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American Liberty 2015 High Relief Gold Coin   Image Attached

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I received an email from the U.S. Mint yesterday announcing that their 2015 High Relief 24K Gold Coin will be available for sale on July 30, 2015, at 12 noon (ET).

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Spectacular Bronze Toners   Image Attached

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Thanks CaptBrian1 for your recent Journal on "Understanding Toned Coins". To continue the thread that you started I would like to emphasize that spectacular toning...

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The Destruction of the United States Manila Mint: The Final Assault   Image Attached

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February 22 and 23 was the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops...

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The Destruction of the United States Manila Mint: Black Dragons Unleashed   Image Attached

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Today is the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops during the Second...

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Coins and Medals of the United States Manila Mint   Image Attached

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This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops during...

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The United States Manila Mint: Historical Context   Image Attached

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This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the United States Manila Mint during the largest and most destructive urban battle fought by U.S. troops during...

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U.S. Philippines PCGS Crossovers   Image Attached

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My experience with PCGS crossovers has been very different than the earlier posts on this topic. Over the past few years I have submitted many PCGS graded U.S. Philippine...

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National Military Appreciation Month   Image Attached

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Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the...

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Newly Completed Near-Gem to Superb-Gem 1905 Proof Set   Image Attached

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Gem quality U.S. Philippine Proof Sets of any year are a challenge to assemble and the 1905 Proof Set, with its ultra low mintage of only 471 sets, is the ultimate challenge.

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Kudos Gary   Image Attached

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I simply love the NGC Custom Registry Sets for the opportunity it gives serious collectors to share their enthusiasm and in depth knowledge of specialized niches of our hobby...

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Congratulations Coin928 on your well deserved second consecutive Best Presented Set Award.   Image Attached

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Since the Registry Awards started in 2003 NGC has bestowed this prestigious award on only fifty-eight Registry Sets. Coin928 is one of only eight individuals that have been...

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ATTENTION PHILIPPINE & WWII COLLECTORS   Image Attached

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COME TO THE PHILIPPINE COLLECTORS FORUM (PCF) MEETING: 1PM, FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH IN ROOM #8 CHICAGO CONVENTION CENTER DURING ANA WORLD'S FAIR OF MONEY SHOW

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New Circulated Coins Only Categories for NGC Registry!   Image Attached

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Check out the 42 new Registry categories NGC added today for CIRCULATED COINS ONLY. Here is a link to the NGC news announcement.
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Top Pop Acquisition   Image Attached

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1904 Half Centavo MS66 RB (Combined NGC/PCGS Population 4/0).

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1936 Roosevelt-Quezon Peso   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the twenty-first installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The twentieth and final slot in a NGC...

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Crossovers   Image Attached

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My Collectors Society coupon for last year's renewal has been sitting unused in a desk drawer for almost a year now. With the coupon expiration date fast approaching I...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1936 Murphy-Quezon Peso   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the twentieth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The nineteenth of the twenty slots that...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1936 Murphy-Quezon Fifty Centavos   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the nineteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The eighteenth of the twenty slots that...

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U.S. Mint Strikes Proof Coins From Defective Dies!   Image Attached

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Modern U.S. proof coins are gorgeous creations that reflect the height of the mint makers' art. Of course that is what you would expect for specimen coins struck...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Reduced Size and Weight One Peso of 1907 - 1912   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the eighteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The seventeenth of the twenty slots that...

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2012 in Review   Image Attached

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Last January I posted a Journal delineating eleven Numismatic Goals and Objectives that I hoped to achieve in 2012. Today's Journal will review those Goals and Objectives...

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NGC Registry Awards   Image Attached

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Thank you NGC for selecting my 1908 USA/Philippines Proof Set for a "2012 Best Classic Set Award".

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The 1903 -- 1906 Peso   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the seventeenth installment in my weekly series on United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The sixteenth of the twenty slots that...

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Congratulations coin928   Image Attached

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Congratulations to coin928 for his well deserved Best Presented Set award. Assembling a complete collection of high grade USA-Philippine One Centavos is a tremendous...

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Numismatics and History   Image Attached

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Historians and archeologists have long regarded coins as important historical artifacts for understanding the culture and history of ancient peoples. That is why all world...

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Congrats Gary   Image Attached

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Congratulations Gary (gherrmann 44) on your well deserved 2012 Journal Award.

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The "Commonwealth Reverse" Fifty Centavos of 1944 - 1945   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the sixteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The fifteenth of the twenty slots that...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Reduced Size and Weight Fifty Centavos of 1907 - 1921   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the fifteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The fourteenth of the twenty slots that...

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Top Pop 1920 (M) USA-Philippines Fifty Centavos   Image Attached

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One of the challenges in collecting USA-Philippine coins is that Gem Quality examples are rare to nonexistent for many dates. The 1920 (M) Fifty Centavos is a good example of...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Fifty Centavos of 1903 - 1906   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the fourteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The thirteenth of the twenty slots that...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Commonwealth Reverse Twenty Centavos of 1937 - 1945   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the thirteenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The twelfth of the twenty slots that...

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Weekday Teletrade Bargain   Image Attached

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I normally don't monitor weekday Teletrade auctions as USA-Philippine coins are generally not offered during the week. Monday's Teletrade auction was the exception in that it...

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United State Coinage for the Philippine Islands: An Index to the First Twelve Weeks of this Journal Series   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is an index to the first twelve installments of my weekly series on United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The index includes links to...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Reduced Size and Weight Twenty Centavos of 1907 - 1929   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the twelfth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The eleventh of the twenty slots that...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Twenty Centavos of 1903 - 1906   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the eleventh installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The tenth of the twenty slots that compose a...

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Breaking the 100,000 Registry Point Barrier   Image Attached

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Even though I have been collecting coins for well over half a century I did not own my first certified coin until 2007. That was the year that I joined the Collector's...

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Five Star Beauty   Image Attached

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I purchased a really attractive 1904S Twenty Centavos, graded NGC MS64, from David Lawrence Rare Coins yesterday.

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Upgrade to My Registry Sets: 1906 50C, NGC PF66   Image Attached

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The newest addition to my USA/Philippine Registry Sets is an absolutely gorgeous 1906 PF66 Fifty Centavos that I purchased from Aspen Coins in last Sunday's eBay auctions.

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My Newest Top Pop Acquisition: 1905 One Centavo, NGC PF66 RB   Image Attached

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USA-Philippines proof coins are very special treasures. When these much sought after coins are offered in the marketplace, it is generally at one of the major auctions held in...

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Numismatic Detective: Unraveling a Numismatic Myth   Image Attached

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Sometimes even the most respected numismatic scholars get their facts wrong. When this happens misinformation can be perpetuated for decades as succeeding generations of...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Commonwealth Reverse Ten Centavos of 1937 - 1945   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the tenth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The ninth of the twenty slots that compose a...

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Tips for Sprucing Up Your Custom Registry Sets   Image Attached

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Did you know that you can use HTML Code to add graphics and photographs to your Custom Registry Set?

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Reduced Size and Weight Ten Centavos of 1907 - 1935   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the ninth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The eighth of the twenty slots that compose a...

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Registry View Counts: Another Way of Keeping Score   Image Attached

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As you can probably guess from my journal postings, the area of numismatics that I am most passionate over is the coins, medals, and notes issued by the United States for the...

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World War l Era Gem   Image Attached

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My newest acquisition a 1917-S USA-Philippines Twenty Centavos arrived in the mail this afternoon and it is a real beauty.

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Ten Centavos of 1903 - 1906   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the eighth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The seventh of the twenty slots that compose a...

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Wow Take A Look At The New NGC Registry Award Icons!   Image Attached

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I really like the new icons NGC has designed for award winning registry sets.

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The "Commonwealth Reverse" Five Centavos of 1937 - 1945   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the seventh installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The sixth of the twenty slots that compose a...

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USA-Philippines 1936 Commemorative Issues   Image Attached

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Thank you NGC for creating a competitive registry set category for the "USA-Philippines 1936 Commemorative Issues".

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Culion Island Leper Colony Coinage   Image Attached

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Thank you NGC for creating a competitive registry set category for the Culion Island Leper Colony Coinage.

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Reduced Size & Weight Five Centavos of 1930 - 1935   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the sixth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The fifth of the twenty slots that compose a...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Five Centavos of 1903 - 1928   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the fifth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The fourth of the twenty slots that compose a...

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Attractive Blue, Russet, and Gold Toned Semi Key   Image Attached

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The USA-Philippines Five Centavos series is a challenge to complete in mint state. While the rare 1918-S Mule overshadows the other dates in terms of difficulty there are...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The "Commonwealth Reverse" One Centavo of 1937 - 1944   Image Attached

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Today's journal entry is the fourth installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The third of the twenty slots that compose a...

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Sixty-eight Years Ago Today: "A day" October 20,1944 U.S. Forces Return to the Philippines   Image Attached

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Today is the sixty-eighth anniversary of the start of the largest campaign of the Pacific War, the Liberation of the Philippines.

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The One Centavo of 1903 - 1936   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the third installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The second of the twenty slots that compose a...

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Just For Fun Quiz: The Answers   Image Attached

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Congratulations Doug (dadams) on your correct answer to my Just for Fun quiz. 1333 views

Just for Fun Quiz  

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Greetings fellow Collectors Society Members. Just for fun test your numismatic knowledge or research skills by answering the following two part question: What U.S. BRANCH...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: The Half Centavo of 1903 - 1908   Image Attached

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Today's Journal entry is the second installment in my weekly series on the United States coinage for the Philippine Islands. The first of the twenty slots that compose a...

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United States Coinage for the Philippine Islands: An Introduction   Image Attached

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Greetings fellow Collectors Society members. Today's Journal entry is the first in a twenty-one week series that I will be posting on the United States coinage for the...

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Registry Set Milestone   Image Attached

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With my most recent acquisition, a 1906 PR65 Five Centavos, my "USA-Philippines, Proof Issues" Registry Set has reached a major milestone; it is now 60% complete.

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Spectacular Numismatic Quintet   Image Attached

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My newest Custom Registry Set ("USA-Philippines Top Pops") showcases my USA-Philippines Top Pop specimens. All USA-Philippines Top Pop coins are very special and...

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A Tribute to My Father on His 93 Birthday   Image Attached

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My father was born ninety-three years ago today on October 1, 1919. The "JAA USA/Philippines Collection" is dedicated to his memory.

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The Rarest of the Rare: The Other Side of the Coin   Image Attached

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The 1904 USA-Philippines One Centavo PF67 RB is an ULTRA RARE Top Pop beauty with a Combined NGC/PCGS Population of only two specimens.

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The Rarest of the Rare   Image Attached

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All Gem quality USA-Philippine proof coins are rare and PF67 Superb Gems are Ultra Rare treasures. The 1904 One Centavo in PF67RB is one of those very special coins. This Top...

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Rethinking my "USA-Philippines, Complete" Registry Sets   Image Attached

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When NGC created its new "NGC Coins" filter I decided to take a fresh look at my "USA-Philippines, Complete" Registry Sets to see if I could reshuffle them to create a...

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Comparison Photos of 1928-M USA-Philippines Twenty Centavos Mule and Regular 1907 - 1929 Twenty Centavos   Image Attached

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For background on the 1928-M USA-Philippines Twenty Centavos Mule (Muled with Five Centavos Reverse Die) see my previous Journal entry "Those Amazing Mules: A Tale of Two...

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Top Pop 1904 USA-Philippines Proof Half Centavo: The Other Side of the Coin   Image Attached

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My 1904 USA/Philippines Half Centavo PCGS PR66RB (Combined NGC/PCGS Population 4/0) arrived in the mail today and it is a real beauty much nicer than the Teletrade photos.

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Those Amazing Mules: A Tale of Two Mules.   Image Attached

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A Mule is a coin struck from two dies not originally intended to be used together. During the forty-seven years that the Philippines were under United States sovereignty the...

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Top Pop 1904 USA-Philippines Proof Half Centavo   Image Attached

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My latest Top Pop acquisition is a USA/Philippines Half Centavo in PR66RB (Combined NGC/PCGS Population 4/0).

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My Wife the Penny Hoarder   Image Attached

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My wife is a penny hoarder. For years she has kept a jar of pennies on the kitchen counter which she regularly adds to by saving the pennies in her pocket change, cleaning out...

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A Difficult Decision   Image Attached

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When you have only limited resources to devote to new purchases invariably you are confronted with some difficult decisions. This afternoon I was confronted with one of those...

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Teletrade Auction of the Philippine Coins of the "Just Having Fun" Collection   Image Attached

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There was a lot of excitement when Teletrade announced that it was auctioning Philippine coins from the famous "Just Having Fun Collection". The auction which concluded last...

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The One That Got Away   Image Attached

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Today's Stack's Bowers auction had a number of very nice USA-Philippines coins including a 1905 NGC PF63 Peso that I was bidding on.

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The Youngest Numismatist   Image Attached

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The newest "Young Numismatist" fifteen hour old baby Blake admires his first coins a 2012 American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof Set.

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Numismatic Time Machine   Image Attached

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With the ANA World's Fair of Money opening in Philadelphia today it's fun to imagine what it would be like hop on a numismatic time machine and visit the 1908 ANA...

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A Very Special Delivery!   Image Attached

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When the 2012 American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof Sets went on sale I ordered a set for each of my grandchildren. This included a set for the newest addition to...

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All of my Registry Sets are now 100% Illustrated and Described!   Image Attached

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When I established my 2012 numismatic goals and objectives I set a goal of having an "Owner's Description" and image for 100% of the coins in my...

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Re-Shuffling My USA/Philippines Type Sets   Image Attached

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Playing with the new "Filter Ranking" application can be really addicting. When I saw that my USA/Philippines Type Set ranked number one when viewed through the...

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The Other Side of the Rainbow   Image Attached

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The reverse of this 1903 Half Centavo PR65 RB, from the Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection, has beautiful multi-color (red, green, blue, and purple) toning.

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Gorgeous Rainbow Toned Proof   Image Attached

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This fabulous rainbow toned GEM is from the Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection. The obverse has red toned central features and a rainbow of iridescent gold, red, purple, ...

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Pedigreed Coins   Image Attached

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All of the USA/Philippines coins in this "Custom Set" have famous pedigrees. In addition each coin has spectacular eye appeal.

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Live Free or Die - July 14, 1790   Image Attached

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The French National Day (La Fête Nationale) or Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th. This 1792 Five Sols tradesman token depicts the Storming of the Bastille (July...

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Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection - 1903 One Centavo PR66 RD (The Other Side of the Coin)   Image Attached

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This full blazing red Superb GEM is the finest proof One Centavo that I have ever seen. Philippine expert and author Neil Shafer describes this specimen as "a fabulous...

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Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection - 1903 One Centavo PR66 RED (Full Blazing Red)   Image Attached

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Full Blazing Red GEM PROOF One Centavos are ULTRA RARE and this specimen is among the finest that has been offered in many years. In the past five years this is the first time...

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The Rare 1908 Proof Set had a Mintage of Only 500 Sets   Image Attached

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1908 was the last year that USA/Philippine proof sets were produced and the only year that the reduced size and weight silver coins (Ten Centavos,Twenty Centavos, Fifty...

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Introducing my 1903 Proof Set   Image Attached

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My 1903 USA/Philippines Proof Set is one of the highlights of my collection. I am delighted that NGC has finally created a competitive category for this set. Please visit and...

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NGC Creates New Categories of Competitive Registry Sets   Image Attached

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Attention USA/Philippine collectors. NGC has created five new categories of competitive registry sets specifically for us. The additional categories are 1903 Proof Set, 1904...

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Promises Kept   Image Attached

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The United States is not the only nation that celebrates the fourth of July as their Independence Day. The Republic of the Philippines was born on July 4, 1946.

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Tragedy Narrowly Averted   Image Attached

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EXTREMELY RARE Proof Coins from the Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection almost lost due to USPS foul-up.

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Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection - 1903 Half Centavo PR66 RED (1352 Registry Points)   Image Attached

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Full Red GEM PROOF Half Centavos are EXTREMELY RARE and this specimen is the finest that has been offered in many years. In the past five years this is the first time that I...

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Ancient Scandinavian Coin with Ancestor's Portrait - The Other Side of the Coin   Image Attached

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This is the other side of the coin issued by my wife's ancestor Thorri Snaersson, King of Kvenland, Finland and Gothland (320 AD - 344 AD). My wife is a direct decendent...

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Ancient Scandinavian Coin with Ancestor's Portrait   Image Attached

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Genealogy and numismatics combined in a "perfect storm" of knowledge when my son discovered pictures of an ancient Scandinavian coin bearing the portrait of one of...

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Carson City Silver   Image Attached

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The recent NumisMedia Market Report on the Carson City Mint brought back memories of my very first Carson City coin, an 1878 CC Silver Dollar that I found in circulation...

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Remembering Dad   Image Attached

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My father belonged to the "Greatest Generation". During World War ll he served in the U.S. Army in the Southwest Pacific where he participated in the New Guinea, ...

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Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection - 1906 Ten Centavos PCGS PR66 (1714 Registry Points)   Image Attached

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"Evenly and beautifully blue toned obverse, more brilliant but lovely shades of golden toning on reverse. An exquisite offering of a rare coin"

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Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection - 1905 Five Centavos PR 65 (1623 Registry Points)   Image Attached

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The 1905 Five Centavos is a PROOF ONLY ISSUE with a miniscule mintage of only 471 coins. Of the 471 pieces made, this has to be one of the very best. It is beautiful!

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Philippine Auction of the Century Conducted at Memphis IPMS This Evening   Image Attached

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The Dr. Greg Pineda Philippine Collection is without doubt the finest collection of rare Philippine notes, coins, medals, and historical documents ever assembled. I just spent...

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2012 American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof Set   Image Attached

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Mint web site and phone lines overwhelmed with orders for the 2012 American Eagle San Francisco Two-Coin Silver Proof Set.

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Saluting the "Greatest Generation"   Image Attached

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Lest we forget today is the sixty-eighth anniversary of D-Day.

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