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

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Weighted GPA 58.000
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 58.000
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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
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopOwner's Comments
39151913 Type 15CAU58298
39161913-D Type 15CAU58184
39171913-S Type 15CAU58216
39211913 Type 25CAU58173
39221913-D Type 25CAU58149
39231913-S Type 25CAU58342
392419145CAU58142
39251914-D5CAU58153
39261914-S5CAU58272
392719155CAU58119
39281915-D5CAU58198
39291915-S5CAU58113
393019165CAU58223
39321916-D5CAU58265
39331916-S5CAU58173
393419175CAU5885
39351917-D5CAU58124
39361917-S5CAU5896
393719185CAU5877
39381918-D5CAU5874
39401918-S5CAU5861
394119195CAU58107
39421919-D5CAU5864
39431919-S5CAU5899
394419205CAU5883
39451920-D5CAU5845
39461920-S5CAU58100
394719215CAU5865
39481921-S5CAU5843
394919235CAU5883
39501923-S5CAU5895
395119245CAU5868
39521924-D5CAU5855
39531924-S5CAU5814
395419255CAU5827
39551925-D5CAU5861
39561925-S5CAU5895
395719265CAU5828
39581926-D5CAU5848
39591926-S5CAU5848
396019275CAU5840
39611927-D5CAU5851
39621927-S5CAU58106
396319285CAU5857
39641928-D5CAU5827
39651928-S5CAU58100
396619295CAU5861
39671929-D5CAU5835
39681929-S5CAU5855
396919305CAU5857
39701930-S5CAU5861
39711931-S5CAU5847
397219345CAU5891
39731934-D5CAU5859
397419355CAU5890
39751935-D5CAU5839
39761935-S5CAU5828
397719365CAU58203
39781936-D5CAU5827
39791936-S5CAU5843
398019375CAU58142
39811937-D5CAU5868
39831937-S5CAU5836
39841938-D Buffalo5CAU5852
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Posted @ 9/17/2014 5:01 AM By Kaleidoscope