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  1. IanB

    Sorry to bore you all again - grading

    It might just be eyes but the pictures look more like a drawing rather than a photo, maybe photoshop?
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    Photography 101

    My first attempt at Flickr and one of my first attempts at photographing a coin https://www.flickr.com/photos/29132520@N02/?
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    Pre '47 George VI Silver Coinage - Opinions?

    I am going to take a guess and say they were probably minted by the millions and there are still a lot of them around.
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    Pre '47 George VI Silver Coinage - Opinions?

    Thanks Frank they look nice. Sorry cannot comment on their value or your other questions. Like your self I am new to collecting but there are lots of helpful people on here who will be able to give you the answer. Again like yourself I have been buying off eBay but have made a promise to myself to start buying from reputable dealers and fairs. If you follow the messages you soon start to see dealers names popping up frequently and its good to view their sites and compare the quality against some of the stuff on eBay. Having said that it's still worth checking eBay for the occasional gem. good hunting. Ian
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    Pre '47 George VI Silver Coinage - Opinions?

    Hi Frank can you put a link to the coins please so we can have a look.
  6. Thank you once again Nordle for pointing me in the right direction. Happy New Year to you
  7. Hi guys Any chance of explaining what exactly is die clashing and why is it it happening only at this place on the coin and not on other parts? Thanks
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    How important is a serif

    Thank you Nordle, that makes a lot of sense. I guess whenever machinery is involved in any form of production then small bits of dirt and grease will find its way onto the item no matter how clean they try to be
  9. I have a 1855 half penny that has some serifs missing on the I in BRITANNIAR. The top one looks like there is a dent on the upright with perhaps the smallest trace of a serif, the bottom one is just not there. Is this a fault in stamping or can serifs just break off over time? Does a missing serif make it rare?Missing serif.pdf
  10. I have been keeping an eye on this coin on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Extremely-Rare-Victoria-2mm-Penny-1895-CGS-EF-/321939588551?hash=item4af51845c7:g:R90AAOSwAKxWYcef&autorefresh=true With the intention of bidding on it but it looks like there is a lot of interest in it, so probably will not get involved in an expensive bidding war particularly this close to Christmas. Anyway in an an attempt to learn a bit more on the subject I notice that the coin has been graded by CGS but it has a reject verdigris tag on it could anyone explain what this means and how it effects the price one might be expected to pay for it. Do they reject for any other things? I have had a look on some other selling sites and there are a couple of examples on a site called Colin Cooke coins. 2mm. GEF traces of lustre £875 & 2mm. Unc Good Lustre/BU Almost Full Lustre (Slabbed CGS 75) £995. At some point I would like to start purchasing some high quality coins but I understand I have a lot to learn. I am happy to make some cheap mistakes but would really prefer not to make any expensive ones.
  11. Just got hold of this penny. The question is, is it a 1897 penny with a spot between the O and N? It is quite small but I have had a look at some other examples and it looks like it is in the right place. I will send a second picture on another message as the one on this post is near the 500kb limit
  12. Had another go. Using a mobile phone and photographing through a magnifying glass
  13. I will try and get a better picture with a bit of an angle to it rather than straight on
  14. Second picture of penny. Thank you
  15. IanB

    1897 Penny

    I am trying to have a go at grading and identifying any issues before purchasing and this coin has caught my eye on Ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151909645381?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT I have looked at the Rotographic book Collectors Coins (Ihave the 2014 version) also checked some of the auction sites and I think it is the standard 1897 penny. However it just looks too clean, does it look like it might have been cleaned? I can see some fine line in the bottom right hand corner of the reverse. Also the description mentions it is stained on the obverse, is that something I should be wary of? I am going to estimate its grade at VF on the obverse but slightly better on the reverse. If I am right, its not an expensive coin but I want to start sorting the wheat from the chaff. Any help and guidance gratefully received.
  16. Thank you Nordle, the link to their site is very useful for future reference. I can see how getting their grading can increase or decrease the value of a coin. So far the price is £127 and climbing.
  17. Thank you for getting back so quickly on this. So when the seller states that it has been graded by CGS as EF, they are not being truthful?
  18. IanB

    Using acetone to clean coins

    No idea if it was cleaned prior to me getting hold of it. Could it be the way I photographed it with a mobile phone and fluorescent lighting? When I tried the acetone I did not dip it just dabbed it with a q tip. Did not get any dirt off with it, the coin looks exactly the same as before I tried the acetone.
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    Using acetone to clean coins

    Yes it is a pretty coin (thats probably not a correct term to use) I especially like the head of Victoria on the other side. I will certainly be collecting more of them.It is a pity about the fingerprint, now I know its there its annoying me but i will just put it down to experience and look for better examples. Thank you everyone for your advice on my first posting.
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    Using acetone to clean coins

    Thank you, that was nice and easy. Hope it looks okay when you view it?
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    Using acetone to clean coins

    I do have a picture, but cannot figure out how to paste it onto the page. Looks like I need to create a URL? Do you know if there is a guide somewhere on the site that tells me how to do it?
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    Using acetone to clean coins

    Hi All My first post and new to coin collecting. I have a 1856 half penny that has what looks like a fingerprint on the reverse. I have tried acetone but no no joy in removing it. Any help or advice on getting rid of it would be appreciated.