Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – 2014 Jacksonville Coin Show – Jacksonville, Florida

As a reminder for those in the north Florida area, the Greater Jacksonville Coin Club will have their annual coin show on May 30 – June 1, at the Morocco Shrine Temple, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, in Jacksonville, FL.  Admission and parking are free.

My book, “Rick’s Legacy – Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency”, will be available for purchase at the show.   Also, a rough manuscript of my 2nd book:  Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection - “The Purple Gang Set” will be available for review.  While it is not a complete manuscript, it will give customers a good idea as to what it will look like.

There will be an assortment of Pedigree coins available for the collector to consider.  I talked to one coin dealer today and he said he would have a variety of the following hoards available for sale:

Fitzgerald                                 Binion                           Nordic Hoard

WW II Collection                     McClaren                     Military Payment Script

Champagne Lanson             Redfield                      GSA

Omaha Bank Hoard

And various casino tokens from famous hoards will also be available:

Nevada Club                            Fitzgerald                     Chesterfield Club

Hollywood Club                 Binion                           21 West Elizabeth  

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

Friday, May 9, 2014

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

My second book, Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection “The Purple Gang Set” is at the publisher’s and should be available in 6 to 8 weeks.  The main features of this book are:
1.)    Discusses the early years of Lincoln Fitzgerald and his ties with the Purple Gang.
2.)    Presents one of the most complete collections of Fitzgerald silver dollars known.

3.)    For the first time ever, presents a population report for the Fitzgerald Collection.

The book will be available on-line at Great Collections, Ebay and Amazon.  My first book is also still available at Great Collections in the coin book section:

Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection 
"The Purple Gang Set"

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rick’s Pedigree Coins – Flown on the Moon Mission Pedigree

Okay, so you collect pedigree coins and have a fairly nice assortment of different coins.  Well, I am going out on a limb here but I think here is one that you don’t have:

This 1923-S Peace silver dollar accompanied Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 Flight to the moon.  Normally, a 1923-S Peace dollar in this condition is worth melt value but with this type of heritage, it brought $31,070 in a Heritage coin auction in 2007.  The Heritage auction description read:
Buzz Aldrin's 1923-S Peace Silver Dollar Flown on the Moon Mission Aboard Apollo 11. This historic peace silver dollar flew to the moon with Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11 as part of his Personal Preference Kit (PPK). The coin, minted forty years before Dr. Aldrin was selected as part of the third group of NASA astronauts in October 1963, must surely be one of the rarest peace dollars in existence. How many collectors can point to a 1923-S Peace Dollar that has been to the moon? The coin has been encapsulated (slabbed) by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) with the following wording: "1923 S S$1 / Flown On The Moon Mission / Apollo 11 - July 16-24, 1969 / Dr. Buzz Aldrin". From the personal collection of Dr. Buzz Aldrin and accompanied by a signed Letter of Authenticity from him.”