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sovereignsteve

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    sovereignsteve reacted to drakesterling in The Sovereign 2018 Gold Proof Coin   
    Is anyone concerned that these small changes in the design might get a bit gimmicky in the years to come?
     
    Eric
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    sovereignsteve reacted to SILVERFINGER in The Farce of UK Silver Stackers Facebook Group   
    It would of been better to close the group and start a new one from fresh, sometimes you stand in a turd and you just cant get it off your shoe no matter what you do.
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    sovereignsteve reacted to CadmiumGreen in 1825 shield   
    @gazer, I agree with @MickD, regarding “The Standard Guide to Grading British Coins: Modern Milled British Pre-Decimal Issues (1797 to 1970) Paperback – 12 Dec 2014)” is useful for helping one learn some of the aspects of British Coin grading. Indeed there is a section devoted to George IV (Wyon) Silver/Gold 1824-30. The grading pictorials are for GEF, EF, VF, F and Fair. Looking at your photos, and you can self assess, but, an EF grade is quoted as “Assessing this design in the higher grades is a question of checking for slight rubbing of the hair (which, not being protected by a laurel wreath, wears quite rapidly). The most unusual place for this to start is at the point just above the ear, which should itself also be checked, especially at the top.” Also of consideration for the grade, as others have noted would be a major ding/scratch free field. By no means am I very good at grading myself, but these references and the advice from those, as @sovereignsteve and @sg86, can be highly valued and trusted.
    I had posted an example of my 1825 George IV Gold Sovereign (AU58) I had received recently in “Today I Received” section...
    An 1825 George IV Gold Sovereign in great condition with a grade of AU58.
    
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from SILVERFINGER in Ford Escort made from silver, gold and jewels   
    should have done the mk 1 instead
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from SILVERFINGER in Ford Escort made from silver, gold and jewels   
    should have done the mk 1 instead
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    sovereignsteve reacted to JunkBond in Breaking the 30 mph Speed Limit   
    Does that make this thread "fake news".
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from Goldhooked in Ford Escort made from silver, gold and jewels   
    I can understand that but the mk 1 is very collectable these days.
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    sovereignsteve reacted to SILVERFINGER in Chemical Chart   
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from Roy in Golden wedding in 2020   
    have a word with the Royal Mint, I'm sure they'll do a special low mintage SOTD sovereign/piedfort/double or quintuple issue for the occasion, if you ask them nicely.
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from MickD in Most consumer safes are garbage and can be opened in seconds   
    i'm sure if you found a local locksmith they would almost certainly deal in and fit safes. they would move it for you and nail it to the floor as well if you wanted.
    it would cost you say £50 - 100 but for a nice secure safe for your PMs, bargain.
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from MickD in Most consumer safes are garbage and can be opened in seconds   
    i'm sure if you found a local locksmith they would almost certainly deal in and fit safes. they would move it for you and nail it to the floor as well if you wanted.
    it would cost you say £50 - 100 but for a nice secure safe for your PMs, bargain.
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from Roy in Naughty boy   
    Ah the great Randy Rhoads, that must have been recorded just before he was killed.
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    sovereignsteve reacted to sg86 in Today I Received   
    Yes the 827 on truncation instead of w.w.
    There were very few of these minted, I believe the theory is they were minted from an ingot whose number was 827. G P Dyer wrote an article on this coin, he was a Librarian at the Royal Mint, it was published in a Spinks circular in the 70/80s, I've got a copy on it's way from @CadmiumGreen who kindly sourced it for me.
    A very interesting and very rare coin indeed, very few in existence and virtually none in good grade.
     
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    "This intriguing variety first came to light in 1954 when an 827 numbered truncation with die number 22 reverse turned up in the Hatton Hoard of gold found in Derbyshire. This initial coin ended up in the British Museum Collection. This variety is termed the “second” variety of the “827” Sovereign coupled with the die number 22 reverse. These are called the second variety as it is thought that this die numbered “827” Sovereign was produced and struck from a second batch of re-melted “scissel” and scrap emanating from the Rothschild brittle ingots delivered to the Mint around November to December 1863. Of the very few specimens known the Bentley specimen is one of the finest extant"

     
    "Returning to the 827 sovereign, it is fairly well established that the 827 on the obverse truncation was associated with a specific ingot that, like the gold from which the Ansell sovereign was made, was at first thought to be unusable. Records show that refiners Rothschild’s and Brown & Wingrove conducted further processing on two 200-ounce ingots (numbered 816 and 830) for the Mint, so it is thought that the initial batch of 827 sovereigns with no die number (S.3852F) were made from a similar ingot and proved to be acceptable for circulation. The subsequent 827 sovereigns with die number 22 on the reverse (S.3853A) were evidently made from the melted scrap and “scissel” (cuttings) left over from making the initial batch. Because of this, it is probable that all of the non-die numbered 827 sovereigns were produced and the results evaluated before full rate production of die numbered sovereigns began in 1863 (S.3853). Figure E shows the 827 on truncation that distinguishes the variant."
     
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from Roy in Golden wedding in 2020   
    have a word with the Royal Mint, I'm sure they'll do a special low mintage SOTD sovereign/piedfort/double or quintuple issue for the occasion, if you ask them nicely.
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    sovereignsteve reacted to CarlosSilver in The Attraction to Silver Unboxing videos   
    I only watch them on the off chance that someone will sever a finger with the unnecessary knives they use. 
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from dicker in 1825 shield   
    I honestly don't think the photos are clear enough to judge the details properly. It's looks like a nice clean coin though.
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from BackyardBullion in Ebay returns, do I trust him?   
    +1 but if you wanted to "appear" to be helping him save the high return cost, ask him to refund first. test his sincerity
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from dicker in 1825 shield   
    I honestly don't think the photos are clear enough to judge the details properly. It's looks like a nice clean coin though.
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from BackyardBullion in Ebay returns, do I trust him?   
    +1 but if you wanted to "appear" to be helping him save the high return cost, ask him to refund first. test his sincerity
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from BackyardBullion in Ebay returns, do I trust him?   
    +1 but if you wanted to "appear" to be helping him save the high return cost, ask him to refund first. test his sincerity
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    sovereignsteve reacted to sg86 in 1841 Sovereign - Price?   
    Does seem like the jump gets exponentially larger as you go up the grades for these rare coins
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    sovereignsteve got a reaction from Goldmick in Today I Received   
    Indeed it is, so kind of you to offer to donate one to my collection🤣
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    sovereignsteve reacted to Goldfever in My Big Toe is Well and Truly Wet!   
    Postman is not long away and I get to enjoy this pair of lucky dip 50 year old Sov's, I'm a very happy chap 😊


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    sovereignsteve reacted to SILVERFINGER in Social Media Warning!!!   
    In my experience most religions acknowledge and respect each other, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and base their religion on being good and peaceful, there is only one religion out there (I dont regard cults as religions) that seems to think all others dont exist and that none believers in theirs are trash.
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    sovereignsteve reacted to Gildeon in Today I bought.....   
    Just won in an auction the 2006 Golden Silhouette Britannia proof set.