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by alefzero
Sat Sep 23, 2023 8:10 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1904 O PCGSMS64DMPL VAM 28A 'TRIGGER'
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: 1904 O PCGSMS64DMPL VAM 28A 'TRIGGER'

It is one that often can be found in 64 and 65 PL/DMPL. Had a little hoard at one time. Another is the VAM-4B. They are usually, and appropriately, attributed now as VAM-4A. But that includes both pre- and post-clash states. The prooflikeness was from remediation polishing. It is one of those things...
by alefzero
Fri Sep 22, 2023 11:11 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Is there a trick to photographing overstruck coins to make the original more visible?
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: Is there a trick to photographing overstruck coins to make the original more visible?

I have a few I see things in under microscope but can't get what I'm seeing to show up in photos, which would be hugely helpful for making overlays in photoshop to find a match. It makes me want to find someone with access to a scanning electron microscope and beg for their scan. Are there any know...
by alefzero
Thu Sep 14, 2023 9:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT - Trade Challenge addendum
Replies: 0
Views: 50

OT - Trade Challenge addendum

One thing that bothered me was slot 29 of the Trade Challenge 50, 1877-CC. I put an major rarity in there, C-9. It has an RPD and RPM. However, there is the C-2.1 also that has a similar RPD, but a different date position. It also potentially has an MPD. It seems to be only scarce. To avoid misattri...
by alefzero
Thu Sep 14, 2023 4:49 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: HUGE bargain at Heritage last night
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: HUGE bargain at Heritage last night

Wow.

I had not been following them for some time now, but recall the 44/44A pricing pretty chaotically in the market. It seemed to have gone from an arguable king of VAMs to not being very promoted.
by alefzero
Mon Sep 11, 2023 5:28 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Fun Find: 1921-D VAM-1U
Replies: 8
Views: 129

Re: Fun Find: 1921-D VAM-1U

It really is a neat VAM.

The VAM-1AL is an evil mimic cousin. Saw one in Pittsburgh at the ANA. The mimic is not an issue if you have the image of the VAM-1U gouge. But when going without resources, one could easily pick up a 1AL (still a good VAM) thinking it is a 1U.
by alefzero
Mon Sep 11, 2023 2:13 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: OT - New CHERRYPICKERS' GUIDE Publication
Replies: 9
Views: 234

Re: OT - New CHERRYPICKERS' GUIDE Publication

Wow. That is big time.
by alefzero
Sun Sep 10, 2023 10:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Long Beach Roll Call
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Long Beach Roll Call

Despite the nearly unanimous consensus that the attendance was weak and sales low, it was a good show for me. Hung with fogie, Mike T, and Michael D for pretty much the entire show. Quality time also with Ash, David Miller, and their entourage. Mark W stopped by on Friday for a while too. Hung at Bi...
by alefzero
Sun Sep 10, 2023 5:26 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 500th Catalog Update
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: 500th Catalog Update

They pay some people out there to do much less anymore. Great to have guys, like you, making such significant contributions to the understanding of the hobby pro bono.
by alefzero
Thu Aug 31, 2023 5:48 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: 1885-S VAM 4A
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: 1885-S VAM 4A

I believe that was the only 1885-S I did not have (based on discoveries to that point) when I had that huge VAM set.
by alefzero
Mon Aug 28, 2023 5:58 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Long Beach Roll Call
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Long Beach Roll Call

Who will be or might be attending the Long Beach show next week?

I am set up in the middle of the bourse (booth 732/Select Rarities) and at least fogie will be helping me out there, probably one or two others. Know of a few others who are coming. We might have enough to do some SSDC/VAM get together.
by alefzero
Mon Aug 28, 2023 2:59 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Has there ever been a trade dollar branch mint proof rumor?
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: Has there ever been a trade dollar branch mint proof rumor?

No. Nothing even resembling a proof has been among the branch mint products.
by alefzero
Sat Aug 26, 2023 6:55 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Just 4 Fun
Replies: 15
Views: 281

Re: Just 4 Fun

Trying for a CAC Gold sticker might be a better play.
by alefzero
Sat Aug 26, 2023 6:54 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: NEW GAME,,,,, VAM "The Price is right "
Replies: 232
Views: 4196

Re: NEW GAME,,,,, VAM "The Price is right "

On a tangent, speaking of The Price Is Right, Bob Barker just passed away at 99.
by alefzero
Mon Aug 21, 2023 3:39 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Denver in October?!
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Denver in October?!

Fogie and I will be there. We (Select Rarities) have been setting up at the Denver Expo somewhat regularly. If you are at the show, connect with us. Daniel Carr should be there too.
by alefzero
Fri Aug 18, 2023 12:11 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh haul...
Replies: 10
Views: 385

Re: Pittsburgh haul...

More impressive once listed like this. Of course, you have ~100 more to figure out.
by alefzero
Fri Aug 18, 2023 12:09 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: SF Morgan reverse die just sold
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: SF Morgan reverse die just sold

Here it is in coin orientation, in case anyone wants to take a stab at attributing it. The turd in the G eliminates some. The break in the left wing was probably a production crack from the F to the right wreath.
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by alefzero
Mon Aug 14, 2023 2:59 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Pittsburgh

All in all, it was a very good show. From a selling perspective, I didn't get the numbers I had expected. However, a few coins that had been surprisingly difficult sells did find the right buyers finally. I envy the dealers who can predict, with any accuracy, the right coins to bring to each show. S...
by alefzero
Mon Aug 14, 2023 1:49 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Pittsburgh

LOL. Yeah, set those pins right up.
by alefzero
Sun Aug 13, 2023 4:38 pm
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Pittsburgh

Just got home finally. Crashing.
by alefzero
Sun Aug 13, 2023 4:23 am
Forum: Discussion Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Pittsburgh

There were (and still are) enough coin people stuck at the airport long enough to have a mini-bourse in the terminal. Yeah. Fogie picked me up to get a little bite to eat. Got back. They put me on a flight tomorrow morning, but bumped me from first class to coach. Meanwhile, those not moved to anot...