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  1. Thanks for the website compliment. I might say it was/is a lotta work.
  2. Regarding my district sets.  I did not collect these one note at a time.  These were bought raw or graded by CGA.  I took all raw notes (just put another set in for grading at the FUN SHOW last week in Orlando) (show closed Sunday). All were bought from private parties, then regraded by me in PMG holders.  The CGA graded notes were ok, lost a coupla grades on some, most only one and a few, no change.  I'm sure they were all from BEP packages.  Two sets, I have the packaging from the BEP.  Ican't categorically state how the others were gathered, but I can assume with great assuredness they all had similar packaging.

    It remains however, that populations and rank are up to date was far as PMG records go.

    Capt. B

  3. CaptBrian

    Shipwreck coins!

    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
  4. Jan 14, 2020 JUST back from the FUN show in Orlando. Put in another set just finished(for grading by PMG). 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 thats 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. My table had an excellent location as it was in the front row, all the way to the left as you enter, and directly across from the NGC & PMG tables lining the east wall. So everyone had to go past me to get to them. We were swamped. People were actually running in the front door, and to NGC and PMG for grading. After the crowds dissapated, and I was able to kabitz with them, I got a lot of great info regarding grading and NGC's services. They're great people. One of my adventures, was, I finished getting together another district set like my 2003 $2 District set #00000039*, but with a little higher serial #, 00000082*. Now my other district set, --39*, has Marin's signature making a nice courtesy autograph pedigree, so I was thinking, what the heck, maybe one of the treasurer's or secretary to the treasurer, might be there and sign these notes, and that would be neato. Imagine, havin' 2 sets of 2's signed by the treasurer of the USA. Anyway, I went to the huge Treasury's booth, and asked who may be in attendance and none of the notables would be coming. Too bad, collectors LOVE to have the current treasurer sign their notes. Anyway, I never give up easy. I asked, "Could I leave them with you and you get them signed and then mail them back, and I'd pay any expenses. NO WAY!! LOL, they just don't do that. So, I was talking to four people there, one in regular clothes, one sheriff (A treasury agent officer in uniform) a suit(one of the big deals with the treasury but he downplayed his position), and a lady. As we joked around, (I was trying to loosen them up so I could get them to jump through my hoop) but to no avail. BUT... Not going to give up easy, I asked is there any luminary there which would be important. To which they said no. Most of this conversation was talking to the fellow in regular clothing and near the end of my saga, I asked who he was and he said, "I only designed the package the notes came in." Now that restoked my fires for fame and fortune and I asked if he would sign the notes, and I would see if PMG would grade them with a "courtesy autograpy' note on the holder. NOT SO FAST!!! So I went to PMG and asked if they would do it. 1st, everyone I asked said no, then at the last, the fellow in charge of the 'get your money graded' table said, I need to get authorization from PMG management. He said he'd email and ask, so I went off to call them. NOT SO FAST, by now, Thursday afternoon, they were closed. So... I waited until the next day, and called in, put on hold and never did really get an answer, got disconnected. Being the PMG manager said he'd email home base, I figured he'd get the answer first. SO..... Later that day, he flags me down and says YES, we can do it BUT, he has to come over here and we have to witness that. "GREAT!", I yell out. So, I race over to the Treasury booth, and spout the big news!! "I won, I won", says I. At that same instant the suit woman says, holding a little book, "We can't do it." "It would be defacing government property". And she hands me the book, and with a the greatest face of dismay, I lost the war. Won the battle, lost the war. BUT..., I did get Brian Brown, the designer of the package the notes came in from the mint to sign inside the book for me. I bet I'm the only one who has that in the 2000 packages made by the mint. Neato huh. Well, lost the war, but 'got a medal', doncha think? So, I put them in for grading, and when I get them back, I'm gonna see if PMG will allow some points for the book signing. (never give up) My web site has great pictures, and as soon as I get them back from PMG, I'll post them. Happy collecting, and NEVER GIVE UP!!! The pot of gold at the end IS there! Capt. B
  5. 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
  6. Thanks a lot. More to come. Having a devil of a time uploading pictures. Wrong size. I'll fig it out.. Thanks again..
  7. Hello, Common question I bet. There are a couple of ways.... (few) and some quite stale, but still a good chance to give you an idea. First go to a book in which you can find the Fr# or Catalog number, e.g. Whitman Ecyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money and find your note in there and the Identifier. When in the book, it has approximate prices and of course with the fluid market, the newer the book the better. But I can't afford new books every printing so I use an old one and apply the current market strength or weakness in currencies such as I am interested in. Another way is (my favorite) is be a member of Heritage Auctions, and Stacks & Bower. They have great websites and on line auctions where you can learn to dial in your item, and sometimes get a current price of an item like or close to yours. The last place I go is EBay. Remember, Ebay has a 13% markup if you use paypal so be wary of the asking prices. I would take off 13%, and then a little more because usually you can bargain down a little. Note FR# on 2nd line of label description. Lastly, come to this forum and ask anyone for a particular item. Or list it for sale for a price you would accept. I hope that helps. Capt. Brian
  8. 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
  9. There, there's a better picture...
  10. Hello collectors... (unless you work for the IRS) I have been watching for more district sets and the ones I come across, even at the big auction houses like HA and S & B, are just one similar note from each district, with no great serial numbers or anything really connecting them except they are 'one from each district' I buy a set of district notes with fancy serial #'s, then wait to meet one of the government agents who works in some capacity with the Treasury department. Then I ask them to sign each note, THEN I have them graded. I love doing that. I currently have a neato set of 2003 $2 notes, with the serial #'s 00000082* (with a star). And the package they came in from the mint. I heard of a dealer who saw the set with ser. # 00000001, but it went into a collection and hasn't been seen since. Hate to think what that is worth. I also have a graded set signed by a Treasury personage you all know, Marin... This is also a $2 district set with a double digit serial # 00000039* I have not gone to the Mint or Bureau of printing because I like to 'run across' these sets in my travels to many coin and currency venues. I do know of another set, but the fellow wants way too much. I then go to the PMG population reports and put a note on each one to see if I have any one of a kind, or pops at least under 10. I find, that most people buy these sets and never have them graded, or touchy feely them for a while before grading, they they come back basically a very low grade. I have seen some of these notes come back with a 25. That HAD to be messed with by someone who doesn't know how to handle (or NOT HANDLE) currency. We are just not able to see well enough with our eyes; we MUST touch something. Anyway, don't do that. Just wanted to note; the populations of these are quite small making this set 'rare'. Now if you just simply go to the pop reports for the correct notes, find the one of the set which has the lowest population and that # is the # of sets that can have a 'top pop' or 'finest known' designation. Now the collector's society nor PMG nor the mint nor anyone else designates any particular set as 'finest known' but the population of the notes in the set DOES define that "slot". If you check the populations for this set, you will see, it is a 'FINEST KNOWN". Now that and 10C..... you know what I mean, but it's fun to have so many top pops in one set. I have a double district set which will be the focus of a future journal. Wait for it. Hope you enjoy the pictures and the prattle. Capt. Brian
  11. I bet it does. Gonna try in ASAP THANX in advance
  12. HMMM, more walls to kick down. Seems all my old pictures are too large for PMG's upload machine. May have to get a rocket scientist in here to get a picture up. Check later.Nope, appears my files aren't compatible. I'll try another way.
  13. 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. Capt.B
  14. CaptBrian

    Shipwreck coins!

    Reminds me of Washington crossing the Delaware R. GREAT note! I had a bunch of these in various conditions and sold them all over the years. Have only two left...