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 Posted 04/15/2018  09:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Still have the $5 on my want list




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 Posted 04/15/2018  1:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coronet1832 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm curious about collecting strategies on modern commems. When I started collecting them, I kinda liked having all the OGP that came with them. But now that's taking up a lot of room. And I'm noticing that slabbed modern commems from big dealers can sometimes be equivalent to the Mint price.

So do you buy direct from Mint or do you go slabbed?
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 Posted 04/15/2018  4:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chopped Triumphs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I usually buy OGP within my budget. Not necessarily from the mint, I won't buy a slabbed coin unless it's less expensive than one in OGP, I do have a few slabs in my collection.
I kinda think if you buy a coin in a slab you pay for the slab and not the coin.
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 Posted 04/15/2018  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'm curious about collecting strategies on modern commems.


I pursued these for about 5 years (2010-2015) and realized that my US Mint purchases were almost always available for less on the secondary market ... with the full OGP if that means anything to you.

I personally tired of the pursuit and have subsequently sold them all ... my experience is that if you can resist the need to 'have it now' via the Mint sales program you can get the exact same coins approximately 6 months later at a reduced cost.

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 Posted 04/15/2018  8:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Correct, generally. Eventually the Mint will choke you and your budget if you let it - that's the whole point of mass marketing.
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 Posted 04/16/2018  12:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not the best example but it's mine





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 Posted 04/16/2018  12:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Beefer518 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice Muddler. One I don't have. :(
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I enjoy Robert Aitken design of the Missouri half ... to my eye the coin has the bold, high relief look of classic medals ... not surprising given that Aitken was a medalist and sculptor.

Being a member of the 'Pre-Depression' era of classic silver commemorative, the coin can be obtained in the marketplace in circulated state. My example is Pop 3/1, with a single FR02 example graded lower.

1921 Missouri Centennial Half Dollar - PCGS AG03



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 Posted 04/16/2018  09:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was born in Missouri and spent my a good part of my childhood in Maryville. My grandparents owned an antique store, and every one of my relatives collected something. So this was an important piece for me. I was collecting before I was talking!!

Rather than going for the grade only for the Missouri, as I did with some of my CSC I wanted two things on the Missouri. First, I didn't want the weird halo on the obverse around the bust to be too distracting. On many issues, that halo is so pronounced it takes away some of the beauty, in my opinion.

Second I wanted a good strong strike.

This one has some natural toning which I didn't find objectionable, as the reverse strike made up for a lot.

Here's what I finally decided on (please note that this PCGS holder needs a good buffing to remove a million little scratches).






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 Posted 04/16/2018  9:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coronet1832 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Moxking - small world, I spent a lot of my childhood just south of you in St. Joseph. I remember we used to go to marching band competitions in Maryville.

I've had the Missouri on my list for a long time but still haven't found one I liked that I can also afford. Someday ...
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 Posted 04/17/2018  08:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
the Monroe was one of my first commemoratives. I've probably had it 40 years.






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 Posted 04/17/2018  09:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is one of my very least favorite CSC. With the price jump so large from a 64 to a 65 I couldn't bring myself to put that money into a coin I just don't like. Even 64's are hard to find with anything remotely resembling a good strike on the obverse, and the 65's are no better.

One of those "have to get it" coins to complete the set.



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 Posted 04/17/2018  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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One of those "have to get it" coins to complete the set.


Completely agree ... and I'll include the 1926 Sesquicentennial Half in the same category, although at least the Sesqui was produced to commemorate an event of national significance unlike the Monroe Doctrine which was issues by an for the California film industry.

Both coins IMHO are aesthetic disasters ... simple choose an acceptable example of each and move on.

Or .... choose a truly worn lowball ... then you'll have less ugly coin to look at.

1923-S Monroe Doctrine Centennial Half Dollar - PCGS FR02



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...at least the Sesqui was produced to commemorate an event of national significance unlike the Monroe Doctrine which was issues by an for the California film industry.

That's very interesting. Wikipedia has a lot of information on this topic, including how the reverse design was allegedly lifted from Raphael Beck's design for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.

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Both coins IMHO are aesthetic disasters

I'd always found the reverse design rather intriguing. Now I know why. This coin was on my long list, but with this revelation I don't know if I'm more interested in having one or less.
Working on: Franklin halves (early proofs), Peace dollars (62-63), US type (now back to Bust era)

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 Posted 04/17/2018  8:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nickel Searcher - I dare say I like your slicky better than my 64. Less to see, less offensive
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