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  1. Scottsdales 1oz Bu Ghana leopard mix up

    It depends on why you're looking at it in the first place. If you like the aesthetics of the coin/round and want to add one to your collection, then no one can say it's a bad decision. If you're looking to put your chips down on a coin/round that is going to be a long-term financial winner, you may want to do some additional research. It has a loyal following to be sure but much of the initial hype of what made the coin/round stand out has subsided. My recommendation would be to look at what else you could spend those PM dollars on and then compare the options against one another. Good luck and let us know what you decide!
  2. Today I received.....

    Proud Papa just got the word from NGC that my little guy (please make no other references) weathered Irma in Sarasota and is ready to come home freshly graded!
  3. 2018 Sovereigns?

    Just be ready to use your children's University fund and perhaps a portion or all of your soul to the devil to pay for the proof Sovs he mentioned. I actually decided to not go after any of those because acquiring all of them now will take more money than I can even think about putting together and you could buy a good number of other "rare" (using the new Marsh Sovereign guide) Sovs with the same funds. Just my standard $0.02 Kman is correct though, spending the extra cabbage on a standard proof isn't worth it (in my humble opinion).
  4. 2018 Sovereigns?

    I know you're joking but since the new Unicorns were announced, I've been religiously checking Govmint.com, MCM and Apmex. When the proof Unicorn was released, somehow Govmint.com had a flash sale of special labeled PF70 Unicorns like a week or so after their announcement by the RM. I got wind of it from Silver ByTheOz (on YouTube), went to the site and they were nowhere to be seen and have never seen them since. I'm bound and determined to snag a special labeled slabbed MS70 of the 1/4 oz Gold this go around.
  5. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    I just noticed this...you know what the best part about what you've shared with us today @Numistacker? NO DETAILS GRADES!!!
  6. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Congrats to the owner of this beauty! I'm in awe of the detail and complexity of this medal without it being too much to take in. The antiquing puts it over the top and enhances it even further. I may see if I can put my hands on one.
  7. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    They did and I've been fondling them probably more than appropriate Thanks so much for your time and hard work Numi...the Forum is lucky to have you as part of the family. Would that happen to be your 2017I Sovereign as well? They really do an amazing job minting those coins and they're totally deserving of a DPL designation.
  8. Today I bought.....

    Your surname is Hill isn't it? When I received the Gold Sovereign guide from Token this weekend and noticed it had been enhanced from the original text by Steve Hill, my first thought was..."I think I know that guy!" Thanks for the additional information Steve. Certainly makes sense.
  9. Today I bought.....

    Ladies and Gents...I'm super excited to share with you my most recent acquisition and easily one of the rarest coins in my young collection...the 1866 Sydney Half Sovereign. TLDR: I got a rare coin cheap. Per the updated Marsh Sovereign guide, this coin is rated R2 - Very Rare. I was initially put off by the grade but additional research revealed that there are around 1,000 specimens of this coin surviving and it is most often found below VF. Downies, an Australian dealer, has one in aUNC and they're asking £7650 and one in VF asking £590. Drake Sterling has a specimen in PCGS F15 condition asking £265. The best part is I picked this one up for £243. Here's a bit more information I found while researching the coin... "Royal Mint reports indicate that no half sovereigns were minted in 1866 but 62,000 were minted in 1867 and a further 154,000 in 1869. As it is known that there are no 1867 or 1869 dated coins, it is presumed that they were struck with 1866 dies, indicating a total mintage of 216,000* which would seem consistent with the relative survival rate of the date. The date is one of the easier pieces to source with an estimated survival rate just shy of 1,000 and examples do turn up around XF from time to time, though finding examples at AU and beyond can be quite a challenge. The date is often found with a bold obverse rim paired with an undetailed central reverse strike. These examples came off the recycled proof dies of the year as during the year the Sydney mint struck two proof half sovereigns for the Inter-colonial Exhibition in 1866 and the International Exposition in 1867 as products of New South Wales." *The Marsh Sovereign guide places the total original mintage around 154,000. The pieces of information I didn't find that I'd be very interested in learning is, if over 150,000 were minted, how are there only around 1,000 surviving today? Were they melted down (this appears to be the case..."as the gold coins became worn, they were withdrawn and melted down")? And why is the avg condition of the coin so low (was it truly a circulation coin)? A census search of both NGC and PCGS has just 28 coins in better condition with AU58 and MS64 being the best examples between NGC and PCGS respectively.
  10. Updated Michael Marsh book

    Mine arrived from across the pond yesterday and I'm thrilled with it. What a high quality, well-made, well-researched book. I'd say this is a "must buy" if you're interested in buying Sovs.
  11. Queen's Beast 1oz Silver Proof

    Sold my 1 oz. Silver Proof Lion and Unicorn for that very reason. The proofs are very expensive for 1 oz. of Silver and as these guys have said, they have a decent chance to become milky or spot and if that happens, the coins value is down the drain...no collector looking for that coin ten years from now will pay a premium for your milky offering if others are out there in better condition even if theirs is more expensive than yours. Here's my recommendation..if you're really drawn to the aesthetics of the series, just buy the 2 oz. Silver BU version. That way, if something happens to one of them in the future, it's not a huge hit to your initial investment and they'd be easier to replace with a problem-free coin. I also like @fehk2001 recommendation to pick up the 1/4 oz. Gold BU. No worries about the milking or spotting and a great investment. So maybe pick up the cheaper 2 oz. Silver BU and the 1/4 oz. Gold BU. Don't get me wrong, if you've got the risk appetite to accept the likelihood that the coin may milk or spot, the 1 oz. Silver proofs are beautiful coins. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
  12. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    I guess when coming up with their unofficial motto, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" the U.S. Postal Service forgot to add, "....nor storms that drown humanity..."
  13. Help with coin book

    No worries...I think your original question was quite good. I too faced the same questions when first consulting reference guides and then comparing what I was reading to what I was seeing online. It does make you scratch your head and wonder what it is you're not seeing. We're good.
  14. Help with coin book

    That wasn't directed at you Joseph but thank you for the snarky reply.
  15. Help with coin book

    Whaaa??? Supply and demand? Prices go up as supply drops and demand increases. Seems like we were trying to help some folks understand this basic economic concept not to long ago in another thread. Supply and demand is not price gouging as Lizzie said (and eloquently I might add), they'd be mad to continue selling at the lower price point. Thanks for your response Lizzie, it was great to hear from a dealer's perspective.