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Caratacus

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    Caratacus reacted to Nick1368 in Today I Received.....   
    King Tut 5oz silver round.
    Nice chunky piece of of silver, love the design, it’s so beautiful and it does feel like it just came out of the wall of an Egyptian tomb.
    thanks @MrScottsdale
     

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    Caratacus reacted to ilovesilverireallydo in 20 Francs Advice Please   
    Couple of nice additions today. I know the 20marks aren’t LMU but it’s a nice coin  
    the Albert french text was a steal at 2% over spot. 




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    Caratacus reacted to DarkChameleon in Gold Monitoring Thread £ GBP only   
    If a billionaire is buying 10% of their portfolio in gold they are a fool...they should spread out 10% amongst a few commodities, not just one, that's madness.
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    Caratacus got a reaction from AgCoyote in Gold / silver money standard, will it ever happen?   
    You seem to have forgotten the Spanish, Belgiums, Italians , Zulu's, Ghanians, Arabs, Mughals, Japanese, Egyptians, Turks, Scots, Swedes, Irish, Indians, Aztecs ; Barbarys etc ..... I cannot think of a single existing nation  that has never tried to exploit others in some way or the other ... including their own citizens.   Many of these defined their morality by laws which in retrospect we may disagree with but lets be a little more factual....   Money (PM or not ) is about the ability to trade with others;   Some religious groups tried to eliminate personal wealth but  learnt there is always a bad penny which tries to exploit others.  Some religious sectors have tried to avoid  "usury" ....but profit in other ways!!
    That aside; there appears to be something wrong with our banking economy (and  our  "new ethics") and a return to gold/silver based systems may rebalance a system that has accelerated out of control - the only problem is that the super rich have an "extra special head start "on everyone else again!!! Which will penalise the majority again and continue to question the morality of the law makers and bankers
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    Caratacus reacted to savoyard in Gold / silver money standard, will it ever happen?   
    If that is the case, why have central banks been hoarding gold for the last 10 years?
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    Caratacus reacted to Paul in Gold Monitoring Thread £ GBP only   
    Dont forget the big threat of Russian bear, just look how they place their country, so close to our USA military bases ! 

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    Caratacus got a reaction from goldmember44 in Gold Monitoring Thread £ GBP only   
    The US was blatantly obvious in WW2 that they were going to stuff Britains global dominance
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    Caratacus reacted to augur in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    Usually the simpler struck copies lack detail and sharpness. Mind that large on the screen this is much more noticeable than in hand. What made me suspicious here was the date: usually the legend is centripetal while on this item the 8s are just offset to match the distance to the rim; also the beads between MARK and * just don't seem right and lastly a coin with wear shouldn't ha a ledge on the rim as visible on the left side:

    vs.

    Comparing side by side the font seems wrong etc.
    A good reference image is a good starting point if the coin looks suspicious but passes weight and dimension tests. 
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    Caratacus got a reaction from Serendipity in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    I would not know where to start on this one, as I have no experience of handling a 20mark. The one thing I would question is the demarcation of detail in what looks like a little worn coin. Also the flat fields look quite scratchy which you might get in a pocketed coin but not in a less worn coin! 
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    Caratacus reacted to augur in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    How about a less familiar coin?


    I got this from a UK bullion dealer who after providing some reference images from the real deal took it back and refunded me the return postage. (There is a reference image in "today I received...")
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    Caratacus reacted to augur in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    Yes, it's not a mushy photograph, the entire coin lacks detail. St. George's arm, hand, torso, horse, dragon. Writing and legend are always good to check. 
    The obverse is more tricky by the e.g. the beads of the necklace are not defined.
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    Caratacus got a reaction from augur in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    To me the dragon looks knaff; the "9" &  B.P look poorly defined;  St Georges left foot is missing; I think the Queens nose/eye  and perhaps ear area looks wrong; as does the "T"
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    Caratacus got a reaction from Serendipity in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    Thank you Augur. Great response. Thank you again.   My fault though I was thinking of your average UK Sovereign- all though of course weight/dimensions are equally important.  BYB's Saudi Guinea had an obvious clue in the "22" but I don't think the UK jewellers 9ct  sovereign look a likes are marked??  Sorry if unclear
    The reason I mention this is partly due to something I read recently about the silver "1780 "Maria Theresa Thalers (MTT's)  which were apparently produced by the Americans/ Italians/French and British sometimes underlicence and sometimes to pay foreign nationals during the war; and there seems to be a fine line sometimes between forgeries; forgeries using precious metals; jewellery forgeries and the real thing!!!  (Not ignoring the Chinese industrial scale factory fakes )
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    Caratacus got a reaction from augur in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    Thank you Augur. Great response. Thank you again.   My fault though I was thinking of your average UK Sovereign- all though of course weight/dimensions are equally important.  BYB's Saudi Guinea had an obvious clue in the "22" but I don't think the UK jewellers 9ct  sovereign look a likes are marked??  Sorry if unclear
    The reason I mention this is partly due to something I read recently about the silver "1780 "Maria Theresa Thalers (MTT's)  which were apparently produced by the Americans/ Italians/French and British sometimes underlicence and sometimes to pay foreign nationals during the war; and there seems to be a fine line sometimes between forgeries; forgeries using precious metals; jewellery forgeries and the real thing!!!  (Not ignoring the Chinese industrial scale factory fakes )
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    Caratacus reacted to augur in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    They certainly use the stock image of an authentic guinea but this does not guarantee that you will not receive a jeweller's copy...
    For 10% more you can get a PCGS top grade one from Marc
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    Caratacus reacted to augur in I was sold a FAKE GOLD COIN and this is what happened.....   
    The one think you can and should always do is check weight and dimension like BYB did. This avoids receiving low gold content reproductions. 
    The second thing is to check for jeweller marks: this coin, the one on Atkinson's website as the one on Chards are "clearly" marked as 22ct copies. It is understandable however that this gets a bit lost to the western eye while on the target markets the roman letters will stick out.
     

    image from Atkinson website with "M22M"  mark (reverse 7 is Arabic 2) above the  right palm on reverse, cast copy

    image from Chard website with jeweller marks above left and right palm on reverse, struck copy; notably the palm trees are made up of separate dots and the mint/mintmaster mark right and left of the 1 are lacking any detail

    image from numista website using a PCGS graded (and hereby authenticated) AH1370 / 1950 Saudi Arabian Guniyah which was sold at Heritage Auctions as a reference; notice the amount of detail in the palm trees and mint/mintmaster marks
     
    So the second thing to do is check the coin against a reference image; for sovereigns that could be taxfreegold aka Chard's but for more exotic coins this could be numista and Heritage Auctions or the PCGS population report which always contains 3 images of the top graded coins of each entry. 
     
    Finally with a loupe you should check if numbers and letters are sharply struck and details of the design elements are fully present. Usually the rim has some tell tale signs that something is not quite right. The fields should be completely flat and lustre present, at least in the protected areas.
    However: this only applies to jeweller copies and there are small mints in China churning out high quality copies struck from (transfer) dies that are extremely hard to detect. Any coin with a high premium attached could be such a high grade copy.
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    Caratacus got a reaction from ilovesilverireallydo in Today I Received.....   
    Following the realease of the Gruffalo - I guess that's  the Royal mints "Brian from the Magic Roundabout" and "Dumbo"?
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    Caratacus got a reaction from argentmajor in Today I Received.....   
    Are you sure its not the real thing? I wouldn't sleep in the same room just in case!
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    Caratacus reacted to augur in 20 Francs Advice Please   
    Early 20 Bolivares date run

    1879-80 Monnaie de Bruxelles, 1886-88 Casa de Moneda Caracas 
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    Caratacus got a reaction from StackSellRepeat in Today I Received.....   
    Are you sure its not the real thing? I wouldn't sleep in the same room just in case!
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    Caratacus got a reaction from AndrewSL76 in Today I Received.....   
    Are you sure its not the real thing? I wouldn't sleep in the same room just in case!
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    Caratacus got a reaction from jonrms in Today I Received.....   
    Are you sure its not the real thing? I wouldn't sleep in the same room just in case!
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    Caratacus reacted to augur in 20 Francs Advice Please   
    Just received, another addition to the UML overstrikes: 1888/6 Venezuela 20 Bolivares.
    Not particularly clean but the overstrike is more visible than anywhere else I've seen:
     

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    Caratacus reacted to Goldflinger in Sovereigns from Harrington & Byrne.   
    I've made fun of them a lot here but have to agree with all of that. Their service is excellent (with these bargain sovereigns) but with the big exception of the mail deluge of wildly overpriced stuff.
    I even capsuled the first bullion sovereigns I ever bought from HGM (overkill I know) but only because they looked like poor relations in their flips compared to the nicely capsuled H&B ones.