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Posts posted by Bruce

  1. 30 minutes ago, SilverAge3 said:

    Anyone able to verify these are fake? Price seems too good to be true for Gothic Florins. It's not a series I own any of yet.


    Surface of the coin is rough....but the most curious is the seller already sold 15pc, n have 8pc on sale.  It's not often if not rare you can have so many same year Gothic Florin in collection.

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  2. 9 hours ago, Rob said:

    Easylive isn't extortionate. A flat fee of £3 is a pint - not going to break the bank. Spend over £100 and you are winning compared to the %age route.

    I also use £80-100 as benchmark to bid through easylive.  if i guess my winning lots exceed that sum, i will pay for the £3.  

    Back to Coinery case, i remember there is no flat £3 option, and bidding through coinery website is less expensive than easylive portal.  However, i am not sure about this now, coz i changed to bid through Coinery website since 2nd auction held by them because of the auction premium issue.

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  3. 4 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Spot on Bruce. I actually found this out when I called The Coinery late yesterday and spoke to Guy. I'd forgotten, but last year I went through easy live auction because of technical issues (couldn't get sound) - hence the extra surcharge. This time I went throughThe Coinery's website so there will be no surcharge. 

    Nice, so that you saved few percentage off👍.

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  4. 4 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Thought it was too good to be true. Just received a revised invoice with the buyer's premium added, and had to pay a further £232.00.

    Apparently there is no seller's fee on items over £1000, and on this occasion the no fee was applied in the wrong place.

    I'll await with baited breath to see if an internet surcharge is also added.

    You bid through easylive, so that there's internet surcharge?

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  5. 4 hours ago, david.bordeaux said:

    An examination of the collection at the British Museum revealed one very clear example of "onc": the 1857.








    This is catalogued as "possibly a proof ? according to D. Fealy" and it undoubtedly has proof-like fields and is in FDC condition. 

    I regard this as further evidence in favour of an error in die preparation (and against the theory of simple die-fill - proofs are not made from worn dies...).

    As always, any thoughts welcome - and does anyone know anything about "D. Fealy"?  

    Postscript: it is perhaps natural that the opportunity to handle and examine such splendid coins in museum collections initially evokes feelings of envy in the collector. But it soon gives way to the more rational analysis that such specimens are really best off in a public collection that is accessible to all - and not, thank goodness, encapsulated in plastic.

    It is a very nice gothic florin, rare to see with such prooflike field.

  6. 3 hours ago, Sword said:

    Glad you like it. The crown will always be one of the popular denominations to collect. I went for the less traditional "£2 ounce" only because I like the reverse design.

    Me too, this is the only coronation coin acquired so far due to the same reason.  I'm considering to add a bullion 2023 sovereign to mark the coronation year collection.

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  7. 2 hours ago, Menger said:

    Desiccant - interesting.

    I recently acquired a proof 1/3 farthing graded NGC PF66+*. I liberated it on arrival with a hammer - as I do all my coins. This is my first venture away from silver however and I too live in a humid climate.  I have wondered about desiccant - I would be grateful if anyone knows whether that is “coin safe” - or emits any kind of contaminant. 

    I think about the same when i first use it years ago.  The one I'm using is in form a small box filling with silica gel, and it is said can be stored with food together, that's why I give it a go.  However, I'm not 100% sure it is problem free or not, so would much appreciate as well if someone can advise if it is safe to keep with coins.

  8. I also won't consider to slab my coins, unless it's going to put up for auction.  I will keep it in capsule to try to protect it from scratch etc, and then in an air tight box with desiccant, coz humidity is too high in hong kong.

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  9. 8 hours ago, Coinery said:

    I’ve just had my first look over your website…that’s a phenomenal body of work. Comprehensive doesn’t quite capture the immensity of it! 
    Well done that man! 


    i bookmarked it in my cell phone, tablet, PC for reference as well. Superb works.

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  10. Thank you David for the stat analysis.  I didn't think about the reason behind, but i agree that it is not uncommon in various auctions.  I didn't own any onc example so far and was offered by a local dealer before (forget which year it's), but did not buy due to price.  Let me visit again later if it is still there.

  11. 3 hours ago, PWA 1967 said:

    1826 penny inverted FAKE.

    Thought i would share this just incase anyone sees one for sale and before they perhaps pay to much for one ,believing it to be genuine.

    I could not tell looking at one ,no signs of anything to the outside edge or inner rim ,right weight ,size , looks genuine.

    BUT i had two and found pictures of another ,they are all the same with the same bag marks etc and could easily be passed off as genuine if you are not able to compare with another.

    Similar to the 1905 Half crowns that were done in the seventies and look real but all the same.




    Thanks for sharing the info 

  12. 3 hours ago, secret santa said:

    I think I remember Michael Gouby told me a few years ago that DNW had asked him to go through a collection of pennies to help them identify the varieties but, as they didn't offer him anything for his trouble, he declined.

    If it's a friend's request n have spare time, most people are willing to offer assistance.   However, if it is for commercial purpose, no way for free of charge...business is business.

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  13. 2 hours ago, Sword said:

    I have just printed off the label asking for an exchange. I also managed to get to them on the phone and the chap said they will check before posting a replacement. Can't say I am convinced. Let's see what happens this time. 

    Glad to hear that, wish everything is smooth n alright, and replacement is fine👍.

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  14. Sorry for that, but this kind of quality is seems the new normal of this big n rich organisation.  There are always loads of complaints in other forums re RM products, which maybe down to too many products launched. Comparing with Perth Mint, for example, quality is miles away.  I'd opt a replacement, as i really like the oz reverse design.  You may contact RM first to lodge a formal complaint n trying to seek for a guarantee of much better quality replacement before sending back.  Wish you good luck and have favourable feedback.

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  15. 1 hour ago, ozjohn said:

    Obverse:Glory be to God on high and peace on earth to men of good will


    Reverse: To 15 Paris workers who have skillfully represented their French colleagues at the London peace congress 22,23 & 24 July 1851




    An interesting medal.

    Thanks ozjohn for sharing the article.  I tried to understand more about the congress since having the medal on hand, but found resources are very limited before.  I am attracted by the medal especially due to the message deliver n in current chaos world.