Thank you, Earle42. You know me as KCM on another forum. The moniker was already in use here. It was an image you posted on that other forum that sent me to explore my '56 proof sets. I was pleased to learn I have both types. In the age I purchased my coins, very few collectors or dealers were aware of varieties now considered common knowledge. If not for your kindness in posting the aforementioned image, I'd be yet unaware of its information.
This is my first post on this forum. I see I misled a member. I must take time to introduce myself to any willing to read this crap I write.
Like you, I've been in the world quite a long while. I am by no means new to coins. I am, however, a babe in the woods in the modern age of coins. I was quite active in the 1960's '70's and '80's. I've spent since 2017 "catching up" to the modern coin era. Half a century, I'm discovering, is a long sabbatical from a cult so active.
In this age, I'm a unidirectional coin collector. No acquisitions contemplated. Still, I did purchase some replacement Walking Liberties on Ebay. Those in my collection were just too high grade to leave in place. I am planning to have fun liquidating the very large collection I placed in attic storage a half century ago. Not only must I determine what it ought to be worth, I must determine what I have.
I spend time now assigning serial numbers, listing coins on spread sheets and logging research data. On a day, I will delete my Photograde estimate column from a copy of the sheet as well as my NGC
price guide column, my PCGS
price guide column and I'll begin to haggle. I'm sitting on eight unused PCGS
vouchers they send each year I join and I have a credit balance of $250.00 at NGC
. If not for the pandemic closure of PCGS
and consequent time extension all eight of my 2019-2020 vouchers would have expired unused. Did I mention my babe in the woods status? I've yet to begin to worry about profit margins. Understandably, no one on these sites pays heed to the 28% IRS likes to make on coins and the sensibility of denying IRS some pleasure by spending a portion of theirs on risky grading. I'll send IRS whatever's left over so as not to spend toomany of my remaining years behind bars.
As to grading this coin, I'd already made up my mind not to violate the ancient packaging in order to have a third party grade attached to just one of the packaged coins. I did my probe to see if someone would proffer a good reason to change my mind on the matter. I was, on the other hand, hoping for encouragement of the mind set I adopted.
My overall mission is to garner good info like that just gained. "As to original government packaging, no added value." goes on the spreadsheet. "Type 1" was very recently appended as was "Type 2" to the line with the other set. I'll need this record of guidance to move to the actual liquidation stage. Having it will allow me. It will allow me competently take a loss to put Coin A back in the world because I can see that done better 'an I shoulda on Coin B etc.