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brg5658 last won the day on July 15 2019

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    Numismatic photography, thematic collecting (equine numismatica), 18th Century Provincial Tokens (Conder tokens), anything related to Victoria, copper

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  1. Why would it bother me? No one is being forced to buy this garbage at inflated prices.
  2. Huh? Doesn't every business that makes things also make money from selling those things? Isn't that the definition of a business? Provide a service (or item) and get paid for it? If they didn't make money, why would they continue to make things? 🤔
  3. On the Gothic Crown, why so many edge knocks? I'd find a nicer one than that for that kind of money. JMO.
  4. Some truly wonderful new tokens and coins posted in this thread. I've been a bit "sparse" as of late, but I do check in from time to time. One particular note: @Paulus your photography is superb! Best, Brandon
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    Photobucket has ruined most blogs and forums...it's outright criminal behaviour, but clearly "allowed" in their fine print that we all agreed to. I moved my photos onto a privately hosted site that a friend manages. I had also considered Imageshack briefly...but who knows when such a site will also hold your images for ransom.
  6. I found an example of this very common large medal about 4-5 months ago. Finally got around to photographing it. There is a good amount of lovely purple, blue, and reddish toning around the portraits -- but very hard to capture in photos. This is now a part of my ongoing (but slow) Victoria portraits collection.
  7. I like the detail! Wish I could blow that image up a bit more to see more of it!
  8. On this side of the pond (USA), the main sources are: Bill McKivor (The Copper Corner; no pictures but issues a quarterly list of offerings; planning to retire soon) Dr. Gary Sriro (garysriro on eBay; sporadic offerings on eBay; known for likely the most complete collection of Conder varieties ever collected ) Heritage auctions (occasional large collections; otherwise sporadic smaller groupings) Gary Groll (I have never purchased anything from him, because I find his asking prices to be mostly absurd) James Ricks at Atlas Numismatics (often aggressive pricing, but the occasional "deal" can be found) Ernie Latter (cwtguy on eBay; usually has a few for sale in true auctions; some BIN also) Stephen Oatway (Based in Canada; britannianumismatics on eBay; usually has a few Conders in stock) Holgate Numismatics (andiepaul03 on eBay; Largely sourced material from Heritage Auctions with price mark ups) Ancient Galleon, LLC (ancientgalleonllc on eBay; decent selection and variety)
  9. I second/third/fourth...the "hideous" comment. Absolutely dreadful.
  10. Two new farthing Conder tokens. The detail on the Perthshire is particularly cool!
  11. I'm curious now as to how eBay defines a "replica". For example, CoinCraft has manufactured Fantasy coins for years. These are not "replicas" in the definition I go by, because they do not replicate any coin that actually exists. They are Fantasy Coins or Novelty Coins. They are becoming more and more collectible, and the two largest TPGs in the USA (NGC and PCGS) will happily put them in plastic for you if you so desire.
  12. Hi @Paulus It is either bronzed copper or copper + a bit of impurities (likely 95%+ copper). I think that qualifies for this thread. I won't be paying for an XRF analysis on this one, but I think it is likely bronzed copper -- i.e., all copper metal blank with a bronzing dust used at the time of striking to protect the surfaces and/or add sheen. I disagree with the PCGS determination that this was a "specimen" or "special" strike (SP designation). The die had a bit of gunk between the horses' front legs at the time of striking, and I doubt a medal of this type had various finishes or strikings. PCGS tends to overuse their SP designation on a lot of medals from this time period. It was likely struck with an inordinate amount of pressure, but any medal of this size (~50mm diameter) struck in 1820 would have required a phenomenal amount of tonnage for striking, and probably multiple blows to bring up the full high relief details in Victory and the horses.
  13. FRANCE. 1820 AE Medal. PCGS SP65. By Barre. 50.6mm. (Bramsen 1831; Slg. Julius 3685.) Obverse: Winged Victory in quadriga over globe depicting Europe and Egypt. Reverse: Legend in wreath of laurel and oak branches. / LES SOUSCRIPTEURS ASSOCIÉS POUR TRANSMETTRE A LA POSTÉRITÉ LES VICTOIRES ET CONQUÊTES DES FRANCAIS DE 1795 A 1815. ÉDITEUR C. L. F. PANCKOUCKE 1820. Bramsen 1831; Slg. Julius 3685. Struck for the subscribers to a work by C. L. F. Panckoucke, on the victories and conquests of Napoleon. Charles-Louis-Fleury Panckoucke, born on 26 Dec 1780 in Paris and died on 11 Jul 1844 in Meudon, was a French writer, printer, bookseller, and publisher. His most famous published work as editor was that for which this medal was created, published in Paris in 1820. Ex E. J. Haeberlin collection. Ernst Justus Haeberlin (born 19 Jun 1847 in Frankfurt, Germany, died 5 Dec 1925 ) was a lawyer and commercial councilor in Frankfurt am Main. However, Haeberlin became known primarily as a numismatist. In 1906 he was a co-founder of the Frankfurt Numismatic Society. His coin collection was dispersed after his death, with the Aes-Grave portion and other items entering the coin cabinet of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin .