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  1. I think these are absolutely fantastic!
  2. I think it’s damn fantastic! There’s absolutely no reason in my honest opinion why the concept of stacking/collecting precious metals shouldn’t be extended from coins and bars to figurines.
  3. I’ve successfully used the bicarb aluminium method on my gold bullion coins which developed red spots. However, I would strongly dissuade others from using the method on numismatic or collector coins because collectors expect old gold and silver coins to have red blemishes and tarnish.
  4. Welcome 🖖🏻 Whoops! Apologies! So many new members are joining the forum that I hadn’t realised that I had posted my welcome twice! We’ll soon have 8,000 members!
  5. One of the commonest mistakes first-time and even experienced stackers/collectors make is to think that it is better to stack/collect 24 rather than 22 carat gold coins. However, if you are buying gold coins you are buying the actual gold weight of the coin. For example a 1oz gold coin, regardless of whether it is 22 or 24 carat, will both contain one troy ounce of gold. This link should provide some clarification on the issue: 22 Carat Gold or 24 Carat Gold Coins
  6. Here’s @morezone showcasing the silver Perth Mint Star Trek coin when it first came out back in 2016 on the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. I liked this novelty coin so much which I bought from @ChardsCoinandBullionDealer that I ended up stacking eighteen of them in an air-tite tube. I also used the coin for my profile pic.
  7. Here’s @BackyardBullion showcasing his beautiful 1929 George V sovereign on YouTube back in 2018. These coins were struck at the Pretoria Mint in South Africa and were the very first to feature the smaller head portrait. About 12,024,107 were minted in that year. As mentioned in my post, the First World War impacted on the sovereign - eventually being removed from circulation and replaced by banknotes, but it was still struck mostly in overseas branch mints.
  8. I definitely think you should have your gold Buffalo regraded someday. The reasons why NGC gave your perfectly fine gold proof Buffalo such a low grade are the most imprecise and vaguest reasons that I’ve come across.
  9. 1980 Elizabeth II Sovereign aUNC I bought this almost uncirculated 1980 Elizabeth II sovereign from @ChardsCoinandBullionDealer. The decimal head of Queen Elizabeth II is the second circulating coinage portrait of the Queen by Arnold Machin. This has always been my favourite portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has ruled for longer than any other reigning monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. As the 1980s began, politics was a hot topic and the television of the time reflected this with millions tuning in to watch the satirical Yes Minister. A recession loomed but Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher insisted, "The lady's not for turning," and John Lennon was shot dead at his New York home. Many were sad to see the pre-decimal sixpence withdrawn from circulation, but it lived on in the Christmas puddings of many a family home! DESCRIPTION Elizabeth II (1952-), gold Sovereign, 1980, second shoulder-length portrait right, wearing a tiara and off the shoulder dress, by engraver Arnold Machin, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRATIA·REGINA·F:D: (“Queen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith”), rev. struck en médaille, St George mounted on horseback slaying dragon with sword right, helmet with three strand streamer, horse with long tail, ending in three strands, with one spur higher up at curve, broken lance on ground-line to left, date in exergue, tiny B.P. raised in upper right of exergue for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled, mintage 5,100,000 (Marsh 311; S.4204). Almost uncirculated. Queen Elizabeth II, Coronation Day, 1953, by Cecil Beaton.
  10. I know that people must be fed up now being constantly reminded ad nauseam of the pandemic which is why I’ve titled my topic without using the words “coronavirus” and “COVID-19”. One of the major impacts the pandemic has had on my stacking/collecting strategy is that I’ve completely switched to numismatic coins because of the difficulties of accessing international bullion coins. I was three bullion coins down - the gold Maple, Eagle and Krugerrand - to reaching my bullion goal before the pandemic struck. Most stackers/collectors have emergency stacking/collecting procedures in place in the event of unforeseen events such as family tragedies, national and worldwide catastrophes. Some will sell up part or all of their stack/collection or switch to stacking/collecting alternative coins. I find it much more easier to access numismatic sovereigns, especially when the dealers have them on site, than international bullion coins. I’m unapologetic about the fact that the numismatic coins I’ve been showcasing on the forum appear to reference the unprecedented predicament we all find ourselves in. I know that my WWI and French Revolutionary coins are a major departure from my happy-go-lucky Pandas and Kookaburras but they do accurately reflect my mood of defiance against the invisible enemy outside of our doors.
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