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

2013 2014 2015
Current Statistics
Rank

1
GPA with Top Bonuses

58.861
GPA Weighted

58.009
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

58.861
Retired Statistics
Rank

1
GPA Weighted

58.861
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

58.861

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

Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1913 Type 1 3915 1913 5C AU58 343 0 3430
1913-D Type 1 3916 1913-D 5C AU58 210 0 2110
1913-S Type 1 3917 1913-S 5C AU58 243 0 2430
1913 Type 2 3921 1913 5C AU58 195 0 2060
1913-D Type 2 3922 1913-D 5C AU58 197 0 1970
1913-S Type 2 3923 1913-S 5C AU58 388 1 3881
CAC
1914 3924 1914 5C AU58 171 0 1880
1914-D 3925 1914-D 5C AU58+ 1 0 10
1914-S 3926 1914-S 5C AU58 326 2 3262
1915 3927 1915 5C AU58 140 0 1450
1915-D 3928 1915-D 5C AU58 242 0 2440
1915-S 3929 1915-S 5C AU58 119 2 1202
1916 3930 1916 5C AU58 249 0 2660
1916-D 3932 1916-D 5C AU58 308 0 3080
1916-S 3933 1916-S 5C AU58 215 0 2150
CAC
1917 3934 1917 5C AU58 102 0 1040
former NGC AU58
1917-D 3935 1917-D 5C AU58 147 0 1570
1917-S 3936 1917-S 5C AU58 108 0 1090
CAC
1918 3937 1918 5C AU58 83 0 830
former NGC AU58
1918-D 3938 1918-D 5C AU58 89 1221
1918-S 3940 1918-S 5C AU58 73 0 730
1919 3941 1919 5C AU58 123 0 1240
1919-D 3942 1919-D 5C AU58 79 0 790
1919-S 3943 1919-S 5C AU58 111 0 1110
1920 3944 1920 5C AU58 102 0 1020
1920-D 3945 1920-D 5C AU58 53 0 530
1920-S 3946 1920-S 5C AU58 129 0 1320
1921 3947 1921 5C AU58 74 0 740
1921-S 3948 1921-S 5C AU58 53 0 540
CAC
1923 3949 1923 5C AU58 100 0 1000
1923-S 3950 1923-S 5C AU58 100 0 1000
1924 3951 1924 5C AU58 77 0 770
1924-D 3952 1924-D 5C AU58 66 0 660
1924-S 3953 1924-S 5C AU58 19 0 190
1925 3954 1925 5C AU58 33 0 330
1925-D 3955 1925-D 5C AU58 65 1 651
1925-S 3956 1925-S 5C AU58 114 0 1150
1926 3957 1926 5C AU58 33 0 330
former ICG AU58
1926-D 3958 1926-D 5C AU58 58 0 580
1926-S 3959 1926-S 5C AU58 50 0 500
1927 3960 1927 5C AU58 47 0 470
1927-D 3961 1927-D 5C AU58 61 1 631
1927-S 3962 1927-S 5C AU58 125 1 1251
1928 3963 1928 5C AU58 62 0 620
1928-D 3964 1928-D 5C AU58 29 0 290
1928-S 3965 1928-S 5C AU58 118 0 1180
1929 3966 1929 5C AU58 66 0 670
former NGC AU58
1929-D 3967 1929-D 5C AU58 40 0 400
1929-S 3968 1929-S 5C AU58 63 0 630
former NGC AU58
1930 3969 1930 5C AU58 66 751
1930-S 3970 1930-S 5C AU58 65 0 650
1931-S 3971 1931-S 5C AU58 51 0 510
1934 3972 1934 5C AU58 109 0 1090
1934-D 3973 1934-D 5C AU58 67 0 670
1935 3974 1935 5C AU58 106 0 1170
former NGC AU58
1935-D 3975 1935-D 5C AU58 47 0 490
1935-S 3976 1935-S 5C AU58 37 0 410
1936 3977 1936 5C AU58 238 0 2480
1936-D 3978 1936-D 5C AU58 31 341
1936-S 3979 1936-S 5C AU58 47 0 520
former NGC AU58
1937 3980 1937 5C AU58 160 0 1600
1937-D 3981 1937-D 5C AU58 76 10094
1937-S 3983 1937-S 5C AU58 40 0 400
1938-D Buffalo 3984 1938-D 5C AU58 58 0 760

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

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