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Posts posted by VickySilver

  1. You didn't ask for it, but grading by the pictures I [sort of] would say this: I  don't see a lot of hairlines but even a bit of angling to the light may reveal such. They can be VERY hard on those. Assuming none other that what is seen, that bit passes muster for lower mint state coins but the friction along the neck and base of bust might lever it down just a bit. I would be tempted to put it in the 61-62 category....The reverse is fairly nice with a bit of softness at bottom of crown at shield.  

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  2. I just spotted this upcoming auction and was drawn to the usual suspects: lated milled pre-decimal copper and silver. One coin that amuses me as far as grading is the Proof 1935 Jubilee crown. Lots 73-75 are just this:  the 73 is graded 66cameo and the following two are 63cameo. Maybe it is just the pictures but they just do not look of that grade & don't measure up to others I have seen.

    Not much else of interest and these are not, certainly....

  3. A lot of friction at the base of the neck and that yellowish oxidation on the Atlas coin. The above sadly cleaned and the first with some of the yellowish oxidation it appears that is so frequently seen on this vintage of G5 halfcrown. Mine is alright but then again gotten 20+ years ago from a source I do not remember & keeping it raw as I have it in the Capitol Holder I had made that covers 1911-1936.

    I had the 1925 florin which graded out as MS64 at PCGS and IMHO not generously at that. It is even less loved than the 2/6!

  4. I have a bit of bias in any case as I do not at all care for the Weyl and other private non-RM patterns. The silver series of 1863 drive me up a tree. I once bought an 1860 "penny" struck in silver that was a Weyl - and still have it. I think I will sell it one day but probably as I am in America slab it up and put it in Heritage.

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  5. What did that one grade? If I had to grade from pictures alone, I would personally go higher than VF certainly - maybe AU53 or 55?

    Of course the 1925 date comes very softly struck and often without a lot of lustre, but as you will note the sensitive cheek, brow, mustache, hair look to be virtually free of wear, with a very nicely [for issue] struck reverse. Main concern: base of the neck truncation that probably has to be seen in hand to judge severity of friction IMHO. On second thought this may be at the 58-61 level. I will see if I can show a picture of a "raw" 1925 that was hand-selected 20 or so years ago later today.

  6. Upcoming in the 16 April Noonan's auction is a superior 1893 Jub. Sixpence (NOT mine!). This coin demonstrates the sorry strikes for this coin as the hair detail, etc. looks to be aEF but inspection of the rims shows very little wear & the topmost details of the leave on reverse wreath also suffer...

    This would be difficult IMHO for the TPGs to grade as technical with very little wear might be AU50 or maybe 53.

    Anyway, this coin not far off the graded MS61 but all so far short of the PCGS64 specimen that I believe was ex-Colin Cooke.

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  7. Yes, that one had better look improved with in-hand inspection. At times they are puzzlers for sure, and given that there are some superb specimens out there of this date and denomination would be a "hard pass" as they say these days...

  8. Well, I just don't essentially trust Bitcoin or the other [IMHO] knockoffs as their basis for value seems questionable at best. That having been said, I suppose if you get in and out on a gamble you might make out. Just not for me, but more power (and prayer) to those that do.

  9. I will say that sometimes there is a loss of lustre. One method that works well also is the ammonia diluted with no dye. I have used it many silver and one of the very best for nickel or copper nickel coins....

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  10. Significantly MORE than I recently paid for an actual Record Proof 1958 halfcrown - I do see these coins as possibly worthy of a premium but as per above I can see maybe 250 for the 3d. I recall a 1946 Record Proof 3d going for about 600 pounds, but that was ~5 yrs ago. Also, on Heritage not long ago they sold a set of the three 1953 coppers in proof in grades that were by recall Ultra Cameo 67 for about 700 USD.

    I don't don't who is buying these coins as even I pass on these.

  11. LOL, yes well should have spelled out that the 1871 was graded MS 64 Red Brown. But I do believe that either 1864 (plain or serif) are quite rare in mint state, Red, Brown or RB - have to rate it scarcer than 1871 certainly.

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  12. 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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