The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection

2014 2015 2013
Current
Rank
3
Set
Complete
100.00%
Set
Rating
58.571
GPA with
Top Bonuses
58.571
GPA
Weighted
58.009

Retired Statistics 3/14/2019

Rank
2
Complete
100.00%
Set
Rating
58.571
GPA
Weighted
58.009
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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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 at 8/25/2015 7:23 PM by [email protected]

WOW Cary! You sure did fool me. What an oustanding accomplishment!

Posted at 7/29/2015 6:37 PM by BarberNut

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