Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Binion 1880-S Morgan Silver Dollar

Although I have cut back on my Pedigree coin collecting, one thing that still interest me are coins from the Binion and Fitzgerald hoards that have populations of less than 100 coins within those respective hoards .  And I especially like those with populations of less than 50 "hard" graded coins.  As a reminder, when I talk populations I talk of coins that have not only been authenticated as from the hoards but also received “hard” grades.  My population figures do not include “soft” graded coins designated simply as “Brilliant Uncirculated” or some similar designation.
A Binion 1880-S (NGC MS63) that has a population of only 26 pure graded pieces recently appeared in an Ebay auction.  Even though I have one graded MS62, with a population of only 26 coins, I could not pass up trying for the MS63 coin. 



As you can see, neither coin has great (or even good) eye-appeal when compared to general population coins with similar grades but the low population figures for the date/mintmark within the Binion hoard makes the 1880-S a more difficult coin to find and acquire.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Ancient City Coin Club (St. Augustine, Florida)

The Ancient City Coin Club in St. Augustine, Florida, represents the oldest (continuously occupied for purists) city in the United States.  I have had the opportunity to speak at a club meeting and also attend one of their coin shows and completely enjoy their people and the hospitality they extended.  
While attending their show, I noticed that their club also had a medal produced as a fund-raising memento and purchased one for my collection.  How can you pass up the opportunity to have a souvenir like this from the “First City”? 



The coins being sold by the club were offered raw and I purchased mine from a local dealer who had them encased by ANACS.
Anyone interested in more information or purchasing one of the coins can contact David James at:  david_james2011@comcast.net


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Listings on GreatCollections Auctions – Ten Pedigree Coins with a $1 Starting Bid

GreatCollections Auctions (www.greatcollections.com) has listed over 20 of the coins appearing in my book, “Rick’s Legacy – Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency” in their current auction.  Ten of those pedigrees have a starting bid of $1 with no reserve.  This may be a good chance to pick up a pedigree coin featured in the book at a bargain price.  The following pedigrees are included with the low opening bid price:

Teich Family Collection Morgan Silver Dollar
 Lincoln Highway Hoard Dollar
 Olathe Silver Dollar
 New Orleans Mint Hoard
 Benson Collection Mercury Dime
 Patriot Collection Peace Dollar
 Big Sky Hoard $1 Eisenhower Dollar
 Richmond Collection Buffalo Nickel 
 Richmond Collection $5 Liberty Gold
 McClaren II Morgan Dollar
You can also purchase the pedigree book from GreatCollections.  Quantity discounts are available for collectors that purchased one of the pedigree coins.  

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Coin Pedigrees & Retirement

As many of you noticed, I have been selling the Pedigree coins that appeared in my book, “Rick’s Legacy – Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency” over the past few months.  Some went to friends that I developed through pedigree coin collecting and allowed them to extent their sets.  Others went to fellow pedigree collectors that wanted the opportunity to share in the ownership of a coin featured in the book.  To all I say thank you and wish you the very best.

For the most part, I will be moving on from the pedigree coin collecting field and into retirement.  I am enjoying it (retirement) but finding that even though the US Government took a significant amount of money from me when I was working, they are not all that keen on giving any back.  Maybe I should start a blog about “blood sucking leaches”? 


I am also finding a difference in word terminology.  When I worked, fellow employees liked the “donut holes” that I bought from a local bakery as a treat at the end of a hard week.  Now I am learning that “donut hole” means you pay a lot more for drugs than you did when you were working.  If you are retired, you will understand the pun.

GreatCollections (www.greatcollections.com) has been (and is continuing) to handle the sale of the pedigree coins.  I am not sure where they stand on the sales but think about half are sold.  I am leaving all that up to them.  It is their specialty and they are doing a good job.  I have kept about 6 to 10 coins back because I really like the stories or, for some reason, the coins just interested me.  The rest will be released/listed as GreatCollections determines.  If you are interested in any special coin that appeared in the book, write GreatCollections or me and I can let you know the status of the coin.


I will continue to add a column or two in the blog, but will slow down in the writing/researching efforts.  However, I am not going to cover pedigree coins at the same rate I did in the past and I am not going to give much attention to the fabricated pedigrees that coin dealers, brokers and auction houses are throwing on the market.  When we see the damage these groups are doing to the pedigree hobby, let's be sure to blame the right person. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – 1900/00 O/CC Top-100 VAM-9 Fitzgerald Collection

Shown below is a (the) 1900/00 O/CC Top-100 VAM-9 Fitzgerald Collection Morgan silver dollar graded by NGC as XF40.  This coin date/mintmark/variety has a population of “1” from the Fitzgerald Collection.  It recently appeared in auction and now resides in a private collection.


Anyone interested in the Fitzgerald Collection of silver dollars may find the book Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – “The Purple Gang Set” a valuable resource.  It is available at GreatCollections (www.greatcollections.com) in their book section.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Pedigree Coins Appearing in Book: "Rick's Legacy - Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency"

Coins appearing in my book, "Rick's Legacy - Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency" are now listed in GreatCollections auctions:

Anyone interested in any of the coins in the book should review GreatCollections auction listings.  The currency has not been consigned.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Founders’ Edition Pedigrees from SS Republic Shipwreck

I discussed coins from the SS Republic shipwreck in an article a couple months ago and how they fit into the “pedigree collecting” world.  I also mentioned different approaches for collecting examples from this shipwreck and how I found the collection of recovered 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar varieties as an interesting approach.  The two things I enjoy most about pedigree collecting are the stories associated with the pedigree and unique examples from the pedigree.

First, let me refresh memories on the SS Republic shipwreck:

SS Republic: The SS Republic was a Civil War-era side-wheel steamship operating between New York and New Orleans when it was lost in a hurricane on October 25, 1865. The ship contained a fortune in gold and silver coins meant to assist in the rebuilding of New Orleans after the Civil War. Discovered in 2003 off the Georgia/South Carolina coast. Authenticated and Graded by NGC.   

There is a lot more to the SS Republic story and the internet is full of articles covering the history and obstacles in the recovery.  For those interested in more details, have fun in your research.
Now back to the unique examples.  The 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar has an amazing story having been minted by 3 governments and all being found in one shipwreck.  I thought I would never find a more interesting and unique option for collecting pedigree examples from the SS Republic, but then I stumbled upon something known as a “Founders’ Edition Set”.  As I understand it, investors in the SS Republic exploration/recovery were given priority in acquiring some of the first coins recovered from the vessel.  The coins were sealed in an NGC slab with a special label that showed the NGC certification number and also a unique number for the coin as well as the Founders’ Set population.  And to top off the Founder’s Edition Pedigree, the coins were packaged in a wooden presentation box with the name of the recipient and number of the coin.  Please see the photo’s below.         


The Founders’ Edition Set feels like it brings you one step closer to ownership in the pedigree and the story.  While the Founders’ Edition Sets are not often found in the secondary market, from time to time they do appear.  I have seen them in both Heritage Auctions and Ebay auctions.  You just have to work a little harder to find them.
So now the dilemma, do you want the 1861-O Seated Liberty varieties or the Founders’ Edition Set for your pedigree example from the SS Republic?  Here I will reference the 2003 inspiration movie “Radio” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.  When the waitress asked Radio which kind of cobbler did he want, peach or blackberry?  Without hesitation, Radio replied, “both”.  This sounds like a sound strategy for a true pedigree collector.