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Everything posted by jaggy

  1. Just won - and paid for - this 1914 penny at BSJ. Slabbed NGC and graded MS65 RB:
  2. I was interested in one coin in this auction which was an 1892 florin. However, it went for £600 so, if I had bid, I was probably looking at £650 or £700 plus DNW's exorbitant buyers fee and it just wasn't worth that much to me.
  3. If the description says cleaned then I won't touch the coin. Unfortunately, not all auction houses and not all auctions offer an accurate description of the coin and often the photography doesn't show up flaws. Increasingly, I will only bid if the coin is certified NGC or PCGS as I have been 'burned' too many times. Not an absolute guarantee, of course, but better than the description or photo. It's a shame that it has come to this.
  4. Yes. I used a product called Steward. There is more to it than the screen I showed. I also have fields for monarch, date, two photo fields, two reference fields (e.g. ESC), size & weight, obverse details, reverse details, hammered or milled, slabbed or raw, certificate number (if slabbed). I can add any other fields I want.
  5. I think you missed my poor attempt at humour. My database has a field for the auction or dealer a coin has been bought from, the specific auction number or name, date bought, lot number, cost and provenance. There is a separate field titled 'comments'. There is, therefore, plenty of opportunity to document the 'chain'.
  6. I picked up three of your lots. 1860 sixpence 1871 sixpence - no die no. 1887 sixpence - JEB on truncation. In my records I will mark the provenance as 'Nick from Predecimal'.
  7. DNW haven't done you any favours in their descriptions. No mention of the varieties.
  8. I know, limited funds are always the problem. There are so many coins that interest me and especially the varieties. I think the trick is to focus on the ones you really really want and go hard for them. And, of course, if you get everything in one go then there is nothing left for subsequent purchases.
  9. Fortunately, I already have an 1869 sixpence (Die #12, trivial scuffing, lightly toned on obverse) which I bought in the Willis sale at Glendinnings in 1991. So, Eric, go for it.
  10. You will be fighting me for a few of them. 😘 I have identified 11 coins in the March sale that are of interest to me and four that are 'must haves'.
  11. Need a bit of help here. I'm trying to work out which ESC this penny is and not having much luck:
  12. jaggy

    Charles II Hammered Penny

    Thanks for that. So milled and not hammered. Bull has it listed as Maundy while Rayner simply says known as 'undated Maundy'. I was looking in the wrong place.
  13. I'm tracking several lots. So far, prices on them aren't ridiculous although what happens tomorrow remains to be seen.
  14. I was watching that auction. I had four lots in my 'cabinet', two of which I would have bid on. However, the prices went way above what I was willing to pay for the two coins. I will be interested in what happens in the Heritage auction tomorrow and whether US prices go the same way.
  15. I pay no attention to the 'finest known' guff. However, that tends to be put out by the auction houses rather than the TPG when trying to talk up a coin.
  16. Apologies for missing much of this more recent discussion. For auctions, I tend to focus on DNW, Spink, BSJ and Heritage. I do look at London Coins but my level of trust with them is such that I will only bid on NGC or PCGS slabbed coins in their auction. I don't bid in all auctions by any means. I have my list of what I'm looking for and if they don't have it, if the quality isn't there or if the price gets silly then I'm generally not interested. I have always been primarily a sixpence collector but the gaps are fewer, rarer and more expensive now. I did pick up a couple of nice sixpences at Heritage (1703 Lima & 1710) and they were expensive enough. I have my eye on a couple of coins at DNW tomorrow. I don't really have an overall completion goal as such. I tend to look at it in terms of monarch and I will buy duplicates if it is a good quality upgrade (the 1703 was an upgrade). I've also been branching out with a few type sets and building a couple of proof sets. Still a long way to go with these. I still do find coins at the quality I want and prices I'm willing to pay. On very odd occasions a coin will come along where I'm willing to pay over the odds. Especially with regard to sixpences, I do know my stuff and I know when it's worth splashing the cash or when it's worth waiting for another one to come along.
  17. To your point, I think that newer collectors will often buy the run of the mill stuff. I know that I did when I was starting out some 35 years ago. So maybe that is driving the lower end prices up. I'm not sure that is true across the board. I've bought a few coins over the past three months and, as usual, I do my research across the various auction archives and the prices I have been paying are about right. No bargains but not overpaying either. Even so I've seen some coins that I was interested in go for mind-boggling prices (in my opinion of course). For example, a 1911 penny (MS65 Red) sold at BSJ for £250. I bought a 1911 penny (MS65 RB) for £115 on Ebay.
  18. I suppose it depends on the coin. I've bought quite a few coins over the lockdown (gotta spend the dosh on something) and haven't been overly shocked by the prices.
  19. I was shocked at the poor quality of the Frank Viles sale at Spink and I told 'Greg Spink' so on Facebook. That isn't a criticism of Spink as such. They are a business and, to be fair, have been very professional in all my dealings with them. Even so, the lots all sold. They sold a 1562 sixpence which, in my humble opinion is poorer than my own example, for £1,200.
  20. Coin was slabbed MS63. So probably an EF when the tickets were written.
  21. I recently acquired a 1703 Vigo sixpence and these tickets came with the coin. Does anyone recognise them?
  22. The pics on LCA are deceptive. They flatter the coin and hide hairline scratches and other defects which are often not mentioned in the description.
  23. It has been quite a while since LCA has offered anything that is 1) of interest to me, and, 2) that I would be willing to trust LCA on.