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  1. Just got my military set back by PCGS, very happy every coin got a 70 grade. This set may not be as popular as the culture set which has Kew Gardens but it is equally stunning. For both sets, I've made a showcase here (one of the coin is yet to be photographed): https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/collectors-showcase/world-coins/50-years-50p/imagegallery/3809
  2. For whoever is interested, PCGS (US at least) recently is having a grading special where the True View photos are for free with regular Reholder service - basically saves you $5 per coin. I really like their new lighting template for gold proof coins- just got the new photos for my 1989 sovereign coins and I’m impressed at the improvements vs previous almost dark proof coin photos.
  3. Finally decided to buy the 2017 Britannia 6-coin set (aka the most hated Britannia design). It certainly is growing on me though and I think it is one of the most memorable Britannia. The smallest coin is really tiny, NGC has to use a capsule to secure it in regular holders.
  4. Yes, the darker ones are earlier and lighter ones are new templates launched last month which I liked more, awesome lighting for proof coins.
  5. At long last I’ve completed the collection and successfully convinced PCGS to create a set registry to acknowledge this more and more popular collecting trend. I had a lot of fun finding each of these coins and enjoy the beauty they are. My personal favorite are all the five pound coins. My completed set with TrueView can be seen here: https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset/186655 Gallery with comments here: https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/british-gold/british-gold-specialty-sets/great-britain-elizabeth-ii-sovereign-reverse-design-set-proof-1989-2017/imagegallery/186655 This gold proof set contains 1989, 2002, 2005, 2012 and 2017 and includes the five sovereign, double sovereign, sovereign, half sovereign and from 2012 the quarter sovereign. I hope you like the set and also I hope this registry helps you locate the coins in PCGS census! Here’s a quick description from the Royal Mint:
  6. Last I checked APMEX is selling these even at $2800
  7. *tada*

    Coin Armour

    I use these for long term storage. They are pretty air right and inert. But again even the air in the slab may cause silver coins to tone. These slow down the process.
  8. Techincally the 2009 UHR Double Eagles are not proof coins. PCGS and NGC uses MS designation. However there are a small percentage of proof like surface found, they are really sensational and commands a higher premium - I have one of mine here from TrueView
  9. really? how much? I thought around $1900 is the lowest apparently I'm wrong
  10. A lot better than APMEX
  11. Gotcha - do you know the gold version? I saw it at $1920 earlier and soon it becomes $2520
  12. any idea how much $ it start with? I've only seen 2 hikes...
  13. The 100-mintage gold proof restrike is released today. Again using typical monopoly pricing algo, price started at $1900 this morning and now running close to $2700 in dripping increments of $100 😅. https://www.apmex.com/product/186029/2019-china-1-oz-gold-dragon-dollar-restrike-pu LPM (who collaborated on this exclusive issue with APMEX?) will be selling shortly and it will be interesting to see how much they're charging: https://www.lpm.hk/2019-1-oz-china-kiangnan-dragon-dollar-restrike-999-gold-premium-uncirculated.html
  14. As some of you may know, last year due to the ruling of South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., et al, a US state can now require online retailers beyond its borders to collect the state’s sales-tax revenue from the state’s consumers. Coin Auction houses follow through and now major players (Heritage, Legend, and Stacks) all charge sales tax on the items sold with destinations to most US states. eBay as I heard is rolling out these rules in 2019. Some groups are fighting these new rules but I doubt they will success. The burden is definitely felt in the online numismatics market, while the rules are still confusing for many. US Dealers (defined as $100,000 in-state transaction or more than 200 transactions) are now required to collect different state taxes from their customers (which is a logistics nightmare). Now, someone in NYC needs to pay 8.8% sales tax if he buys anything from a dealer online in US. From the broader perspective, this ruling clearly disadvantages US buyers/sellers in especially high value US auction biddings/offerings, but will likely booster international transactions that are not subject to these new rules. It's definitely interesting to see the eventual consequences, if any. I was told by a well-known dealer in US that people who love coins just pay up but...
  15. Now I need to check this out! Thanks for the fun! 😆
  16. Do you have the link to that finding? thanks
  17. Both have the same mintage 750 and are exactly the same coin. PCGS and NGC do differentiate them. For example: PCGS no. for the 2017 Sapphire Jubilee Struck on the Day (2/6/2017) is 623461 PCGS no. for the 2017 Platinum Wedding Struck on the Day (11/20/2017) is 688733 However, unless it comes in sealed original mint packaging, PCGS/NGC will not certify any more Sapphire Jubilee SotDs.
  18. It strikes me today that the Royal Mint hasn't really produced many reverse proof coins, like ever? If you know any please kindly post in the reply. Now imagine a special year (2022 come into mind) sovereign gold reverse proof...hum
  19. Congrats - I think they will do very well in the future given the 1st year status.
  20. Just received my 1905-A Lübeck 10 Mark Gold Proof in PCGS PR67 DCAM. Mintage of 247. Rare and stunning in this quality.
  21. Hi @Numistacker do you send PCGS the inserts when your customers cross to NGC? Is there someone there managing this process?
  22. These labels are so familiar that it took me a while to register the horror, ouch.
  23. Preorder link? Make it limited at 5 sets and we have a new modern key bum date!
  24. If a coin is graded 69 you can generally tell why. However there are rare cases when 69 should be graded higher at 70, and also the "crack out - resubmit" game by many people to try to upgrade the coin is prevalent. This is called "gradflation" and motivates PCGS to fingerprint each coin they have already graded. A coin graded at 69 without visible flaws can offer attractive value. If a coin is graded 70 no flaws should be visible to naked eye without 5x magnifier and even at zoom you can almost always argue why the minute imperfection doesn't matter for grade. If a coin is graded 70 and you find a significant issue (say actual hairline scratch instead of planchet error), then it's graded wrong and PCGS/NGC should compensate you for the difference. I have filed two claims with success with PCGS, but failed one claim vs NGC and opt to return the coin instead. A 70, a technical grade, can have non-intrusive carbon/red/milk spots as well as slight rim issue or planchet issue that are not from post production. That's why one should buy the coin and not the holder. Looking forward to @Sal's blind test.
  25. I think for Great Britain coins and Mexican coins this forum is perhaps the best and fastest in distribution information and facilitating knowledge sharing. The topic is vast and if you narrow down a bit of your interest, I can def point to resources. For example, Don Bailey's Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money Vol I and II (III is incoming hopefully), which I like as reference books.