EXONUMIA AND MORE
Coins, Paper Money & collectibles of all kinds.
GALLERY 10, TOP POPS OR POP ONES OR FINEST KNOWNS
(REMEMBER, THERE'S A DIFFERENCE)
Lots to add here, I've been busy at various coin and currency venues, so check back constantly as new items are added daily.
Over 50 items being graded as I type, so check back for when I can add them in.
THESE ARE THE HEAVYWEIGHTS OF COLLECTIONS
The elusive items we all hunt for and if you're not hunting for them, and one comes across your sights, you just drool and understand how rare and wonderful they are.
Paintings have their Masters, sports folks have their champions, books have famous authors, every field of endeavor has its heroes, but when it comes to coins and paper money, to strive for the perfect coin or currency note, the one of a kind, where there is none equal nor none better, those are the real *"TOP POPS" (meaning there is ONLY one of something or 'population'). Now, understand, an item can be a top pop, but not THE top pop. See, with mintings and printings set on high, many of the same items are produced at the same time, assembly-line fashion; So, in fact, there can be many coins or currency notes with a '70' grade, Being '70' is the highest, then there could easily be more than one '70', and it could be truthfully advertised as a 'top pop' but not the prize of collections regarding condition and/or population and that is the phrase "FINEST KNOWN" which means 'none other (or, none equal and none better'). So, when someone says it's a "TOP POP" they may not be lying, but they may be telling the truth attractively, or not the WHOLE truth. There are three factors that make a collectible piece valuable, and that is: 1) rarity (not necessarily age) or (how many are there, how hard to find). 2) is the condition of the item, because there can be something in a horrible condition, but so rare, it has no price, not ever been to an auction nor officially bought or sold. These items are the collectors' dream. Prices for these rarities can soar to choke the fattest wallet. And can be anything from an old fossil (no, not like me) or a soup tin from Antarctica. But here we are concerned with coins and paper money from all over the world, not just the USA.
The key here is to think, 1) rarity, 2) condition, 3) population (pop).
To begin, I am putting in a 5 coin collection, which I feel, to Americans, and to rare coin collectors globally, a set of coins to own is but a whispy dream to most of the collectors of the world, and this set likely would be highly sought after by museums, and investors as well, not just coin and currency collectors. It is actually a part of world history, not just America and Americans. It's really a four-coin set, but the 5th is a bonus due to its Roman Numeral Date & 70 (perfect) condition. Look below and please don't drool on my web site. :^)
WORLD TRADE CENTER, GROUND ZERO RECOVERY
In the horrible days of the WTC disaster and many days thereafter, a terrible history was made. I happened to be in Australia at the time and it was a major shock to me. I even sent a message to President Bush as to where I was in case needed as I, like many, thought my military history may once again come in handy.
As it followed, the WTC remembrance has just gotten stronger over the years and anything to do with the disaster has become very important. Below I show you four (actually 5) coins, I went to great lengths to track down and obtain. Two were fairly easy and three were more elusive to get in my pocket than I can describe. Suffice to say I am still searching for any more 70 condition WTC gold or silver eagles. I understand, there are four lesser denominations ($5's, $10's or $25's) coins in 70 condition, but I haven't been successful yet.
To discuss each coin is to focus on the two 1991's. Due to many factors, our Gold Eagles with Roman Numeral Dates are rare and extremely hard to find in 70 condition, due to the mintage (number stuck) and these were minted before harsher quality control factors were instrumented, so finding 1) Roman Numeral coins, 2) in 70 condition and 3) with WTC Ground Zero Recovery flag labels just was quite a treasure hunt, but here they are.
THE FOUR $50 GOLD AMERICAN EAGLES RECOVERED FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER RUINS.
THESE ARE KNOWN TO BE THE ONLY ONES OF THE OVER 4000 COINS RECOVERED AND GRADED BY PCGS.
PCGS WAS THE ONLY COIN GRADER ALLOWED TO GRADE THE WTC COINS.
So, here they are...
1) 1991 RN, 2) 1991 RN, 1997 & a 1998
The 5th coin I spoke of is one of the Roman Numeral difficult to find date, also a 1991.
Should one buy the 4 coin set, the 5th, a non-WTC coin worth over $8500.00 Could be had at a greatly reduced price. I think this extra '91 should go with the 4 coin set.
The price of this set (without the non-WTC '91) is $135,000.00
Being '70's, they are all "top pops" a perfect example of being a top pop but not standing alone. Kind of like 4 first places.
*******N O T E*******
I just found and bought a 5th WTC $50 in MS70. [AND], There is another one but a poor example with blemishes and copper red spots.
This means that the playing field is extremely narrow and getting one is almost impossible unless you happen to find five of them sitting here. All five can be had for $168,000.00 and I will give you the Brown label 1991 $50 NON-WTC for only $6000.00
How's that for a start?
I have many other 'top pops', finest knowns and amazing sets of both paper money and coins, so give me time, more to come. ( NOTE: LOL, yup, more to come,
Notice I added my 5th WTC Ground Zero Recovery )
Bloodhound Capt B, that's what I am.. LOL
I'm on it, will add top sets shortly, one is a pop 1, (FINEST KNOWN) one is a pop 13. Not bad, huh?