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VickySilver

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  1. VickySilver

    1867 Penny F53 6+G , UNC.

    Oh, thanks for catching me as I forgot! I was so mad as I am quite familiar with NGC and PCGS grading and should have been a "64"; I subsequently got one (1871) that did go "64". Will try to locate the other 1871.....
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    Using acetone to clean coins

    Hmmm, I would def. avoid ammonia on copper or copper alloy.
  3. VickySilver

    Using acetone to clean coins

    We call it "rubbing alcohol" (not suitable for drinking!) over on this side of the Pond. A decent solvent and one of the choices. I have really come along to liking ammonia with no dyes, etc. for copper nickel or even silver in its alloys and even gold - not that implying this choice is encycopaedic but only amongst the possibilities..
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    Useful Advice

    Yes, I have noticed this too and can catch you out with late night bidding, or if after a beverage or two....I sometimes lose the connection on the "refresh" though....
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    1867 Penny F53 6+G , UNC.

    Yes, I will try to post the coin in the next couple of days if any interested. The 1871 is a rare date that I had been looking for a good example of. Very similar to the 1867 above (except for the die crack).
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    1919 kn forgery

    Yes, although the tricky side is the obverse. Don't get me started on the "H"s!
  7. VickySilver

    1867 Penny F53 6+G , UNC.

    Some of the MS64 RB coins are really special; also I will try to dig out a picture of one "detailed" for a small DIE CRACK! It was an 1871 and beautiful as well....
  8. VickySilver

    1919 kn forgery

    Wow, Richard, exceptional coin there for the comparo - can we see a quick shot of the obverse?
  9. VickySilver

    1919 kn forgery

    I agree, very impressive. Now if they could only pull of a '19H, I might be a buyer at Ali Baba prices! Oops, shouldn't have let that out....I am always unhappy with the 19H's... The obverse looks almost of the '26ME quality & treatment of hair detail....
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    Tiny Coin Found - possibly Celtic?

    That coin almost looks to be of electrum composition??
  11. VickySilver

    2009 Mule 10 Pence With Lion Reverse of 2007

    Should have redacted the addressee!
  12. I posted this in the general British coin forum but noted with interest that 2 days ago Noonans sold at auction what is evidently an extremely rare decimal coin. It may be the rarest of all currency from the decimal era! This would be the 2009 10 pence, uncirculated currency piece with the lion reverse of 2007 and earlier. Out of curiosity I looked it up and could only find record of a different piece sold at London Coin auctions about 8 years ago and then vague mention of one other specimen from a 2008 (!) currency specimen set, I think it said for babies born that year or similar. Regardless, I didn’t even know this coin existed - maybe because I have focused on the later milled pre-decimal coins of 1837-1970. Do readers know more?
  13. VickySilver

    2009 Mule 10 Pence With Lion Reverse of 2007

    Finally the Royal Mint responded:
  14. VickySilver

    St James Premier Auction Today

    I second that. However, I have not concentrated on farthings despite having a couple (or two)...
  15. VickySilver

    St James Premier Auction Today

    Very bad iPhone picture through TPG perspex
  16. VickySilver

    St James Premier Auction Today

    Ah, in hand and really nice coin. Will try to share pictures later today....Now where the heck is the '59 proof?
  17. VickySilver

    St James Premier Auction Today

    Still no delivery & suspect customs which occasionally happens.
  18. VickySilver

    A comparison of two auction houses

    I have been happy with Coinery auctions but have only won a coin or two from them. I like their business model, but am limited by the offerings not being in my area. I recently made a substantial purchase at one of the major London auctions by a recognized firm - also unnamed - and paid about 30% in commission and fees which really substantially raised the price on a fairly expensive item. If I didn't "need" this piece I would have factored these costs and NOT bought the coin....
  19. VickySilver

    St James Premier Auction Today

    Thanks. I really stretched the budget for that one.
  20. VickySilver

    St James Premier Auction Today

    How about the 1945 proof brass 3d? I think went for 2400 or so? This is a VERY rare coin that I have not seen before. The 1955 halfcrown in proof very nice and think I know where it went...LOL.
  21. VickySilver

    2009 Mule 10 Pence With Lion Reverse of 2007

    Well, they finally took receipt of the coin on 17 Sept. and said 6-8 weeks - now 47 days. But who is counting?
  22. OK, Baldwin had an auction today and some interesting bits there. In my area (Vicky Silver - LOL) I upgraded my current 1842 2/6 by getting lot 587, the second of those on offer - the first not as pleasant... To me the big surprise in milled was not necessarily the highest priced: 1953 Halfcrown (Lot 608) - this went for 1400 plus commission, etc. Or 2100+ USD! OUCH. 1860/59 Penny (Lot 638) went IMHO a bit low at 2600 1864 Penny, crosslet (Lot 649) I think also went at 2600. This piece decent grade but IMHO surfaces not that pleasant "1551" (1851) Three pence (Lot 487) I think went at 3200. I don't care that another lesser specimen sold at 3600 some while ago, IMHO not worth the price fetched. A few others as well. Anyone else with opinions about the auction?
  23. This topic has been worked over before, and reluctantly I must agree that on some denominations (esp the penny!) the "VIP" status seems to be reflected in minor die differences. But the logic has in general IMHO not always been pristine and the RM also IMHO has not always used the same prep for proof or specimen sets and there are borderline coins that received some but not all the attention one usually expects on a proof of any description. A couple of years ago, I bought from Heritage 1953 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Penny coins that were all in Proof 67 Red Ultra Cameo. They were and are beautiful and although not matching the VIP coin die characteristics seem to have received some special treatment.Also I have an ex-Norweb Proof 64 1953 penny not of the VIP type but was sold to them as a "special striking". Other examples I could point out, certainly. A crown such as above in a "proof deep cameo or ultra cameo in 66 or 67" would be very hard to differentiate from a VIP at times and frankly the price paid for the above crown or half crown simply ridiculous. As a footnote, many of Bull's listings of "VIP proofs" from the 1940s are questionable as proofs from the off years would be VIPs with some perhaps having more cameo effect than others.
  24. That is an excellent point. I too wonder if these actually are selling - had not seen the crown. If you look around there are plenty of "Cameo 66" or even ULTRA Cameo 66 crowns of this date around. I got an actual Record Proof of this date from Spink many years ago for about 400 pounds and that was a lot. I think the coin indeed looks very nice and well preserved but was overpriced at 5% of this value. Actually I have the ordinary 1953 proof 2/6 in "cameo 66" which I bought for about 50 USD, and even the matte proof of this goes for about 3k, and for the crown about 6-7 k pounds.
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