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  1. LEWIS P.M. Ticket is 12mm in diameter.
  2. WILLIS, F Part 1 of the Willis Collection was sold by Glendinning's on Wednesday 5 June 1991 and Part 2 was sold by Glendinning's on Monday 7 October 1991.
  3. Bought this about a month ago .......
  4. In the past, I was someone who bought primarily from auctions and almost never from dealers. That has changed and I now monitor several dealer sites, including yours. The advantage of a big auction over a dealer is that there is usually a lot of material on offer and, potentially, you can get coins at very good prices if there is not much competition. The disadvantage is that one is often wondering about the real condition of the coin and prices can go high if there is a bidding war. The advantage of a dealer is that the price is fixed and, if you really trust the dealer, that the coin will be what is described. For me, there are two problems in acquiring new coins. The first is that, as my collection has matured, there are fewer gaps to be filled. Even expanding my collecting to a couple of type sets, has not really changed that. The second is that there are fewer high quality coins available and they are commanding premium prices. Although I can pay those prices for the right coin, I cannot buy a lot of coins at those prices. As an aside, I probably need to sell some of my doubles in order to free up cash but I hate selling my coins. When it comes to dealers, I have three criteria. The first is that they have the coins and the quality I am looking for. The second is that they are easy and reliable to deal with. The third is that their prices have to be right. For the first criteria, having a web site that is easy to search without having to wade through pages of coins that I am not interested in is helpful. Having quality photos and an accurate description of the coin is key. For the second criteria, being able to pay online, being able to use my credit card without an add on fee and reasonable postage costs is important. Getting the coin in the mail quickly and emailing tracking information helps a lot. In the internet world, the competition is only a couple of clicks away so the dealer needs to make the buying experience as easy as possible. For the third criteria, having the right price does not mean being cheaper than in auction. If, for example, I see a dealer price at $500 and auction hammer prices (per the archives) have been floating around the $350-$400 region then that is not necessarily a deal breaker. A dealer can be a bit more expensive than an auction because 1) they have the coin and 2) there is no price risk; the price is what it is. But a dealer cannot be a lot more expensive. The differential cannot be such as to make waiting for an auction and taking the risk that the auction price is high a better option. Incidentally, Rob, I do have my eye on one of your coins. Because of my recent travel schedule, I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but may do in a couple of weeks.
  5. Nice buy! I love these coins because I can remember spending them. I wonder sometimes just how many collectible coins ended up in the sweet shop's cash register.
  6. How Are US TPGs with English Coins?

    I have had quite a few of my British coins graded by NGC. For the most part, I have been comfortable with the grade assigned. In the cases where there has been a 'details' grade, I have almost always understood where that has come from. What the grading process has done for me is to make me much more 'picky' when buying coins. I now have a feel for what the graders are looking for and I apply that to my purchases. It has also made me much more skeptical of auction house/dealer/seller descriptions. The question I have is whether NGC applies a different standard to large customers (dealers, auction houses) than the one they apply to the individual collector?
  7. Newman, Eric P. Apr 16, 2014
  8. Lainchbury, Arthur 1838 sixpence. Purchased at DNW, Apr 2, 2014.
  9. Grading is not an exact science, however, I have broken out three CGS coins from their slabs and sent them to NGC. In two cases, they were graded one level lower than the CGS conversion table would suggest. In the third case, it was two grades lower.
  10. Picked up a 1916 threepence for my George V type set:
  11. Always interesting to see how well, or badly, coins did in the auction. I didn't bid at DNW this time around as I didn't see anything I really wanted. Hopefully, nbext time will be better.
  12. I am very pleased to announce the birth of my first granddaughter and second grandchild, Victoria Luisa. I had nothing to do with the choice of name but I am sure we can all imagine what one of her christening presents will be. Mother and daughter are doing well.
  13. LCA June

    Looks like I got two out of three of the coins I bid on, both close to the high estimate.
  14. LCA June

    Well done Jerry! I didn't bid on any penny lots so very happy for you.
  15. There is a 1853 groat - MS64 - coming up for auction at Heritage ......