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  1. Old sixpence (HELP NEEDED)

    As Metallica73 said the cupro-nickel coins aren't really worth anything - purely from a numismatic point of view there are some obscure die varieties for these later years! I agree that due to the grade of the silver these are only worth scrap value. Collecting George VI and Elizabeth II should be in UNC/BU only - the 1937-1946 silver is usually available in good grades as 'junk silver'
  2. GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)

    I have just sold a mix of coins to pay for a single old coin bought at auction, not to HGM though. This included half and full sovereigns, ducats, south african ponds etc and the half-sovereigns were certainly the lowest at 95% and the full sovereigns the highest at 99% with everything else at 98%, this always seems to be the case and is why my bullion is now full sovereigns only.
  3. Possible Source for Coin Collectors

    Agreed, very expensive, although I do tend to pop in when in London. It is always entertaining to try and see what coins in the Phoenix have the biggest mark-up over normal prices!
  4. Unknown Gold Coin

    Beat me to it 1/8 Ashrafi at 1.4g
  5. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Very interesting question with a very unhelpful answer - it depends Without going into general reasons for slabbing coins, of which there are many, for me, it will be down to the particular issue and it doesn't matter whether it is gold, silver, bronze, copper etc If there are lots graded at either TPG at MS65 then grading a coin that may only get MS63 is probably not worth it, the opposite also holds true (as is the case with many world coins) in that there may be very few graded and slabbing a raw coin is probably the only way to get one as traditionally it has only ever been the top examples that have been graded and they may be silly money to buy (lottery win) even if they ever appear at auction. This is particularly true for key dates and rare coins where a graded coin even in VF is worth much more graded as it will now be of interest to US and Far East buyers. Getting a high grade for the issue, rare or otherwise, and in particular the top slot, does add surprising value - my 1764 1/2escudo recently got MS64, only two others of the type have been graded and MS64 is a rare grade for any 1/2 escudo of that era irrespective of date or mint and as such the value of the coin has at least tripled (after auction fees etc) by putting it in a slab and getting that grade. Depending on the numbers graded the third top grade (whatever it is, maybe MS63, maybe XF45 etc) will usually command a slight premium, the second top grade will add a bit (double?) and the top graded coin could be an increase in value from 3-20 times (ignore spectacular outliers - for older coins usually MS66's or MS67's!)
  6. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    The 1868 was a surprise as it looked a good coin - I will have to try and work out what they have seen. It is not the end of the world as I have a few 1868's already slabbed in good MS grades, all with different die numbers and it didn't look any different The other Victorian ones fill slots with even more graded die numbers The 1909 is a fantastic result and now the single finest coin at NGC, the 1913 is also a great result as George V silver is particularly difficult to get in high grade and there is only one coin better and that is on a registry set. Many thanks Numi. Nice gold penny - NGC do seem to always put the obverse at the front which is annoying as you then have to turn the slab over to see if the label is correct!
  7. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Great results for everyone! I particularly like the Chilean gold 50 peso - probably because it is older It would instantly make the best Registry set
  8. Price drop incoming?

    It can wait a couple of days! I am selling a load of bullion to cover a single coin bought at auction at the weekend - still waiting for the invoice (the Swiss tend to put them in the post rather than e-mail them)
  9. I used to buy bulk lots of world coins at auction, £15 for ~500 coins - the kids had a very large world map on the wall and the goal was to find a coin for each country which they would then stick on the map. It was a great way for them to learn where each country was once they had worked out what the coin was (keeps them occupied for hours looking through Krause). The countries that don't exist anymore caused much confusion!😄
  10. 1919 - 1920 50% or Sterling & Gothic Unboxing

    As shortstack68 has said both types were minted in 1920 - they are very difficult to tell apart even if you managed to get a pile of both. The strike can be a little different but this is very grade dependent, the 'ring' of the coin is also said to be different (can't do this with a slabbed coin😄), but I guess the only way to be sure is XRF!
  11. I tend to use the population reports as a guide to determine whether to buy or to upgrade a coin. For example I would not buy a coin raw or graded at the AU58/MS61 level if there were quite a few recorded at NGC and PCGS at MS64 or higher as this would suggest I would better saving my money as a higher grade example will come along at some point. As a result I have bought coins at AU53 as the reports suggest that there maybe just a single coin at AU55 meaning it could be a very long time, if ever, before a UNC raw coin appears - if it does I will have a good idea of how rare that is and I can justify paying a premium. Prices of a coin in different grades are also useful in deciding is it worth it. I have a coin in MS62 which I paid £300 for, there is a single coin higher at either TPG at MS64 and it will be in an auction soon and the estimate is £6000-£8000 so I will stay very happy with my MS62😄 (I don't think a 2 point jump in grade is always worth it as that could easily be the difference in opinion and will depend on the actual coin and not the number on the slab - as it always should)
  12. NGC submission via Heritage Auctions London

    I doubt it😄
  13. NGC submission via Heritage Auctions London

    I had an e-mail from NGC about this but at the moment it is not clear what the process or the costs will be. They really need graders of world coins based in the UK so this seems to be a step in that direction. Next step will be to learn how to put varieties on the label😄
  14. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    MS64 for the shilling is a fantastic result!!!
  15. $20,500 Gothic Florin

    As has been mentioned Atlas are very expensive and tend to focus only on the top graded coins. I have been outbid a number of times only to see the coin then appear on their website with a serious premium added - having said that they must sell plenty at these prices to stay in business so it obviously works for them!