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 Posted 06/27/2022  10:55 pm Show Profile   Check SPP-Ottawa's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add SPP-Ottawa to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
During the pandemic, I went through approximately $15,000 worth of nickel dollars, purchased at face value as bulk lots from several dealers looking to get rid of them. To some, it appears to be a maddening exercise, but I have managed to build a pretty impressive collection where a good number of the coins only cost me face value and certification costs with PCGS. While I do have the #1 set, it is the thrill of the hunt that I love with errors or grade rarities.

From my 2020 and 2021 searches, I sent about 30 coins to PCGS and got back some really nice grades (most as duplicates), but I do love rolling the dice and hoping for upgrades to my registry set.

This last batch, I got two upgrades for my registry:
1968 Doubled Die Reverse: https://www.PCGS.com/cert/43890834
1981: https://www.PCGS.com/cert/43890846
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 Posted 06/28/2022  04:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice
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 Posted 06/28/2022  06:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add darryldarryl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice upgrades !
One step closer to perfection !
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 Posted 06/28/2022  07:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dan-in-crystal-lake to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice!
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 Posted 06/28/2022  08:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wrekkdd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice, always feels great to upgrade a coin in your aet I have yet to start a nickel dollar collection though I have 8-10. The banks were putting them all aside for me but it's been a while since I picked any up, I grabbed 100 a few months back and ended up bringing them back last month(I had not checked them) been to busy and focusing on sorting out what I have. Even the piggy bank in rolling up for my contest is un searched for varieties or errors.
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 Posted 06/28/2022  2:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DBM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

How many of the coins in your set (or their equivalent) were found as raw coins?
At least two that you've shown us here.
I doubt that any other top set of Canadian circulation coins contains as many coins found in raw state.
A testament to your knowledge of the series and your keen eye.


PS. Are you declaring that the pandemic is over or that your hunt is suspended?
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How many of the coins in your set (or their equivalent) were found as raw coins?


Almost all of them were found raw. The only coins I purchased (in ICCS flips) were:
- 1973 (Hugh Powell, Torex 2009)
- 1974 Double Yoke (Colonial Acres 2016)
- 1977 (Colonial Acres 2009)
- 1986 (Colonial Acres 2012)


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I doubt that any other top set of Canadian circulation coins contains as many coins found in raw state.


Especially with an obsolete coinage. That said, someone could easily tackle a set with the nickel composition 50c (1968 to 2000). I go through those too, and have sold some beauties over the years.


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PS. Are you declaring that the pandemic is over or that your hunt is suspended?


The hunt is never over... it'll be a while before I get 20+ high grade coins to send to PCGS though. I usually get 1 or 2 coins worthy of that trip per 1000.
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 Posted 06/29/2022  4:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My question is what do you do with all the dollars you go through afterwards? My bank never wants to accept them.
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 Posted 06/29/2022  6:57 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a lot to learn about higher MS coins, to me the '68 has some distracting marks on the rev, and a nasty slash across poor Lizzie's face, but still a 67?

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 Posted 07/01/2022  1:52 pm  Show Profile   Check SPP-Ottawa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SPP-Ottawa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Wade: those are "rolling marks" from rolling of the planchet strips. They propagate through the rimming of the blank and striking of the planchet. Those "slashes" you see in in the planchet itself, not something that occurred after the strike.

Here is an extreme example: https://www.PCGS.com/cert/33950779
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My question is what do you do with all the dollars you go through afterwards? My bank never wants to accept them.


My bank accepts them without question. They get sent out to the Bank of Canada, which in turn probably sends them to the Royal Canadian Mint, which then likely go into the Alloy Recovery Program. Being in Ottawa probably facilitates that.
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I have often questioned what happens with the nickel dollars that are returned to the bank, there melt value is far below gave value so spending extra money to melt them down. I always assumed they continue to let them circulate Or sell them to collectors for face value.
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