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The Great Forum Migration of 22-Years Ago (February 23, 2001)...Who Was There & Let's See Coins

TomBTomB Posts: 20,277 ✭✭✭✭✭

I visited my public "wall" just moments ago and noticed not only the new way PCGS has chosen to display our "Likes", "LOL", points and other information, but also noted that our "Joined Date" is quite prominently displayed. Like many of our elder statesmen (ahem...old) forum members, I was here prior to this software being in place and can trace my roots on the PCGS boards to the 1990s and the now long ago defunct version that offered no avatars, made it near impossible to link or post images and where we might have a dozen new posts per day!

So, if you were here and posting on the old, long gone software and can remember the likes of scottieo and his dearly departed 1804 dollar that fell out of his shirt pocket into a freshly poured concrete sidewalk, I would love to see any coins you acquired and might still have from around the February 23, 2001 migration date. Heck, if you weren't here then I would still love to see what you might have through two-plus decades.

The below is a PCGS-graded 1795 Draped Bust dollar I picked up on February 16, 2001 and still have in the same holder.

Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson



  • LakesammmanLakesammman Posts: 17,189 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just a youngster here, joined as a YN on 3-19-02. :D

    "My friends who see my collection sometimes ask what something costs. I tell them and they are in awe at my stupidity." (Baccaruda, 12/03).I find it hard to believe that he (Trump) rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world. (Putin 1/17) Gone but not forgotten. IGWT, Speedy, Bear, BigE, HokieFore, John Burns, Russ, TahoeDale, Dahlonega, Astrorat, Stewart Blay, Oldhoopster, Broadstruck, Ricko.
  • gonzergonzer Posts: 2,972 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm still a newbie = April 2003

  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,264 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Only been here 15 years Tom, but as I look at old threads, it saddens me that many no longer post or are likely dead. Looking forward to who answers your call!

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
  • 3stars3stars Posts: 2,270 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 23, 2023 3:11PM

    This is my post transformation account from 2002

    Previous transactions: Wondercoin, goldman86, dmarks, Type2
  • marcmoishmarcmoish Posts: 5,949 ✭✭✭✭✭

    From 4/01, and on the earlier platform in the 90's too.

    I recall what you mentioned here, and concur. Pleasant memories indeed.

    Some of our earlier forum friends have passed, a sad fact.

  • DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,065 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m relatively new, but I always love perusing through the archives to see what went on here back in the day. I’ve found some real gem threads, and it’s a fun read when you find a good one. Is the thread about the 1804 dollar in the concrete archived anywhere?

  • PhillyJoePhillyJoe Posts: 2,652 ✭✭✭

    12/03/2001. Had an epiphany when I found this site. So many knowledgeable people willing to share their opinions. Went all in, went to a couple of Baltimore shows, then the Pittsburgh ANA in 2005, then life gets in the way, but this place is always here.

    The Philadelphia Mint: making coins since 1792. We make money by making money. Now in our 225th year thanks to no competition. image
  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,509 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I joined two days after you (02/25/2001).
    The first coin I featured on the forum was a rainbow-toned MS66 1964 PCGS Kennedy half dollar.
    I no longer own that coin and have never seen it since owning it.


  • dbldie55dbldie55 Posts: 7,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Joined in April 2001, just after the move.

    Collector and Researcher of Liberty Head Nickels. ANA LM-6053
  • willywilly Posts: 236 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Joined 9/4/2001. 7 days later the world changed. The first 2 coins I purchased were quarters from the 100 that wonder coin had graded by PCGS for a fundraiser. Still have them in a display cabinet at work. We have lost a lot of great contributors over the years. Way to many because of the ban button.

  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,664 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was late to the party. Joined here in 2011. I started ATS, b/c my Registry set was over there, which I had begun in 2005. Joined their boards in 2009. This sounds funny, now, but the 4 year delay in joining their chat boards, was due to the fact that they wouldn't allow webmail registration, at the time! LOL I joined PCGS 2 years later as an afterthought. I spend much more time here than ATS, now, but I still visit over there and contribute, when I can.

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

    My Full Walker Registry Set:


  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 7,628 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Jimnight said:
    This thread makes me feel young again.

    Untill you have to get up and let the dog out - then reality rears its ugly head :)

    "When they can't find anything wrong with you, they create it!"

  • bearcavebearcave Posts: 3,993 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I joined here in June of 2003 I had all my coins stolen even my 1921 Morgan which I had encapsulated just because it was from my mom and dad. I believe it graded an xf not real good but it was what got me into the coins.

  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,277 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Lakesammman said:
    Just a youngster here, joined as a YN on 3-19-02. :D

    What, sooooo...that would make you about 30-years old now, right? ;)

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,277 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @thebigeng said:
    I was unaware on the the change and was trying to get into the old one as I recall. The old one was actually version 2 if I recall... So I finally figured it out on March 4th 2001. I started collecting again in 1997 and bought the PCGS Grading guide also in 1997.

    I even joined the collectors club from a coupon in back although it was not called that..
    So three moves later here I am.

    I still have that book and think the first edition is one of the best coin books ever written. However, I never used my coupon in the back. I wonder if it's still good?

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,476 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was lurking for a little while before joining in April 2006... so I guess I'm still a youngin...

    In February 2001 my daughter had just been born and I was still a couple of years away from getting back into the hobby.

    Collecting: Dansco 7070; Middle Date Large Cents (VF-AU); Box of 20;

    Successful BST transactions with: SilverEagles92; Ahrensdad; Smitty; GregHansen; Lablade; Mercury10c; copperflopper; whatsup; KISHU1; scrapman1077, crispy, canadanz, smallchange, robkool, Mission16, ranshdow, ibzman350, Fallguy, Collectorcoins, SurfinxHI, jwitten, Walkerguy21D, dsessom.
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was on the old forum (late nineties), prior to the great migration. In fact, it was @TomB that advised me that the new forum was created and I would have to rejoin - which I promptly did on 24 February 2001. The new forum had much more functionality and that is when coin pictures began. Great forum indeed, and I have learned a lot here and had a lot of fun as well. Cheers, RickO

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,977 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 24, 2023 6:34AM

    I first joined the forum in 2004 as MrSpud but I ended up having to rejoin again as Mr_Spud in 2020 after taking a few years off because I couldn’t recover my account for some reason. The pictures disappeared from my first post about a blank planchet I found. Here’s the 3 posts I made the first day I joined in 2004


  • seanqseanq Posts: 8,531 ✭✭✭✭✭

    April 2003 for me, I migrated over from r.c.c. at the suggestion of k6az. He submitted some nickels for me and my first post was sharing those results.

    Sean Reynolds

    Incomplete planchets wanted, especially Lincoln Cents & type coins.

    "Keep in mind that most of what passes as numismatic information is no more than tested opinion at best, and marketing blather at worst. However, I try to choose my words carefully, since I know that you guys are always watching." - Joe O'Connor
  • zippcityzippcity Posts: 870 ✭✭✭✭

    Started lurking here in 2003 , finally bit the bullet and joined April 2013.

    Save our Country. Positive BST: Collectorcoins- Mariner020648- profharoldhill- coppertoning- agentjim007- cucamongacoin- ElKevo- mercurydimeguy- Utahcoin-AJAAN-AUandAG- surfinxhi- ZoidMeister- TwoSides2acoin-
  • FrazFraz Posts: 1,192 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for continuous contributions to education, numismatists, economists, and philosophers, alike

  • anablepanablep Posts: 4,981 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Been here officially since December 2003, but lurked for about a year prior to that!

    Always looking for attractive rim toned Morgan and Peace dollars in PCGS or (older) ANA/ANACS holders!

    "Bongo hurtles along the rain soaked highway of life on underinflated bald retread tires."

  • ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 4,541 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Missed that migration, joined on 9/25/2001 but didn't post until June 2002! Before that, I was off and on in the rec.collecting.coins usenet group.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,008 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Crs and depends 😢

  • OKbustchaserOKbustchaser Posts: 5,410 ✭✭✭✭✭

    May 4 2004. My first post was to correct another poster concerning whether an 1832 bust half was the Large Letter Reverse or not. It wasn't.

    Just because I'm old doesn't mean I don't love to look at a pretty bust.
  • MercuryMercury Posts: 1,045 ✭✭✭✭

    Joined Nov. 2003
    I don't comment a lot but sure have enjoyed the show.
    I could not say with any accuracy what the first coin I posted here was.
    I sure is was some average MS 62 or 63 Peace Dollar that is long gone.

    Collecting Peace Dollars and Modern Crap.
  • KAJ1KAJ1 Posts: 763 ✭✭✭

    Jan 29, 2002

  • GaCoinGuyGaCoinGuy Posts: 2,635 ✭✭✭✭

    I joined up November of '01, so I missed the migration. I did lose a number of posts on my count when this board was updated.


  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,424 ✭✭✭✭✭

    June 2002- Thanks to Collectors Universe//PCGS for making this possible. This remains a work in progress and hopefully the best is yet to come.

    Experience the World through Numismatics...it's more than you can imagine.

  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,336 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @gonzer said:
    I'm still a newbie = April 2003

    Same date but 2005


    "I tell them there's no problems.....only solutions" - John Lennon
  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,388 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm like a bean sprout at 2018 but so grateful that I stumbled into the best show in town.

    BST: endeavor1967, synchr, kliao, Outhaul, Donttellthewife, U1Chicago, ajaan, mCarney1173, SurfinHi, MWallace, Sandman70gt, Ricko, mustanggt, Pittstate03, Lazybones, Walkerguy21D, coinandcurrency242 , thebigeng, Collectorcoins, JimTyler, USMarine6, Elkevvo, Coll3ctor, Yorkshireman, CUKevin, ranshdow, Jzyskowski1, CoinHunter4, bennybravo, Centsearcher, braddick, Windycity, ZoidMeister, mirabela, JJM, RichURich

  • Steve27Steve27 Posts: 13,255 ✭✭✭

    Apr 17, 2001 so I don't remember the old old boards, Here's the first PCGS graded coin I purchased, which was within a year of joining (I still have it):

    "It's far easier to fight for principles, than to live up to them." Adlai Stevenson
  • PTVETTERPTVETTER Posts: 5,836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have been here before the 2001
    In 2001 this is the new forum.

    Pat Vetter,Mercury Dime registry set,1938 Proof set registry,Pat & BJ Coins:724-325-7211

  • DRUNNERDRUNNER Posts: 3,775 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow . . .Sept. 26, 2003. I guess I am a newb.

    I thought I was around a while . . . but in reality I probably rank right with the posters showing pix of parking lot change.

    Looking forward to many more years.


  • MarkMark Posts: 3,512 ✭✭✭✭✭

    July 2, 2001. When I read the topic of the "Great Migration," I thought it was going to refer to the creation of the OFR.

    I was not around for scottieo's 1804 dollar and heard only bits of the full story. So, @TomB can you please tell it? Also, wasn't there someone who asked for donations for dentures or was that another chat board?


  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,869 ✭✭✭✭✭

    June 30, 2007, after lurking for a while.
    First BST purchase was shortly afterwards, from PonyExpress (Glenn). He shipped the coin the same day I mailed my check, which floored me. It’s still in my 7070.

    Successful BST transactions with 170 members. Recent: Tonedeaf, Shane6596, Piano1, Ikenefic, RG, PCGSPhoto, stman, Don'tTelltheWife, Boosibri, Ron1968, snowequities, VTchaser, jrt103, SurfinxHI, 78saen, bp777, FHC, RYK, JTHawaii, Opportunity, Kliao, bigtime36, skanderbeg, split37, thebigeng, acloco, Toninginthblood, OKCC, braddick, Coinflip, robcool, fastfreddie, tightbudget, DBSTrader2, nickelsciolist, relaxn, Eagle eye, soldi, silverman68, ElKevvo, sawyerjosh, Schmitz7, talkingwalnut2, konsole, sharkman987, sniocsu, comma, jesbroken, David1234, biosolar, Sullykerry, Moldnut, erwindoc, MichaelDixon, GotTheBug

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