Set Category: Token & Medals

Set Name: All that I have left Part - IV Modern US Commems

Set Description: Some of my favorite designs were the Civil War Commemoratives, National Law Enforment Officers Memorial, George Washington Death Bicentennial, the Proof $10 Library of Congress (not really the design as much as simply how great this coin looked in proof)and the $5 Salt Lake City Olympic Commemorative, I just think in gold this design is simplistically appealing.

Set Goals: At one time I had the complete set of US commemoratives (UNC's & Proofs) from 1982 through 2003. Those that could be purchased with a wood box were purchased with the box including the 1983 Olympic set. What I list here are all that remain from that collection of modern commemoratives.

I started collecting coins in the mid 1950’s. In the mid 70’s I started dealing at a shows. When I went to coin shows before I started dealing I would walk by every table that had anything foreign, or had bank notes or medals. However after I started dealing I became friends with dealers who sold those items and I started looking at their material. I found a lot of it to be beautiful, and the foreign material was much more beautiful than US items. Before I knew it I was hooked. I sold off most of what I had and was replacing it with material I never thought I would own. My criteria for buying numismatic material then and now became 1) the item had to be above average grade, 2) I have to find the item “attractive” to me, 3) I love finding a rarity and 4) any connection to places I lived or family origin is a plus. I also built up a large numismatic library. I wish NGC would allow us to list our numismatic library under signature (or maybe even competitive) sets.

When my son went off to college I sold my collection (for students from outside Michigan the U of M is not cheap). I kept very few pieces from that collection. In fact the only pieces I can remember for sure are a silver dirhem of Genghis Khan (M-1496), 1930 Ten Kronur from Iceland, a 1922 no D cent with strong reverse and four Swiss Shooting Medals. I am sure there were a few more pieces. I thought I was done with coins but I was wrong. Before long I found I was being drawn back to them. However my disposable income was not what it once was and I only had modest amounts I could spend on items I purchased. I again started collecting until 2005. When I retired and needed to supplement my income and I started selling off my collection. Maybe I should have gone cold turkey (as I did when my son went to college) and just sell it all, but I just could not bring myself to do that. So I slowly go through my collection looking at each coin and saying yes or no. When more funds are needed I repeat the process. It really does get harder each time.

But believe it or not, I still can not quit. When I sell off a part of my collection I typically take a modest percentage of what my sale netted and purchase one or two new pieces. Regardless of the type of material I sold my new purchases would be “raw” medieval coins or world coins from 1600. Why? Being up here in Vermont there are few locations that cater to my collecting likes and I no longer have much money. So that leaves me with eBay. And let’s face it, the number of world coins being offered at any moment on eBay is enormous. So why buy world vs. US coins? I would not buy a US coin on eBay unless it was slabbed. In my opinion, a preponderance of the raw US coins sold on eBay fall into one of the following two categories. One they are either low grade and can not justify the slabbing fee or two they are impaired. I do not want such coins. If it is a slabbed US coin it will bring a price that is fair but well above what it would bring if it were raw, thus leaving me a little chance to make money if I have to sell it in a year or two. World coins on eBay have the same problems but slabs have not caught on out side the US as they have here. So when really nice world coins are offered on eBay the tendency is for them to sell for at least one full grade below their actual grade. Why, there is that ever present concern when buying a coin on eBay – I am being had? Is the photo hiding something? I have been had with some of my eBay purchases but you can judge for yourself on those that were returned slabbed. I identify those bought on eBay and how much I paid. To see what I paid you have to click on “Photo”. When selecting a coin on eBay on which to bid I look for condition (I want no signs that the coin was ever cleaned or that the coin is impaired), grade and what I think the coin is worth based on catalogue values.

To date I have listed “All I have Left Parts I, II, III, IV & V.” I have one more part to list but I am waiting until I have the funds to certify the items in that group. Part VI will basically consist of medals and tokens.


Owner:     RAM-VT


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Signature Set Details:
Slot NameCertification #Coin InfoGraded ByCountry
Coin #1 2524016-031 2002 P S$1 OLYMPICS NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #2 2524657-010 1995 W $5 CIVIL WAR NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #3 2523815-015 1995 W $5 OLYMPICS STADIUM NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #4 2524016-005 1996 W $5 SMITHSON NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #5 2524016-011 1997 W $5 ROBINSON NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #6 2524016-012 1997 W $5 ROBINSON NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #7 2524016-015 1999 W $5 WASHINGTON NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #8 2524016-028 2001 W $5 CAPITOL NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #9 2524016-017 2000 W CONGR $10 LIBRARY NGCUNITED STATES
Coin #10 2524016-038 2003 W FIRST $10 FLIGHT NGCUNITED STATES

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