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  1. Silver Hammered coins

    I am fully wrong -- this is why you should wait until after your morning coffee to respond to anything. I got the time period right, 1400s, but they are definitely English coins. While bearing an extremely similar look to German States coins at the time, Long Cross design on the reverse of the coin is definitely of English descent. The size and weight will tell you if they are pennies or half pennies (0.6g/15mm or 0.3g/12mm) but being hammered and worn means the size and weight fluctuates significantly. I have never read up so much on English coins from this era. Thank you @barney for the correction and thank you @Ojay45 for giving me something to do an a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
  2. Silver Hammered coins

    Those look very much like German States coins from the 1400-1500s. They are always just listed as "silver" in any catalog, but I have never been able to figure out exactly how much silver is in each coin (having a decent collection of 1600s German States coins). The condition yours are in is not pretty, but everything has some value. That you can still see the general detail is still better than some 1800s Great Britain pennies that I have been seeing lately. Someone else will be able to give you better information as my collection and knowledge has a gap between 300 to 1600; basically skipping the entire Middle Ages which is where I would place your coins. I would keep them if for nothing more than a research project one boring Sunday morning. Afterthought: A jewelry store would have the equipment necessary to tell you exactly what metal content is in the coin. The coins are probably 1-1.5g each, but if they are 90% then you at least have £2 worth of centuries old junk silver on your hands.
  3. Two one ounce means that you can have two things that are the same but different...which is just cool.
  4. Auctions

    I have had the same experience at iCollector. It seems like a decent price until you add in the 13-18% buyer premium. When I am participating in those auctions I always have a list open with the cost AFTER the buyer premium. Sometimes I end up striking a great deal while other times I see CURRENT YEAR gold or silver go for a few percent above spot (less than what the stores sell it for) but then after the premiums it is way overpriced. I think this is just a dupe for those that find the auction and don't notice the premiums as they are not usually obvious, especially for those used to eBay or other auctions sites where what you bid is what you pay. In Canada, if gold is less than 99.5% pure then there is tax on top of that too...so with the 13% tax in Ontario and the usual premium...that's 31% above the selling price for something like a Sovereign! Eep.
  5. Actually, just thought of an example I saw just two months ago. At auction, the selling price for 20x sequential uncirculated 1973 $1 bills was $1.75 per bill, the start price of the auction was at $1.50 per bill. In that same auction there was a bundle of 1000x of the same bills in the original mint seal that also started at $1.50 per bill but ended up selling for $2.25 per bill. Small difference until multiplied but 1000. It could have been the larger quantity of sequential bills or people just had their eyes on the larger stack, but can't argue with results!
  6. You should leave the brick as is. The resale value as a brick with the original wrap is always higher than the separated notes. Plus, throwing a brick in a Ziplock and a box is significantly cheaper than individual sleeves for that many bills.
  7. completed Quadrum Capsule Storage Cases

    Not a buyer, but I have 4 of these and they are incredible and feel great. Great for quadrums AND for 2x2 cardboard holders as well.
  8. What do you think??

    It is still a 1oz fine silver coin, but it is not worth more than it's melt value and any premium that coin would eventually bring would be lost as it is just a damaged bullion coin.
  9. What do you think??

    They use the word "minted" wrong for the purpose of misleading buyers. The coin is not minted for them at all. They just take a regular minted bullion coin and plate/paint it and they only seem to do the damage to 500 of each coin. The link you provided doesn't have any information, but if you click on the Libertad one for example, this is what you will find: " This coin has been finished to the highest standard: firstly plated in a thick and luxurious layer of 24KT gold, an expert craftsman has meticulously detailed the black using a deep black ink, before hand-engraving over the lettering to reveal the silver underneath. BOTH sides have been expertly plated and detailed. " " Struck from 1 oz silver .999, the coin is FULLY plated 24KT gold and detailed with a deep black ink & hand-engraving. The Mexican Silver Libertad Coin is struck by the Mexican mint; the design has been carried out by a private mint in the UK. "
  10. What do you think??

    The black part looks like it was painted on by a child that just couldn't stay inside the lines. It is likely a real silver coin with real gold plating and real ruthenium painted on...but it probably only worth it's weight in silver and marketable as a damaged silver bullion coin.
  11. Periodic table rounds

    Not gonna lie...this is frickin awesome! Quite the jump from precious metals to random metals...but if I bought one then I would HAVE TO buy them all!
  12. NGC 1965 MS 65 sovereign for....

    It is the Krause Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000, the 2016 edition. The bullion values that it lists for G&S in the front of the book are: Gold $1,150-$1,300 and Silver $15.46-$18.50. With most bullion coins it does seem like they called it in and haven't bothered to change values for quite a few years. Thanks for pointing that out -- I actually hadn't paid attention to that or thought about it. At today's gold spot price, the gold content alone is $302usd and then the premium on top of that and anything in that condition will shoot up the value as well.
  13. Independent mints

    Just Google "Custom coins <your city>" and you are sure to find someone local that does. They tend to not be cheap unless you are doing a large batch though.
  14. NGC 1965 MS 65 sovereign for....

    According to Krause, in uncirculated condition it is worth $245usd. Doesn't seem to list better conditions for most sovereigns. One sold on ebay yesterday for $483usd. http://ebay.to/2jMesz4
  15. Canadian 5 kilo 150 anniversary coin

    RCM knows how to make a big damn coin! In the Royal Ontario Museum they still have the $1,000,000 gold coin that the Royal Canadian Mint made that is 100kg of .9999 fine gold. That being said, 5kg of silver at today's prices is only $3486.35 which is a far cry from the $10,699.95 that they are charging. Then again, most collector coins from the RCM are about 3x their actual weight value and they just kept that same percentage for a larger coin too. For examples, just click "silver" at the top of the RCM link above. The first coin is a 1oz Mickey Mouse coin for $119.95 while 1oz of silver is only $21.69 right now. I understand they have to pay Disney a royalty, but that is just insanity!