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ozjohn

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  1. My latest acquisition received today. The obverse is pretty good for a low relief 1921 halfcrown while the reverse has some weakness on the lions' faces on the shield and also the scotch lion. Overall I think a well struck coin for the period
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EDWARD-VII-1910-SILVER-HALFCROWN-PCGS-MS62/274304517864?hash=item3fddd2c6e8:g:d3gAAOSwvXReal8B I know I keep on banging on about TPGers but I have difficulty in a MS 62 grading for this coin by PCGS
  3. ozjohn

    Pictures

    Did you use a telescope or a telephoto lens on your camera? In the past I have attached a digital camera to my X - Y 4" tracking telescope. and taken multiple photos of the object in question. As the X-Y tracking causes blurring of the picture there are SW packages (their name escapes me) that aligns the multiple images and building them up into a composite picture. They also contain all of the normal image processing, brightness, contrast, noise reduction, sharpening etc. A very nice picture of the moon.
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    MS62

    I think you are right. An interaction between the scanning pixel size and the computer display size aliasing perhaps.
  5. ozjohn

    MS62

    That's a very strange effect around the the Scottish lion? Overall a very nice fully struck obverse.
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    MS62

    Some very nice 1910 halfcrowns.
  7. Perhaps a stupid question but how could a R over B error happen or was it simply a case of poor spelling?
  8. ozjohn

    MS62

    It seems that the quality of strike for 1910 halfcrowns could be variable. Here's my 1910 halfcrown.. Firstly the reverse is a better strike than the obverse and I would grade it as UNC. The obverse is a weaker strike but given the reverse you have to cut some slack as both sides of the coin should wear evenly. As a result I would give an overall grade of gEF for the coin. In summary a very nice coin. I think I would prefer this coin to the PCGS example.
  9. ozjohn

    MS62

    I noticed there is a video attached to the Ebay listing for this item showing the coin being examined. The coin looks much better in this video than the photos supplied in the listing. In the video you can see the edge of the coin quite clearly and that looks pretty good. Perhaps it is just a lightly struck coin. Like some of the replies say it looks better in the hand as it is hard to get a good picture when photographing through a plastic capsule. The PCGS photos don't help the coin either.
  10. A really nice obverse but weakness in Britannia's head on the reverse. It seems that getting a well struck obverse and reverse is elusive. This is my example not perfect but probably representative of the RM's output at the time.
  11. Summer in Queensland. Although the article doesn't mention it the minimums over night are not going below 25 deg. C and the humidity is over 80%.
  12. Thanks for that. I'll look at hammered coins with different eyes in future. I still think having an idea of how these coins would have looked when they were struck is important when assessing their grade. As an aside when grading a lightly struck massed produced milled coin I always check the condition of the milling not just for knocks but signs of wear which is a good indication in deciding between a light strike and surface wear on a coin.
  13. Thanks for that. I'll look at hammered coins with different eyes in future. I still think having an idea of how these coins would have looked when they were struck is important when assessing their grade. As an aside when grading a lightly struck massed produced milled coin I always check the condition of the milling not just for knocks but signs of wear which is a good indication in deciding between a light strike and surface wear on a coin.
  14. I say this from a position of ignorance and with respect I fail to see how this coin qualifies for a grading of NVF. Please believe me I am not trying to degrade any coin. As you have probably seen my experience is from modern coins 1816 +. I am not disagreeing with this grading but fail to see how it is attributed. If I was asked to grade this coin based on my experience of modern coins I would give it a grading of fair. The design is flat in places the inscription around the coin is not clear all the things that point towards a coin of low grade. Having said this the coin is seems to be manually struck coin however I was always told the age of the coin has nothing to do with the grading and the coin should be graded accordingly. Your advice is requested.
  15. Perhaps people liked the reverse George and Dragon design as it was reintroduced after a gap of several years on crowns The one on sovereigns was a bit small and not many people had sovereigns. Personally I quite like the jubilee effigy of the queen which also reflects the belle epoque period of the time
  16. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1913-Great-Britain-Florin-2-SHILLINGS-KM-817-NGC-MS-62/322982118893?hash=item4b333c05ed:g:AuYAAOSwlPFeMxHD I don't think this one qualifies for a MS grading. There is a serious metal flaw on the obverse, signs of wear that cannot be explained by a weak strike, and many bag marks on both obverse and reverse. Below is scan of my example is included a coin I have had for many years and brought it at MR Roberts, Wynyard, I think it was less than $Au 50. IMO I think this coinis somewhere in the MS range.
  17. I have a bag of .500 and .925 silver coins weighing close to 1kg taken from circulation. I'm sure lots of other people have hoarded them.
  18. Either way changing history for ideological reasons or inadvertently or for personal gain is not a good thing. Museums are supposed to be a record of what happened.
  19. Fortunatly not many people live in the area. Cyclones on the east coast are a different matter.
  20. Or someone trying to rewrite history? I'm sure imperial connections are not encouraged by the present regime in SA.
  21. That's what I would have said but for an old coin to judge its grade you have to have some of idea of the original strike which I guess would not be as sharp and well defined as a modern coin. That's what makes it so hard to grade George V silver because of the variable quality of the strike.
  22. Nice coin. I'm afraid my knowledge of this type of coinage is very limited. What would you grade it at?
  23. I saw Alistair Campbell on a ABC program called Q&A which is a current affairs program with the panel and audience stacked against some hapless right wing politician who is stupid enough to appear on the program. Much of the content is focused on climate change. In this case Campbell was attacking Brexit , the world's about to end , economic ruin, the electorate are stupid etc. etc. without any justification for his views.
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