It's been a slow start to the summer so far, granted this is only day 5 , but with the unofficial start being Memorial Day and the year being somewhat slow with NEWPS for me, it's been a real drag so far. I put together a submission to PMG and shipped it off yesterday. The submission consisting of the 1992, 50 & 100 Hryven red-overprint and perforated varieties and a few proofs, or at least I hope they are, I wouldn't be surprised if the proofs came back as QA. Once the 50 & 100 Hryven varieties are received, authenticated, and assigned new P#'s all will be right with the world except that there will be 26 PMG graded notes out there with obsolete labels. There is not much that can be done about that although, because I've been tracking these for some time, I do have a pretty good grasp of how many red-overprint and perforated notes have been graded by PMG and PCGS so far. That these two varieties were treated as the same note still boggles my mind.
More on these here.
I picked up the "proofs" from Katz over the last several months and I sent them off for authentication because, well, I'm unsure of them myself. Assuming they are authentic, I've requested that they be encapsulated in the PMG multi-note holder, with them being uniface it would only make sense that they be housed together. Whether or not they make it through authentication is going to be a matter of great angst for me, I'm hoping they pass weather as a proof, color trial, scrap or whatever. I'll take anything other than QA.
The auctions over the last few months have been less than impressive and I'm hoping things will pick up in August with the WFM kicking things off as we start getting closer to the holiday season and the end of the year. In the meantime, I'll be storing up nuts for the winter in hopes of acquiring a big score before the end of the year and selling off some of my coins in series that I no longer pursue and acquiring examples that in series that I do. Coin acquisitions have kept me busy during this nocturnal note phase.
One last note. My favorite pickup as of late, at least the one that I am the most excited about, is this lovely commemorative note from Abkhazia, images from Banknote News. I read an article on it in recently, loved the look of it, and just had to add it to my collection. It's in route and I can't wait to see it in hand.