earlier, so these at XFs to Ch AUs was actually a little better than I expected, with the Censorinus a full grade better than I had expected. My one bummer coin in the group was an Octavian Imperatorial that came back VF, but even that is better than I feared, having a flat strike on the hair and a tad off-center. The last group to arrive (today) were the US Type pieces. All fairly graded with one surprise being an AU53 on the Flying Eagle (with a planchet lamination) that I had expected to come back XF and the other surprise was that the 1867 Shield with Rays came back as a Mint Error with a die break at 11:00 (it was graded AU Details). The one disappointment was the 1839 Bust Half that came back AU Details - Obverse Scratch. I was hoping for an MS-61 as it is a real beauty and definitely better than the 1832 Bust Half they graded MS Detaila some time ago.
The Long Beach Show is coming up again in June and I will be bringing in a couple of Greeks to be graded. Probably just the Demitrios Polyorkides and a Myrina Tetradrachm, although I might throw in a couple of smaller denomination silver. I might also include a Cleopatra bronze that was a gift from a friend. It is no more than Fine in my estimation, but I would like it professionally graded.
I am looking forward to the LB Show. There is going to be another installment of the Tyrants Collection that Ira Goldberg put together for a private collector. This one will be Tyrants of Rome. Lots of choice gold coins to look at and dream about.