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    Gold coins, mostly Sovereigns

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  1. 7 off 1/4 Oz queen's beasts on eBay, £1600 graded and slabbed https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/14-Oz-Gold-Queens-Beast-1-7-NGC-Graded/13330931887 Just spotted these for sale, could be a great deal at £229 per coin, but be very wary when something is way below spot price.
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    Sovereign Guide

    I find "The Gold Sovereign" by Marsh to be invaluable and my 1st goto reference. You get a condensed history of the coin, lots of detailed photos of varieties, as well as values (a price guide from 2017 is usually included), and rarity ratings. "Coins of England" by Spink is a good guide, but does not go into great detail on sovereigns. I've also found the prices on the 2020 issue are inaccurate.
  3. What a lovely coin and piece of history, thanks for sharing.
  4. I'd be interested to hear about the "popular electrochemical coin cleaning method", it could be really useful. Any chance of sharing the technique?
  5. +1 Especially PCGS graded older coins, they attract a premium. You will surely devalue this coin by breaking it out. @sg86 @sovereignsteve Sound and sensible advise, I shouldn't devalue a recent purchase, just so my coin storage satisfies my OCD 😀. It's staying in the slab!
  6. So we are getting down to it. Would it be fair to assume they've cut and paste last year's values and made the minimum of changes, with some obvious errors? Shoddy work and the last time I buy this guide.
  7. Thanks for the corrected spot price at £282. I think I should have spent the £25 book price on a silver Britannia instead 🙂
  8. Yes, I'm more tempted to say it's a VERY LOOSE "guide"!!
  9. I've been using a 2008 copy of "Spink : Coins of England and the UK" for some time now, I find it's a handy reference for anything not in "Marsh : The Gold Sovereign". Anyway, I thought it was time to replace the 2008 with the latest and greatest 2020 edition, and spent £25 in the process. There's a problem with the 2020 edition though, the prices just look wrong. For example, an 1863 sovereign, VF condition, valued at £275. In fine condition it's just BV (BV = bullion value only. At the time of going to press the spot price for gold was £1200/oz), which I calculate to about £295, £282. And I thought "Fine" was a lower grade than "Very Fine"! Have I got my maths wrong? Anyone out there willing to sell me a 1863 sovereign, VF condition, for £275? Or have I just wasted £25?
  10. A full sovereign, 1885 Shield Reverse, Sydney branch. Check out the photos: As you can see, I've not committed to the extraction yet.
  11. Really interesting info and the 1903 coin stands out form the norm again. I was watching this recently, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5aKYCKrUG4 , (How to Identifiy a fake sovereign - Chards). Seems like there a fakes out there at 21ct, which could explain the relative difference on the 1903.
  12. Well I hadn't even considered returning the label, but I understand and it makes very good sense. This is a better idea though and so much easier. I'll try and get the grading reference removed via email first, if not the label will go back by mail.
  13. Thank you all for your replies. @ShaolinStacker, I'm a bit uneasy about taking a hammer too close to an expensive coin, so I think I might try this out on something less expensive next time. @Scuzzle, the soldering iron looks like a popular choice, but I don't have one. So... @Shinus73, I'm going to try the hacksaw method. Let you know how successful I've been once I've extracted the coin.
  14. I've just purchased a sovereign housed in a PCGS slab. It's the first coin I've bought in a slab and, to be honest, I prefer to store my coins in air-tite holders. So I thought, when it drops through the letterbox, that I could just take the slab off and put it in an air-tite. Anyway, after a quick search on the net, I find the preferred method too remove a slabbed holder is to hit it with a hammer, followed closely by bolt cutters and then a band saw! I'm not an experienced blacksmith and can see a damaged coin easily happening, so has anyone any experience of removing slabbed holders?