There's little value in having them certified unless and until you plan to
sell them. For now, you can use a Red Book or similar guide to get a sense
for the grade and value. Knowledgeable others (e.g., rcc, dealers, authors,
or the ANACS grader at a show) may be able to refine your understanding. A
few other moves might be wise, though:
Put them into reasonably priced holders and a container that will protect
them from handling or atmospheric damage. Also, until you are confident that
your son or other potential heirs understand the coins' value (both
numismatic and sentimental), jot down their history and your valuation
notes, and keep them with the coins, to reduce the chance that they are sold
unnecessarily or below true value. Congratulations on your family's success
in creating heirlooms, and good luck!
> I just got 'em yesterday. Haven't even gotten around to inventorying
> and classifying them all. Committed to holding/selling/giving them to
> my son.
> After a debacle that I had years ago with a 1963 split window
> Corvette, I have since learned not to "fall in love with things".
> In other words, I like them all, and I look at them wist respect for
> my Grandmother for having the foresight to put them away during at
> time in which (I'm sure) that money was tight and she could've spent
> it on something more material.
> Thanks again to all for your opinions.
> P.S. I'm kind Of partial to the California and the San Diego because
> they are the nicest, the Columbians because they are the oldest. The
> Long Island make me think of some kind of spooky science fiction money
> because of the two superimposed faces.
> > > First, thanks to all for the wonderful reading. I hope that from your
> > > collective knowledge I can raise my self above the level of "bidiot".
> > > Your opinions saved me from buying some A*G graded Silver Eagles just
> > > recently.
> > > For the benefit of my 13 mo. old son, I an trying to fill my long ago
> > > abandoned coin sets and put together some 50 state quarter
> > > collections, etc.
> > > My Father recently passed on to me a collection of coins from himself
> > > and my Grandfather.
> > > Among the coins in the collection are:
> > > 1827 Capped Bust half dollar, Overton # Unknown, and based on photo
> > > comparison, EF-40 or slightly better condition,
> > > 1926 Oregon Trail Commemorative,
> > > 1925 Stone Mountain Commem.,
> > > 1936 Long Island commem.,
> > > 1936 San Diego Commem.
> > > 1925 California Diamond Jubilee
> > > 1893 Columbian Exposition Commem. half.
> > > A couple of these apear (in my layman's eye) appear to be near
> > > uncirculated and original condition. (Another Layman's term)
> > > I have looked at some of the auctions and valuations of these coins.
> > > In order to preserve/increase whatever value there is in these coins,
> > > are these worth sending out for grading? I was most concerned about
> > > the 1827 half being counterfeit, but then I remembered that my Grandpa
> > > worked in a bank in the early 20's.
> > > Opinions from those more learned and experiences than me are
> > > appreciated. Photos can be provided for the curious.
> > As much as it breaks my heart to say so, having the commems slabbed is
> > probably not a bad idea. Aside from fixing a grade to the coin, the
> > slab itself makes a nice 'tomb for the ages' which is easy to handle and
> > store without worry. This statement presupposes that none of them have
> > been cleaned/scratched or whizzed, conditions that would cause a grading
> > company to send them back 'body-bagged'.
> > Of the Commems you listed, which designs do you like best and why? ;-)
> > Alan
> > 'jealous of your California'
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