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    *tada* reacted to Fivepoundfred in Is There No Room Left For Non Graded Coins   
    Some coins certainly do look better in their original box /case but as already mentioned storage, viewing and reduced damage risk are the benefits of of graded coins. The main problem associated with buying graded coins are the excessive premiums some sellers are loading on to 70 grade coins which of course is another reason for some people to grade.
    Personally i look at my coins with the naked eye and not with  5 x magnification and i can't tell the difference between most 69's and 70's, sometimes you can't see the difference with magnification so for me a 69 grade coin is perfect enough. Of course it is pleasing to get a 70 when grading coins from raw for your collection but then you are not paying the OTT premiums.
     
     
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    *tada* reacted to westminstrel in Yale of Beaufort   
    I debated stopping after seeing the schmansy Bull and made up my mind after seeing the out-of-place Falcon. 
    No point in sinking more money into a series that’s going from bad to worse. 
    The Yale is okay.  The horns are angled awkwardly (they can’t possibly be symmetric given the angle of the head... but whatever; the Falcon design showed us that these things don’t really matter).  The speckles AND the chain maille make the coin look very messy and if it’s hard to see the design of the beast zoomed in on a screen, I can only imagine a 1/4 Oz.  The proof will look much better I think. 
    But I’d much rather pick some nice classic Sovereigns 😎
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    *tada* got a reaction from Spanishsilver in Today I Received.....   
    Finally got this! SOOO hard to find one as mintage is only 100...
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    *tada* reacted to CadmiumGreen in 2019 matt finish sovereign   
    Understandably getting overwhelmed with all of the Sovereign varieties lately...and seemingly nothing special from a historical perspective to drive these varieties for 2019, other than the proof and BU versions.
    However, got to hand it to The Royal Mint in coming up with a little uniqueness of a bygone era with the Matt coinage. The last year of a more common, still scarce, Matt Proof was 1902. Yes, I know, the 2019 are Matt BU, but still. All other years of Matt Proof Sovs are extremely rare, all the way to the last minted year for a Matt Proof in 1965. 
    Also true, the 20,000 “limited presentation” mintage is a little off putting, but still, I think it is an attractive variety not seen in post-decimalization. 
    And besides...maybe now I can finally take a decent photo of a Gold Sovereign without having to get frustrated over the lighting!😃
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    *tada* reacted to Zhorro in 2019 matt finish sovereign   
    Today the mantra of the kids in marketing seems to be “varieties” – and this seems to be the case in many walks of life (in the philatelic world more and more stamps are being issued but less and less stamps are actually being used on a daily basis).  In the area of collectables the marketing assumption seems to be that collectors will want examples of everything so that their collections are “complete”.  It would seem that the short term generation of revenues appears to be being put before the long term development of the market. 
    I do fear that the people developing this strategy of “varieties” have little understanding of the nature of the products (i.e. they are not collectors themselves) and even less understanding of the people that are buying them.
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    *tada* reacted to Zhorro in 2019 matt finish sovereign   
    Just be selective.  You do not have to buy everything.  No one will ever have a complete collection of sovereigns, and once you are relaxed about this, then collecting can be fun again.
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    *tada* reacted to Numistacker in 2019 matt finish sovereign   
    I am negotiating for a special "Numistacker" privy for the Matt 2020 release with a limited run signed by me and graded MS70 BUM (Brilliant Uncirculated Matt) anyone up for a BUM?
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    *tada* reacted to Kookaburracollector in Libertad Gold Reverse Proof 2018 are ahead...   
    ❤️ON VALENTINES DAY..❤️
    Allow me to present...my ‘Heart of Gold’ Reverse Proof Libertad.!! 

     

    Surprisingly, my initial reaction to receiving this coin was not ‘love at first sight’. 💕😍💕😩
    On opening the long awaited parcel, the feeling of expectation almost immediately disappeared into one of disbelief 😮. We all, I am sure,
    hope for perfection in the coins we buy, in anticipation of a perfect 70 grade being obtained, this clearly was not going to happen on this occasion.
    As you can see, there is a mark at the bottom of the coin, just underneath the base of Victoria...dreams shattered!😂
    Two things then occurred which lifted my spirits....
    Firstly, I immediately contacted Soeren @muenzdachs and attached a photograph of the coin, and the wheels were set in motion to replace it. 
    However, it soon became apparent that there is only one company (for a private individual not dealer) in the UK that would provide shipping with full insurance, to return the Libertad to Germany, and that would cost me over £110 ($143).Ouch!
    Faced with this, plus return shipping costs, myself and Soeren agreed a different form of compensation, and I would keep the coin.
    Can I just say here, that Soeren, over the days that preceded this outcome, was absolutely fantastic at trying to resolve this amicably. Correspondence between us was swift, polite and at all times professional (even with him being at the Berlin Coin Fair for 3 days).
    As a result of his Fab-U-Las customer service, I bought, and have now received today, a beautiful 1/2 oz Reverse Proof Libertad, carefully selected by Soeren, and at a price I simply could not refuse!😃

    I did say two things lifted my spirits....
    Secondly, I took some photographs of the 1oz coin and noticed something completely unexpected.... The imperfection seems to take the appearance of a heart❤️

    Now, clearly the Moneda de Mexico do not use a heart shaped privy mark, so the question is ...how did this heart shape get onto rim of the coin? It was definitely during the production process, as the coin has not been out of its capsule....
    So, at the end of the day, I know my 1oz coin will not get a 70 grade, but I can at least console myself in the knowledge, that I probably own the only Reverse Proof Libertad with a 💕‘Heart of Gold’!💕
    Discussion welcomed..and happy Valentine’s Day to you all.❤️.
     
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    *tada* reacted to Goldmick in Today I Received.....   
    Big thanks to @Numistacker been waiting for these baby.s to come home. Happy with my grades. 



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    *tada* reacted to Kookaburracollector in Today I Received.....   
    A 2018 Perth Mint Kookaburra Panda Privy 1oz Silver.
    Must be a tough job at the mint deciding what Privy to knock out each year..I can hear them now....’let’s do a Panda Privy’!
    By my reconning, this is Panda Privy No 5 ..talk about milking it! (1995,1996,1997,2017 & this one) but this mug keeps buying ‘em and keeps loving them😃.

    See kookaburra photo thread to see how the privy marks have changed,
     
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    *tada* reacted to Zhorro in Today I Received.....   
    A couple of items have arrived from Drake Sterling in Australia (pictures used with permission).
    1)      A 1916 S (Sydney) half sovereign, MS65
    2)      A 2014 I (India) full sovereign, MS68


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    *tada* reacted to ZatStackz in Today I Received.....   
    Finally got my 1/2 oz Reverse Proof Libertad in.

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    *tada* got a reaction from Kookaburracollector in Libertad Gold Reverse Proof 2018 are ahead...   
    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.
     
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    *tada* reacted to Kookaburracollector in Libertad Gold Reverse Proof 2018 are ahead...   
    @*tada* hi, Very interesting reading above..especially regarding your reference to planchet error. The coin I will be looking at later may well have an interesting  planchet error on its rim, and I was wondering how this might affect its grading...give me a couple of hours and I will try get the article finished / photos finished etc so we can review and discuss later..
    regards..
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    *tada* got a reaction from Kookaburracollector in Libertad Gold Reverse Proof 2018 are ahead...   
    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.
     
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    *tada* reacted to Sal in Libertad Gold Reverse Proof 2018 are ahead...   
    IMO to the naked eye you would be hard pressed to see the difference between a PF69 and a PF70. What you will see is a price dicrepacy between the two grades. Maybe I will post a 69 and a 70 side by side and see if anyone with any certainty can tell the difference. 
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    *tada* reacted to barney in 50 years of 50p sets   
    Might be of interest to some
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    *tada* got a reaction from Tn21 in What portion of savings should be in PM   
    I assume we're talking about investment across bullion and coins with numismatic values.
    I would say typically 5-10% on bullion. Higher allocation towards cash (especially if you're in US where short term rate is high) and numismatic items.
    - Coins of numismatic values in general are cheap relatively speaking at this time. I think it's a good entry point over the long run, especially for world coins.
    - Gold and silver are not very expensive, considering how many bubbles out there and how much debt this entire world has.
     
    My framework of thinking when to do what:
    Negative growth surprise + High inflation shock (i.e. stagflation) => Stackers win big, stocks lose big
    Negative growth surprise + Low inflation shock => Difficult for PM.
    Positive growth surprise + High inflation shock => Just buy stocks, and a bit PM
    Positive growth surprise + Low inflation shock => Just buy stocks, and a bit PM
     
    Hope it helps!
     
     
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    *tada* reacted to SilverSkoobz in Libertad Gold Reverse Proof 2018 are ahead...   
    Im learning more and more about the relationship between the online dealers and PCGS / NGC.  They should at very least have to disclose the coin was previously sent in for grading.  At least we know upfront. 
    That said I still think its a winner coin and am probably going to get one.  It will be the first major coin I purchase in gold and the first submission I send for grading.  No idea what to expect.  
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    *tada* reacted to Oldun in Original & Modern Sovereign Alloys   
    Sovs used to have silver in them rather than the current copper.....either way, the real world intention was to make them more durable in everyday use and I would be horrified if they went to 24K....it would signal the end of a common sense solution type of thinking to British ways.
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    *tada* reacted to KevinFlynn in Original & Modern Sovereign Alloys   
    To my mind comes this very helpful diagram of gold silver copper alloys

    from the corresponding Wikipedia page.
    As for the other topic, I think the Sovereign would lose part of it's appeal if 24k. It would take away a part of the authenticity of the coin, which has a very long tradition.
    But I admit I am a bullion only guy, and I like to handle my trade coins.
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    *tada* reacted to shortstack68 in 50 years of 50p sets   
    The thing is, it was the circulation Kew that was the rarity and not the proof. People are buying for the Kew alone in my opinion. I’m sometimes scratch my head at the hype 
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    *tada* reacted to Sadbuttrue2 in 50 years of 50p sets   
    Yes! There will be a second part.
    This is all the designs!  The highlighted ones are in second part:) b,  d ,  e ,  h ,  I
    DESIGNS OF THE COINS

    4. The design of the said fifty pence gold, silver and cupro-nickel coins shall be either:

    ‘For the obverse impression either:

    (a) Our effigy with the inscription “∙ ELIZABETH II ∙ DEI ∙ GRA ∙ REG ∙ FID ∙ DEF ∙ 2019”; or

    (b) Our effigy with the inscription “∙ ELIZABETH II ∙ D ∙ G ∙ REG ∙ F ∙ D ∙ 50 PENCE ∙ 2019”,

    and for the reverse either:

    (a) the figure of Britannia, seated beside a lion, with a shield resting against her right side, holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand; and the figure “50” together with the words “NEW PENCE”; or

    (b) a design representing the D-Day landings of the Allied invasion force heading for Normandy and filling the sea and sky, with the inscription “50 PENCE”; or 
    (c) the legs of a running athlete with a stylized stopwatch in the background and, with the inscription “50 PENCE”; or

    (d) a depiction of the obverse and reverse of a Victoria Cross with the date “29. JAN 1856” in the centre of the reverse of the Cross, with the inscription “VC” “FIFTY PENCE
    (e) a depiction of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade with an outline of the Victoria Cross surrounded by a sunburst effect in the background with the inscription “FIFTY PENCE” ; or

    (f) a fleur-de-lis superimposed over a globe and accompanied by the inscription “BE PREPARED” and the dates “∙ 1907 ∙” and “∙ 2007 ∙”, and the denomination “FIFTY PENCE”; or

    (g) a design showing the pagoda, a building strongly associated with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, encircled by a vine and accompanied by the dates “1759” and “2009”, with the word “KEW” at the base of the pagoda; or

    (h) a design showing the scene from the Bayeux tapestry depicting King Harold with an arrow in his eye accompanied by the inscription “BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066” and the date “2016”
    (i) a design showing airmen running to their planes with enemy aircraft overhead accompanied by the inscription “THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940”; or

    (j) a design which depicts a repeating pattern of the current identity of Girlguiding UK, accompanied by the inscription “CELEBRATING ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF GIRLGUIDING UK” and the denomination “50 PENCE”.

    The coins shall have a plain edge.’

    5. This Proclamation shall come into force on the eighth day of November Two thousand and eighteen.

    Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace this seventh day of November in the year of Our Lord Two thousand and eighteen and in the sixty-seventh year of Our Reign.

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    *tada* reacted to Oldun in 50 years of 50p sets   
    Yes, I got an eemail from them today saying I still had one in my cart at £285 and for a laugh I went to check out.....the price then read over £500. Needless to say, I politely declined their fabulous offer.
    Also got an email from the RM with the usual guff about their system...blah blah blah and they would let me know at the end of the week....not holding my breath.....and hopefully failed so I can spend on more sovs to be honest.
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    *tada* got a reaction from JBstacker3181 in Today I Received.....   
    Here's a very cool 1kg silver medal, one of my favorite, the 1980 golden monkey stamp is very well loved in China.