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Coins Certified as of 9/4

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 58.915
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 58.915
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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.

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The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection
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39151913 Type 15CAU5831303130
39161913-D Type 15CAU5819501960
39171913-S Type 15CAU5822302230
39211913 Type 25CAU5817601850
39221913-D Type 25CAU5816301630
39231913-S Type 25CAU5835513551CAC
392419145CAU5814901660
39251914-D5CAU5816111611
39261914-S5CAU5828902890
392719155CAU5812401260
39281915-D5CAU5821602170
39291915-S5CAU5811611171
393019165CAU5822802420
39321916-D5CAU5828002800
39331916-S5CAU5819101910CAC
393419175CAU58900910former NGC AU58
39351917-D5CAU5813101380
39361917-S5CAU589901000CAC
393719185CAU58780780former NGC AU58
39381918-D5CAU588001155
39401918-S5CAU58640640
394119195CAU5811101120
39421919-D5CAU58680680
39431919-S5CAU5810701070
394419205CAU58890890
39451920-D5CAU58500500
39461920-S5CAU5811001120
394719215CAU58680680
39481921-S5CAU58450460CAC
394919235CAU58900900
39501923-S5CAU58960960
395119245CAU58750750
39521924-D5CAU58590590
39531924-S5CAU58150150
395419255CAU58290290
39551925-D5CAU58641641
39561925-S5CAU5810401050
395719265CAU58300300former ICG AU58
39581926-D5CAU58510510
39591926-S5CAU58500500
396019275CAU58420420
39611927-D5CAU58540560
39621927-S5CAU5810901090
396319285CAU58580580
39641928-D5CAU58290290
39651928-S5CAU5810701070
396619295CAU58630640former NGC AU58
39671929-D5CAU58370370
39681929-S5CAU58560560former NGC AU58
396919305CAU58640740
39701930-S5CAU58630630
39711931-S5CAU58490490
397219345CAU58950950
39731934-D5CAU58620620
397419355CAU589501040former NGC AU58
39751935-D5CAU58400420
39761935-S5CAU58300340
397719365CAU5822302310
39781936-D5CAU58270301
39791936-S5CAU58430460former NGC AU58
398019375CAU5815001500
39811937-D5CAU587009400
39831937-S5CAU58380380
39841938-D Buffalo5CAU58540680
Comments
This is one of the most meaningful sets I have ever seen assembled. I love the series, and am very impressed with your acquisition of so many nice pieces. The AU58 grade is my favorite grade, it's up there but still shows honest wear from the commerce it was intended for. You grandfather sounds like a wonderful man, and I'm sure he would be pleasd(and envious) of this marvelous set. Thank you for sharing and best of luck!
Posted @ 8/25/2015 7:23 PM By jharboldt
WOW Cary! You sure did fool me. What an oustanding accomplishment!
Posted @ 7/29/2015 6:37 PM By BarberNut
Posted @ 9/17/2014 5:01 AM By Kaleidoscope