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  1. I always try to look at like for like on these dealer sites. So it is with Baldwin. So, I looked at their 1790 Droz Pattern sixpence. In reasonable condition except that the toning is a bit blotchy in places and there is a rather nasty 'streak' on the obverse. Price is 450 pounds. My own example cost 366 pounds including BP and postage from DNW (Paul Cattermole Collection). It looks a lot better, toning is even and there is no streak. The Baldwin coin is, in my opinion, overpriced by at least 100 pounds. They do have another 1790 on the same page and at the same price. Problem with this one is that someone has been colouring it with blue marker (unless it is something a lot worse). They also have an 1831 sixpence. They reckon it is a GEF. When I compare it to my MS65, it looks like a GVF (but I will give them a bog standard EF). It also has some red marker on it. They want 350 pounds, mine cost 280 fully juiced. Of course, dealers can be expensive. Look at Atlas Numismatics where I have bought a few coins. But, if you are going to be expensive then you have to offer top quality merchandise and a great buying experience which Atlas does. Baldwins are not doing that. While they have, no doubt, some very nice coins, there is a lot of very average coins in their inventory. Problem is that the prices are not all that average.
  2. CGS v LCGS

    You make a good point. There is a potential conflict of interest between LCGS and London Coins. This is exacerbated by the reality that slabbed coins do tend to sell at a premium to unslabbed. In my own, albeit limited, experience, LCGS does tend to overgrade its coins by a couple of points when compared to the US grading organisations. Thus an LCGS 80 which is meant to map as a MS63, is more likely to come out as an MS60 or MS61. There is always chatter about all the grading organisations, about mistakes they make, about conflict of interest and overgrading. The only way around this is to buy the coin and not the grade. I have seen questionable grades and I have been known to break coins out of their slab and have them regraded. For example, I found an MS65 1887 R over V sixpence which had been misattributed by PCGS as a shilling and where they had missed the R over V. I broke it out of its slab, sent it to NGC where they gave it the correct attribution with the R over V and graded it MS66; result! Grading organisations are fallible like anything else. Ultimately, it is up to us as collectors to know our field of interest and know how to grade.
  3. Storage of sixpences in lighthouse capsules

    I have one or two sixpences .... actually over 400. The ones which are not slabbed are kept in Lighthouse coin trays.
  4. frosted proof

    And certainly not at that price.
  5. frosted proof

    I don't know. I don't know the difference between 'normal' and 'VIP'. However, If I were having a VIP Crown slabbed, I would want that in the description because it would seriously enhance the value.
  6. frosted proof

    I ran the certificate number through the PCGS verification and it gives a population of 25. NB. that is just PCGS and doesn't cover NGC, LCGS, other TPGs or raw. https://www.pcgs.com/cert/84917969 If it is a VIP proof then he will need to provide some evidence because the certification doesn't show that.
  7. 1846 sixpence. 6/0?

    I compared this to my own 1846 sixpences (I have two). I don't think the 4 is any higher on the example above than it is on mine.
  8. Thanks, it is an upgrade on a somewhat scratched example I already have. The 1828 doesn't show up as much as some of the dates in that reign so happy to have it.
  9. Anne, 1705, Roses & Plumes on Reverse, MS 62. Also photographed through the slabb. Should mention that Queen Anne is a weak area in my collection so delighted to have acquired these two coins. Edit: The photo really does not do justice to this coin.
  10. Meanwhile .... back on topic ........ Anne, 1705, Plumes on Reverse, Early Shields, MS62. Apologies for photo quality but taken through the slab.
  11. No need to pick a fight in the first place.