I’ve bought some very impressive looking Silver lately, including some beautiful Proof & Reverse Proof Libertads however, @kneehow2018 tempted me with this 5oz Sterling Silver Russian gem of a coin- it exudes quality in terms of design and workmanship & a free Beast too. Thank you.
Today my first order from Eldorado coins in Germany arrived Ordered on 17th and despite the easter weekend they arrived today very happy with the service and I look forward to ordering from them again and again
5 x Noahs Ark Armenian 2019 1/2 oz coins
and from Ebay
a pre 1919 shilling and 6pence
Modern proofs should be flawless but are often not so. Sovereigns tend to have better QA than some commemorative coins anecdotally.
With NGC modern mint coins (last 5 years or so) will get 70 more often but there are lots of 69's given and perhaps 7.5% 68s. Many people force conserve before grading as even a tiny fleck or handling mark can get a 69 or below. Conserving improves the chance of a 70 but does not guarantee a 70 as many coins get sent that are at the outer part of the bell curve and should really have been returned to the mint or re-minted.
What actions can maximise the chance of a 70...?
a) buy a 70 from mostly a USA modern coin dealer - sometimes RM fo a run of 150 or so first releases coins
b) Buy a proof from RM and keep returning till its perfect - risky with a sell out coin.
c) Use a dealer like Coin Connection to double the QA of the mint and supply as far as possible a perfect coin
d) Conserve with NCS before grading yourself
e) Grade normally your regular mint coin and if it gets a 68 or 69 sell and buy another and grade that
f) Buy a 68/69 cheaply from a poor sap and resubmit it for conservation and grading. Economical due to the discount on RM price for bad graded coins.
Many 68's get cracked out and put back in the original packaging and sold on ebay. Some of those get bought by members here and re-submitted where they can get 68/69 again if unlucky.
Grading is subjective and there is no magic way to achieve the top grade. They will never give lots of MS queens beasts or 1989 1 SOV's the magic 70. Early MS Pandas almost never get 70. Lots of Perth Mint coins get 70. A 70 is ONLY good if nobody gets one remember that if everything gets a 70 the 70 is standard.
When you see a coin on the forum marked up by £500 over RM price and its a 70 - stop and think... Do they all get 70's? Would i be much better submitting my own?
Received a stack of hammered coin reproductions that wee done custom for me in 999 silver. The guy does these the old school way with dies hammered onto the blanks.
List of what’s on there:
Penny sized coins:
Baldwin Prince of Antioch
Henry II of England
Viking Hedeby “Ship” Penny
Tomb of the Holy Sepulcher Denier
Harold of Wessex
William the Conquer
Robert the Bruce
Eric Blood Axe
Louis XI Denier
Almoravid Half Dirham
Philip II Half Reale
Groat sized coins:
Knights of Rhodes
Mary Queen of Scots
Louis XI Blanc
James V Place
Edward I-III Groat
Edward VI 6 pence
Basil II Nomismata
Elizabeth I Crown
May Queen of Scots Bawbee
Philip the Good Double Mite
Philip II of Spain 2 Escudo