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  1. Generic Lad

    Help identifying coin.

    What you have is a threepence. Worth 3 old pence. Of course its worth more because it is sterling silver. I'm assuming that this is your coin?
  2. Generic Lad

    Small Change

    Yep, I buy whatever silver/gold I can afford. I've got a few shops that sell for fairly cheap, I also buy bags of coins at banks and search through them for silver. Managed to find a couple rolls of silver dimes and halves that way. I'm not a huge fan of silver eagles or generic silver, mostly because the eagles are overpriced (a good $2-3 over spot and will never be rare, even in BU condition due to the massive amounts they are making) and generic silver can't be easily assayed by the average Joe so in the event of an economic collapse they aren't going to know if I've got a plated silver bar stamped .999 silver or if its the real deal, on the other hand a counterfeit Mercury dime looks quite different than a genuine one, enough difference that the average Joe should be able to tell.
  3. Generic Lad

    Small Change

    Am I the only one that finds it odd to back up paper with... paper? Sadly I think hyperinflation will eventually take over and we will be using million pound notes (and trillion dollar bills!) to buy everyday things.
  4. Generic Lad

    Die Axis ?

    Yes, the two arrows pointing up means "medal axis", the other is "coin axis". All coins nowadays are minted with medal axis All British coins are, but all US coins (except for some strikings of the Gobrecht Dollar I believe) are struck in coin alignment.
  5. That is very odd. Why would anyone go to the trouble of counterfeiting such a low-denomination coin?
  6. US Grading services such as NGC/PCGS will ship back many coins that they won't grade due to different things. I've seen coins receive no grades due to: Environmental damage (dug coins, verdigris, sometimes PVC slime) Cleaning Graffiti Scratches Toning of unknown origin Tooled etc. Rather than do what most coin dealers would do which would be to grade the coin with a grade (such as fine, but X flaw) or use a net grade (I think ANACS does do net grading). PCGS and NGC will flat out either refuse to slab it and return it in a flip, or will slab it but refuse to give a numerical grade (and give a details grade) If you submit enough coins to PCGS/NGC a good chunk of them will come back ungraded. The fact that this coin has come back without a numerical grade is not surprising (as it clearly has environmental damage) and it really shouldn't be an indicator that NGC thinks the coin is suspect. Your best bet is to sell it within the slab/flip that NGC has said its authentic because re-submitting it for evaluation at PCGS/NGC is going to give you another no-grade coin.
  7. So, today I was rummaging through the not-so-local coin dealer's 15 cent bin and I found this 1951 threepence. The reverse is mirror like, but the obverse is much flatter. Of course for all I know the obverse could have looked like the reverse once upon a time and it got dinged up by being literally buried under other coins. The problem is, I don't know if it is a proof issue, or just a nicely polished coin. It is: Are there any good die markers to know if it is really a proof or not? And if it is a proof I'm assuming its a normal (and not a VIP) proof? The edges are crisp, but not exactly knifelike.
  8. Generic Lad

    identify some chinese? coins

    Check them with a magnet also. Chinese coins of that era are commonly faked. And by commonly I mean I've seen about 20 fake examples for every 1 genuine one. Now, without seeing better quality pictures I can't say for sure if yours is a fake or not, but if a magnet sticks to your coin (even weakly) you've got a fake coin. However, if a magnet doesn't stick to it, you may still have a fake piece, but if it sticks to the magnet, you can for sure know its a fake. What worries me on your example is the "mushiness" of the lettering, although it could just be your photo.
  9. Generic Lad

    The end of Copper Coins

    I can tell you that most of the US Zinc cents end up quickly corroded. They literally rot away if not kept in pristine condition. They get spotted even when kept in near ideal conditions.
  10. Generic Lad


    Happy New Year!
  11. Depends on how much time you want to put into the hobby and if you're concerned about having a "complete" collection or not. There are of course the "traditional" routes, a coin a year, a high grade collection of a certain denomination, a coin from every monarch, maundy sets, etc. Less popular, but still rewarding would be topical sets. For example, you could collect British coins with Lions on them. Or you could collect less-documented coins such as counterstamped coins. The important thing is that you collect what you find interesting rather than what someone else finds interesting. If you've got no desire to spend hours looking for tiny varieties of Victorian bun head pennies, there's no need to collect them. If you love decimal, or even private mint issues, collect them! And it is important that you separate investment and collecting. A good bullion coin is seldom a good collector coin. And a coin that might increase in value over the years may not fit your collection. At the end of the day, collect to have a collection that YOU enjoy, no matter if you are collecting high grade hammered gold, Victorian bronze, decimal or even Churchill Crowns! If you are happy with your coins and happy with the time/money invested in it. It is a good investment for you.
  12. Generic Lad

    bought a book. is it worth it? opinions.

    Anything written by Chris Perkins is worth getting!
  13. Generic Lad

    1939 proof coins!

    Cameo proofs mean that the design has a frosted appearance and the fields look mirrorlike. When it comes to American coins, the Franklin half dollar is apt to be the one that shows a huge difference between a non-cameo and cameo proof. . The first image shows a typical non-cameo proof. The coin is shiny, but the design isn't frosted. It is clearly a proof coin, but not a cameo. The second image shows a cameo proof (or if you believe American TPGers, a "Deep Cameo"). The fields are mirrorlike and the design is frosted. When held in hand it looks a bit like a carved cameo. If you believe TPGers there are several different classes of cameo proofs, ranging from Cameo, to Deep Cameo, to Ultra Cameo.
  14. Generic Lad

    Storing silver coins

    If you go bargain hunting, you can find some scarce coins for cheap. While most of the stuff in a dealer's melt bin, foreign coin bin, and cu-ni bin are indeed junk, if you have the time and patience (and a good eye) you can find great bargains (not investments, but you can find things to flip fairly quickly and make some cash to put into investments). Look for minor varieties that are easy to spot without a loupe. Have a general knowledge of foreign numismatics, particularly the ones with lots of collectors (UK, USA, Germany, Canada, France, etc.) and know what makes a coin better than just melt for those countries. For example, a US coin with a "CC" mintmark is almost always worth at least $30, regardless of the denomination or condition. Better grade and scarcer dates may go for $20,000+. Be able to identify silver and learn how to estimate how much a coin is worth in scrap silver. If you're lucky you can find silver coins for cheap because the dealer thinks they are base metal. 1968 Canadian quarters and dimes are either 99.9% nickel or 50% silver, many dealers don't know that and toss all '68s in the Cu-Ni bin. A magnet will reveal if its silver or not, silver will not stick to the magnet but nickel will stick. Nickel also has a different look than silver. While an extra $2.50 here and there doesn't sound like a lot, its a painless way to accumulate silver, learn valuable skills, have fun and build up savings for an investment grade coin. The question though is where to look. Over here in the US the places I go are: 1) Coin auctions, often the more "boring" pieces will go less than melt and foreign coins routinely go below catalog price. Although I've seen some absurdities such as 20 dateless buffalo nickels go for $30! 2) Family-owned "cash 4 gold" style shops. While a lot of the franchised places won't sell, the smaller, family owned ones would much rather sell to a collector than put something up for auction or ship it off to be refined. 3) eBay is possible, but lately things go for book or even higher, although varieties may be overlooked. 4) Antique malls. These are often a pain to deal with, asking people to unlock cases, looking through overpriced crap. Finding a nice, interesting coin only to find that the seller neglected to put a price on it. Etc.
  15. Hm, interesting. Well either way it seems like it was a pretty good find for 15 cents! Yes, its certainly not a matte proof. Its just interesting that it managed to wind up in the 15 cent bin, I searched around for the other denominations, thinking that perhaps an entire '51 set was dumped but never found any other '51 British coins. Picked out some BU Elizabeth II pennies in there too Along with some other 3d bits.
  16. Got enough money, going to head to the not-so-local coin shop and see what they have. Knowing my luck it'll be closed Going to try to pick out some nice things out of their Cu-Ni bin, perhaps some pennies to look for Freeman varieties. They never seem to have any good silver foreign coins, but perhaps tomorrow will be an exception.
  17. Merry Christmas everyone!
  18. Generic Lad

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    And I'll leave this one here: http://www.littletoncoin.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product5|10001|24551|-1|54179|
  19. Generic Lad

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    'illustration purpose only'? Why? I hate that! With the effort put into the multi-image photo he posted, he could've got a half-decent photo of his ACTUAL coin! If his actual coin was half-decent, I'm sure he would have... Nothing beats Littleton Coin for pulling that crap. It used to be in the dark days before the internet it was THE place to get coins apart from your local dealer (granted, that was before my time ) but today... Aside from the fact that this is an incredibly common date and you can pick it up for $6-7 for scrap silver at just about any place that deals with coins. They went ahead and for the picture: A) Had an uncirculated coin, something that they don't even offer as one of the buying options Had a proof coin, again something they don't even offer as a buying option http://www.littletoncoin.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product5|10001|24551|-1|23246|89305
  20. Generic Lad

    Souvenirs from India.

    Where is "Indya"? I know nothing about Indian coins other than the scrap values for the silver ones, is "Indya" on the genuine ones or is that just a mistake by the forgers?
  21. Generic Lad

    Guess the grade

    Slabbing with a TPGer is like a lottery. Sometimes you win big, sometimes you lose out big time. Myself I haven't slabbed any because things can go wrong. A lot of things end up just getting slabbed "genuine" due to some obscure defect ranging from cleaning (despite the fact that other coins with the same amount of cleaning can be slabbed...) or even questionable toning. I've also noticed that NGC/PCGS seem to grade on a curve with older coins getting better grades than newer coins even though they are in the same exact state of preservation.
  22. Generic Lad

    Guess the grade

    Since that is NGC slabbed I'm going to go out on a limb and say they graded it MS-64 or MS-65. Myself I'd grade it MS-62, while the coin looks to have no wear (not sure if the flatness on the obverse to the right above the ear is wear or just a weak strike) and very few bagmarks, it is a fairly weak strike with the hair not striking up fully, the first A in BRITANAR looks weak, the left side of the wreath looks weak also, same with the crown where the pearls don't look to be fully struck up. Aside from a little rim nick at about 8 o'clock on the reverse, its in pretty good preservation but IMO the weak strike on some of the central design (mainly the crown) should make this grade lower than a fully struck coin in the same preservation.
  23. 3 looks to be an 180(7?) George III copper. Half penny?
  24. Generic Lad

    Tissue Test

    Out of all the fake coins (and replica coins) I've seen/owned, I've only seen 2 or 3 stick to a magnet while all the rest did not. The typical ones I see (fake US silver dollars) are usually copper-nickel or silver-plated copper and as such they don't stick to the magnet. However, a magnet is quite useful for testing jewellery because most fake jewellery will be silver/gold plated nickel or steel, although I have seen some gold plated brass rings that are stamped 14K that won't stick to a magnet.
  25. Are there any good references for older British medals? It doesn't have to be too specific but I'd just like something with lots of pictures and good general information since it seems like you can get nice, old medals with better designs than the period coinage in excellent condition for a fraction of what you'd pay for the actual currency.