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  1. 2017 UK Bicentenary Piedfort Sovereign

    According to my understanding, the dies are anyway polished etc. after every few coins are struck, at least in the case of Proof coins. So does it really matter if you get one of the first 250 versus one of the last 250? Rhetorical question
  2. 200 Anniversary "Strike on the day" Sovereign

    From my limited knowledge, the Sovereign can only be struck based on an official proclamation, so even if some countries carry on the tradition of striking "Sovereigns", they aren't technically "Official Sovereigns". Was that ridiculously confusing? Well another way to look at it is this... has a Sovereign undergone the Trial of the Pyx to validate its status? The new Indian Sovereigns DO undergo the Trial of the Pyx. As far as I know, the new Australian Sovereigns struck by the Perth Mint do NOT undergo this test. So in my opinion, the new India Sovereigns can be classified as "British Sovereigns struck in India" just like the older Sovereigns that were struck at the Royal Mint's branches in Australia, Canada, India, and South Africa were considered "Sovereigns of the Realm".
  3. 200 Anniversary "Strike on the day" Sovereign

    I think the new India Sovereigns are called "commemorative" because, strictly speaking, they cannot be used as currency in India. Unlike the 1918 which could be (I believe) because India was still under British rule back then.
  4. 200 Anniversary "Strike on the day" Sovereign

    As I received mine a few weeks ago, the RM may not entertain my request for a change, if it comes to that now. Besides, with all the exchange requests I've seen on here, either direct from the Mint or via dealers, I'll probably end up receiving someone else's returned coin, and then I will be just plain heartbroken. I'm glad you managed I get all three of yours exchanged for better ones 👍🏼
  5. 200 Anniversary "Strike on the day" Sovereign

    If it were me selling, I would mention the scratch and say it was "as received from the mint". I doubt it would affect the value very much though.
  6. 200 Anniversary "Strike on the day" Sovereign

    Oh no @Kman I know you've been anticipating this coin for so long. I hope you can get it replaced. I haven't checked mine in this much detail, and now I'm afraid to do so. But I'm never going to get it replaced anyway, so I'm going to go with my "ignorance is bliss" attitude on this one.
  7. Today I received.....

    Yeah exactly. However, per my knowledge (and I provided the link to the site where I shared this), there were a batch of initial strikes that were gifted to dignitaries back in 2013 when the production of the Sovereign returned to india. There was an inauguration event and formalities (as is the Indian way; I should know :)) These coins weren't numbered and carded but were stabbed by NGC and presented in a wooden box. In any case, I'm sure there's a record somewhere of how many were minted in the end, even if they don't release such figures to the general public. I'll put out feelers at more of my sources and see what I can find.
  8. Prince Philip Retirement Coin

  9. Prince Philip Retirement Coin

    Indeed, there's a point at which coin collecting can get ridiculous. With so many mints releasing so many commemoratives for various anniversaries and occasions, one has got to learn to keep a level head. It's hard though. My own approach is asking myself whether I would be happy keeping a coin even if it fell in value. For the SotD, my answer for myself would be yes, which is why I went for it even though it was pricey for me.
  10. Today I received.....

    That probably at least explains the confusion with the mintage figures of the 2013 sovereign. I'll see if I can find another source that can confirm the figures I posted.
  11. Prince Philip Retirement Coin

    I just saw that article over at the Gazette and was going to come here and share
  12. Prince Philip Retirement Coin

    I think this is another one of those commemoratives that appeal to nostalgia. It's certainly not a bad coin; in fact I do like the aesthetic. And of course he was a very handsome man in his younger years, and they've done well to use a younger portrait. I agree it's definitely not a coin meant for financial investment though, and I'm inclined to assume the £5s have mostly been taken up by dealers.
  13. Today I received.....

    Here are the figures I managed to get from Stock Holding India. 2014 - 60,471 2015 - 64,500 2016 - 45,000 The 2014 Half Sovereign was 62,000. For the 2013, there's some confusion because initially there were supposed to be 50,000 minted but apparently this wasn't the case in the end. @Kman, I'm hoping these figures can be corroborated (or refuted) by any responses you get.
  14. Today I received.....

    By the way, does the UK 2017 bullion sovereign come in the similar packing? Or does it come in the RM capsule? I've never purchased one of these but I'm thinking of getting one this year, so I'm curious. @Numistacker, yes, I think you will be proven right for the most part. It may be that a middle year had a higher mintage caused due to the price of gold and demand in the Indian market that year.
  15. Today I received.....

    Oh that's awesome. Let's hope one of them responds. Or better yet, both, so the info can be corroborated