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  1. Hi Forum, I have been interested in Charles 2 sixpences for many years. It seems to me that 1680 and 1682 are the keys. I own a 1680 in NVF but have been unable to find any 1682's. There is one 1682/1 on London coins sales in the last 10 years (which I don't participate in as not UK based but look at for reference) and have seen 1 more 1682/1 somewhere else. Anybody care to weigh in on the unaltered date?
  2. Hi Forum, I have been interested in Charles 2 sixpences for many years. It seems to me that 1680 and 1682 are the keys. I own a 1680 in NVF but have been unable to find any 1682's. There is one 1682/1 on London coins sales in the last 10 years (which I don't participate in as not UK based but look at for reference) and have seen 1 more 1682/1 somewhere else. Anybody care to weigh in on the unaltered date?
  3. Hi There, I recently came across this shilling with a clear over-date. I'm calling it 6 over 8 because it looks to me like the 8 is struck over the 6. It is obviously not in the best of conditions and has the clear obverse strike-through on the reverse. Unfortunately, I tried to rotate but still comes across upside down. Curious if anyone has ever met one of these... Michael.
  4. Re Azda's 1701 halfcrown. IMHO, NEF British AU 53.
  5. freewheels

    CGS v LCGS

    Who would you suggest? Maurice Bull?? Email him with pictures?
  6. freewheels

    CGS v LCGS

    Hi, I'm going to try that Photoscape, sounds like I can get better coin pictures that way Also any comments on my TPG comments. I am not a big slabber and generally unexcited by the concept, however I think this crown needs to be attributed correctly and so to that point?: Do you think LCGS, NGC or PCGS???
  7. freewheels

    CGS v LCGS

    Thanks Michael -Roo and Nonmortus! These images show the cloak frosting and obverse letter frosting clearly as well as both of the extra curls! I think the coin is an example of Rayner ESC 20A, Bull ESC 350 but also shows additional frosting since ESC 20A is only described as cloak frosting.. Possible wreath and tie frosting. Note also position of ties that are possibly not consistent with image in Bull; however 11 harp strings are consistent. I don't think there is any reverse frosting but I'm not sure as not an expert (obviously). I really need to know to photograph/scan my coins better! My concern with NGC or PCGS is that they will slab as ESC 20 (VF or EF details for example, because of obverse hairlines) and miss the point... I live in California, how do I submit to LCGS, the membership thing and all that and if I can submit a letter with my observations so that they don't overlook stuff that you think would be obvious to professional graders but isn't always...it has happened to me and others and can they deal with hairlines??? I really do appreciate everyone's input!! Freewheels.
  8. freewheels

    CGS v LCGS

    obverse with frosted wreath ties and letteringand the jr extra curls to neck and bottom of bust..
  9. freewheels

    CGS v LCGS

    I have a 1662 crown (no rose) that has some unusual frosted areas as well as the JR curl and extra neck curl, I think ESC 20A but more frosting; should I submit to LCGS rather than PCGS because this will need too be researched in Bull and maybe other sources because there is more frosting over more parts of the coin and ties are different to photo given of ESC 20A?? Also complicated by hairlines on the obverse; nonetheless I think an interesting and probably rare coin in a decent state of preservation despite the hairlines.
  10. Case in point, I own 2 3rd head 1711 shillings one in fine and one a whisker below VF, with no problems and good eye appeal for grade. I have been fascinated with this coin for years, the quintessential "Mule". Bull reaffirms rarity 4 which means I own between 10 and 20% of the supply extant! Catalog values for this coin are very anemic, indeed that worked in my favor acquiring them; the 1711 4th head shilling like the 1951 Crown is unbearably common but I find it satisfying that the variety jumps from the most common Anne shilling to the 2nd rarest (Ok 1704 plain is R5) through something like 7 grades of rarity. Perhaps if I can find a couple more I can control the market a little Do you think that one day people will find this coin fashionable?
  11. freewheels

    more FAKES

    Also he doesn't post to UK!
  12. freewheels

    more FAKES

    Surely this is a forgery, slab is interesting though http://www.ebay.com/itm/GUINEA-1689-/262444184885?hash=item3d1ae47535:g:LGEAAOSwMr1XPSl3
  13. freewheels

    ESC Rarity Scale

    I don't have the latest ESC publication, nor do I patrol the English auctions as I am a expat living in California, but this topic has raised some questions for me, the answers to which might be helpful to other forum members. On the ESC rarity scale we have R4 given as 11-20 examples extant, how realistic is that numerical description of R4 in the modern information age? What does R3, R2 and R numerically mean nowadays in your opinions? Various coins like a 1723 arms at France shilling are obviously not rare in below VF condition yet a 1729 shilling that I never see in decent condition and a 1735 sixpence ditto seem far harder to obtain than an R rating would suggest. Why can't I ever find a 1735 halfcrown of rarity Scarce yet I can frequently see a 1720/17 offered for sale? how does one square these ESC anomalies or maybe this new publication answers some of these dilemmas? Please send me a link.
  14. Hmmmm, slab cracking this one i'm not sure about as i bought it for the bay and in it's holder it may attract more potential buyers, so will probably leave it as is Very wise. As for the coin, it has nice detailing (EF!), but I wouldn't care for that scratch, and the obverse has quite a few flecks. Good luck with it though. Hi Everyone I haven't posted for a while. First of all you can all lol because I don't see the scratch please clarify location. Second of all to my eye there is an overstrike on E of Rex which to me makes this coin special. My grade (as an American ex pat who still grades the English way) it is GVF regardless of the verbage on the slab. Also I actually do think PCGS can be quite consistent in their slabbing grades.
  15. Hi Forum knowledgeable types, There have been a lot of recent postings about comparative rarity of bun head pennies, Freeman or Gouby maybe Peck. Victorian sovereigns seem to be Marsh and silver seems to be Esc (and Peck?). As you can tell from the way I have phrased it, I don't own publications authored by these sources, so I admit to being out of my depth here, but my question is... What would be an appropriate way to calibrate the different R #'s of these various sources. Freeman seems to have far higher numbers than these other scales. What for example would be a Marsh "scarce" on a Freeman scale? Another example I hear is a silver coin "R4 11 - 20 examples known", what scale is that and what would Freeman call an 1882 "London Mint(?)" penny on his scale? Any thoughts? and.. That leads me to want to know the comparative rarities of widely different coins from different eras such as 1841halfcrown in high grade vis a vis 1905 high grade, 1922 2nd reverse 1d, 1926 me penny (top grade) , 1726 halfcrown, 1697 crown, 1841 sovereign etc,etc, etc. Staying away from minor or controversial varieties, how about a top 10 or top 25 grade dependent and then rarest issues in any grade? Any thoughts? Freewheels.