Friday, January 5, 2018

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Toned Fitzgerald Morgan Silver Dollars: 1884-O MS63* & MS64*

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Toned Fitzgerald Morgan Silver Dollars: 1884-O MS63* & MS64*  

I have always thought that the Fitzgerald collection (grade-for-grade) has dominance over the Binion collection in the eye-appearance arena.  I have also found that to hold true for the toned coins. 


This 1884-O MS64* appeared in my book Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection "The Purple Gand Set".

I admit that I have not inspected all the toned coins from either hoard, but from my small corner of the world, the Fitzgerald collection holds the advantage.      

Monday, November 6, 2017

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – 1879-CC Fitzgerald Collection VG10 Morgan Silver Dollar

A fellow collector wrote me about a recent addition he acquired for his Fitzgerald Collection.  It came as a surprise when he visited a coin shop near his house and found an 1879-CC from the Fitzgerald Collection available.  The collector referenced the Fitzgerald population statistics in my book “Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – The Purple Gang Set” and saw the population to be 3 coins.  It was his lucky day.    

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fitzgerald Collection - Highest Graded 1883-O MS66

1883-O Fitzgerald Collection Population - 657 Silver Dollars.

The 1883-O Fitzgerald Morgan silver dollar has a large population making it a popular coin for the beginning collector. However, the MS66 shown here carries the “Badge of Honor” for being the highest graded and only 1883-O MS66 from this find.  This coin has exceptional eye-appeal nearing proof like radiance. 

As always when discussing population statistics for either the Binion or Fitzgerald coins, I am referring to "graded and authenticated" coins.  There are no population statistics available for coin only authenticated from the hoard and no population statistics available for coins with "soft grades". 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection “The Purple Gang Set” is Now Available!

My second book, Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection “The Purple Gang Set” has arrived at Great Collections and is available for purchase.  If you do not see it listed, shoot them an email and they can arrange for your purchase.  There are NO BUYER FEES attached to the purchase of my book at Great Collections like you experience at other auction houses.  

In case you have not used Great Collections for your coin search, you would be wise to check the site out.  They offer great coins at reasonable prices with low buyer fees and shipping rates.

My first book is still available at Great Collections as well as on Ebay and Amazon.  It is also available at many Florida coin shows.  If you are going to attend a coin show in Florida, contact the show chairman and ask what time I will be attending for a signing. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection “The Purple Gang Set”

Printing of my latest book, Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection “The Purple Gang Set” is now complete and shipping will start next week.  The first distributor scheduled to receive the new book is Great Collections.  As with my last book, the first 25 books printed were signed and numbered so if you want one of these special books, contact Great Collections and make your request.  They are scheduled to receive signed & numbered books 10 thru 19.  They will also receive books not numbered.

This book is a “must have” for the Fitzgerald silver dollar collector because it contains a population report for the collection.  For the first time, the collector can determine rarity and make an education decision on the premium they are willing to pay for a coin.  For example, last week I purchased two coins with the help of this guide.
The first coin:  Fitzgerald 1897 MS64

Fitzgerald Collection Population - 16 Silver Dollars

The 1897 Fitzgerald Morgan silver dollar is a very difficult coin to find with only 16 known examples in the collection (11 MS63’s and 5 MS64’s). This coin is a beautiful MS64 with minimal contact marks and great eye appearance.

The second coin:  Fitzgerald 1880-S MS65PL
 Fitzgerald Collection Population - 1 Silver Dollar.

While there were 607 Fitzgerald 1880-S Morgan silver dollars in the graded population, there was only 1, 1880-S graded as MS65 PL and this is that coin.

I purchased two other difficult to find Fitzgerald silver dollars from Great Collections that I will cover in a future report.  I hesitate to invite competition, but if you are not using Great Collections auctions, you are passing on an excellent opportunity.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Nevada - Pedigrees that can be traced to Nevada

Nevada is “Number 1” when it comes to Pedigree coins.  How can you top:

The Binion Hoard/Collection
The Fitzgerald Hoard/Collection
The Cortez Collection
The GSA Carson City Silver Dollars
The Carson City Collection (1890-CC)
The Carson City Hoard
The Wells Fargo Hoard
The Samaszko Hoard
The Nevada Silver Collection
The Golden Nugget Casino  
Club Cal-Neva Collection
The Redfield Hoard
The Nevada State Bank Collection
The Las Vegas Collection

And there are so many alternatives to collecting these Pedigrees.  You can collect an example of each Nevada Pedigree or you can collect as many varieties that you can find of a single Nevada Pedigree.  You can also collect other items associated with the Pedigree like casino chips, dice or cards for those having a casino heritage. 
Stay tuned for updates on some of these Pedigrees. Also, if any readers know of a Nevada Pedigree I missed, please send me a note.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Population Report - Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection “The Purple Gang Set”

The most exciting thing about my book, Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection “The Purple Gang Set”, is that it includes a population report for the collection.  For the first time, the Fitzgerald collector will have valuable statistical information to determine the rarity of certain date/mintmark coins in the hoard – and a basis to determine the premium that should be paid for the coins.  This is important because many “Ebay Scalpers” are showing coins at 300% to 400% over market value claiming coins are rare for the Collection when they are some of the more common coins available.  Examples:

1879-S                        1880-S       1881-O            1881-S                 1885
These are all quite common coins yet are promoted by a few Ebay sellers as rare in the Fitzgerald Collection .   With my population report, the collector can now make fact-based decision on the rarity and value.

On the flip side, the educated collector will now also be able to determine those hidden Fitzgerald jewels that are under valued by their rarity standards.  Believe me, opportunities for grabbing some low population coins exist.  I usually use the 100 population count as the threshold.  If a coin is offered with less than 100 known, I will probably go for it.  For example, I think the 1880 P is a great coin with a population of only 45 coins in the Collection.  This coin has been trading at very little or no premium which makes it a very economical coin.  Other coins that look economically attractive are the Fitzgerald 1896, 1898 and 1921.  The 1921 (Morgan) Fitzgerald appears to be a real sleeper with a population of 100 silver dollars.
As a “heads-up”, please read in my book how the population report was prepared and note that it does not include “soft graded” or “non-graded / authenticated” coins.  It only includes Fitzgerald silver dollars that received real numismatic “hard grades” in the traditional format.    

1880 Fitzgerald - Population 45 Silver Dollars