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VickySilver

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  1. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    That is a decent specimen there....still scary to put out that kind of money for an ebay purchase though. Best to whomever purchases it though.
  2. VickySilver

    1882 London Mint penny ?

    This is a true rarity and no pretender like all those slim dates/odd varieties, die states, etc. Sadly I am not in play on this one, but will see how it goes from the sidelines...
  3. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Uhh, that would only happen AFTER he bought it. LOL!
  4. Was that mint altered, and if so, why? I have no interest in them but hopefully will bring a big price to the consignor.
  5. Also, some plaster models from molds taken from real coins were done in Victorian times and more recent...
  6. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Another caveat - many coins that are technically uncirculated but with some surface toning(OK, well in some cases more than some toning)have been treated, and not obviously except that the colour looks just a little off from what one would expect of 19th C. bronze. I have seen this many times even with encapsulated coins, esp. American Indian Head and early Lincoln cents. They are not bright pink, but are of a red/orange that just does not "seem" right. I am ashamed to say that some years ago I too bought from our favourite M.P. and have a coin that the colour is not quite right, but better now that some years have gone by. I think CGS or PCGS would slab and that it would past muster by most. I guess that makes it resaleable but does not leave me with a good feeling.
  7. Uhh, those are some low lead-in estimates....Get ready for a blood bath on a few of these! D---, I still need an upgrade or two and will have to wait and see if this penny frenzy, and especially the buns ever dies down...
  8. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Well, that might be a bit premature as I must confess to having an Achilles' heel of excitement on occasion, but usually not with coins (let nobody speak to my ex-wife!LOL!).
  9. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Which is a plug for the TPGs (or at least the respectable ones), and a whole different angle to this thread. Accumulator got his coin, and hope he is happy with it. I think there are possibly shades of gray to this whole argument, and that it still boils down to the buyer being knowledgeable and to be able to recognise "treated" coins for what they are; unfortunately this does take advantage of the newer collector to some degree. I also think that it is shady for dealers to buy coins, tweak them to deceive and to sell them at unseemly profit. At some point ethics might have a chance to sneak in?
  10. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Wow, the W4 shilling cleaned most definately. I have bought a few from MP, but as has been said, Caveat emptor!
  11. VickySilver

    Comparative rarity scales

    Yes, consensus amont "experts" a real task as there isn't any. The London mint 1882 piece discussed on these boards is a perfect example. A lot harder to put out a catalogue that people take as gospel than to criticize and being complete is well-nigh impossible.
  12. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Problem is demand...If the 75H is scarcer than the 69, and I think it is, somehow it just does not capture the interest of buyers to the same degree and so the price is probably condemned to a lower level. I remember being the buyer of a 75H about 10 or more years ago and mention made of it in the Coin News because a price of 759 pounds with the "juice" was paid - this however for a superior specimen!
  13. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    And now at 770. Nice coin but NOT unc.or even AU in my opinion. These buns are getting crazy!Seller quotes price of 1850 pounds in Spink 2010, but in unc.
  14. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Eeeeeeeeekkkkkk...................2560 pounds it closed at!!!!!!!!Readers keep alert as to if this coin shows again on the 'bay or another venue. I simply can not believe it. If real, maybe time to sell!
  15. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    That 19KN has some wear as well as lustre breaks and an average strike. Could "body bag" it at a TPG like PCGS. I do not like the areas of blotch that looked to have been attacked by some oxidant and perhaps cleaned or treated. The 69 will be a wonder if a true sale, as private bidders do not constitute a confirmed sale in my book.
  16. VickySilver

    1882 London Mint penny ?

    Yes, my thoughts - the 1882 London mint penny in VF or above is prohibitively rare. The discs and aFair pieces would make up the bulk of extant specimens I would imagine. The total based on sales in recent years would be a hazard guess of 40 or so also in my opinion. As I have hinted earlier, I am not at all sure these are of one obverse and reverse pairing and reminds me of ancients where people think only one ot two die pairs until new combos are discovered...
  17. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    2050 and rising! Where will this 69 go?
  18. VickySilver

    1882 London Mint penny ?

    Sometimes I think London mint 1882 pennies (if authentic) in high grade may be just as rare as the '33. And IMO would crush for real world value those idiotic narrow date buns.
  19. VickySilver

    1856 farthing

    Think I need to visit my optometrist....Just do not see anything I would consider remarkable. Good somebody has eyes, but seriously I think it would have to be a bit more prominent to be of note. Keep up the alert level to scouting these coins. Did you just happen to glance at the coin and see this or do you look at all your coins in such detail?
  20. VickySilver

    1856 farthing

    Pictures PLEASE!
  21. I think I was speculating on a deeper answer as to why the Australian demand - is there not some sort of tax advantage? I seem to recall something of that sort...
  22. I am certainly no expert in Aussie gold, but it looks to be long tail. This coin's value appears even at 400 pounds to be numismatically based rather than bullion based so I would not expect it to move proportionate to gold's gains (or heaven forbid, losses). They are noticing this in the American market for slabbed MS62-64 commoner double eagles I read - numismatic value does not gain with gold and is being "eaten up" by the gold rise. My infantile understanding is that the coin market in Aussieland is supported by the government letting people to put coins into retirement plans and ???tax protection. Perhaps another poster can improve our knowledge on this...
  23. VickySilver

    Sarawak 1941H 1 Cent

    Yes, I think Baldwin would be a good way to go, or else Heritage in the USA with PCGS certification/slab. You might be able to get surprising money for such.
  24. VickySilver

    1882 London Mint penny ?

    You know, Peck, I was thinking this only because of stories I have heard about untold hundreds, if not thousands of dies laying around mint property(ies?) which certainly left room for "sport". I know that the mint wizards at the Philadelphia mint carried on with such activities in the 19th century and even into the 20th, so to me kind of a black box situation. Bernie's penny is much nicer than most and I believe Rob would be able to locate a picture of the mint state, or so, piece that Spink had in one of their SNCs about 1980 or so that was far and away the best I have seen. I believe I have seen one 1882 London penny that is not strictly following the F11 format and it is in GVF or better condition with no problems other than poor planchet with no "monkey business" in the erstwhile mintmark area. The reaction when shown was that it was not F11 and therefore could not be London minted coin. That is NOT de facto data, and such intrepretation quite poor as opposed to the opinion that further study was needed. Electron microscopy in the area of the mintmark should show metal manipulation but access and cost of such testing may not be feasible. I vote for cautious openminded approach to such coins overall, with the coin having to essentially prove itself if possible...I can not condemn even this coin without further study but think that there are serious questions about the mintmark area.
  25. VickySilver

    1882 London Mint penny ?

    My question is: why is Freeman gospel on there being only one die combination for this coin (the 1882 London penny)? I simply do not understand how another obv. die, or even rev. die might not have been employed at another occasion that year, or even another year. This possibility does not seem to be excluded in arguments I have seen thus far.
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