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Coins Certified as of 6/24

Everyman Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938): The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection

The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

Current Statistics
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 58.909
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 58.909
Retired Statistics (11/15/2015)
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 58.909
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 58.909
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About this set: I’ve been a coin collector on and off for most of my life. Much of my “on” time has been spent in the pursuit of original mid-grade Barber Halves. Most of the serious Barber guys know me for my expertise and eye for quality in that series (the CU forumites will recognize me by my handle “BarberFanatic”). Having spent 15 years of coin hunting and serious study of that series, I ended up becoming “burnt out” with the hobby. But instead of abandoning it to pursue other interests like I’ve done periodically in the past, this time I decided quietly to focus my efforts on another series without any of my coin friends being aware of it.

My grandfather got me interested in coin collecting back in 1975. I remember he gave me a well-worn Buffalo Nickel with no date on it and said he used to get this kind of nickel in his change when he was a young paperboy back in the early 1920s. It was this coin that got me hooked on the hobby at the ripe old age of five. I still possess that nickel and although it isn't worth much more than its metal content, the coin is priceless to me. Since the Buffalo Nickel was my grandfather’s favorite coin series, and since he was just a normal man of humble means (an “everyman” if you will), I decided to put together an Everyman Set of AU Buffalo Nickels to honor the influence that he has on me as a collector and as a human being. Although he passed away in 1986, not a day goes by that I don’t think about him and the positive influence he had and continues to have on my life. Coincidentally, my grandfather was born in 1913 - the first year of the Buffalo Nickel series.

I knew from the outset that Buffalo Nickels present a couple of challenges for the collector beyond the acquisition of the key dates. First, there are the numerous weakly-struck dates scattered throughout the series, most notably the branch mint coins from the late '10s to the late '20s. Finding a well-struck example of some of these coins is a daunting task to say the least. Then there’s the issue of impaired luster that many of the dates notoriously possess. Putting together a perfectly matched, highly lustrous, well-struck circulated set of these coins can literally be a life-long endeavor should one wish to pursue it.

If anyone reading this owns any of the existing AU58+ coins (or can put me in touch with anyone who does) I really would like to acquire them.

The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
39151913 Type 15CAU5832203220
39161913-D Type 15CAU5820602070
39171913-S Type 15CAU5823302330
39211913 Type 25CAU5818701980
39221913-D Type 25CAU5818201820
39231913-S Type 25CAU5837113711CAC
392419145CAU5816101780
39251914-D5CAU58+1010
39261914-S5CAU5830223022
392719155CAU5813601400
39281915-D5CAU5823002310
39291915-S5CAU5811621172
393019165CAU5824002550
39321916-D5CAU5829902990
39331916-S5CAU5820402040CAC
393419175CAU589901000former NGC AU58
39351917-D5CAU5814201520
39361917-S5CAU5810401050CAC
393719185CAU58800800former NGC AU58
39381918-D5CAU588601181
39401918-S5CAU58670670
394119195CAU5812001210
39421919-D5CAU58720720
39431919-S5CAU5811001100
394419205CAU58940940
39451920-D5CAU58510510
39461920-S5CAU5811701200
394719215CAU58730730
39481921-S5CAU58490500CAC
394919235CAU58950950
39501923-S5CAU58930930
395119245CAU58770770
39521924-D5CAU58620620
39531924-S5CAU58160160
395419255CAU58330330
39551925-D5CAU58671671
39561925-S5CAU5811501160
395719265CAU58320320former ICG AU58
39581926-D5CAU58540540
39591926-S5CAU58540540
396019275CAU58450450
39611927-D5CAU58580600
39621927-S5CAU5811701170
396319285CAU58600600
39641928-D5CAU58280280
39651928-S5CAU5811201120
396619295CAU58630640former NGC AU58
39671929-D5CAU58390390
39681929-S5CAU58590590former NGC AU58
396919305CAU58660761
39701930-S5CAU58630630
39711931-S5CAU58490490
397219345CAU5810101010
39731934-D5CAU58630630
397419355CAU589801080former NGC AU58
39751935-D5CAU58420440
39761935-S5CAU58330370
397719365CAU5823002390
39781936-D5CAU58290321
39791936-S5CAU58450490former NGC AU58
398019375CAU5815201520
39811937-D5CAU587409603
39831937-S5CAU58390390
39841938-D Buffalo5CAU58550700