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    Gildeon reacted to h103efa in Today I Received.....   
    Been a bit excited for the last few weeks, but today I finally received this 30 g golden beauty! Hugest of thanks to @Marc
    Long story short, i'm a bit of a fan of The Phoenix (sentimental place from my uni+ days), hence my collecting of most things Phoenix such as the dragon and phoenix coins here! https://thesilverforum.com/topic/11158-today-i-received/?do=findComment&comment=247324
    During my many discussions with @Marc i told him about my affinity for Phoenix coins and he showed me one he had. From that moment i wanted it. Just loved the super design with the Phoenix and obviously the gold! I've got to learn more about the history behind it too. I think he was very reluctant to let it go, but i'm chuffed he did!
    Here its is, A 30 g (¥100,000) gold proof (PF70) coin commemorating The Enthronement of Emperor Akihito (Heisei). This emperor recently abdicated, the first time an emperor has done so in over 200 years. They are not rare coins, about 100,000 of them in proof, but they are very scarce outside of Japan. Now that the emperor has abdicated they probably hold a bit more historical significance! There's quite a story about the Japanese 20 g gold coin from this era, but maybe @Marc can tell that story in another post!

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    Gildeon reacted to BeeCee in Queen's Beasts (Gold & Silver) Photo Thread   
    Managed to get an up to date set of the silver proofs. The bullion are pretty, but these are really stunning! 

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    Gildeon reacted to silversurf in Today I Received.....   
    Continuing my 2005 theme, the latest addition. My first gold 50p and even better in the hand.
    Always on the lookout for world gold dated 2005.

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    Gildeon reacted to Ozzyguy in World coins & medals   
    Now NGC graded

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    Gildeon reacted to ZatStackz in Today I Received.....   
    Received the new Destiny round "Mors Draco" proof and antiqued (the two on the right).
    I was going for the complete set in antiqued, but picked up some proofs along the way.  Still deciding if I want to call it here or pickup the blacksmith and whatever comes next.

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    Gildeon reacted to Nortypeter in Queen Elizabeth Silver proof Collection   
    arrived today.totally satisfied.
    peter Norty
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    Gildeon reacted to Frenchie in Today I Received.....   
    I am really fond of South-East Asia culture and architecture. This year the Tiffany Art Serie has highligted Angkor Wat and the Khmer style. I didn't  know this serie before and I decided to order this release. This is a real shock as I have never seen such a beautiful coin, way way way above everything I have seen. Thanks to the the "Smartminting" technologie, we are able to get this incredible level of details and reliefs.
    I have tried my best to highlight the coin and the details, but it was really chalenging as it was not with a macro lens ;  I had to shoot in low light to get what I wanted. With this low light, I need a large aperture (that softened the details, and narrowed  the depth of field), and higher iso to get a decent speed but creates noise...
    I have managed to get some macros with my phone and a special macro lens, the pictures are not good, but you can see the incredible level of details, all in a 5 cm diameter. 
    I am hooked by this piece of art and I am pleased to share it with you. I will definitely not flip it ! Grab it at the "low price" while you can if you are interested ...it really worths it
    Ok, this is not a forum about photography technics so enjoy ☺️  

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    Gildeon reacted to shawy2510 in Today I Received.....   
    Mr Fedex has just delivered this from Greece. Thanks SvCollector

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    Gildeon reacted to HighlandTiger in GOLD BULLION & GOLD REFINERY WANTED   
    As a non-premium member I have come late to this party, I mean thread.
    So 1 tonne of gold is being looked for per month? At today's prices, the "client" is wishing to buy £33.5 million of gold per month. That's £402 million per year. (I'll ignore security and storage fees for the moment) So an astute billionaire, who has surrounded him or herself, (for only a billionaire could afford this), with business advisers from all around the world, has decided to pick for a multi billion project, a web designer from wales, who has a poorly constructed "millionaires website, which is trying to attract millionaires to use their "services" and who works out of a terrace house (putting "November House" at the start of your address may look as though the address is more impressive, but google street maps, just shows that you've renamed your bedroom),  that appears to have numerous "companies" operating from the same address. Companies such as "The Gold and Silver Company"     
    Also noting that the Millionaires website does not state the company or broker who owns the site. No company registration number, no VAT number. And the Gold and Silver Company is not registered at company house. 
    Anything else I've missed...................... ? Did Walter Mitty walk by?
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    Gildeon reacted to Pete in Colorized or Non-Colorized Coins?   
    I have a few Perth Mint colourised coins and I love the Dragon set, some of which are now seeing pretty high premiums and hard to collect.

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    Gildeon reacted to Darren9330 in Today I bought.....   
    Bit of an impulse purchase yesterday, a 2006 Brittania Silhouette Collection. 
    Note to self, mustn't keep buying shiny items!! 

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    Gildeon got a reaction from richatthecroft in Today I bought.....   
    Got this bar in a Dublin fair, my first Engelhard, for bullion price. Not sure if it has any collecting value. 🙄

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    Gildeon reacted to silenceissilver in Today I Received.....   
    Today I received my Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier Pro.
    Now let's see if I actually have any gold or silver.

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    Gildeon reacted to Nortypeter in Queen Elizabeth Silver proof Collection   
    Pm.d,and payment made
    little pressie for my mother in law.looking forward to her gleaming face 🙂
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    Gildeon got a reaction from sovereignsteve in Big case for 100 slabs   
    Haha true, especially if we speak about gold coins. But still it's a unique item and for sure fits some people's needs, or else they wouldn't produce it.
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    Gildeon reacted to rob6 in Today I Received.....   
    Arrived today.
    1st ever coin sent for grading, and what a result!   
    Thanks  Numi
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    Gildeon reacted to JosephM in GOLD BULLION & GOLD REFINERY WANTED   
    Hi he can buy from me if he likes and ill hold onto the metal for him. Get in touch.
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    Gildeon reacted to HighlandTiger in Trump   
    You could change the names around and still get the same amount of likes.
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    Gildeon reacted to ilovesilverireallydo in Today I Received.....   
    Picked up two amazing fractionals today. 
    1/10 penny black( yep is a black colour gold coin) mintage 2015 (needs a bit of a clean) 
    1/10 2009 Isle of Man Angel Proof Piedfort. Interestingly it’s NOT a 1/10 but 1/5 being twice the weight and thickness  of a 1/10.
    The mint decided to retain the 1/10 denomination, which is really odd lol. Mintage circa 499

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    Gildeon reacted to HighlandTiger in Today I Received.....   
    And so it begins......
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    Gildeon reacted to augur in NGC Grading Submissions Open   
    Couldn't be happier: 350 minted, 3 graded and only one PF70...
    This will sit well amongst the other Kiwis!