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  1. Thank you! I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to knowing where bullion dealers get their coins from.
  2. Does anyone who has bought coins from Atkinsons online have any explanation why a few coins, especially foreign ones, are marked as being “Dispatched within five working days”? Why the specific 5-day delay for these particular coins when they are evidently in stock?
  3. I’m not American, but have a good idea of the “blackout” coins that @DarkStacker is referring to. They are black ruthenium-plated coins which have been highlighted in 24k gold such as ASEs and Kennedy half-dollars. The US Mint produces these legal tender coins, of course, but a private Mint, the Merrick Mint, which specialises in colorising coins plates them. The Merrick Mint is not affiliated with the US Mint or any government agency and these coins are best avoided. I was initially attracted to these coins before discovering they are not sold ruthenium like solid platinum coins.
  4. Coinoscope is a visual search engine for coins. Coinoscope makes coin recognition easy - just snap a picture of a coin with your phone camera and the app will show you a list of similar coins. https://coinoscope.com/
  5. It is very important to point out before I begin that I have no interest whatsoever in buying or selling fake, counterfeit or replica coins. I’m only interested in genuine coins. Replica coins in the US are not allowed by federal laws to be sold whether or not they are "marked." Correct me if I’m wrong, but here in the UK dealers can legally sell replicas if they are labelled as a “reproduction,” “replica,” or “copy.” How many people agree with me that the sale of replica coins should also be legally banned in the UK?
  6. If you do a search for “Tonkinese” you’ll find that one of the pieces I sold today at HGM was a 1/5oz Isle of Man cat coin. I was staggered by the American interest in a quintessentially British coin. I didn’t know any better and was showcasing the coin rather than selling. I’m in the habit of flipping fractionals in order to buy better quality fractionals or 1oz gold coins.
  7. Thanks @sovereignsteve! This does explain why the PMs I regularly sell to HGM rarely appear on their website. I was always puzzled by that, but now realise they are in good enough condition to either sell direct to collectors or auction off. Thanks for clarifying that point.
  8. Thank you very much for your prompt response! Yes, you are indeed absolutely correct that it is a replica Saudi guinea which you advertised on your old website. It is an honest mistake which any reputable dealer can make when handling unfamiliar world coins.
  9. Yes, the 1950 Gold Saudi Arabia Guinea as sold by @ChardsCoinandBullionDealer is a transfer-die counterfeit as mentioned on the NGC website.
  10. I don’t doubt your expertise in detecting fake sovereigns, but are you aware the 1950 Gold Saudi Arabia Guineas that you have for sale are actually counterfeit Saudi guineas: https://www.chards.co.uk/1950-saudi-arabia-gold-one-guinea/1761 Counterfeit Saudi Arabia AH1370 (1950) Guinea: https://www.ngccoin.com/resources/counterfeit-detection/top/world/6/ Genuine Saudi Arabia AH1370 (1950) Guinea as sold by BullionByPost: https://www.bullionbypost.co.uk/world-coins/saudi-arabian-coins/saudi-guinea-pound/ Counterfeit Saudi Arabia AH1370 (1950) Guinea as sold by ATS Bullion: https://www.atsbullion.com/search/?keyword=Saudi&search=Submit The Saudi gold guinea is one of the top 25 most commonly counterfeited world coins.
  11. Counterfeit Saudi Arabia AH1370 (1950) Guinea: https://www.ngccoin.com/resources/counterfeit-detection/top/world/6/ Genuine Saudi Arabia AH1370 (1950) Guinea: https://goldiraguide.org/saudi-arabia-gold-one-guinea-coins/
  12. Are you a time traveller? Your timing is remarkable! Amazingly, Allectus who features on the £500K gold Roman coin was the finance minister for the emperor Carausius who features on the £10K silver Roman coin. Carausius controlled both Britain and Gaul, which is now France and neighbouring countries such as Belgium and Luxembourg. Allectus assassinated Carausius and assumed command himself!
  13. A metal detectorist, 62, has been left stunned after he discovered a silver Roman coin he unearthed 30 years ago was the only one like it in the world and worth £10,000. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7123979/Metal-detectorist-Tom-Thomas-62-discovers-silver-Roman-coin-worth-10-000.html
  14. All the major bullion dealers - Atkinsons, Chards and ATS Bullion - have poor jewellers’ copies of the Saudi gold guinea on their websites with the exception of BullionByPost. They are not doing anything duplicitous in my opinion. They are simply ill-informed about Saudi guineas. That leaves me with BullionByPost who have photos of an authentic Saudi gold guinea on their website. However, as @augur points out a stock image of a genuine guinea is no guarantee that I won’t receive a jeweller’s copy.
  15. BullionByPost seems to have an authentic Saudi gold guinea and what a beauty! I feel awfully tempted to buy it!