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  1. Very interesting Lea thanks for the info and the time for supplying it
  2. More interesting than Sovereigns..........heard it all now,they are French for crying out loud....................... No kidding apart they do look an interesting set to hunt for and certainly pleasing to the eye............Am extremely lazy this morning cant be bothered to find out for myself but how do they equate to the British Sov in terms of gold content,carat, pricing etc........ Please dont all just say find out for yourself,I'm too lazy as I said, and this way will allow someone to show off their knowledge of these matters if they are prepared to.............................
  3. Like it and Thanks...............not to sure about rough quote " this is a proof,not the best proof ever but its all bullion at the end of the day, and adds to your stack"..........Fair enough if you are ok with that thought I'm just the opposite and any proofs I buy I want FDC only or its a very expensive way of buying bullion.........of course if you paid bullion price for it then well done...............Happy hunting............
  4. You want to get into older sovs......get studying......read and research books like Marsh etc and make sure you get skilled in grading...........the difference you have re the grade of a coin can and that of someone else can make a shed load of difference in sales/purchase price. Personally I believe if you are not confident in your ability to place a good and appropriate grading on a coin stay away from numismatics and just buy bullion.There are loads of old bullion sovs around so not a problem but will become one if you start collecting 1817s' and 1820s' etc Good luck,there is quite a lot of stuff to get interested in........set a goal to as to exactly what you want to collect,monarchs.mint marks,proofs or not, etc its a minefield out there so take your time and dont rush into it. Shop around as well big differences in prices between dealers and also p&p never fails to add to costs.Also dont be afraid to haggle the price you are willing to pay and dont always take the original offer price.
  5. Ravinella


    P&P always puts me off my general purchases but always my place to go for discounted pre-order stuff like of 2017 for example.Plain Edge, and 500th anniversary etc...........excellent imo for get in early on new issues of good numi potential,but sadly my grading opinions rarely agree with theirs on older semi and numi material......sorry Lizzie but just my opinion
  6. There are just simply way to many commemoratives for the sake of them imo.............each to his own though and if its your thing go for it,for me I'll keep searching for my elusive mint marks,letter overstamps etc all relating to one or two coins,but as said if its for you go ahead.....................
  7. Spot on,my error. I meant to point out the difference between Britannia and Sterling Silver .........................The silver Britannias were, quite appropriately, struck in Britannia silver, which is 958 parts per thousand silver, instead of the more usual sterling silver of 925 parts per thousand. Many other world silver coins, particularly those of American influence are struck in only 900 silver. The above is in my understanding correct........... My error was in saying" compared to the common standard used today of .925 parts per thousand" as Pans Purse correctly points out post 2013 Britannias became 999 parts per thousand. I knew something happened post 2013 and probably explains why I buy more gold than silver.......good spot
  8. Dont forget that prior to 2013,I believe off the top of my head, Britannias were made from proper Britannia Silver .958 parts per thousand silver compared to the common standard used today of .925 parts per thousand either.
  9. yes probably hit $1400 during February but I've been wrong before
  10. yea contact them,never dealt with them myself and doubt I ever would at some of the prices they quote!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Pretty expensive sort I would reckon for £300 for less than an oz
  12. NO problem SG I'm simply making the point that it is impossible to study 1000s of sovs in a week..........for the reason I said 168 max if you devote an hour to studying the coin, 24/7 dont forget so would starve to death as well. Studying means what it says which SS points out Baldwins,Royal Mint Museum employ "experts " to go through all the archive material,photos,sketches etc which we poor old joe public will never get access to and that sort of access would be essential to identify a coin such as you are talking about. No need imo for you to have changed the wording of your post as it didnt anger me but it just reminded me of a situation whereby people often think they have had a good look or studied something when they in fact havent ,even started that process,not a personal comment,just making the point to the forum in general. Anyway good hunting and I do sincerely hope you do take it to be looked at as,as I said previously, it is different and an expert would be able to give you a definitive answer. Off topic but seeing as microscopes have been brought up Stanley Gibbons do an excellent piece of kit for stamps called Pro 10 Portable Digital Microscope at £250 but no idea if it is usable with coins....................
  13. you or I or anyone could go through them in a week but that isnt "STUDYING" them as if you are trying to find a rairity or a proof from a bullion or a forgery from a genuine........You telling me you could go through thousands of sovs in a week and pick out all the fakes,or the cracked plates,mint marks,shallow strikes,over strikes etc etc by just looking at them for 30 seconds each cos thats what you would have to do. Can you g'tee to get all the horses tails right,length wise by just picking up one sov looking at it for a few seconds and then picking up another.........not a cat in hells chance. You own and use a micrometer for instance in identifying sovereigns.If you do good cos you'll know what I'm on about.If you dont good also cos you'll understand the difference. OP is talking here about identifying an extreme rarity by simply sifting through sov after sov by giving them a glance one at a time. Its as SS says go to Baldwins they will have access to sovs you and I will only ever be able to dream about......ie when are you going to get access to the Royal Mints Collection or The Queens collection which you would have to do to identify a rarity such as this. MIxing up sifting through thousands of sovs and studying thousands of sovs I'm afraid there is a huge difference the gulf of work needed between these two activiyties is phenomenal.............................happy and successful collecting
  14. 1000s in a week,hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, .I used to work as a valuation philatelist for a major stamp dealer in a previous life and he said never forget it " if I hadnt spent 2 hours studying a stamp minimum I had only looked at the damn thing." Lets look at an hour/study period not 2 per sov 24 hours/day,7 days,/week =168 hours in a week or 1 hour spent studying a sov at a time means you could study 168 sovs in a week with no breaks for food,,sleep or anything else, ""studied 1000s of sovs this week".................that is damn impresssive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. Yea get it looked at by a real expert place as previous poster says...........Not to pour more water on the bonfire though there is very,very little in the literature about Proofs at this time and just my personal view but I fancy the lower picture to be a better finish sov than the top one,which I believe you label as the possible Proof. Too me its pressing is way too crude and heavy, to be a Proof coin,just look at the whole of the horse,particularly it rear end,its just really banged out for want of of better phrase with very little care and attention to detail.......For me that shows no indication of being a proof finish,I still dont think it is but I'd prefer the lower picture to be an attempt at a Proof pressing rather than the top one. Truth is I have no idea of what I'm really talking about,just giving my opinion and as said above there is definitely a difference between the two so take it to the experts and come back on here and let us know the outcome as if it is what you hope it to be it will certainly be worth many thousands of Pounds of that there is no question..........1881 quoted at £19500 .............good luck