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  1. Like the 1819, the 1820 is not all that common either in that they don't come up for auction very often. It does look like an 8 over 8. I haven't seen any like that although I do have one with the inverted 1 (a recognised variety).
  2. Catawiki Coin Auctions

    In an auction, the operative phrase is 'cave emptor'. This means that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made. Obviously, that is not always possible with online auctions and where the auction house is in another country. So the buyer has to rely on the reputation of the auction house and its responsiveness to their inquiries. A good reputation is hard to develop but very easy to destroy. Catawiki may wish to consider this.
  3. Thanks! It has been a good week for me getting the two coins (1717 & 1819). The first was on the expensive side but the 1819 was below the low estimate. Makes up for London Coins and DNW having nothing of interest for me in their recent auctions. And I will not be bidding in the DNW February auction either. The 1717 is pretty rare and especially in good condition. But the 1819 doesn't come up that much either. Most of the George III sixpences you see are 1816 or 1787. So I was happy not just for a nice example but also for the very good price. The photos are from Heritage and I am looking forward to seeing the coin 'in hand'.
  4. Just won at Heritage. 1819 sixpence graded MS 65. An upgrade to my existing example.
  5. I took one look at the photos and decided it was a must. Fairly rare date and one that I don't have. I have won coins with Spink before and have not been disappointed with the accuracy of their photos or descriptions. Unfortunately, there was a bit of competition for this one so I didn't have enough dosh left to bid on any other coins.
  6. Just won this 1717 sixpence at Spink's New York sale (their photo, not mine).
  7. These are probably the most common sixpences George III - 1816 George IV - 1821 William IV - 1834 Victoria - Young head - 1887 Victoria - Jubilee head - 1887 Victoria - Veiled head - 1901 Edward VII - 1902 George V - anything in the 1930s George VI - anything except 1952 Elizabeth - any dates
  8. I think that most of the 1881 are "large date". I have "small date" on my buy list as well as an upgrade to my large date example.
  9. As per the title for information and for anyone who is interested. https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/6274/uk-expedite-february-2018/?utm_source=Mx%20Group&utm_medium=Email%20Blast&utm_campaign=18-NG-2308%20Heritage%20UK%20Expedite%20eBlast&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTm1Oa1ltUTJOekUyTUdKaSIsInQiOiJDVXRzcXVNOXcxSkVDTm1OaUlwTThiUkxpRWVwMXhFdmFGTzVuY0ZYNGQycGljamVpWkZFcFwva2FlVWVIdXhUYzFiOGFtRzRIVEV4c2ZVZVdLaXdWclhVVVlMYnBaaWlMUUVzdUF0VGZnSXg0bVl6QnJNVHBjUXNWbTJ4UjBNQnIifQ%3D%3D
  10. Coin dealers in the UK

    I don't think the coin business is all that different to any other. Over 30 years experience as an auditor taught me that 99% of businesses are above board and try to do the right thing by their customers. Unfortunately, the 1% (in fact, usually a lot less than 1%) tend to get an inordinate amount of publicity, give all the good businesses a bad name and leave a public impression that there is a generalised problem. I make regular acquisitions of coins. I have auction houses that I trust and know how I wish to deal with and I have dealers that I trust and who have never let me down (including Rob from whom I have made several acquisitions). My disappointments have come mainly from one auction house and because of my own mistakes. I still buy from that auction house and I have worked out how to manage my risk there and I am working diligently on not making mistakes going forward.
  11. Nice looking coin and definitely an EF or better. I like the toning, especially on the Obverse. However, looks like there may be some hairline scratches on the Reverse (could be the photo too).
  12. Another upgrade. Won this 1910 sixpence at Heritage last night:
  13. Briot Milled Sixpence

    That was my thought too. Nice looking coin. I also have an example of Briots 1st milled issue - also AU55 - with the flower & B/- mintmark and 'CHRISTO' in the legend.
  14. Won at Heritage on Thursday and an upgrade to my existing examples:
  15. The concern I have with coins as an investment is the costs associated with buying and selling and the relative lack of liquidity. I can buy and sell shares with either no brokerage fee (my bank gives me 100 free trades a year) or a very low fee. I can also sell them in the market through a simple online transaction and, usually, almost immediately. Not so coins. Mostly they are bought and sold through a dealer or through auctions. Both have their costs. Auctions generally charge a premium on both ends of the transaction and that can be as high as 20%. Dealers have to make a profit so cannot buy coins at retail. They will pay something less than that. Cost wise, it is a much more expensive transaction than buying or selling shares. Then there is liquidity. There is a smaller pool of coin buyers, there are fewer opportunities to buy and sell and, here in the USA, coins pretty much have to be certified and slabbed which adds more cost and risk to the process if you are buying raw coins. Of course, you can make money with coins. But you really need to know what you are doing so that you can spot good coins at reasonable prices or which appear to be underpriced. I have sold relatively few coins because I am a collector and not an investor and, on those coins, my net profit is 32%. However, most of that profit came from just one coin for which I received an unsolicited offer which was too good to refuse. The other angle is to buy coins for their bullion value which is essentially speculating on the price of gold. Money can be made but it can also be lost in that market.