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sg86 last won the day on April 10

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  1. 1870 Proof Shield Sovereign

    Going to put the database online this year at some point, won't be anywhere near complete but still should be a useful resource
  2. 1870 Proof Shield Sovereign

    So, to clarify this is a strange coin and it was more a question of looking for opinions than a show and tell, I've already spoken to some of the leading experts on sovereigns and I'm not sure a grading body would help in this case. Coins like this are unknown, even the proof in the Bentley collection isn't confirmed as the Mint failed to comment when approached, and more examples (maybe like this impaired version) are needed to figure out why they exist! I don't think anyone picked up on this from my original post so I'll explain my reasoning for thinking it was a specimen which I've since found *may* be incorrect. The 1870 die 1 is an odd one, I don't know if this is common for other dates as this is the first time I've come across a kind of "mule", whereby there are different obverse dies used with the same reverse (numbered). In this case my obverse has W.W. in relief, the "currency" version in the Bentley collection has the W.W. incuse, this is why I initially thought it may be the same specimen before reaching our to experts and posting here. Very interesting and more examples needed to confirm or deny, but I'll definitely be looking out for more differences in the die numbers now, knowing they aren't actually all the same!
  3. Today I Received

    They have this at a local pub
  4. Today I Received

    Yes i've not picked up any shields for 250 (recently*), even at low grade it's worth buying imo (depending how bad of course)
  5. Today I Received

    various sources, I don't pay ebay prices but it's not possible to get for anyway near spot, not sure what retail is classed as really but I'd say somewhere in the middle?
  6. 1870 Proof Shield Sovereign

    So, sorting through coins and as soon as I picked this up i noticed it was different. No years have fields like this that I've seen apart from some really nice strikes from the branch mints. The coin clearly is not in top condition, but that is besides the point. Points of note Date: 1870 Die number: 1 - missing lower right serif W.W. : Relief on trunc Comment: There are no known die numbers until 80 for this year, only die number 1 (non proof). There is a proof example in the Bentley collection Now there is a distinct difference above that tells me in fact this is a specimen or proof as can be found in the Bentley collection, if anyone here can find that difference, do you therefore agree?
  7. Today I Received

    Was a little premature on the post as just had another 35 delivered. Also some jubilees, not as exciting but depends what's in there
  8. Today I Received

    What a lovely day to sort through a new batch of shields. These are in particularly nice grade so excited!
  9. NGC coming to the UK

    Ah, so it is true at least, didn't realise it was public knowledge but my contact said they were grading. Not that i'm interested in grading at all, but having a large organisation like them locally may sway me for a few coins.
  10. Heard this through the grapevine, may only be a rumor but watch this space all you grading fanatics!
  11. How do you track your stack?

    SQLite database, lots of flexibility
  12. Sovereign Errors, Overdates and Varieties

    So opinions needed on this one! An 1879-S shield, I had for a while overlooked this overstamp down to the die flaw, but today I have found another with very similar features which made me look closer My thoughts are possibly a half sovereign A underneath, what do you think? My reasoning for this is because you cannot see anything higher than the A on the second coin. Coin 1 Coin 2
  13. Today I Received

    Unrecorded 1862 - A for V in VICTORIA Quite pleased to be the first to find this error date, being such a common year with so much variety I'm quite surprised nobody else has found one and hope that means it's even more rare edit: confirmed as a new discovery, happy days!
  14. Today I Received

    I thought they were pretty straight but now you've pointed it out!
  15. Today I Received

    Shield pyramid.