The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection

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

Retired Statistics 11/15/2015

Rank
2
GPA Weighted
58.571
Complete
100.00%
Set Rating
58.571
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.

Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1913 Type 1 3915 1913 5C AU58 393 2 3932
1913-D Type 1 3916 1913-D 5C AU58 229 0 2300
1913-S Type 1 3917 1913-S 5C AU58 280 0 2800
1913 Type 2 3921 1913 5C AU58 216 1 2291
1913-D Type 2 3922 1913-D 5C AU58 222 2 2222
1913-S Type 2 3923 1913-S 5C AU58 430 2 4302
CAC
1914 3924 1914 5C AU58 190 0 2100
1914-D 3925 1914-D 5C AU58+ 1 0 10
1914-S 3926 1914-S 5C AU58 365 2 3652
1915 3927 1915 5C AU58 163 2 1692
1915-D 3928 1915-D 5C AU58 270 0 2720
1915-S 3929 1915-S 5C AU58 134 2 1362
1916 3930 1916 5C AU58 287 0 3100
1916-D 3932 1916-D 5C AU58 347 0 3470
1916-S 3933 1916-S 5C AU58 246 2 2462
CAC
1917 3934 1917 5C AU58 126 0 1300
former NGC AU58
1917-D 3935 1917-D 5C AU58 165 0 1761
1917-S 3936 1917-S 5C AU58 116 0 1190
CAC
1918 3937 1918 5C AU58 95 0 960
former NGC AU58
1918-D 3938 1918-D 5C AU58 101 1 1422
1918-S 3940 1918-S 5C AU58 82 0 820
1919 3941 1919 5C AU58 147 0 1480
1919-D 3942 1919-D 5C AU58 87 2 872
1919-S 3943 1919-S 5C AU58 128 2 1282
1920 3944 1920 5C AU58 114 0 1140
1920-D 3945 1920-D 5C AU58 59 1 591
1920-S 3946 1920-S 5C AU58 139 1 1431
1921 3947 1921 5C AU58 87 1 871
1921-S 3948 1921-S 5C AU58 56 0 570
CAC
1923 3949 1923 5C AU58 109 0 1090
1923-S 3950 1923-S 5C AU58 111 0 1110
1924 3951 1924 5C AU58 90 1 901
1924-D 3952 1924-D 5C AU58 77 0 770
1924-S 3953 1924-S 5C AU58 20 0 200
1925 3954 1925 5C AU58 39 0 390
1925-D 3955 1925-D 5C AU58 76 1 761
1925-S 3956 1925-S 5C AU58 122 0 1230
1926 3957 1926 5C AU58 41 0 410
former ICG AU58
1926-D 3958 1926-D 5C AU58 67 0 670
1926-S 3959 1926-S 5C AU58 55 0 550
1927 3960 1927 5C AU58 59 0 590
1927-D 3961 1927-D 5C AU58 77 1 811
1927-S 3962 1927-S 5C AU58 138 2 1382
1928 3963 1928 5C AU58 73 0 730
1928-D 3964 1928-D 5C AU58 33 0 330
1928-S 3965 1928-S 5C AU58 133 1 1331
1929 3966 1929 5C AU58 73 1 741
former NGC AU58
1929-D 3967 1929-D 5C AU58 45 0 450
1929-S 3968 1929-S 5C AU58 73 0 730
former NGC AU58
1930 3969 1930 5C AU58 75 0 841
1930-S 3970 1930-S 5C AU58 69 0 700
1931-S 3971 1931-S 5C AU58 56 1 561
1934 3972 1934 5C AU58 127 1 1271
1934-D 3973 1934-D 5C AU58 83 0 830
1935 3974 1935 5C AU58 120 0 1320
former NGC AU58
1935-D 3975 1935-D 5C AU58 61 1 631
1935-S 3976 1935-S 5C AU58 41 1 451
1936 3977 1936 5C AU58 269 0 2830
1936-D 3978 1936-D 5C AU58 37 0 401
1936-S 3979 1936-S 5C AU58 59 0 660
former NGC AU58
1937 3980 1937 5C AU58 191 0 1910
1937-D 3981 1937-D 5C AU58 87 1 10776
1937-S 3983 1937-S 5C AU58 44 0 440
1938-D Buffalo 3984 1938-D 5C AU58 73 0 940

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 jharboldt

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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