PMG Journals

A Great Day for Third Dollar Collectors.

A Great Day for Third Dollar Collectors.

The Zimbabwe sets we all wanted. Well, the ones I wanted anyway. So I'm at my desk today and I get an email from Ali listing a bunch of new Zimbabwe note sets including a bunch of sets for the Third Dollar or the Trillions series. The email said they'd be coming "soon" and I was wondering when exactly that would be, but when I checked the site I saw that the Third Dollar sets were already up! The Bearer Check, Agro Check and other sets aren't out yet but honestly those aren't the ones I was ho

Revenant

Revenant

06/22/2016

Ungraded to Graded - Part 1

Ungraded to Graded - Part 1

Lesson on what is advertised versus what the truth is.... This is Picture 1 from the seller, a picture of the obverse of the note. Notice how the note look beautiful and white. Here is the description by the seller... "On the want lists of many collectors, but rarely ever offered. Most seen are very low grade and ugly. Examples in mega high grade like this one here tonight, are very few and far between. Incredible design with a portrait of Lincoln, and nicknamed the "Porthole Note". This spe

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/08/2016

Ungraded to Graded - Part 2

Ungraded to Graded - Part 2

The reverse of the note from the sellers advertisement. To refresh your memory, here is the note description. "On the want lists of many collectors, but rarely ever offered. Most seen are very low grade and ugly. Examples in mega high grade like this one here tonight, are very few and far between. Incredible design with a portrait of Lincoln, and nicknamed the "Porthole Note". This specimen is near uncirculated with just very minor handling(see enlarged scans). Premium paper quality is crisp a

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/08/2016

Ungraded to Graded - Part 3

Ungraded to Graded - Part 3

Now the truth... Sent to PMG and graded. The new PMG holders are absolutely wonderful. Like the note is mounted in a crystal glass container. Even so, the note is scanned with my scanner with no color manipulation. Notice a difference between my scan and the advertised scan? Also, notice the grade isn't quite consistent with the description. Hmmmmm.... PS I blocked my name lest I am victimized. I thought this "premium paper" super version of the wonderful Fr-282 would be the jewel of my coll

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/08/2016

Ungraded to Graded - Part 4

Ungraded to Graded - Part 4

The reverse grade describing why the note is NET. Now inspect the note very carefully to see if you can spot the "Repair". A good test if you can grade by a scan. If you find the repair before I give you the answer, you have a very keen eye!! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/08/2016

Ungraded to Graded - Part 5

Ungraded to Graded - Part 5

Did you find the repair? I could not so I called PMG. Sometimes the graders leave notes as to what was repaired. The phone agent told me there was a tear "in the middle of the note at the top" that was repaired. Only then did I locate the repair. The arrow shows. If you had the note in hand prior to the sale and looked it over with a microscope or high magnification and knew what to look for, you would have seen the repair. I looked the note over before grading and did not see it. I left "neut

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/08/2016

 

Ungraded notes in my crosshairs

Ungraded notes are sucking your wallet Ungraded notes steal from your pocket. Why would a rare gold certificate from 1882 be ungraded? They are so rare, just about every dealer has seen every one of these notes. I see it all the time, dealers saying, "oh I sold this same note five years ago" The notes are ungraded because experts know they will grade NET. They are able to spot the tiniest flaw that even if an average collector had the note in his hand, he would not be able to tell it was "reto

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/03/2016

 

Stupid Collectors Buy Ungraded Notes

I am stupid This is the last time, I promise!! I will never be STUPID again. Several Ebay dealers that continuously get 5 star feedback for selling ungraded notes. Probably because the buyer never gets the note graded. I have learned my lesson over and over again that ungraded notes that are rare or valuable are UNGRADED FOR A REASON. These rare or highly desirable notes have probably been looked at and looked at again and again by professionals that know why they should not grade them. THEY A

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/02/2016

ADDING - ONES in JUNE 2016 - 2013 A-STAR NOTES

ADDING - ONES in JUNE 2016 - 2013 A-STAR NOTES

BEP ADDING MORE STAR NOTES - ONE RUN ONLY 3,200,000 In checking the last updated www.uspapermoney.info website on May 15th shows that only one run of Washington DC Boston A-star notes, so-called 80,000 this may be part of the November 2015 runs of 3,200,000 notes and only reported in April monthly update. It always best to check the updated printing reports on BEP website. As to the price only time will tell. I will be checking with my local Bank of America for new notes. As-noted in us pape

STEVE R

STEVE R

05/28/2016

New PMG Holder for Fr-1198

New PMG Holder for Fr-1198

New holders are definitely better than old ones I have some freshly graded notes from earlier this year and when you hold the newest holders to the light and compare with the previous holders, there is no doubt. The old holders look great but are cloudy looking when held up to the new holders. You would not know unless you compare them directly! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

05/27/2016

Reverse of Fr-1198 - New Holder

Reverse of Fr-1198 - New Holder

The Fr-1198 has only 39 graded between both the services. The Parker-Burke signature combination from the 1913 series has 21 graded at PMG and 18 graded from PCGS for a grand total of 39 Fr-1184 graded notes. Compare that to the more common Speelman-White signature combo of the 1922 series (Fr-1187) where 3,907 have been graded. Yet, there isn't a great premium between the two? That's why I don't mind owning multiple Fr-1184 notes! One day... To see old comments for this Journal entry, cl

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

05/27/2016

 

So then why the first dollars?

Why I had to get the 1983 note too... So, some people that watch my set listings (why would you do that, you creepers... joking) or the Zimbabwe bank note categories might have noticed that I added a registry set for the pre-hyperinflation Zimbabwe dollars and added a couple of $20 notes in there, the 1983 and the 1994. Depending on how curious you are you might have wondered why I added this set and bought these notes when I've been spending all this time talking about wanting the Trillion S

Revenant

Revenant

05/10/2016

Scope Creep

Scope Creep

All Collectors are Victims of Scope Creep That's why PMG, PCGS, Ebay, Heritage love us because our scope creeps beyond our wallet, spouses and our own original design!! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

05/03/2016

 

The joys of scope explosion.

... always getting in a little over my head with eyes that are bigger than my wallet. I'm always amazed by how often it happens that I start with a simple, small idea and goal, and then I come up with this insane idea for a big project that's usually beyond my time and financial resources, and then I settle on another approach that's actually reasonable and achievable. This isn't limited to coin collecting in my life but coin and note collecting are certainly areas where this tendency is expre

Revenant

Revenant

05/02/2016

ADDING - ONES in MAY 2016 - MOVING TOWARD TWO THOUSANDS NOTES MARK

ADDING - ONES in MAY 2016 - MOVING TOWARD TWO THOUSANDS NOTES MARK

ADDING MORE NEW PMG GRADED NOTES This is the first time that four collectors in the PMG Collectors Society Registry have gather a total of more than one thousand notes each covering all the denominations of Fractional Currency, Confederate State, Large and Small Size Gold and Silver Certificate, United States, along with the Federal Reserve small size notes and World notes within all sets. This is an outstanding achievement for any currency collector, along with the years it has taken to gathe

STEVE R

STEVE R

05/02/2016

Gold Collage

Gold Collage

Spectrum of Colors Composing Gold Certificates This is a collage of the different reverse colors seen on various gold certificates. What better background than a Fr-1180 technicolor? I have always been fascinated with the different "orange" colors that make up the reverse of the gold certificates. Here is a direct comparison! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

05/01/2016

 

NEW Holders

BEST Before Now Light Years ahead... By Far The Best 3rd party graded holders out there! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Paulies 1992

Paulies 1992

04/27/2016

?? RARE SHORT RUN 2013 STAR NOTE  ???  It's an un-reported run !!  2013 "A" STAR NOTES

?? RARE SHORT RUN 2013 STAR NOTE ??? It's an un-reported run !! 2013 "A" STAR NOTES

The 2013 Star notes had a run of 80,000 For the 2013 L star note. I came across these this week..... two packs of A, Boston FRB .. came across these this week, Will be placing one of them on ebay to test the waters... I have not seen any others yet.. but who knows how many are in the run as there is no Production numbers that I can find from the Federal Reserve (BEP). There was an 80,000 run of 2013 L star notes, of course I want this First run of A stars to match that production number

mikim13

mikim13

04/23/2016

 

Collecting the Zimbabwe Trillion Series

A recent effort in notes collecting I recently started collecting the Zimbabwe Trillion Series of notes. If most people are like me you might initially think that the Trillions Series refers only to the last 4 notes that are denominated in the trillions of dollars (10, 20, 50, and 100 Trillion dollars). The full series actually includes over 25 notes. The denominations run from 1 dollar to the infamous 100 trillion note. This series ran from 2007 to 2009 and come after the Bearer Cheque Series

Revenant

Revenant

04/22/2016

 

WHITES HOUSE COLLECTION of NOTES U.S.A. / C.S.A.

C S A $20.00 COUNTRFEIT NOTE's BY SAM UPHAM THIS IS PART OF MY C S A COUNTERFEIT NOTES MOSTLY $20.00. THESE NOTES HAVE A STORY BEHIND THEM AND THE MAN THE SOUTH PUT A BOUNTY ON . HE IS REPORTED TO HAVE PUT INTO CIRCULATION OVER 1 MILLION INTO THE SOUTHS ECONOMEY.HE HAD A DRUG STORE / stationary STORE.GOT PICTURE OF $5.00 NOTE IN NEWS PAPER AND STATED PRINTING THEM UP.SELLING THEM FOR 5CENTS SOLD OUT QUICK so he started buying bills and reproducing them sold to fast to keep up.people were going

red cent

red cent

04/20/2016

New PMG Holder

New PMG Holder

Newly graded on 4/18/2016 Fr-1184 with PMG's super material. It is very nice. The lovely and rare Fr-1184. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

04/18/2016

ADDING - ONES in APRIL 2016 - SMALL SIZE FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES SET SCORING UPDATE

ADDING - ONES in APRIL 2016 - SMALL SIZE FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES SET SCORING UPDATE

THE 1974 ONE DOLLAR STAR NOTES SCORING CORRECTION The Collector Society just updated the One Dollar star notes scoring for SSFRN Fr #1908 series of 1974 within all sets. The changes can be seen within all existing sets. This update move some of the notes into the RARE Note as base on the PMG latest population report, with 4 at the lowest and 23 at the highest shown in the report for each slot. Also the society is also working on most of the Small Size Federal Reserve notes to add mules and bac

STEVE R

STEVE R

04/08/2016