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Posts posted by TomGoodheart

  1. I think the thing is the museum's vase will nowadays be 'restored' in a way that's completely reversible.

    Unless someone like Barry makes individual pieces to fit into the jigsaw of your coin and then glues it all together a 'restoration' will involve metalwork. If you had infinite resources you could get the gaps filled in gold to make clear the original pieces but the cost might be more than you want to pay!

    However, I'm pretty sure Barry can make the pieces into one item if that will please you - though probably it'll cost more than you paid for the pieces - with one proviso. Personally I'm not 100% the two larger pieces are from the same coin as I can't get the obverse to match up when the reverse is aligned. Though I admit I don't have them in the hand and digitally moving them around isn't easy. Maybe pop the two pieces on some sellotape? If you can't get them to really match no amount of restoration will do any better. 


  2. If it were complete Barry could use whatever reversible glue is currently acceptable for restoration. But incomplete he would have to build a 'new' coin. You'd have to decide whether you want details in the currently 'empty' areas or not. And in the end you'll have a coin that will be heavily restored.

    So 'worth putting back together'? If it makes you happy, perhaps. Financially, not if you think it'll restore what you have to near the cost of a full coin. It might even devalue it in the eyes of some (people don't always appreciate restorations). But your choice in the end.

    I don't have an email address for Barry but his number is 07541 853425 I understand.

  3. IMG_20200406_112945.jpg.67fde64fcb860d2aed070ae39d97f9e3.jpg 

    I think the attached shows what you could call cabinet friction. The edge where it protrudes from the rest of the design. Of course, it's just wear. And I suspect the term is used less frequently these days. Probably more significant on milled coinage as that was supposedly more 'perfect' to start with. I'd call it 'light wear to high points' myself. And more likely on coins that have been in dealers' drawers for some time where there's been regular opening and closing (this coin ex Michael Sharp and probably Baldwins) than us collectors who probably don't access our collections every day.

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  4. Coin acquisition? What's that? (Hi again all). I have to say , I'm struggling to find anything worth buying. Last purchase (apart from a cheap Great Recoinage piece) was back in March*. I've branched out a little to Charles I associated medals/ medallions, but even there it just feels as if everyone is holding onto the nicer pieces. Which admittedly, is what I'm also doing!

    * Attached here. Late Tower shilling of Charles I (of course) Spink 2804, Sharp H3/2.


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  5. Very nice Paul. The collection is clearly coming along well!  As for me, I'm struggling to find anything nice to buy on the shilling front so picked up another Charles i supporter's badge which I enjoy. Another Rawlins obverse (signed to the reverse) Medallic Illustrations 355/216 with a rather fancy crown. Ex David Corrick collection (sadly no tickets) which he presumably bought from BDW in their June 1994 sale (Lot #221) 38 x 29 mm, 11.44g.  

    Originally had suspension loops so it could be worn or a ribbon or sewn to something, but these were removed in antiquity. A small repair at 6 o'clock, whether from the alterations, or possibly the lower loop broke and it was pierced at that point as sometimes happens, impossible to know.



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  6. On 1/18/2021 at 2:25 PM, Rob said:


    The point I take from recent sales is that there must be a new cohort of buyers who have no experience of what some coins can look like based on the prices paid for indifferent material. Maybe a decade or more of dross on ebay has reset standards in what people perceive to be quality?

    Undoubtedly. Although I believe less on eBay, which I feel has gone off the boil and is mostly blatant tat to surely even the most naive of newbies, and more on the newer Facebook 'collector groups'  Many of which are simply selling platforms for the people who set them up with the occasional 'educational' post chucked in to retain interest as they flog their wares.

    I often see comments praising what, to me, appear to be fairly run of the mill examples of a coin. Which makes sense to me, since I personally feel I'm still learning!  Despite spending the last decade or so recording examples of what I collect, there are still occasions where it dawns on me how very few coins of a particular variety or mint mark I've actually seen.  On that point, I'm always guided by Richard Lobel's the Coincraft Catalogue where he quotes his mentor saying " 'when you go to value a coin it is what you have not seen rather than what you have seen that matters'. By [which] he meant that, when you see a coin that you have never seen before, forget what it catalogues, it is rare! "

    Newer collectors I'm sure think what they are seeing must be the 'finest ever' - aided in some cases by the TPGS claims - when in actual fact a quick search on the BM website or on CoinArchive.com would quickly disabuse them.  And of course, presumably down to Covid in part, people aren't spending on holidays and meals out and are quick to splash their cash on collectables.  Hence the silly money we're seeing now, which some - presumably - see as normal.

    I don't know what the future will be like.  I feel as a collector, I'm approaching the limit of my budget, but that's not really new!  Every now and then I see something I can manage - often a conditional rarity - or get tempted by something new - I've recently bought a few historic medals related to Charles I because they're attractive, historically connected and, compared to some of the coins, not too expensive.  But I've had to accept that I will never have a fully representative collection due to the scarcity of some of the types in the series and, often more a factor than the rarity, the fact that some examples only exist in grades that I'd struggle to live with.  Yes, I'm shallow!  But I like to get a buzz when I look at my collection and that generally means a coin has to meet an aesthetic benchmark for me to consider it. 

    Sadly (?) many of the coins I'd like currently live in other people's collections.  And are likely to stay there for the foreseeable future.  I therefore have to accept that the best I can hope for is to be considered a minor, but careful, collector for whom eye appeal was important.

    God, that was me before I've even had a beer!  Sorry.  I'll shut up now.

  7. As always, it comes down to knowledge and perseverance, whether it's ebay or anywhere else.  You need to know what's common and what's not and what's a general price for something that you're prepared to pay.  I've just picked up something from France at what I feel is less than I'd pay here at auction.  I might regret it - their photos are rather harsh, however it's also illustrated in a book where it looks better, so I took a gamble.  However I've spent the last few days finding examples and seeing what they sold for so I feel relatively confident. 

    I aim to keep my search parameters quite wide in the hope that I'll pick up mis- or poorly identified pieces as well as those correctly classified.  And I don't buy to sell, so I have the luxury of being prepared to pay 'collector's' rates and not worry about profit margins.

    I guess what I'm saying is that we all need a buying strategy and working out how much crap you're happy to look at in the hope of finding something desirable is worth considering.

  8. Catalogue 168, The North Yorkshire Moors Collection of British Coins formed by Marvin Lessen Part 3.

    Anyone have one they no longer want?  I didn't order one as I wasn't expecting to need it, but it'd be nice to have a physical copy.  

    Also ... anyone know if DNW catalogues are a one off price each?  Last time I paid £18 for one I got sent the subsequent catalogues for over 6 months and wasn't sure if that was normal, or they did so because I'd bought from them in the past and might be persuaded to do so again!