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Flabbergasted!

...or how my first submission may be my last. Currency Journal for August 3, 2012Okay, I am new to currency, but not new to collecting in general. When I won the free grading from PMG, I didn't want to waste it with just any old note. I decided on a $2 FRN Millennium note in the original BEP packaging. I carefully judged it against the criteria that PMG has listed on their site. This note was sweet... glass smooth with no hint of handling, razor sharp corners, and centering that was nearly perf

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The Eagle has Landed

... or I acquire my first Black Eagle $1 SC Currency Journal for July 28, 2012After years of eyeing the Black Eagle notes, I finally grabbed one! I have always watched as these notes brought well over $100 in auctions, regardless of condition. Recently on eBay, I watched as some PMG low grade (4 and 8) examples went for about $90. As tempted as i was, I knew if I was patient, I would find my bargain. I did this week.I was watching an auction on Proxibid Monday Night, and i saw they had some not

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Money Mecca

... or I go to da place where dey Mecca da Money! Currency Journal for July 25, 2012Being an avid coin collector, I have always wanted to tour one of the US Mint facilities. Not being close to any of them has made this a dream yet to be fulfilled. Having recently become a collector of US currency, it dawned on me that I live very close to one of the two BEP printing facilities, the BEP's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. A quick search on the internet told me that tours are conduc

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Sticker Shock!

...or how can a piece of paper cost more than a new car? It may be my newness to the hobby, but I'm finding that the prices of some notes are outrageous! I can see a rare note from the 19th or 20th century having a hefty price simply because of supply and demand, but a 1995 dollar note having a high price because it has a 'poker hand' in the serial number? That really isn't that rare, and really has no appeal to me. I don't go for gimmicks, especially weak ones like that. What makes the serial

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Course Laid In, Captain

... or I think I know what I'm going to do! Journal for the week of 07/08/2012 through 07/15/2012One week into my currency adventure, and I have added two more notes to my collection, both $1 FRNs. I also have some raw notes on the way, which I will have graded... speaking of which...I looked at the grading costs, and was amazed that they are much higher than for coins. My certificate arrived in the mail, and I value it even more now that I know it costs $40 for a single note. Wow! I appreciate

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Grand Entrance!

Taa Daa! Hello all! Some of you may know me from the NGC Coin Registry, and I look forward to meeting more great people over here in paper territory I've had a 'corner-of-my-eye' interest in notes most of my life. In 1976, I was presented with a crisp new $2 bill, which I still have, (and it's still crisp!) and still cherish. A neighbor and I once saved some money by collecting a letter set of one dollar bills, and then five dollar bills, etc. These bills were very circulated, and the fun

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