Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – 2014 Greater Jacksonville Coin Club Show

The Greater Jacksonville Coin Club will hold their annual coin show on May 30 – June 1, 2014, at the Morocco Shrine Temple, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, in Jacksonville, FL.  Admission and parking are free.  I have attended the show several times over the years and found it to be very enjoyable.  I even found a New Orleans Mint Hoard coin at last year’s show graded by NGC in BU condition for $40.  I think it may even be the one shown in my book  “Rick’s Legacy – Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency”.

There will be at least two booths at the show that will be dedicated primarily to Pedigree coins.  Some Pedigrees available will be:  

Binion Collection                                             Fitzgerald Collection

Cal-Neva Collection                                             Omaha Bank Hoard

Lanson Champaign Collection                     WWII Gold Collection

Nordic Hoard (Gold Collection)                    Great Montana Collection

Military Payment Certificates                   Lincoln Highway Collection

Many other Pedigrees will be on display and available. 

My book (Rick’s Legacy – Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency) will be available at the show for purchase at a special show price.  If you cannot make the show, the book is available on Ebay, Amazon and Great Collections coin auctions.  The Book Nook in Jacksonville, Florida, also has it in stock.
Link to Great Collections:  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – 1887 Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – Fun Facts

My next book, Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – “The Purple Gang Set”, is getting some final touches before going to the publisher for print set-up and I have been closely watching the Fitzgerald silver dollar market on the auction sites and at coin shows.  If you are a Fitzgerald fan as I am or just a guy trying to bet on some rarities, here are a few things that I noticed.

Fitzgerald silver dollars are not always priced according to rarity.  Without a census or population report, collectors don’t have a barometer for pricing and rarity.  And that is why I am including a complete population report for the Fitzgerald collection in my book.  With this tool soon to be available to the educated collector, he/she can better determine if and what premium should be paid for a Fitzgerald silver dollar.

 For example, the 1887 Fitzgerald is the number one most found silver dollar with a population figure greater than any other Fitzgerald.  It even beats out the 1922 Peace dollar (the second most plentiful coin) in the Fitzgerald collection by an amazing 28%!  That is right, 28% more 1887 dated Fitzgerald’s were graded than the 1922 Peace dollar.  However, in the market place, the 1887 Fitzgerald is priced as if it was a tougher coin.

The second thing that surprised me was the pricing for the 1879-S Fitzgerald silver dollar.  It is not as rare as the market presumes.  Now don’t get me wrong, it is not real plentiful but the 1889 Fitzgerald silver dollar is much scarcer and can be found at a much smaller premium.  Actually, there are 154% more 1879-S graded by NGC than 1889 silver dollars in the Fitzgerald collection.  But yet the 1879-S pulls an undeserved premium while the 1889 silver dollars have a small premium. 
There are many other Fitzgerald silver dollar varieties that the premium or lack of is surprising when you look at the population statistics.  I have no doubt that my book will provide the Fitzgerald silver dollar enthusiast with an educated knowledge in collecting and purchasing for their collection.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rick's Pedigree Coins – Rick’s Legacy – Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

My book “Rick’s Legacy – Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency” is now available at Great Collections.  Their website is: 

There is a tab for “Coin Books” at the top of the page.

Or you can go directly to the book:

Check it out.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Redfield Collection – Red Flag Warning

The following is taken from an earlier writing I did on Redfield Collection silver dollars.  I am sharing it on my blog because I have seen several Ebay sellers falsely claiming coins are from the Redfield Collection simply because they are in Paramount holders.  Paramount used the same holders for a lot of coins, not just Redfield’s, so being in a Paramount holder is not authentication that the coin is from the Redfield hoard.  Read on:   

“Most of the original authentication of the Redfield silver dollar hoard was done by Paramount with Blanchard doing a smaller volume. The Paramount silver dollars were placed in plastic holders with either black or red internal cardboard settings.  Two things to note about the Paramount holders are:  1.) the holders caused severe environmental discoloring to the coins, and 2.)  the same holders were used for mounting other coins (non-Redfield’s) which are often times incorrectly advertised as Redfield silver dollars.  True Redfield silver dollars in Paramount holders will have the “Redfield” inscription on the internal label.  Recognizing that the Paramount holders were causing damage to the silver dollars, a movement began to have PCGS and NGC remove the coins from the Paramount holders and place them in PCGS or NGC slabs.  Redfield coins in PCGS holders have the pedigree name applied to the label; however, it is not consistent and appears in several formats:  “LaVere Redfield Hoard” or “Redfield” or “Redfield Collection”.  NGC is also inconsistent in applying the pedigree name saying:  “Redfield” or “Redfield Collection” or “Redfield Hoard”. 
Use caution when purchasing Redfield silver dollars as many sellers are promoting all Paramount encased coins as Redfield.  If it does not say Redfield on the label, consider that a red flag.  Another questionable practice used by sellers is that they are having the non-Redfield coins removed from the Paramount holders and graded by NGC or PCGS and promoting them as Redfield’s.  This is being done even though neither NGC nor PCGS applied the Redfield pedigree name to the label.  The seller is trying to convince the buyers that the mere discoloring of the coin proves it is a Redfield.  Consider that a red flag.”