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Journal Comments posted by CaptBrian

  1. There's a question about those because people kept going back to wanting the original plates which are, to this day, illegal to own.  This did something to the psysche of investors.  When you covet something you can't have, the focus is sharper and the brain goes into hyper-drive trying to figure out how to get one.  I guess it's like being brainwashed, you just cannot change your thinking unless you undergo a 'reverse brainwash'.

    I have had these for a long time and are quite hard to find.  I have never seen them offered on ebay or HA or S&B.  I have several, and I'm told by dealers, they are way underpriced.   Let's see what happens, and I'll rethink my offer of $25 each on EBay.

    As to numbers printed, only a guess, but in normal times, they would print around 500 items if like these, as time goes by, they increased to 2000 items, and now with the market seething with buyers, possibly more but now with the illness which shall not be named, I bet it goes down.  These prints are where you find them.

    Love your stuff



  2. HI!!  long time no chat.  I just bought 5 nice coins like yours, already sold one of them at the FUN show last week.  They seem to be in demand.  Sold a nice 8 Escudo Gold I just had graded.  Got $1700 for it, 1733-12 FV Details sand worn (I wouldn't think not). A beauty.  How you been?

    Capt. Brian

  3. JUST back from the FUN show in Orlando.  Put in another set just finished.  Hope to get it back quick, but I bet they're backed up 2 months minimum, so I'll just go on a coupla cruises and check the mail when I get back.  serial #'s 00000082*, not quite as low as my 00000039*, but hoping for good grading. One of them has a terrible margin cut, almost no margin, so that;s gonna be a 62 or three.  As long as they all come back UNC, I'll be happy.  Anyway, I'll upload pictures when I get them back.

    Capt. B

  4.  Hello, great journal.  Another perspective is always dessert for me.  I had several PCGS graded notes, and took a good look at them.  Some were not worth re-grading, and those that had some value, I sent the whole pack to PMG and when they came back, I was net improved.  I always have a hard time with collectors of both coins and currency and the argument of which is better.  

    I say, its like two gunfighters, last man standing is better.    But seriously, I always trusted PCGS currency as I do with coins, but I don't feel PCGS is/was superior in either venue. I have many coins and currency in both holders, and will continue to purchase as I deem valuable to my collections.

    Capt. Brian

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  5. 49 minutes ago, ddr70 said:

    I like to use paint.  It comes with your Microsoft operating system.  Paint 3D is the newest, but I just use the old paint and pin it to my task bar.  Paint is the default program for my .jpeg's.  You can right  (yes right) click on a pic and select open with and browse to paint and then make it your default.

    So, once in paint you can use resize.  I reduce pics by about 50% and then save as same file name but I add sm for small.  You can try resizing and look at the bottom of paint for the size of the resulting file.  Once small enough to upload (but not too small to see what you want to see), post to your journal.  Hope this helps a little...

    I bet it does.  Gonna try in ASAP

    THANX in advance

  6. I have another set of 5 notes, graded and signed buy Withrow.  kind of neato.. Looking for pictures on my computer as they are in the vault at safe storage and can't go there to get them today. If you want pictures of them, I will go to the facility and take pictures.

    Picture below is just a fancy serial #,  Nothing great. 



  7. more pictures, hope I can add in more than that.  WOW got it done! good thing I had some in storage on PMG.  These are all now in PMG holders and no more than 2 grades down.  Anyway, you get the idea. They came in the mint books, were graded by a friend of mine.  I bought them and had them all regraded in PMG.  


  8. I have been lax keeping up my registry and comments therein.  Just too busy being retired, traveling and going to shows all over the country.  I have also been having trouble with the registry and posting pictures and so on and so forth.  I will endeavor to persevere. LOL.

    Now as far as getting these 'together', that was the problem.  You see, for a number of years, the mint (paper money mints) were also offering items for sale to dealers and the public. They put together a special printing of notes and put them in a book.  People bought them, and most ended up in drawers, closets and so on.  A few were sent in for grading, a few sets were broken up and sold, spent by unbelievers and so forth.  A few were saved in great condition.  See, the problem, is we are a touchy-feely sort of species and looking isn't enough. We have to touch things.  [to see if it's real?]  As soon as you begin touching notes they deteriorate quickly and the grade drops to circulated, which for new notes (recent issues like small size FRN's) no one wants a 'used' note.  So again, the possible populations drop.

    So many never made it to grading early on.  Those sets which did get to grading made the base of the populations like coins and such.

    In the instance of the 2003 $2* district sets, there were 2000 of them, but I know (due to pop [population] reports) few went to grading and those that did, few made it into the market place.  I have had watch lists at many big auction houses like HA and S & B, and the feedback I get are uninteresting series notes, maybe a full district set of all 12 notes, but high serial #'s and not graded or not worthy of the bragging rights.

    Now, the few sets I have ARE worth mention and highly collectible as their populations and conditions are just about impossible to match and full of one of a kind and finest known notes.  

    I will try to include a picture of one of these books.  I have had one set of 2's signed by a Treasurer, and have another raw set waiting for me to 'run into' another treasury official who is well known enough to sign my notes.

    Here, goes, gonna try to add some pictures.  If I fail, give me your email and I'll send them direct.

    AHA!  looks like I got the book. Now let's look inside if I can...

    Here we go, after one picture, I'm only allowed 4.?? MB so I will add more.  Odd, the other one has one picture 3 times.  Go figger.

    Capt. Brian  enjoy



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  9. Well, I got them all graded and am quite happy. Average uncirculated grades from 63 to 66.  I'm happy with that.  All notes only went down 1 or two grades.  That's not bad. ( as I figured) Some of the 86 note hoard (about 11 or so notes) were not worth grading and are still in CGA holders.  I don't have that much invested in those but I still wonder why the fellow even had them graded.  Oh well, I'm happy that my first foray into paper money seems to be okay, money wise, and I'm very happy to have the notes.