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New Note for Collection

This Thomas Flynn Fr. 774 "battleship" note was sold for $6,037.50 in April of 2008. The same note sold for $4,312 in 2014. I just picked it up at auction for $3231.75. This is 46% reduction in 9 years. I wish there would be a really good article on how much the currency market has softened quite a bit. One vendor says the premium for low serial number specimens has dropped out the bottom. Interesting since there are Bison notes and other low serial number notes still going for several

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/24/2017

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09/29/2017

 

Retouched

This is being offered at auction by Heritage in their Long Beach, 2017 September auction. I have heard "retouched" used in the context of "this note is to be avoided at all costs" to "I don't pay attention because the note appearance is all that matters." I lean more and more to the latter looking for bargains on notes that are not "NET" but some negative comment is on the back. I believe you can snatch some good bargains on notes with comments that are not "NET" A tear that you can't see on a s

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

08/02/2017

 

Regrade

Would you regrade this note to get the PMG score or leave it in a PCGS holder. Anyone see any NET problems? Thanks.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

03/27/2017

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05/05/2017

 

One beautiful French note

I honestly believe the color scheme on this note is as fine as you can find for a vintage note. The colors are manifique!

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

08/30/2017

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09/30/2017

 

Example of Bad

I did business with the purveyor of these notes. Note the tape as the holder fell apart. Fortunately I don't see many of these holders anymore but it was not a good way to begin collecting, doing business with a person that doesn't care about long term customer relations as opposed to making a quick buck. If you do see these holders, treat them as CGA or ungraded notes as the owner was grading and selling notes at the same time. I still find it hard to believe that ungraded note sellers on Ebay

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

11/22/2017

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10/28/2018

 

CH #252

I am trying to complete a set from one national bank set. I chose the First National Bank of Pittsburgh (Ch #252) because I originally bought an ungraded 1902 $5 Plain Back. It graded 35 EPQ and the signature of the bank president Lawrence Saunders is a wonderful signature. Also, this is a common bank with many notes so I thought the chances of getting most of the denominations would be better. It's not as easy as I thought. I rarely see the large denomination notes for sale. If anyone can help,

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

11/20/2017

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11/15/2018

Collage from Los Angeles Ch # 2491

Collage from Los Angeles Ch # 2491

I can't find the $5 note!?!? Other than that, this is an awesome collection I put together. They are all graded but finding notes with the same signatures for all the denominations was not easy. I really enjoy putting sets like this together. Comments would be nice!!

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

08/14/2018

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04/24/2019

 

1875 NBN Paris, IL Graded

I finally had it graded. I picked the note up for a very nice price ungraded. There are several notes that were preserved with about the same serial number range so the lack of extreme rarity makes these notes of less value. I have seen several of the CH# 1555 in $10 and $20 denominations sold at auction. They are always graded and always seem to be AU or Unc with the EPQ designation. So, as I have posted before, these type of notes are not graded for a reason and here is it this time. When I re

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

10/21/2017

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11/05/2017

 

Found at Coin Shop

This little old lady always seems to have some nice stuff. I love being able to locate good stuff that is ungraded and has potential. I was looking through her rotation case and found this Dallas FRBN. We started talking and she pulled out of her special drawer 100 star notes and a local Type 2 NBN, I was thrilled. When I bought the 100 consecutive star notes ($800) she gave me a good deal on the FRBN ($32) and the LaGrange note ($250). I sent them in promptly for grading. 

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

10/07/2019

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10/15/2019

Ch # 252 Multiple Signatures for $5 Note

Ch # 252 Multiple Signatures for $5 Note

How about FOUR different signature pairs for a single bank. Two of the notes show the cashier presumably promoted to the President. And C.C. Taylor, the cashier quite common on the Ch # 252 notes is President on the 1929 small versions from this Charter. I wish someone could explain this bank's storied signatute lines. Obviously the "FirstSecond NB" merged to become the First NB but the multiple signatures requires some research of which I haven't done yet. 

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

08/25/2018

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11/10/2018

 

Ch #6301

My beautiful Ch #6301's. Just tell me I have a reason to be in love with this Charter.     

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

11/16/2018

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01/26/2019

More Genius on my part

More Genius on my part

Gem like note "Gem like note" becomes Germ Like Note! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

10/23/2015

Technicolor! Queen of Notes....King of Pain

Technicolor! Queen of Notes....King of Pain

More genius on my part I am a genius. I buy notes graded high and have them regraded, cut their value in half and effectively throw money into the wind. I am clearly a currency genius. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

10/23/2015

Ungraded Notes

Ungraded Notes

They continue to get away with it and the auction house does nothing. Here is a description from a seller that I bought an ungraded note from and it graded out NET 35....The listing is shown below as is a pic from the current listing. The photo has been so manipulated it is almost impossible to see but when you get it in the mail you will DEFINITELY see a horizontal fold. NO NOTE WITH A HORIZONTAL FOLD WILL GRADE ABOVE 35. NONE!!!! Yet, this 100% feedback seller that has glowing feedback from po

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

06/27/2016

Another Grading Company Comparison

Another Grading Company Comparison

Educating all on the difference between CGA and PMG As the esteemed Matarcat says, treat CGA as ungraded when purchasing.Note, the even though PMG did not assign it "NET" another surprise was the note had been "Retouched", impossible for most to realize before sending in for grading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

11/10/2016

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07/29/2019

Which Note would you rather own ??? (2)

Which Note would you rather own ??? (2)

Please vote!! This should be fun. Also feel free to predict the grades if you want!!!! Please vote with your reply, then I will show you the official grades in the third post and I will entitle the grades for each the note "Note Grades for Survey" If you like this note better, then write (2) in your reply. THANKS!!!!! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

10/25/2015

 

Ch # 6301

Friday art time. The Mellon signatures continue to intrigue. 

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

04/06/2019

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12/18/2019

Even at Heritage the Scans are ALTERED - Part 1

Even at Heritage the Scans are ALTERED - Part 1

Heritage Auctions posts scans that are not realistic either!! Heritage says, "The margins are outstandingly large for this type, and the gold inks are as deeply colorful as we have ever seen them. PMG likely saw some very minor flaw with the note out of the holder, but in the holder its obvious original embossing along with its other attributes makes it look like a 65 EPQ to us. From The Yuri Solovey Collection" Now look at their scan compared to mine once I received the note. When will th

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

01/25/2017

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01/31/2019

Safety Deposit Box

Safety Deposit Box

The tellers always wonder what is there Wonder what they would think if they knew! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

01/15/2016

 

Woods-Tate Signature on Nationals

Hey ddr70, I was checking out your nice Large Nationals and noticed your Newton, Mass note. It has the rare Woods-Tate signature combo. Attached is New York Dunbar of the same ilk. You ay be aware but Peter Huntoon wrote a nice article in the April 2019 Bank Note Reporter about the rarity of the combo. Attached is also a .jpg of the article and the banks that issued such notes. 

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

10/14/2019

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10/14/2019

Reverse of Fr-1197 Seller's Scan

Reverse of Fr-1197 Seller's Scan

This is sellers scan of a note I purchased. The seller tinted the scan with more orange to make the note more presentable. Be careful when you buy gold certificates and be sure to ask. Is this the original scan or did you colorize it? I think my scan is nicer! Seller's Scan. This business is full of tricksters. Rule: buy certified notes that the seller guarantees the scan color has not been altered. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

03/07/2016

Punch Through Embossing?

Punch Through Embossing?

Is punch through embossing proof of EPQ or PPQ? I always looks for excellent embossing, a nice example here To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

02/06/2016

More Embossing

More Embossing

The Nationals seem to have nice punch through as well. From New York To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

02/06/2016

 

Latest Acquisition

After shopping for the vaunted Bison for several years, I finally made the plunge. I am trying to pick up only EPQ when at all possible since observing sales, the slightest comment can cause the price to be extremely volatile. The most minor of comments, NET or not, seems to reduce the price by quite a bit. I'd like to hear your opinions. Bank Note Reporter noted that recent auctions seem to ding notes with "closed pinholes" or "minor repairs." PMG tends to obscure the topic by assigning NET in

Sheik Sheck

Sheik Sheck

05/12/2019

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06/13/2019