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Posts posted by Diaconis

  1. 53 minutes ago, Sword said:

    Doesn't do it for me. I think the design has somewhat fallen between too stools, and is not particularly inspiring. It doesn't look traditional or modern.

    must it be traditional or modern? can it not be judged without categorisation? 

    Personally speaking, I think it looks mass produced and lacking any character so it leaves me stone cold, …. its bullion and i’d only pay spot for it.

  2. Looks very interesting. Has anyone read it? 

    Publisher ‏ : ‎ Royal Numismatic Society (1 Sept. 2020)

    Language ‏ : ‎ English

    Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 1870 pages



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  3. 10 hours ago, Michael-Roo said:

    Yes, pre obverse die crack would be a bonus but surely a realistic grade would be NVF? 

    After looking on their website one can see that the die crack, early though it is, has succumbed to the usual contemporary tooling.

    The leaves on the wreath and high points on hair are flattened. The reverse shows wear concomitant with that exhibited on obverse, lion’s breast and ribs in escutcheon, jewels in crown, Irish harp etc. Peripheral residual lustre is present so I’d give it a generous Sheldon of EF45, so in that context it is “extremely fine” though only equating to VF in ‘real money’.

    I’ve seen worse examples go for more than £6,750* and better examples go for less. 

    * here’s an example of someone blindly trusting the grade on the slab (MS63😂) and shelling out £11,500 for an example which I’d have to be put in a headlock to offer £4,000 for.


  4. 2 hours ago, Bronze & Copper Collector said:

    the Sheldon numbers were not meant to define the quality of coins—but rather to indicate the dollar-value in various grades. 

    Maybe Sheldon’s motivation to create the system was pecuniary but the system is meant (intended) to define the quality of the coins”.