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  1. VickySilver

    Looking for a 1953 VIP proof farthing

    Yikes, the matte probably available at that price or lower....
  2. VickySilver

    The rarest coin you own?

    Indeed. The currency are possibly the hardest when rare, the "ordinary" proofs, and finally the patterns IMHO. So relatively perhaps patterns are rather less & this is something some of us have taken advantage of over the years.
  3. VickySilver

    The rarest coin you own?

    I know about a set that might qualify which would be the 1922/1924 Satin Specimen Set. I have always wondered if the mintage is really 2, and why or how did the Pretoria Mint get hold of these two sets...
  4. VickySilver

    The rarest coin you own?

    Ah, a few might be reluctant to post.
  5. Bit high after all the tariffs....I would imagine lustre is rather better than pictures. Also as I have noticed, some of the bag marks on devices seem to get accentuated on photos, much to my chagrin. Also, IMHO the "edge nibbles" are largely the result of planchet treatment after the upset process. This is probably why even mint states have this quite frequently. Great that you look at the edges which I highly recommend as well because that sometimes tells you something else about the strike vs. wear on other areas such as devices on the coin. BTW, I think the 1915 when well struck is a somewhat better date although certainly not rare....
  6. Yes, sometimes I think that...If I had seen that in hand chances are I would not have minded going a fair bit up the scale.. My others are MS63 but that looked excellent. No, I did not buy the 1839 2/6 at 38k. Mine I bought for 2500 and is the pictured coin on the PCGS pop reports that graded Deep Cam 63; of course it is mine but think it would have a good shot at 65 or above these days...Never got the Gothic crowns even when they were relatively cheap as I actually liked them on the florin size which as may guess I have a number of. But the bank account is not so great these days so probably good from that standpoint. In the good olde dayes I would have had an agent bid for me....
  7. Yes, maybe I can generalise to the "we". I confess I am addicted as I already have TWO mint state (at least by TPG standards) 1904s but this coin looked superior and somehow I missed it at Colin Cooke 20+ years ago when it was sold despite having a good customer relationship with CC. Ah well, you win some and lose others... I miss out on minor lots on ebay all the time, LOL. I have been the beneficiary in the past of well healed buyers being caught off-footed and me getting coins I simply should not have been able to compete for.
  8. Well no secret I live in the US and so 10 AM London auctions mean 5 AM start time here on the East Coast. So I got myself up in time and had a target of the 1904 Halfcrown and to "spy" on results on a few others (the 1839 currency and proof halfcrowns) that I already have but curious as to how they might do So the auction was going on possibly a bit slow & grabbed 1/2 hour more quick sleep, checked the auction progress and saw I could grab another 1/2 hour - which I did. Unfortunately, I slept on through to Lot 326 (non-consequential). Damn! Missed the '04 which looked good from the pictures! Don't know if anybody got that one (closed at 2200 plus commission) but was wondering if anybody held it in hand; the obverse bust of Eddy appeared to be very well struck with few or nearly no marks & the reverse very pleasant By recall the two 1839s went for I think 4k and 3.8k plus commission.... Oh well, just a bit of a rant....(and I saved 3k or so quid!).....
  9. VickySilver

    Using acetone to clean coins

    Hmm, not sure of that and think it is the small copper residual. These chemically reduce in mild redox reactions like the one with baking soda, aluminium and vinegar....
  10. VickySilver

    Using acetone to clean coins

    I rather like gold and some good results on proofs with their obnoxious red spotting on some with copper alloys....
  11. VickySilver

    Auction House Fees

    If the coin is valuable enough (possibly 5k pounds or above) they may not charge any at all - which is customary for many larger auction houses. I sold one of those "big ticket" coins, well two of them, and got back 105% of the sales price. In other words, they paid ME 5% of the buyer's commission. Contact them and ask what they might do for you.
  12. VickySilver

    1920 Half Crown, Superb

    Yes that is what I did. However, thanks to John I filled in enormous date runs of 20th C. Minor silvers in decent grade at reasonable cost. There were a couple of denomination date combos that never did work and still have 3-4 1908 shillings that weren’t up to it as examples. But he did notify me of some very rare patterns which sold at sensible prices that would not be possible to replace nowadays and for these also I have been grateful. And for some reason (chance?) he would occasionally find the odd exceptional piece similar to the OP that would have me wondering at the source and oddly not particularly favoured in his catalogue descriptions or priced higher than other lesser pieces.
  13. VickySilver

    1920 Half Crown, Superb

    Very nice piece there. I confess that I would be tempted to "conserve" the surfaces a bit. I rather like these nicer early '20s silver and especially the HC and florin.
  14. VickySilver

    Coin prices continue to rise

    Yes, I did not see the 1841 penny as proof with a less than desirable (or acceptable IMHO) strike. I do confess to getting the 1958 Halfcrown in proof however....LOL
  15. VickySilver

    1920 Half Crown, Superb

    If I can remember correctly, this coin came from the late John Welsh who some may remember. Always funny getting coins from him as a good number had enthusiastic grades or preservation (LOL) but on the other hand coins such as this or a number of patterns he managed to get for me were also had. I am not absolutely positive and perhaps some know more but I think he got hold of a couple of the ex-Pretoria mint collection coins [somehow]....