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  1. Is "Cameo" a recognised grade/variety ?

    Oops, that was a late night ERROR. Don't know what I was thinking of, as those are the designations for Prooflke and Deep Mirror Prooflike. I think light cameo is Cam[eo] and more heavily frosted is Deep Cam[eo]. Sorry!
  2. Is "Cameo" a recognised grade/variety ?

    LOL Well, they have P01, or AG1 for poor 1 by recollection. Cameo and deep cameo have designation in that there should be newsprint reflected from 6 and 9 inches, respectively.
  3. Is "Cameo" a recognised grade/variety ?

    Perhaps part of the problem is that there are no convenient "pigeon holes" and that they are something of a spectrum. I guess I just like to look at cameo/device frostiness (?) as an individual characteristic of a coin. I believe they do impart some value if giving the coin a nicer appearance & would guess the example I showed would bring a premium over a non-cameo piece & that Terry's coin would as well. My understanding is that this is entirely a property of die preparation and subsequent wear & that a simple explanation would be either pickling or sandblasting the die surface and then polishing the high points which of course would strike as the field into the flans. Subsequent wear would to some degree polish the recessed devices and they would tend to lose both detail and the ability to impart a cameo device to the flans. Simple pickling with acid would not necessarily give as pleasant a cameo as later methods. As was pointed out, George V & VI pieces usually lack a cameo (we did show a 1936 Wreath crown with nice cameo). and these I know.
  4. Wow, thanks. I was lucky to get this from Spink in the "grande olde dayes". Vick's hair looks to be re-engraved almost as post mint damage & horrifically clashed.
  5. Please provide photo help: 1868 RRITANNIAR 3d, perhaps the nicest I've seen (well I bought it). This is PCGS # 536335
  6. more FAKES

    PS - I will look up my proof 1934 and do a denticle count as well as see the other details. Hadn't seen this post till now. Sorry.
  7. more FAKES

    Yes those do most certainly appear to be rust spots on the die that have struck the flans leaving the raised spots.
  8. Is "Cameo" a recognised grade/variety ?

    Thanks for the complement & bought for much more than an ordinary one - about 12 years ago if memory serves. IMHO yes, you are mostly correct although I have seen some toned Morgan $ coins that appeared to have "DC" designation.
  9. Fake Florins?

    The obverses look really bad. I have seen on spurious that they are frequently worn to hide poor die work, etc. Interesting that the alloy may be different & that you must have a small magnet to pick up specific areas on the coin's surface. The denticles look quite bad on the reverses as well, with that on the right worst. The magnetism suggesting nickel, which would be a part of the genuine .500 alloy by recollection. I believe that there were extensive alloy testing going on with coins that went into circulation.
  10. At truncation of bust? Anyway, reverse almost appears specimen!
  11. Is "Cameo" a recognised grade/variety ?

    So true! I apologise for digressing as I was really only trying (with Nick's help) to show an example of cameo.
  12. Is "Cameo" a recognised grade/variety ?

    I concur with Rob and CK in that there are IMO more likely a number closer to 20 than 10, and CK in that cameo is usually more desirable. In some series such as in my post elsewhere, cameo contrast is very rare which I attempted to show in the 1936 Wreath. There is also DC for deep cameo, as in my 1839 half crown & will post the coin number from the PCGS pop site for Great Britain: 504887. I know it is only a photo, but please tell me how this is only a "63". BTW, the coin is at least as nice in hand!
  13. Beware the Slabs, Today's Story of the 1845 1/2 Crown

    US bidders are naturally bidding in dollars so to them this more a price of about 600 pounds over the last several years.
  14. I believe the florin above is ex-Norweb: 7.8M yen is above 71k USD. Another was sold by Spink about 10 years ago for 15k USD.
  15. Unless its the same piece, there was another specimen being batted about a couple of years ago...I seem to recall it having a bit more marking on it. I love the 6d series but this coin unreachable for those of us on an ordinary budget....